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chinese new year restaurants nj

Good food mostly. Chengdu good idea, thank you. Didn't know they were in Cedar Grove too.

Jan 29, 2014
queeks in New Jersey

chinese new year restaurants nj

any ideas?

Jan 29, 2014
queeks in New Jersey

Can you cook with Mango peels?

I haven't eat the peels but often order dishes cooked in and eaten in the peels in Malaysian restaurants, like mango chicken without any problem.

Jan 28, 2014
queeks in Home Cooking

In Search of Affordable Burr Coffee Grinders

I've had an inexpensive (got it as a wedding attendant gift over 25 years ago) Braun that's still working fine, albeit with a chip on the side. I was thinking of getting a new one but now won't do it.

Apr 23, 2013
queeks in Features

A Seabra Foods in Springfield?

Grand opening Thursday Sept 10th 2011.

Nov 09, 2011
queeks in New Jersey

Trick-or-Treating in the Rich Neighborhood

We live on a one block street (low end middle class) that has 24 houses & 48 kids so we get a lot of traffic. As all the houses do give treats, we've acquired a reputation as kids can go to each house and be welcomed, no dark houses. So now, we get over 100 kids.

Oct 27, 2011
queeks in Features

What areYour Non-Asian Cooking Uses for Soy Sauce/Tamari?

Found it at Whole Foods when I was there but ShopRite also has it.

Jan 21, 2011
queeks in Home Cooking

Best Indian in Union County These Days?

I enjoy the lunch buffet at the Red Pepper on Route 22 Eastbound across from Bowcraft and Senkalp (recently opened) on Oak Tree Avenue, (not Road) & Park Avenue in South Plainfield in the Golden Shopping Center. Ditto on Saffron.

Oct 15, 2010
queeks in New Jersey

Stirling Hotel-Sterling

Sterling Hotel is one of my favorite places to visit again and again. They make their own veggie burgers for those who don't eat meat (their bluecheese & bacon burger is delicious). The veggie burgers are lentil, white bean, and two types of black bean. The sweet potato fries are fresh. The dinner entrees look good passing by but I stick to the above because they are good. Yes, the regular burgers are smaller than the rolls but the rolls are very large Kaiser rolls.

Oct 06, 2010
queeks in New Jersey

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

Everything coming by looked good, mostly salads, but I wanted the lobster roll; out but they did have the lobster macaroni and cheese so I went for it despite the waitress' lukewarm expression when I asked how it was. The appetizer portion is small but adequate as I had expected but it was dried out Kraft type, small noodles, same sauce and with shredded (packaged maybe) lobster and not much of it. My friends burrito was very good. Wrong choice and I'll try again. Good service and constant refilling of water on a hot day.

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Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Aug 05, 2010
queeks in New Jersey

Just Moved to Summit, NJ (from Brooklyn) and struggling to find good food! Help.

Fusion 22, on 22W Greenbrook, Thai fusion & Red Pepper, on 22E, Scotch Plains across from Bowcraft

Mar 01, 2010
queeks in New Jersey

Any Good Japanese Restaurants in Union County, NJ?

There are many Japanese restaurants here; so many recently opening that I haven't yet tried. Lately I go to Go Sushi on Rt 22East in Scotch Plains, across from Bowcraft/ Also good is Fujiyamama on South Ave in Westfield.

Mar 01, 2010
queeks in New Jersey

Cafe for desserts in Union County, NJ?

Right off South Ave is small and charming. They serve a large variety of sweet & savory crepes as well as other desserts, salads & sandwiches, coffees & teas. Always a good experience.

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Cafe Paris
106 Walnut Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016

Mar 01, 2010
queeks in New Jersey

Where to buy mochi

I get mochi at the Asian Market on Route 22W in Green Brook NJ. They have plain assorted mochi in packages and mochi w/ice cream in the freeze section. I'm assuming that all asian markets carry it. Trader Joe's does have mochi w/ice cream.

Jan 22, 2010
queeks in General Topics

Where should I store oatmeal? Location, not type of container.

They are unprocessed oats, a larger amount than I usually get so I would be keeping them a long time. So far, a pound or two has been fine in an original Quaker cylinder.

Oct 13, 2009
queeks in General Topics

Where should I store oatmeal? Location, not type of container.

Correction: I meant the rice kernals stay separate, don't freeze together.

Oct 13, 2009
queeks in General Topics

Where should I store oatmeal? Location, not type of container.

I'll be getting 5 pounds of oatmeal from my co-op. I put rice in the freeze successfully, it doens't separate. Can I put oatmeal in too? I eat it slowly and this may be 6 months supply and I don't want bugs. Thanks.

Oct 13, 2009
queeks in General Topics

Chez Catherine, Westfield NJ

We decided to try Chez Catherine during Westfield’s restaurant week, neither of us having been there for quite some time. During these two weeks most of the restaurants in town are offering a $15 two course lunch, a good way to try a new or revisited restaurant.

When we arrived at 1:30 the owner or maitre’d, Mr. Juvenair (sp?) said that he would set up our table, we asked for the empty table near the window which he said we could have once we set it up. After being seated for 15 minutes no water was poured nor were we asked if we wanted drinks. The maitre’d and the lone waiter served 18 people total at four other tables, When Mr. J. did come by, I asked testily for water and he said, “if you are in a hurry, this is not the place to have lunch.” We weren’t in a hurry but did expect to be acknowledged. The
place is very small. When my friend asked what kind of fish was the entrée choice, he said, “I told you before”…. and then described the salmon. The roasted red pepper soup was adequate; the salmon with lemon sauce, four pieces of green beans and small mound of mashed potatoes were well prepared. The bread was warm and fresh. The water was never refilled.

My understanding is that this type of promotion is to have people to try the restaurants in town and bring in some additional business. If pleased, customers will return for dinner. No restaurant is required to participate. The snooty and indifferent service at Chez Catherine was insulting.

We should have left but my friend was not able to walk far and we were settled in. I won’t return.

Sep 23, 2009
queeks in New Jersey

New Restaurant Fusion 22 French Asian

Recently had the (M-F) $9.99 buffet lunch and it was wonderful. The owners are gracious and welcoming and the staff accomodating and well trained. They brought items from the buffet to the table and water was constantly filled (a pet peeve of mine if not done). The soup was cauliflower and the salad cut up vegetables with two sauces. There were two chicken dishes, (one green curry), a breaded fish in a dark tamarind sauce, Vegetable Mancurian, delicous vegetable meat balls, dry spiced potatoes, jasmine rice, lo mein (well-done, not typical Cantonese variety, vegetable fried rice. Half of the selections were vegetarian, which the owners say they try to do. The desserts were coconut creme brulee cakes and mango custard squares. Some of the buffet items are not on the lunch or dinner menu so I expect the selection will vary. The decor is lovely. I plan to return for dinner; want to try the lobster, duck and stuffed tofu dishes. The website is fusionon22.com

Aug 29, 2009
queeks in New Jersey

Good restaurantes in Rahway/Carteret/Port Reading Area??

Ditto, David Drake. Romantic, wonderful cuisine.

A little lower end, Flynn's Tavern for Irish, around the corner or for an after dinner drink.

Jul 05, 2009
queeks in New Jersey

Gas Light Brewery-So. Orange NJ

Haven't been in awhile. Love the extensive menu, which also means some things are good, others not. It is reasonable, good and in an interesting area. Also like Harrar (Ethiopian) around the corner and Eden Garden market with a cafe.

Persian in Summit, NJ

Was there last night for the second time. The bread was served only with an appetizer but was stale, packaged pita. My vegetarian friend has a three appetizer plate which was very good. Our dishes had a large portion of rice, and a little meat (lamb shank, chicken or salmon). The spinach rice and orange rice was delicious but most dishes come with white rice. The service is good and the decor attractive. The menu should be tweaked a little to allow different combinations. It was good but similar food (Afghan) can be found at Silk Road in Warren, which has wonderful homemade warm Afghan bread, vegetarian entrees and a choice of rice.

Iceland question - one night out

We had puffin in a restaurant near the volcano museum because it isn't available elsewhere. The museum may be closed if a volcano erupts. All the sushi and seafood is good there.

Jul 05, 2009
queeks in International Archive

Visiting San Diego, need some recs

We just got back from a business and pleasure trip to San Diego. We like ethnic food and enjoyed Aladdin Hillcrest (met a Lebanese man on the plane who recommended it), for Korean BBQ, wonderful with about 12 sides sides, Buga is the best, rain caused us to go to PF Chang's for the first time and although a chain, a very good experience with surprisingly good food. The Fish House on Harbor Drive had a great view but was disappointing. I think that just walking around I could find many many good places in San Diego. Too much food, not enough time!!

Dec 25, 2008
queeks in San Diego

Paterson Saturday Food Sale

Sorry, it's in Paterson in a church near or on Broadway.

Fairlawn NJ Saturday Food Sale

Several people have mentioned that a church in Fairlawn NJ(or thereabouts) has a great sale of packaged foods, some interesting stuff, on Saturday. Never got the name or address. Going up that way this weekend. Anyone have this inf?. Thanx.

Open Faced Egg Sandwich For One

I kinda like the 'mistaken' name, Toad in a Hole.

Signed:
Gertrude Stein

Aug 26, 2008
queeks in Recipes

Open Faced Egg Sandwich For One

My brother "invented" a similar dish when he was a mere lad. We called it the "Bread Egg". The only difference is that he tore a hole in the center of the bread, put it in the pan and put the egg in the hole. The bread is better fried than toasted, everything blends together. I throw the "holes" in the pan and let them cook too. Still makin & likin this dish, usually w/whole wheat bread but then again what doesn't taste good fried. Even is good w/pan spray & WW bread, so indulge.

Aug 26, 2008
queeks in Recipes

Impressions of Cafe Monet in Millburn, NJ?

Was there tonight and sat outside on a beautiful cool summer evening. Saw the old posts and wanted to say that the service was exceptional; attentive, knowledgeable and helpful and the restaurant was packed inside and outside. A weekend evening is revealing. My pet peeve is having my water refilled and it was filled consistently. We share boulillbase (sp) (1 shrimp, 1 scallop, a few pieces of fish, exquisite taste , scallops (3 medium sized) w/mushroom risotto and short ribs w/mashed garlic potatoes, all very good. Small dishes even the large one. The husband needed an additional treat at the nearby Whole Foods. I want to go back and try a few more of the dishes.

Aug 16, 2008
queeks in Mid-Atlantic

Best Gazpacho Recipe

I used to make a speedy gazpacho when I came home for a short lunch. Put tomatoes, onion, hot pepper, green pepper, cilantro and water in a blender for a short time on chop. You can add yogurt if you like it creamy.

Jul 14, 2008
queeks in Home Cooking