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Woodstock,NY where to eat?

We always enjoy Joshua's Cafe. It's frequently suggested in discussions on eating in Woodstock.

http://www.joshuascafe.com/home.html

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Me too on Popeye's and Carrabba's. I'll add Waffle House and White Castle...

Aug 25, 2014
MacTAC in Chains

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I always found the horizontal counters a lot easier to eat at than the vertical ones ;-)

Aug 25, 2014
MacTAC in Manhattan
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Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?

I love Cherry Heering. Gone through a few bottles over the last few years after seeking it out about forty years after first tasting it.

This was a very interesting article from a few years ago...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-sa...

Aug 23, 2014
MacTAC in Spirits

Long Island Scottish Games grub

Maybe the Scottish Lutefisk, Haggis?

Peaches are SO wonderful right now...

We're having the peaches with Vanilla Bean ice cream and Chambord, our delicious variation on Peach Melba.

Aug 10, 2014
MacTAC in Home Cooking
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Goodbye Grimaldi's in New Paltz??????

The Sea Cliff/Glen Head location also recently closed.

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

Dark Chocolate Sponge Candy from Alethea's...

http://www.aletheas.com/product-categ...

Jul 19, 2014
MacTAC in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NoFo Tomatoes Are Ripe and Ready...

Thanks for the info, I got some good ones from them last season. With Davis not far away, I'll be there next week for sure...

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Roast Long Island Duckling

Jul 12, 2014
MacTAC in General Topics

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

I have no idea of the quality, just the Tex-Mex lettering on the side of a trailer out in Manorville, right between the original Grace's Hot Dogs and the newer that is now a Starbucks/Bank. It seems to be fairly popular on my drive-bys in nice weather.

It's LIE exit 70 south, and then just a few hundred feet on the left. One of these days my work schedule will leave time for a stop there and I'll give it a try.

Best Birthday Chocolate Cake [near Plainview, Long Island]

If it was the Plainview TJ's, the ShopRite just across Woodbury Road sells very good Mr. Pickle sour pickles from the barrel, as well as half sours (or new, not sure as I only buy the sour) and sauerkraut.

Best Birthday Chocolate Cake [near Plainview, Long Island]

Probably The Bakery, 327 South Oyster Bay Road.

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

Sorry I missed your post last night.

Patty's Berries & Bunches on Sound Avenue in Mattituck. Right across the street from Harbes. Consistently the best I've found. Been buying there for quite a few years now, they are always picked ripe, no orange or white or pink.

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

Next time I'm in Huntington I'll check them out, though this batch will likely be long gone. Shortcakes baking in the oven now for breakfast tomorrow...

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

Three quarts today...

Palin and Bourdain

What was the entree?

Jun 10, 2014
MacTAC in Food Media & News

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

I just found on their website that the full show is on weekends at 6:30. Hooray for my aging memory! And so you don't worry about your Spring Chicken memory, I know they do show excerpts or segments at various times and days on their regular news shows.

"To see when the East End airs, check our weekend schedule."

http://longisland.news12.com/news/wee...

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

I stopped DVRing them automatically because it would record the other shows that seem to alternate with it as well as same show on both days. Now I just watch for it.

I think the time is 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

North Fork Bacon & Smokehouse

You're welcome Gastronomos...

Yes he is, Coll. I've saved several of my favorite shows. They were also showing them on the Saturdays that they showed them on Sundays. Don't know if that's changed. Does not seem to be on every week, maybe alternates with Diverse Long Island and/or others?

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

Just watched the DVRed News12 East End Sunday episode and they featured asparagus (feel like I should capitalize it :-)

Seems that Wells Homestead might be the big supplier you mentioned earlier. They have 60 acres of it and he said they supply other stands.

Host Doug Geed said the other place you can get direct from the grower is Condzella's and they discussed their green, purple and white versions.

A very interesting show. News12 and Newsday subscribers can watch it here...

http://longisland.news12.com/features...

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

The asparagus from Bayview were delicious roasted. The "fresh cut" was somewhat relative as when snapped, there was 2 or 3" to not be used. I suspect that yesterday's weather may have impacted how long they were there since being cut. They were quite tender, and again, delicious.

Incidentally, further out in Laurel, Wowak had spinach on their farm wagon on the north side of 25.

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

So I just got home at seven. I appreciated your response when I read it at 5:00 after my second nursery. Decided to continue northeast from Westhampton Beach to see what I might, planning on Magic Fountain and 7-11 in Mattituck.

I passed by the Wells Homestead stand in Aquebogue and saw they were open. As they were on the other side of the road, I figured I would check it out on the way back. When I got to Bayview I saw a sign for "fresh cut local asparagus" and grabbed a couple of bunches. Will be eating them in however long it takes to roast them.

So I sent you on a wild goose chase, distracting you and scored my own from where you got your Easter asparagus :-) I've been to Condzella's maybe three times but never saw a stand. Just pulled into the driveway to the barn, went inside and there was their produce. It's possible they may have been open, sorry for not being clear about that earlier.

Glad you enjoyed the ride.

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

I'm leaving at 12:45 for Huntington to get a truck to drive out to an East Moriches nursery. Due to the late notice and start, I don't know what kind of time will be left over for farm stands unfortunately.

I'll be checking my email on my phone so if you do take a ride and post, maybe I can catch them before closing time. Or maybe I can stop on my way out and if so, I'll post later.

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

I went there specifically for white, I'm not sure if that is what they're saying will be ready in late April. White is much more labor intensive, and of course more expensive.

http://www.asparagus-friends.com/cult...

The first time I ever had white was many years ago when my friend's Dad brought home a jar of imported from Karl Ehmer's where he worked as a butcher. We ate them straight from the jar, huge, tender and delicious. I bought a jar years later from somewhere else but they weren't as good.

The ones bought fresh from Condzella's were very good, and I will buy again when I'm near there.

It's that time of year...East End Long Island first reports

The sign is definitely a consolation. We used to golf out at Montauk Downs and evenings might find us in Salivar's Bar and if we stayed long enough, we would just stroll through the door into Salivar's Diner.

One of those nights/mornings was capped with a hilarious experience in the diner part that I really need to write about soon...

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

Thanks, Coll. I just thought of Condzella's in Wading River where I got White Asparagus last year. Found their website and it says "Asparagus will be ready in late April!" Exclamation point theirs :-)

http://www.condzellasfarm.com/the-far...

What to do with Canned Black Olives?

Since I can't afford truffles on Eggs Benedict, I have enjoyed the addition of chopped black olives. No way comparable, but works for me.

May 01, 2014
MacTAC in Home Cooking

Farm Stand Report, North Fork LI Spring 2014

I finally got to the North Fork a few days and stopped at Bayview for spinach. I asked when they were expecting asparagus and one of the employees said about two weeks. As has been noted, Bayview was the only one that had anything so far, that I could see.

It's that time of year...East End Long Island first reports

Nice report and great pics! It's been a long time since I've actually been in Montauk, other than a drive to, and a walk around the Light. I guess I shouldn't be, but I was a bit shocked to read "the old Salivar's building".