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PJ's Buttercream Brownies

When I was a little girl, my parents would reward me for being good by bringing me to PJs coffee and buying me my favorite treat in the world: a "buttercream brownie."

About ten years ago, I think, PJs discontinued this item. I seriously have dreams about those brownies and am dying to get, at the very least, the recipe.

They were fudge, not overly sweet brownies with a thick layer of cream cheese buttercream frosting that had a baked, crackly surface.

please, please, please recreate my childhood :)

Sep 14, 2011
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One Sandwich for Every American City

1. New Orleans - a shrimp remoulade and fried green tomato po-boy from Crabby Jack's, fully dressed, with a side of homemade sweet potato fries and a Barq's root beer. (Yes, the muffaletta is delicious, but it doesn't capture the soul of NOLA, which is most certainly spicy, fried seafood).

2. New York - The "Meshugge" from Russ & Daughters, on a sesame bagel with horseradish creamcheese, tomato and onion.

3. San Francisco - Saigon Sandwich Shop - Xiu Mai (Meatball).

May 19, 2011
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Food events for a group

oohhhh that looks amazing. thank you!

Mar 14, 2010
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Food events for a group

Hi there-

I want to organize a fun eating event on a Saturday evening for a group of friends. So far the best options I've found are Daisy Mae's Pig Dig and Momofuku's Bo Ssam. Unfortunately the Bo Ssam times on Sat are awful (5 or 11), and Daisy Mae's doesn't look as appetizing.

Please let me know if you've had any other fun, reservable group eating experiences in the city.

Thanks!

www.aliisaeats.com

Mar 11, 2010
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NY hound in SF for 1 night only - HELP

Carrie, was it as good as you remembered? Just curious...

NY hound in SF for 1 night only - HELP

Thanks for the help, Marc. I already went to SF in early June and very much enjoyed Aziza, particularly because it was different from what I can get here in NYC. Moroccan food here tends to be much heavier, with less of a focus on seafood and fresh ingredients. It's mostly hearty and meat-centric.

Coi was number two on my list, and probably what I'll try next time I'm in town - though I'll be sure to take a look at Slanted Door as well.

It's always hard to capture the variety and talents in one city with one meal alone, which I totally understand. If the roles were reversed, it would be very difficult to capture NYC in one restaurant (I guess I would recommend Fatty Crab, Momofuku Ko or Babbo...but these all have their shortcomings too!)

The transportation wasn't a big deal as I had a rental car, and it was actually really easy to park nearby.

Thanks for all the help! I am already planning on making more visits out west as the BF is going to Stanford in the fall...

Top 5 Most Overrated in Manhattan

I must disagree with Spotted Pig - was just there on Friday and it reminded me how much I love the gorgonzola burger and devils on horseback...

Jun 30, 2009
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NY hound in SF for 1 night only - HELP

Thanks for everyone's help! I ended up at Aziza, which was perfect. The menu was exotic, unlike anything I've had before (especially the basteeya) and made great use of local, seasonal ingredients.

You can read my review here:

http://www.aliisaeats.com/

Thanks again!

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Aziza
5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

NY hound in SF for 1 night only - HELP

Coi looks really good - like the sustainable ingredients theme - sthg we don't get here in NY (except maybe Blue Hill). I think I'll stay away from Italian only b/c I think that's a cuisine NY does well - of course that's debatable ;)

I will also research pho places in case my flight's delayed. We definitely are lacking in stellar Vietnamese here.

NY hound in SF for 1 night only - HELP

oh wow, checking out their menu and that does look incredible...

NY hound in SF for 1 night only - HELP

Hi everyone! I am a NY Chowhound and I've got one night in San Fran on June 4th (driving to Sonoma the next day for a wedding). I haven't been to SF in about 12 years, and would love to try something that I can't get here in NY...any price range, any style - I just want to be blown away! One dinner only! I am staying at the Westin Saint Francis if that helps, and I like to eat everything (especially ethnic or locally grown food).

Thank you so much in advance!
Crepe Suzette

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The New French - anyone tried it?

Okay I was wrong. Don't get the pho. It was awful. Terrible. Tasteless.

The pulled pork sandwich, on the other hand, was delightful.

And I enjoyed the pizza bianca of the day (raddicio, butternot squash and mascarpone)

-Crepe
www.aliisaeats.com

Apr 09, 2009
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The New French - anyone tried it?

Thanks for the recap. A friend was raving about the pho, so I'm thinking of trying that.

Apr 07, 2009
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Dumpling Taste-off

Thanks! I think next I'll plan a Bahn Mi taste off, or perhaps pho? I love my neighborhood! :)

Apr 07, 2009
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The New French - anyone tried it?

Going there on Wednesday, curious if anyone has been...

http://washington.menupages.com/resta...

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Apr 06, 2009
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Dumpling Taste-off

Today a few friends and I conducted a dumpling marathon: it was a beautiful day; we came prepared for dumpling-delirium; and we had our roadmap ready. Here is a breakdown of our tour and our opinions.

1) Fu Zhou - Eldridge and Broome

I've been told that this place does not cater to "American tastes" and that I should avoid it - so of course I really wanted to try it. We ordered the steamed pork tripe and leek dumplings, which I saw them making with white vinegar, an ingredient avoided in many dumpling places, and one that I love.

Our verdict - we really liked these, and they set the standard for the day. The skin was very thin and the meat slightly tangy from the vinegar.

2) Vanessa's Dumplings - Eldridge between Broome and Grand

This, sadly, was the loser of the day. We got the fried pork and leek dumplings, which we found doughy and not nearly as flavorful as Fu Zhou. We also tried the boiled shrimp dumplings, even though I tend to avoid shrimp in these places. We weren't crazy about the shrimp either.

3) Prosperity Dumplings - Eldridge and Hester

This was by far the easiest and quickest of the day, and our second favorite. The fried pork dumplings had spent a bit longer in the fryer and had a nice crispy bottom. The filling was flavorful and the dough was not too thick. If you're in the area and want quick, good dumplings, this would be the place to go.

3) Super Taste - Eldridge and Canal

We got the steamed pork dumplings. The wait was long and it was a bit awkward to order to go, as everyone else was seated. These dumplings were okay, but not great - we all agreed the dough was too slimy.

4) Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle
- E Broadway and Pike

This was winner of the day. The fried dumplings were crispy but not greasy, the leeks were larger, the dough was thin. Really, these were perfect pork dumplings. That all said, they were really not set up for a bunch of us walking in and ordering dumplings to go - we got a lot of weird looks and questioning glances. Oh, well - it was worth it.

5) Shanghai Cafe - Mott between Canal and Hester

At this point in the tour we shifted to soup dumplings.

At Shanghai Cafe we ordered the crab and pork dumplings, which were phenomenal. These are my new favorite soup dumplings. We also got spicy big ear, cabbage and wakame salad since the minimim bill was $20 to sit. This, however, ended up being our downfall - we didn't quite make it through the entire tour...

For the record, pig ear is delicious.

6) Nice Green Bo - Bayard and Mott

The soup dumplings ("tiny juicy buns") here are also delicious, but I think Shanghai Cafe's were better.

7) Joe's Shanghai - Bowery south of Bayard

So our end goal was Joe's Shanghai but, sadly, we got distracted by the pork buns at Mei Li Wah and suddenly we were all too full to continue. We decided to save Shanghai Joe's for another night....though I must say, I could have done it...my friends are wimps!

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Apr 05, 2009
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So what's the average Chowhound's age?

I'm 26....one more member of the 20s! :)

Mar 24, 2009
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More "Ramen Setagaya" coming soon...

Went last night to check out the new location. They still have a limited menu - Shio Ramen and Shio Cha-Syu-men. They also have cold noodles and curry rice.

Given it was freezing last night, we both went with the Shio Ramen. The broth had a wonderful pork flavor and was quite salty. I personally love everything salty (I DID grow up in the South!), though I know some people tend to criticize Setagaya for over-salting: Not I. I would have preferred more bamboo though - I need to remember to order extra next time. I was aslo suprised to find regular ramen noodles instead of the varying length noodles they are known for.

All around, a yummy warm treat for a very cold evening. We also walked around the corner to Num Pang (the new sandwich shop from the owners of Kampuchea) to share a sandwich, but sadly it was closed. They said they were overwhelmed in the first couple of days and had closed down to prep, and would be open the following day. It smelled really good inside and we watched them making lots of little meatballs. Can't wait to try this place!

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Mar 24, 2009
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An Choi

I was walking by An Choi today and decided to stop in and give it a try. I had the cold cut bahn mi, which seemed to be the closest thing they have to the traditional pate. It consisted of several pieces of salami, ham, head cheese and pate. I must admit, I went in biased against this place. It seemed a bit too fancy, and the prices a bit too high, to serve up a legitimate bahn mi contender. I must admit, I liked it. The bread was not hot, so that definitely could have been better, but I did come in at a strange time (about 5 pm). The pate and the head cheese were really yummy, though I thought the salami was too chewy. My favorite part was the carrots. I know this sounds odd - but there was a very generous portion of lightly pickled carrots cut with ridges, and they added a lot to the sandwich. The mayo was nice too - thick, but lightly spread. All in all, a very tasty sandwich. And the roast pork one sounds delicious - next time I'll try that one along with the beef pho.

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Mar 21, 2009
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Lower East Side/Chinatown Food Tour

oops - thanks!

Mar 18, 2009
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Lower East Side/Chinatown Food Tour

No, I've walked by it but haven't tried it - will definitely check it out!

Mar 18, 2009
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Lower East Side/Chinatown Food Tour

You think so? They are very rude, and the place is not pleasant, but the juicy buns are quite delicious, I think. Don't know if I'd linger for anything else, though.

Mar 18, 2009
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Lower East Side/Chinatown Food Tour

Hi folks...So I've stolen a bit from RGR and made some tweaks to his famous LES tour, and thought I'd share. I've experimented on a few friends and parents and it seems to be a hit! Let me know your thoughts...

1) Katz's Deli - Ludlow and Houston
http://www.katzdeli.com/

This is an obvious, unoriginal recommendation - but there's a reason so many people still go here: the pastrami. It's outrageous. You can walk in and sample the pastrami if you don't have the appetite for a whole sandwich, but I would suggest ordering one to share amongst a group, along with some pickles.

2) Russ & Daughters - Houston between Orchard and Allen
http://www.russanddaughters.com/

This is THE place for smoked fish in New York, and it's been around forever. It's fun just to walk in, especially on Sunday morning, to see the hustle and bustle. My favorite - order a couple of bagels and several small portions of spreads to try different things: salmon tartare, whitefish salad, wasabi cream cheese, and of course, a couple slices of the nova. You also can't go wrong with the original bagel with lox!

3) Yonah Schimmel - Houston and Forsyth
http://knishery.com/main.htm

This place gets a lot of negative comments from knish experts, but at the end of the day, I think it's a true NY experience, and a heated cheddar knish is quite tasty. I would suggest getting your smoked fish and your knish in one go, and eating them both in the Sara Roosevelt park (if it's nice out).

4) Dumpling House - Eldridge between Broome and Grand

This is definitely the place in NY where you'll get the most bang for your buck - this super cheap hole-in-the-wall has recently expanded and now has seating, but you'll have to fight the masses. I recommend the pork dumplings, the sesame pancakes, and the wakame salad.

5) Saigon Banh Mi So 1 - Broome between Elizabeth and Mott

This is my favorite banh mi in the city (or anywhere, for that matter). The bread is fresh and hot, the people are friendly, and the chicken is outrageously good. You also can't go wrong with the house special (number 1). May want to share one though...you're probably getting full by now!

6) Mei Li Wah - Bayard between Elizabeth and Mott

This is best stop on the entire tour. It's a bit of a walk, but you'll need it by now. Order several roast pork buns (char siu bao) - and taste a bit of paradise. I prefer the baked to the steamed, personally. Enjoy!

7) Nice Green Bo - Bayard and Mott

Go next door to the Shanghainese restaurant Nice Green Bo (fka New Green Bo) and order the soup dumplings ("juicy buns"). The pan-fried noodles are delicious too, if you have room!

8 ) Sun Say Kai - Canal and Baxter

For dessert, walk a few blocks over to SSK for a coconut dessert. Don't get the coconut bun, that's something different. I am not sure what this one is called, but it's white and covered in coconut, and is absolutely wonderful.

That's the end of the tour...time to hit the gym!

N.B. - I had to leave a lot of great places off of this list in order to keep the tour fluid and easy. Some great places I left out: Donut Plant, Shopsin's in Essex Market, Kossar's Bialy and Oro brownies.

Cheers,
Crepe Suzette

www.aliisaeats.com

Mar 18, 2009
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Revised BYOB list in 2009?

Casa Fox - on Orchard and Stanton - has a fireplace and is BYOB. Empanadas and bean dishes and that sort of fare.

Jan 10, 2009
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Shang - Review

Went to Shang last night around 9 pm with 3 other girls. They seated us right away in a full room, but service was a bit slow in getting menus and our first drinks. After that blip, service was great and we had a fantastic evening. We had cocktails - I had a YenYen which I really enjoyed - vodka, cucumber, and lime. Very nice and refreshing.

We ordered the octopus on the recommendation of the waiter and that was the star of the meal - thinly sliced, tender octopus with slices of tomato and a phenomenal olive oil. Later (we closed the place down) Susur Lee came by our table and chatted with us and asked about the olive oil and he said it was pressed in-house.

We also had a very nice peanutty Asian slaw which was a large portion and we all really liked. We were less thrilled with the vegetarian dumplings (just OK), but we liked the snapper, which was light and quite tasty. Our second favorite dish was the duck spring rolls with foie gras - a very tender peice of foie on top of the roll (which maybe had a little bit too much hoisin for me) but was a delicious roll.

The desserts were not very good - I wouldn't recommend dessert here. We had the hazlenut chocolate cake and the chocolate pineapple and banana. We didn't care for either, which is something notable for a group of 4 tipsy women!

We had a lot to drink and were all very full when we left, and it came out to about $400 for the meal, which isn't unreasonable. The room is beautiful and the crowd was fun to watch as well!

Jan 10, 2009
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Magnolia Pumpkin Cupcakes

I actually think these are MUCH better than Sugar Sweet Sunshine.

STA - they had a bunch this AM, imagine they still do now!

Oct 08, 2008
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Magnolia Pumpkin Cupcakes

Hi all,

I just had the most amazing experience and wanted to share: the pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from Magnolia. incredible! moist, cinnamon-y, crunchy, with very thick frosting. I just spent an hour eating it crumb by crumb and forgetting all my wall street woes :)

Full Disclosure: I am of the camp that likes magnolia cupcakes.

Enjoy!

Oct 08, 2008
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What do you love best about your neighborhood, food-wise?

we must be neighbors! I haven't tried Bun yet - but perhaps I should. What do you like there?

Thanks!

Oct 08, 2008
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What do you love best about your neighborhood, food-wise?

Sorry, forgot about this post and just checked it! The platano con carne comes in two ways. My favorite is basically a fried plantain ball stuffed with sauteed beef. My boyfriend prefers the other option - basically a grilled plantain, whole, split open and stuffed with the same meat. Naturally, I prefer the greasier option!

There is no name on this place, it's just a tiny place on Clinton, near Delancey, with a bar and stools. Delicious.

Oct 08, 2008
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What do you love best about your neighborhood, food-wise?

Little Chitaly:

Saigon Bahn Mi So 1
Mei Li Wah
New Green Bo
Despana
Pho Grand
And a little bit of a hike, but a current obsession: plantano con carne in this little stall on the corner of delancey and Clinton

Sep 24, 2008
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