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How to transform awful Amazon sesame sticks

Manufacturer was Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks.

1 day ago
lightstays in General Topics

How to transform awful Amazon sesame sticks

1) Amazon suffered my wrath. Not to worry.

2) I have a problem with throwing out anything vaguely useable.

Jul 14, 2014
lightstays in General Topics

How to transform awful Amazon sesame sticks

I unwisely ordered 20 lbs of sesame snack sticks from Amazon Warehouse Deals. You get what you pay for. They have the consistency of cardboard and taste little better. I do think I can transform them however and am looking for ideas. I'm into spice, sweet, Sriracha, ginger, basil, anything to mask the taste.

Anyone have any ideas on what to do?

Jul 13, 2014
lightstays in General Topics

Cheapest Place to Buy Beer by the Case?

In most of the sane universe, a case of PBR will run you around $11.99. I was chagrined, appalled and offended to discover it regularly tops $19.99 here. Can anyone direct me toward a purveyor of ethically priced cheap beer in the city?

May 11, 2014
lightstays in Outer Boroughs

Scandinavian flour and baking supplies?

Can anyone recommend a source in the US for Scandinavian baking supplies? I need flours in particular. All-purpose just isn't up to scratch for the bread recipes I want to tackles.

Aug 19, 2013
lightstays in General Topics

12 hour layover in Amsterdam. Lunch, breakfast or both?

I arrive en route to Istanbul at 0800 on Friday. I was thinking of hopping on the train and going into AMS. Any recommendations for plentiful and cheap Dutch food in the center of town?

Mar 19, 2013
lightstays in Europe

Abba Herring in NYC? Cost?

I'm glad the quarry has been located. I'll pay a visit next time I'm on the UES.

The family and I have just boiled fingerlings, brussel sprouts and rutabaga with generous bits of the Blue Hill Bay version on top. Salted and peppered with a little horseradish on the side. A fine Christmas morning.

Dec 25, 2011
lightstays in Outer Boroughs

Abba Herring in NYC? Cost?

Thanks for looking. I actually bit the bullet and went with the Blue Hill Bay brand yesterday at the New Amsterdam market in South Street Seaport. Acme was selling 26 oz jars in wine marinate for $5.00. Possibly the best deal on the face of the planet in a year in which, according to the guy from Acme, herring stocks have largely collapsed in the North Atlantic and Baltic.

Dec 19, 2011
lightstays in Outer Boroughs

more Brooklyn Fairway disappointment

Try dealing with the Fairway Redhook customer service. They are literally some of the dumbest people you will ever interact with.

Dec 13, 2011
lightstays in Outer Boroughs

Abba Herring in NYC? Cost?

Thanks ForestHillsFresser, let us know! Yes, I'm pretty sure Abba is one of the few veritable brands that does Scandinavian herring. Acme, Wikstom's et al source their fish in Canada. The Swedish stuff just seems fresher to me.

Dec 13, 2011
lightstays in Outer Boroughs

Abba Herring in NYC? Cost?

Ikea is out of Abba nationwide. I just callled. They were unable to explain why or say when they might get more. Any other rec's?

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Ikea
1 Beard St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Nov 27, 2011
lightstays in Outer Boroughs

Abba Herring in NYC? Cost?

Anyone know where I can find Abba herring in the city in the 8 oz jars, any marinate? I called Fairway in Red Hook but their customer service is absolutely worthless. I'd prefer not to pay more than $4.00/jar as I'm looking to take mass quantities back to El Salvador with me.

Nov 26, 2011
lightstays in Outer Boroughs

Where can I find pickled herring?

I agree. Vita is an insult to Nordic seafood. No grocery store should carry them.

Nov 26, 2011
lightstays in Washington DC & Baltimore

La Libertad, El Salvador Any Recs?

You actually can go wrong. El Tunco seems to be passing a certain tipping point where the prices are still low but portions and quality are getting crappier. I'm thinking of the 2-story fish taco place on the main drag heading toward the beach. But this is what happens when you get too many easy-money backpackers concentrated in one place.

Nov 06, 2011
lightstays in Latin America & Caribbean

Best Instant Coffee

Moroccan Nescafe is Indonesian robusta--black, bitter, and kicking.

Jan 12, 2011
lightstays in General Topics

Best Instant Coffee

My question is this: Is Nescafe Classico which you can now buy in most urban supermarkets in the US the same as you get the south of the border?

I'm looking to match whatever the recipe they use for Moroccan Nescafe, which is like 80% robusta, unbelievably tasty, and make Starbucks look like the joke that it is.

Jan 10, 2011
lightstays in General Topics

Whole Foods Makes Us Lazy Cooks

With all due respect to the arthritic, Whole Foods is a grand indication of the wussification of American cooking. It doesn't get anymore mindless, or overpriced. And, Amyzan, your nephew should be given a medal of valor given how much Whole Foods wastes everyday.

Jan 10, 2011
lightstays in Features

A True Literary Cafe Anywhere in New York??

Tried Hungarian Pastry Shop and it's the real deal. Satisfies pretty much criteria. Thanks, all

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Hungarian Pastry Shop
1030 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

May 27, 2010
lightstays in Manhattan

A True Literary Cafe Anywhere in New York??

Thanks, all. Noob, special appreciation for the Brooklyn rec's though I've tried Cafe Peddlar and it fails in a number of categories: overpriced, blatant indie rock at all hours, blaring toddlers. It certainly LOOKS like the veritable continental cafe, but, as with so many places in the city, seeing is not believing.

May 12, 2010
lightstays in Manhattan

A True Literary Cafe Anywhere in New York??

I am looking for the ephemeral Euro-style cafe that is actually Euro-style and does not just pay homage to a cafe experience that even New Yorkers seem genetically incapable of having. Does it exist?

Here's how it will go: I will order my coffee (I don't give a hoot if it's cafe au lait, Japanese-pressed or made from ground unicorn antlers, as long as it's strong and I pay less than $3.00). I will find my sunny table by a window or on a velvet divan not encrusted in brownie crumbs. There will be NO or VERY LOW music playing. I will open my Richard Ford novel and read for the next hour. NO STAFF will bother me in the next hour. They will not ask me if I want something else, if am feeling peckish, if I'm okay, etc, etc. NO PATRONS will talk on the their cell phones or have overly loud conversations about their roommates. NO ONE will tweet anyone else. Preferably I could smoke at some point but I know that likely impossible without legal recourse.

I'm looking for all of this to happen in an unpretentious setting, hopefully below 14th Street or Bklyn.

May 10, 2010
lightstays in Manhattan

Affordable Whitefish Salad?

Thanks, all. I'm in Hoboken so I think I will try Costco, possibly will try Acme if I am ever in Greenpoint on a Friday. Cheers

Apr 16, 2010
lightstays in Manhattan

Affordable Whitefish Salad?

Anywhere it isn't $20.00/lb? I mean really, it's the Buick of the fish world.

I'm open to the boroughs.

Apr 13, 2010
lightstays in Manhattan

I Think I'm Done With Katz's For A While...

It's sad to be sure. They have sold out and should be ashamed of themselves. You can honestly get a better pastrami on rye in Virginia now.

Apr 13, 2010
lightstays in Manhattan

Williamsburg

The last time Pierce's was good was about 1985. They now put Velveeta on a barbeque sandwich--one of the foulest things you could ever do to BBQ.

Jun 13, 2009
lightstays in Mid-Atlantic

Why can't NY understand the croissant?

I second this, and though the idea of Mexicans making croissants maybe anathema to many of you, the Latino panaderias on 5th Ave in Sunset Park blow most Manhattan "bakeries" out of the water.

May 17, 2009
lightstays in Manhattan

Southside Coffee in Greenwood Heights?

Nice, passionate owners, great beans, yes this is all true. But $3.25 for a cortado is the equivalent to economic rape. Any Spaniard / Latino would laugh very loudly at this. Any Spanish / Latina grandmother would curse SC out.

When will Brooklyn foodies realize the prices they pay only solidify their elitism in the eyes of much of the culinary world.

May 17, 2009
lightstays in Outer Boroughs

Here's What You Can Do with Your Centimes

I would love to clean out the NYTimes intestinal tract.

May 17, 2009
lightstays in Features

Best Sesame Noodle in Chinatown?

I kind of struck out at Eastern Hand-Pulled. Got egg noodles with a kind of runny peanut sauce. any suggestions of place in Flushing?

Mar 20, 2009
lightstays in Manhattan

Where can I find German or Austrian Muesli?

Schaller and Weber or head way out to Brighton Beach to the Brighton Bazaar which should satisfy anyone's Central and Eastern European fantasies.

Mar 14, 2009
lightstays in Manhattan

Spanish Tuna (Canned) Anywhere?

thanks all, I will start the hunt this weekend and report back. In terms, of uses, newfoodie, the possibilities are endless. A traditional Catalan approach would be a 500 mg jar (whatever that is in ounces) on new lettuce, with some vinaigrette carrots, garbanzos, pine nuts, some green pepper and ground black pepper. Follow with a dry white and life is good.

Feb 18, 2009
lightstays in Manhattan