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Grab some coffee at Tend Coffee:
http://www.tendcoffee.com/

They're a roaster, too. And maybe they'll have some of their handmade chocolates, too.

For food shopping I'd go to the farmers' markets in Westhampton Beach and Riverhead.

Jul 23, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

I sent them a polite message about my experience through their Facebook page two days ago; if they don't bother to respond within another day or two, I'll post their ID.

Jul 22, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

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

I don't know. The last time I had Taco Bell was in the spring of 1991, and I thought it pretty awful.

Jul 22, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

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

You're not the only one, Coll.

Jul 22, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

New gelato place in West Islip, Long Island

Finally made it there.
Everything's labeled (yay!); I bought two scoops (coconut, pistachio), and a take-home pack. Interesting way of doing the latter: instead of getting pints, you get insulated packs with 7 or 14 (or was it 15?) scoops. Best part of that: you can ask for ALL DIFFERENT FLAVORS. How's that for sampling?

So, the short: it was very good. Excellent. I didn't have any of the take-home pack yet, but if it's anything like the two flavors I had there, this is going among the top picks of my LI ice cream places.

Jul 22, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)
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"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

I specified each time.
I don't use a thermometer either, but it's no big task to cook over easy *when asked to*. Again, it's not against the health code to cook runny yolks when the customer asks for them that way.
I wouldn't really think it's a big deal except
1) this place is known for their egg sandwiches
2) I emailed the place ahead of time and the owner said I could have them any way I wanted, including over easy

In this instance, my question was over why the yolks seemed so thin. There was this thin little sliver of yellow peeking out between the whites, like there was barely any yolk there at all. Maybe they're easy to overcook when they're so thin.

Jul 21, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

I totally agree about the hard eggs. A runny egg is a wonderful thing.

Jul 21, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

They're allowed to cook eggs runny, if requested. They're supposed to post the cooking temperature warnings, though.
"Shell eggs or foods containing shell eggs are to be heated to 145 degrees Fahrenheit (62.8 degrees Celsius) or greater unless an individual consumer requests preparation of a shell egg or food containing shell eggs in a style such as raw, poached or fried which must be prepared at a temperature less than 145 degrees Fahrenheit in order to comply with the request."

Jul 21, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

Part of the place's claim to quality--and I'm not saying they actually fulfill this claim--is that they use fresh eggs.

They're a farm stand, and they use a combination of eggs from another farm and their own (they don't produce enough of their own to use exclusively). I don't know which they use for the egg sandwiches, the eggs they bring in or their own (the latter they sell for 2x the price per dozen as the ones brought in).

The yolks aren't actually spread out--i.e., they're contained within the white. I guess they can break a yolk when flipping yet still have it not spread out--i.e., sort of just collapse?

Jul 21, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

They don't have breakfast platters.

Actually, a sandwich with a runny yolk can be a wonderful thing. Here's my favorite place for that:
http://gothamist.com/2012/12/05/brook...

Jul 20, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking
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"thin" cooked egg yolks.. what could they be doing?

I've gone to this place that's supposedly known for good egg sandwiches--farm eggs on house-made cheddar biscuits.

Not only have they failed, three out of three times, to give me an over-easy egg (the closest might arguably have been over-medium), they cook the eggs in a way I've never done or had done.

Somehow, the yolk come out all... thin. That is, cut the sandwich in half, and the cross-section of the yolk part of the egg is like 2 or so millimeters thick.

I've cooked lots of eggs, and my yolks are never so flattened. What on earth are they DOING to those eggs?

Jul 20, 2014
Scott_R in Home Cooking

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

Duck taco!

Jul 18, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

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

Just wanted to note my experience at Magic Taco:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982007

Jul 18, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

Goodale sells raw milk? I thought only Ty Llwyd Farm did?

Jul 15, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pies in Orient, Long Island

Weird. You'd think they could drive some over from Brooklyn, especially at that price point.

Jul 14, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

No worries; the truck wasn't there when I was out there last. I'll give it a check.

Jul 14, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

Actually, I think you're right; I had traditional ice cream places in mind.
Never had any luck getting Goodale's ice cream. Didn't see it out in Riverhead last time I was out at the farm (which was a while ago), and when I asked about it at their stand at the Babylon farmer's market, the kid there had no idea what I was talking about.

Jul 14, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

I keep forgetting about Baci Gelato; I went there once and enjoyed it. Not in my general traveling area, though.

Jul 13, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fairway finally opening in Lake Grove

There's Curds and Whey in Locust Valley:
http://www.curdsandwheylocustvalley.com/

Jul 12, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

I like 5P, but let's be clear about something: no place on Long Island--none--has truly homemade ice cream. They buy base mix from a mass-market vendor, and add flavorings. That's not home made.

If you want true homemade (and truly awesome) ice cream, try a place like Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights, where they start with cream from a local dairy and eggs from a farm (they even have a 15-gallon pasteurization tank and a chiller on the premises, and a NYS pasteurization license).

Jul 12, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Magic Taco, Islip Terrace

New(ish) from the chef/owners of Tullulhah's in Bay Shore:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magic-...

Just had the burrito (sans crema Mexicana, added grilled chorizo); very good, as I'd expect from the Tullulah's people.

Direct link to menu:
http://tinyurl.com/lfdwhsk

Jul 10, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Pies in Orient, Long Island

For whole pies, the Brooklyn location is *definitely* expensive. They sell pies by the slice, and you generally have to order whole in advance. In Brooklyn, whole pies are $38–$40 for a ~10" that serves 8–10 people.

Of course, that's with NYC rents.

Jun 30, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pies in Orient, Long Island

I'd been to the Brooklyn location once; the pies are very good, though I missed out on the "exotic" offerings that day--I'd been looking forward to the "Chocolate Julep" (mint + bourbon + chocolate).

Jun 30, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pies in Orient, Long Island

They'd mentioned the opening on their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/birdsblack

Jun 28, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Hot Dogs

What are Sabrett Hot Links? I don't see them on the Sabrett web site... are they what they list as "SKINLESS HOT SAUSAGES (Spicy Frankfurter)"?

Jun 23, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Hot Dogs

"They serve Boars Head. NOT Sabrett at this truck."

Then why does their web site say "We Carry Both Sabrett Hot Dogs & Boars Head Frankfurters out of the water or off the grill"?

http://www.hotdawgtruck.com/hdt%20men...

Jun 23, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

I picked up this fantastic dark chocolate balsamic vinegar from The Crushed Olive
http://thecrushedolive.com/
that is splendid lightly drizzled over fresh strawberries.

Jun 21, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

Thanks, Coll. I wouldn't be able to make it until Sunday, anyway.

Jun 13, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

Just saw a mention in Newsday:
http://long-island.newsday.com/events...

I don't know when the shot was taken (obviously, not this year's), but if you look at the box in bottom/center, it's clearly labeled "Driscoll's."

Jun 13, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

I took a look at the website:
http://mattituckstrawberryfestival.or...
and again it looks like the only strawberries are those sold by the Lions club. Past years, they'd been using bulk boxes from Driscolls in CA... nothing local.

And it looks like the food will be be pretty pedestrian street fair stuff: the "international food court" will have "gyros, funnel cakes, roasted corn, sausages, hamburgers, french fries, pizza, ice cream, non-alcoholic beverages and coffee."

Jun 13, 2014
Scott_R in New York State (exc. NYC)