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Nordeast-where to eat?

I am not a big bread fan at all, but this is very satisfying.

Where are the donuts?

Thanks, Danny? How are their holes? I'm less interested in eating a whole donut than a good donut hole. Again, if you get to Rochester, check out Gingerbread House.

kimchi tofu house

I could be confused, but I recall the menu being on a blackboard. The bi bim bop was ok.

Xmas = Tamale Time. Picks?

Thanks to both of you. I am so NOT making them.

Badia Spices in MSP?

Thanks, folks. Burrito Mercado usel to have then until the distributor went AWOL.. Will check Dragon Star and Target.

Nordeast-where to eat?

I am glad/sad that someone had the same experience/reaction to Sample Room's abysmal service.

Nordeast-where to eat?

The owners are Turkish and they use a Turkish recipe for the crust.

Truly Extraordinary Lo Mein

Oops, didn't see this before. Bangkok Deli or sometimes at Little Szechwan, but they are spotty.

Truly Extraordinary Lo Mein

I'm definitely a chow fun fan and the best I've found here lately is at Bangkok Deli in St. Paul.

Badia Spices in MSP?

I am a big fan and user of several of the Badia spice blends, but can't find them readily outside of Miami. They used to have them sporadically at Burrito Mercado, but the distribution was never smooth. Has anybody seen this brand in other stores?

Xmas = Tamale Time. Picks?

Myself, I like more traditional meat tamales and Homi does these well. But Hortensia at Homi in St. Paul is also whipping up more Mexico City style variants including chocolate, coconut and strawberry.
What are other Chowhounds' favorite holiday tamale places?

Nordeast-where to eat?

I like the Turkish crusted take on pizza at Element.
If you are willing to go further out on Central, my votes are for Dong Yang for Korean and the tandoori chicken and samosas at the Gujarati place next to Pooja Grocery in the same strip mall as Dong Yang.

Pollo Campero

I am a total fan because of the plantains - served with a side of thick sour cream. The rice and beans are good, but the plátanos are my side of choice.
The fried chicken is my choice - the more fat the better for me - but the pollo asada is moist, well-seasoned and served with fresh lime.

Jerabeks Reopening!

Had some of their excellent apricot kolatches yesterday and the recipe is as good as ever. They will be making some of the trad Bohemian breads for the holidays. There are no plans to reopen the skyway location.

Grand Szechuan Near Bloomington Mn Cub Foods

Always good with updates - and "heads up!". Thanks.

Jerabeks Reopening!

The Pioneer Press is being even cagier about the reopening date, citing legal issues, but Sat seems like a good bet.

Where are the donuts?

Agree 100%. Tandem Bagels in Mankato is excellent and I'd drive to The Gingerbread House in Rochester for their glazed donut holes!

Jerabeks Reopening!

Nix.

Jerabeks Reopening!

Mix of old and new.

Pie and Coffee

Nice to read a current review, but if the pies were from Chef Pierre, as advertised, they are commercial, not homemade.

Irawaddy

All good choices, Jim. Weren't those squash fritters tasty? Thanks for the intel on the salads. I am not a fan of tea leaf salads in general, myself.

Pie and Coffee

Curran's features Chef Pierre pies. The are frozen, but good for what they are.

Hmong Village

Glad they have purple rice again, last time I was there, they didn't have it.

Best TC Russian Deli?

Thanks for the tip about Arkady's! Much better selection of canned goods, including a good kosher section. There were also more types of German breads - baked there - as well as Ukrainian and Lithuanian breads. Also fresh pirogues - we had the beef and a kraut one each, and quite a tasty apple cake, which was not overly sweet. Again, a large selection of non-food medicine items, including homeopathic things. Very friendly staff, run by the same family for 20 years. Lithuanian ice cream and frozen cream cheese bars (tastier than they sound!) but no Latvian dairy prods.

JERABEKS CLOSED!

Jerebeks scheduled to re-open 14 November.

need a lunch place we can easily drive to from downtown st. paul

Groundswell is ok, but overpriced. The best deal is the chorizo and cabbage tacos. Cupcakes were sweetish and pricing unclear. No backs on any of the seats, unless you sit on the one window bench. Not sure why the staff seemed to have an attitude more suited to a high-end exclusive cafe, rather than an inclusive neighborhood place. The best thing is the craft shop and the super helpful and engaged manager there. The vibe: "We're so cool, we don't care if you're here" from the other staff.
TK

Jerabeks Reopening!

Great news! Jerabeks will be re-opening this coming week. By next weekend, kolatches will be available along with a revised bakery and food menu (think soups!). Hours will be the same as before - 6-6 weekdays & 7-2 on weekends. Same location on Winifred.
Stop in today - Sat 9 Nov - for a free cup of coffee and learn more about the new plans. No kolatches today, though...
Teamkitty

Best TC Russian Deli?

We will have to check it out! I am looking for salted pickles - brine with no vinegar or spices. These are eaten with smetana and honey. Sounds weird, but is delicious!

Best TC Russian Deli?

It was definitely worth a visit, don't get me wrong. The bread was excellent and it was a representative selection of Russian and Ukrainian foodstuffs. I did not try the frozen blintzes - they looked a bit dry and malformed to me. The pelmeni were very nicely made - small and well-shaped.

Best TC Russian Deli?

Grr. I just lost my long response. We went to the Ukraine Deli today. It was a good-average deli. There were housemade beet, carrot and cabbage salads and blinchiki. The freezer had some homemade pelmeni and blintzes. Sandwiches are also on offer with standard sorts of sausages - Estonian, cervelat, everskii (beef), and others. Good selection of teas and sweets - and quite a range of Russian homeopathic and over-the-counter medicines. The best thing was - indeed - the bread. The proprietress told us that the dough is sent from Germany and baked fresh there. The sour rye was outstanding - lighter color than the Russian variant, but correct sour flavor.
The dairy selection was not impressive: mostly Lifeway kefir, smetana, some frozen tvorog from Chicago and two kinds of Lithuanian cheeses which the owner incorrectly identified as Latvian. Ok selection of pickled vegetables - lots of cucumbers (including a housemade variety) - not so many mushrooms or other veggies. The deli makes cakes to order and rents an impressive embossed metal cake stand as well. Hours on Sunday from 1:00 pm -6:00 pm. They also sell berzu sula - birch sap/juice!