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Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

I have jack fruit seedlings (just planted them a few months ago) and my cat is ignoring them like most of the plants I have. The only one she has occasionally been interested in is my orchid -- the stick after the flower falls off, she uses it to rub her face.

Mangoes, persimmon, guava, sapota, pommelo, cactus pear, jack fruit are all growing in various pots on in my apartment. All courtesy of adventures in Chinatown fruiting.

Jun 12, 2012
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

Thanks, Dave. My mom said in Taiwan it's called a Lin Wu. And you're perfectly right, there was more tart than sweet. Not sure if it would have been sweeter if I waited but I usually don't wait when it comes to food :)

May 14, 2012
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

Alrighty everyone. I saw a new thing today -- the fruit lady on Canal and Mulberry (SW corner) had these small gourd-like looking fruits ~ 2 inches, larger ones were maybe 4 inches long. The sign said Chinese Apples @ $5/lbs. I have never seen these before so of course had to try it. I bought one that was likely not as ripe as it could have been and it tasted a bit pear-ish and like an unripe strawberry. I think if it was riper, it could be sweeter. Fruit lady said it was supposed to be very sweet. I attach a photo, anyone know what this is?

May 11, 2012
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

In the grocery store on Mott just south of Elizabeth (?). It's on the east side and sort of new-ish. Had pomelos for $2.99 each. They were pretty big.

May 11, 2012
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report - new for the 2011 season [old]

I also saw mangos from Peru. Bought the cherries and then had a convo about eating "local" with my friend. Cherries in January v. eating local, not much of a contest :)

Jan 25, 2012
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report - new for the 2011 season [old]

So lately it's been the usual fruit, nothing really exotic. However, I've been seeing cherries (lovely) and am wondering where they're from. Any ideas?

Jan 25, 2012
shirlockc in Manhattan

The Best Porterhouse Steaks in the City

There's the original Palm on 3rd, their porterhouse was quite tasty. There's also Quality Meats on 58th ~ 6th -- their sides are v. good too.

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Quality Meats
57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

Palm
837 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Aug 08, 2011
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report - new for the 2011 season [old]

I've literally done the stick pit in pot and got sprouting mango, persimmon, pummelo, cactus pear, guava, and papaya and that weirdo fruit we discussed here before sapodilla. I don't expect any fruit from any of these but it's rather cool to watch these grow. The persimmon is really taking off and I have high hopes for the mango (champagne) getting even bigger -- it's currently ~ 6 inches and continuing to sprout. Given the thread above, I may try a lychee seed.

Aug 05, 2011
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report [Old]

BTW, on the mango theme, I've had the Champagne from Mexico (my fav), the Francis green-ish/yellowish ones from Haiti and the more common Tommy Atkin greenish/reddish/thicker skinned ones from Florida. All for sale at various times down in the C-town. Has anyone ever seen the famed Indian type mango as mentioned in this NPR story down in C-town? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

Jackson Heights is not my naab even though I do love mangoes.

May 17, 2011
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report [Old]

Those are Champagne mangoes, Polecat. Don't get those confused with the type from Haiti which tend to be a bit bigger and more green than yellow. The Haiti ones are okay but have more fiber. Champagne mangoes are the best, almost fiberless.

May 14, 2011
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report [Old]

The sapodilla finally softened enough to eat. Thanks for the tip jumpingmonk -- I washed it and kept an eagle eye out for mold. I brought it into work for a "show and tell" and a few people tried it -- one didn't like the texture. I quite liked it myself, rather like a very sweet melon with a bit of banana custardiness. Probably not going to be a regular part of my fruit roster (because it's rather expensive) but it was a cool novelty.

May 06, 2011
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report [Old]

Thanks guys! The sapodilas weren't cheap but balance that out with my 6 mangoes for $5 and I'm happy enough. Hopefully they will soften soon as I'm anxious to try them.

Apr 28, 2011
shirlockc in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report [Old]

I was there yesterday and got this fruit that looks from the outside kind of like a potato. The sign said Thai kiwi and the lady (this was on Canal just west of Mott) said it needed to soften up a bit more then you peel and eat. Supposedly has 2 seeds inside. Anyone have any ideas what this fruit is? I think I saw an episode with Andrew Zimmerman Bizarre Foods where he ate one. But I can't find any info about it.

Apr 28, 2011
shirlockc in Manhattan

Anyone been to the new Montreal Smoked Meat deli in Brooklyn, called "MILE END" ????

Smoked meat was awesome. Went with Montrealers so they attest to its authenticity. Wrote and posted pics about it here: http://expatsinthecity.com/2010/03/21...

Mar 23, 2010
shirlockc in Outer Boroughs

Torontonian visting Manhattan!

Agree with GoodGravy, Chinese food is MUCH better in Toronto with the one exception of Joe Shanghai -- 9 Pell St. The soup dumplings are divine.

Oct 01, 2009
shirlockc in Manhattan

Quiet diner / brunch place for 6+ on Sundays

My book group is looking to explore Manhattan and / or the boroughs, so we're looking for diner or brunch places that can seat ~ 6, fairly quiet (it is a discussion group), with good food and coffee. One of us is vegan so it can't be all meat. We're willing to do boroughs as long as the place is near a subway. We meet Sundays at 2 pm so it's after the main rush but we also don't want to feel rushed as we sometimes hang for 2 hours. Budget-wise, we're hoping for <$15, none of us are big drinkers so the +bloody marys or mimosas inclusive meals won't be necessary. Thanks in advance.

Feb 25, 2009
shirlockc in Manhattan