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Mexican sweet bread (pan dulce) specifically conchas

yes, it's true about the tortilleria in queens, which comes highly recommend by the CH community: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585545 as for panaderias, i like the Panaderia Coatzingo, which is on Roosevelt Ave in queens between 76th and 77th. they have a good selection, fresh and made in-house.

Aug 11, 2009
chilindrina in Manhattan

Film & TV: Favorite Fictional Food & Drink?

those elfin wafers from the lord of the rings. i can't remember what they were called, but i do remember that they sounded delicious.

Jul 20, 2009
chilindrina in Food Media & News

El Coyote, dazzling new spot in JH

okay, so i was kind of wrong about the drink promotion. if you bring the flyer, which you can get here at their facebbok page: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid... , you get your *third* drink free. mon-fri only. not as good as free margs, but if you are planning on having a few, well...

Jul 18, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

El Coyote, dazzling new spot in JH

we've been to the el coyote on northern boulevard a couple of times since it opened. it is a bit expensive (compared to most mexican restaurants), but i do agree with will4food that the space is very lovely, the service attentive, and the food is fresh, prepared and plated with care, and very, very good. right now i think they are having a promotion where you can get 2 free house margs per table with dinner, if you bring the flyer.

dishes we've eaten and enjoyed include: mixiotes de borrego (lamb in a red chile rub wrapped in parchment and steamed), carnitas en salsa verde, cochinita pibil, chiles rellenos, and guacamole. unfortunately i did not think that the pastel de tres leches that we tried on one occasion was up to the same standard as the rest of the meal. all main courses come with either a green salad, which is surprisingly fresh and good with a homemade citrus dressing, rice and beans, or mashed potatoes.

it's not like a cheap, hole-in-the-wall type of mexican place-- i get the feeling that they are trying for a more "upscale" kind of experience-- but it is good! so all you devotees of the other el coyote should give this one a chance... & let us know how the two stack up.

Jul 17, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

El Coyote

has anyone been to the mexican place that just opened up on northern blvd around 80th street? we stopped by last week and had carnitas en salsa verde, the mixiotes, and guacamole. i thought everything was quite good, and the lime boat margarita was excellent. we also ordered for delivery a few days ago-- very prompt, even though the guy came on foot. we both enjoyed the cochinita pibil, and even the side salad was very fresh and good. my only complaint is that it's a tad expensive. other experiences?

Jul 01, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

New Mexican on Northern?

According to the owner, El Coyote will (finally) be open for business this coming Monday, June 22nd. Looks like it will be good!

Jun 17, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

Best Rhubarb Dessert

I'm not sure if they still have it, but recently Jean-Georges was doing a rhubarb dessert quartet. It would be a splurge but probably worth it-- just call & check first that it's still on the menu!

Jun 07, 2009
chilindrina in Manhattan

Tortilla Press and masa -- where to get in Queens?

I got my press at Panaderia Coatzingo on Roosevelt between 76th and 77th. It's a Mexican bakery/dry goods shop. I think at most of the little Mexican groceries in the Jackson Heights/Corona area you can probably find them. There's another good one further up Roosevelt in the 90s, although I'm not sure of the exact cross streets, where they also sell clay bean pots and things like that. For masa you definitely have to go to Tortilleria Nixtamal; I haven't seen or heard of fresh masa being sold anywhere else.

Jun 07, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

Huitlacoche - where to eat it??

the "el pasito" cart on roosevelt between 74th and 75th usually has huitlacoche. it is canned, but they're great in the quesadillas that they turn out over there-- it''s what i pretty much always get. i *think* i remember the owner once telling me that you can also get huitlacoche dried, so if you're over there you could ask about that.

May 29, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

New Tortilleria opening in Corona

okay, so i stopped by this afternoon to pick up some masa, and asked shauna what the deal is. she told me that they put nothing in the nixtamal besides mineral lime, water, and corn. so when they make the masa, it's 100% fresh masa, and this is the masa that they sell. however, because fresh masa is so dense, the machine can't handle pure masa to make tortillas, so right now they are using a mixture of about 80% masa to 20% maseca for the tortilla machine. but, she said that in 3-4 weeks they expect to have a new part which will allow them to make tortillas from pure masa.

so, that's what's going on with the masa.

May 12, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

New Tortilleria opening in Corona

I don't get it, why would they add maseca to the nixtamal? maseca is like dried masa, which is completely unnecessary if you already have real masa. traditionally tortillas are made straight from fresh masa, which is made from the nixtamal. there is no flour involved. maseca is a convenience product for people who can't make and grind their own nixtamal at home.

May 12, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

Banning Nukes

I haven't had a microwave in four years. When, as a college student living abroad, "microwave" was not exactly a part of my budget, I realized that I actually didn't miss it. Never looked back. I really never liked to heat up coffee or water for tea in the microwave-- always tasted weird to me, for some reason. For other things, like defrosting, it's a matter of remembering to pull things out of the freezer in advance, and for other things, like heating up leftovers, it's just one more pan to clean. But I feel like in my kitchen at least, there's always one more pan to clean, anyway. I'm sure if I were a busier person this would be more important to me...

May 12, 2009
chilindrina in Cookware

New Tortilleria opening in Corona

i did see the kitchen-- but didnt see any maseca.

May 12, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

New Tortilleria opening in Corona

we stopped by last week (cinco de mayo). the food was very good, but the best part was the masa, which they sell by the pound. normally i make tortillas at home with maseca, which is definitely better than storebought tortillas, but let's face it, they're not great. however, i had no idea how not great maseca tortillas actually were until i tried this masa. when i took it out of the bag, i could smell the corn immediately. and the results were like a revelation. every single tortilla browned beautifully and puffed up perfectly like little balloons, which is what they are supposed to do. with maseca, i get a puffed up tortilla once for about every fifty i make, it seems. and their flavor, as everyone has noted, is exceptional. really a find, and definitely something that's been missing here in nyc. apparently they sell a lot of tortillas every morning-- no surprise. next time i'm there i'm going to buy several pounds and freeze it. i don't know if i can ever go back to maseca again....

May 11, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

lard?

ChefJune, which Greenmarket do you go to? Thanks!

May 11, 2009
chilindrina in Home Cooking

lard?

i'm curious about replacing shortening in recipes for baked goods with lard. i'm not into crisco and find plain old butter not to be the best substitute in many cases. i have a tub of mexican-style lard (manteca) that i purchased at a mexican market in queens, which i use for certain mexican dishes, beans, etc. however, it smells very smoky and bacony, and is kind of brownish, so i suspect it is just rendered bacon fat. i'm a bit hesitant to put this in my pie crusts, etc., as i don't want them to taste like bacon! so i'm wondering what true lard looks and smells like, and if it would be possible to render it myself? is there a difference between "manteca" and "lard"?

May 09, 2009
chilindrina in Home Cooking

The Williamsburg Burger Rankings

does captainspacefood mean that PL is not known for their burgers (as opposed to their steaks, with which i think we're all familiar)? how much does a burger there even cost?! i vote for prices to be included in the list, so that we can identify where best to spend our hard-earned dollars...

May 09, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

jackfruit?

maybe i will try a shake before investing in a whole fruit... ;)

May 09, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

Stovetop grill pan - what's best?

I agree with DAG; I have the same Lodge cast iron pan-- but in the 2-burner size-- and I've been very happy with it. I enjoy the large cooking surface even if it might be a bit more unwieldy than the smaller pan; it gives you a lot of freedom, and plus the smooth side is great for making tortillas! It does take a while to cool down enough to handle it, though.

May 08, 2009
chilindrina in Cookware

jackfruit?

i've started seeing HUGE jackfruits outside the indian markets in jackson heights. intriguing, but what is it, exactly? what do you do with one?

May 08, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

Yerba Mate in NYC

maybe try tipicobk, a small paraguayan place in south williamsburg. you might want to call & check about the gourds first, though, just to make sure it would be worth your trip out there.

http://www.tipicobk.com/

Apr 17, 2009
chilindrina in Manhattan

Taco Trucks - weekdays Roosevelt ave?

i think el pasito is still el pasito. it's run by a mexican guy and his wife, who is from el salvador, and the food is really great over there. everything is fresh, and even though you are looking for tacos, i'd really recommend the quesadillas, for which they usually do the tortillas by hand. plus, they often have, as fillings, flor de calabaza (squash blossom) and huitlacoche, which is a very special "corn fungus."-- sounds a bit nasty, but trust me, it isn't.

as for their location, if you don't see them right on roosevelt avenue, try checking just around the corner of 77th street, by the big blue nightclub. that's where they used to hang out last summer.

Apr 15, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs

New Mexican on Northern?

my boyfriend is from mexico and recently went over there to see if they were hiring. they told him that they had all the licenses and are now just waiting for some water supply connection. they're hoping to open within a month or two.

Apr 15, 2009
chilindrina in Outer Boroughs