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Cuy - guinea pig?

I'm trying to track down some Ecuadorian cuy and not having much luck--most of the restos listed on the internet as serving it are saying they don't anymore. anyone have any current spots that serve cuy, even a street vendor? Thanks!

May 01, 2013
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Authentic Mexican Breakfast in Park Slope?

Couldn't agree more with the Lopez Bakery suggestion. I used to live exactly one block from this place and fell pretty hard for it. Living in France now it's one of the places I miss most about NY!

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La Boulangerie Lopez
645 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Dec 09, 2010
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Good, affordable Sunday lunch or dinner, Toulouse

I'm currently living in Toulouse and I have some family from the US coming to visit me next week. It'll be a Sunday and I'd like to go out for a meal. Definitely French food, either traditional or not, but something regional would be nice. I don't eat out here, so I don't know any of the restaurants, and I'm afraid that without any guidance I'll end up someplace touristy. Please help! Thanks!

Oct 18, 2010
Lochina in France

Cooking class in Toulouse?

BUMP--I am now living and working in Toulouse and have yet to find a good answer to this query.

Oct 11, 2010
Lochina in France

Flushing Chinese for a large group - English-friendly

Thank you all for the input! I've decided to go with Spicy & Tasty since Szechaun food is among my favorite cuisines ever. I've put up a thread asking for recommendations for best dishes there; please add your two cents!

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Spicy & Tasty
39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

Apr 20, 2010
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Spicy & Tasty Flushing best dishes

Hello all, I know there are about a million threads on this board devoted to S&T and I've combed through them carefully looking for recs. for an upcoming reservation for a group. I would greatly appreciate it, though, if members could chip in listing their all-time favorite dishes there in each category. From what I've been able to deduce this is the "hit list" I've come up with so far:

- Hot and sour soup
- Dumplings in red chili sauce
- Cold noodles with red chili sauce
- Dan dan noodles
- Spicy double cooked pork
- Ma po dofu

Question: I've seen many people mention the spicy beef tendon. Are they referring to the app (in red chili sauce) or the main (sauteed)? Also please recommend one of the lamb dishes and any veggie sides worth mentioning. Thank you!!!

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Spicy & Tasty
39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

Apr 20, 2010
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Flushing Chinese for a large group - English-friendly

I host a monthly(ish) dining club devoted to outer borough eating and our next stop is Flushing, Queens. I'm hoping someone here can recommend a Chinese (any region/cuisine) restaurant with great food that is large enough to accommodate a group of about 30, and that is proficient in English so that I can make arrangements/ask questions over the phone. Recommend away!

Apr 13, 2010
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Gloria's in Crown Heights

I stumbled upon this West Indian restaurant/takeout spot on the corner of Nostrand Ave. and Sterling Pl. while catsitting for a friend. A buddy and I split a double and a pumpkin roti and both were tantalizingly delicious--fresh-tasting and hot. Also recommended: the very strong, and very sweet, homemade ginger beer. This is a real neighborhood place and each time I've passed it it has had at least a few customers inside. Just wanted to give it a shout-out.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/glorias-brooklyn

Dec 27, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Dyker Heights quick/cheap/takeout recommendations

That is where you are so wrong! Have you ever tried reheating diner french fries? They're one of my favorite leftover foods. In a hot oven on a baking sheet they get even crispier than when they first came out of the fryer.

Dec 20, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Lunch rec. near Film Forum (Soho)?

I'll be at the Film Forum on Wednesday afternoon and I'd like a recommendation for a lunch spot to hit beforehand. No real preference as to cuisine, anything on the lighter and more moderate side. Thanks!

Dec 20, 2009
Lochina in Manhattan

Dyker Heights quick/cheap/takeout recommendations

Wow. Thanks for the put down. Like I said, the diner wasn't my choice but I appreciated it for what it was. And when I say classic and old school, I don't mean like diner car diners from the 50s, but rather the types of big sprawling diners that I remember from visiting my grandma in Brighton Beach as a kid, or off-the-highway diners from childhood road trips. Those places have their charm, too.
And I stand by my assertion that the fries kick ass!

Dec 19, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Coconut Palm Bar and Grill

Anyone ever been to this Guyanese restaurant in the Bronx? I run a small eating club with a friend and this was our destination on Wednesday. We learned about it from Baron Ambrosia, a culinary/comedic genius who has a show on Bronx Television (you can also watch the episode on his web site: http://www.bronxflavor.com/
)The staff treated us spectacularly and gave us a TON of food for our $20 pp all-inclusive price: fried shark, chicken gizzards, potato balls, blood pudding and polurie (like small savory doughnuts) appetizers; for mains we had rice and beans, fried rice, chicken curry, curried oxtail, curried goat and jerk chicken as well as dhal poori and roti breads. Everything was FANTASTIC, really some of the best West Indian food I've had: fresh flavors, big portions. In terms of standouts, I would have to name the chicken gizzards, the oxtail, the goat and the dhal poori. YUM! If you've tried it let me know what you think; otherwise get thee to the Bronx and report back!

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Coconut Palm
2407 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

Dec 19, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Dyker Heights quick/cheap/takeout recommendations

Thanks for all the recs. We ended up at the Vegas Diner--although I was in the mood for more "ethnic" eats, my friends were feeling a diner, which of course is always a great choice for a cold night; I've just been eating a lot of fried food lately and wanted something lighter. ANYWAY, it was a great recommendation. The diner is classic old school, huge, sprawling, with a big counter and individual jukeboxes at every table. It was PACKED on Thursday around 9, full of big families and had a real neighborhood feel. I ordered a sandwich that was definitely a risk--Chinese Roast Pork on a toasted garlic bun (that was what really sold me). The pork was nothing to write home about, but had good flavor (I could taste ginger) and was fairly moist. I spread the sandwich with both hot mustard and duck sauce and it was pretty damn tasty. And huge. Also, the fries, which I ordered (as I always do) extra crispy, were the bomb. Big thick steak fries. Yum, there are a few left in my fridge calling to me right now. Anyhow the diner was really fun, and I look forward to trying the other recommendations here.
PS. The lights this year--we walked along 86th St. from the R stop to the D stop--were pretty good. I don't know what they've been like in past years. This year not as many houses as I would have expected were done up, but the ones that were were spectacularly tacky and grand. It was fun.

Dec 19, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Dyker Heights quick/cheap/takeout recommendations

On Thursday night some friends and I are heading down to Dyker Heights to check out the legendary Christmas decorations. I'm sure we'll get hungry out in the cold and I'd love some recommendations for a place to grab a quick bite--someplace cheap and casual, either a takeout joint or someplace with just a few tables. I have no idea what kind of food is popular in DK and we are open to any cuisine as long as it's quality and cheap. Please advise. Thanks!

Dec 15, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Seeking a Pittsburgh dinner rec for Friday night

Hello all,

Every year my family meets in Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving. On Friday night, we usually go out to dinner; most years we've gone to Lidia's Pittsburgh and have really enjoyed it, both for the quality of the food and the price. We'd like to try someplace new this year, no real preference as to cuisine, but my father is kind of a picky eater (likes simple, clean Mediterranean type food, nothing too spicy), so there should be something to accommodate his tastes. Any suggestions? Again, any area of the city, any type of cuisine, but solid tasty food at a reasonable price. Thank you!

Nov 24, 2009
Lochina in Pennsylvania

Horrible experience at Plan B

The strange thing is that the name "Plan B" also implies that the restaurant was second choice--as in, "Oh my, looks like Al Di La is closed tonight. OK, let's go to Plan B..." For the connotation stated above, and this one, I can't imagine how anyone naming the restaurant said, Yeah! That's a great idea!

Aug 11, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Patel Grocery in Sunset Park

I want to thank the original poster for bringing this sweet little shop to my attention. Earlier in the week I had some ground lamb I wanted to use up and I wanted to make something Indian, some kind of kheema. I biked down from my apartment on 18th St. with a friend and as we walked around the shop the owner enthusiastically pointed us to the ingredients on our list. I'll agree with everything said above about the selection and prices, first rate for such a small, out-of-the-way place, and I'll add that as we paid the owner presented us with a free home baked Indian sweet that he said was made with whole wheat flour. Thumbs up for this place, I'll be back (I was eying that block of paneer in the case!)

Jul 15, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Errol's Caribbean Bakery - Lefferts Gardens/Flatbush

Just wanted to put in a good word for this incredibly charming, incredibly delicious little Caribbean takeout joint on Flatbush Ave. Stopped in with three other friends around midnight last week after the Dr. Dog show in Prospect Park. It was empty but within minutes filled up with regulars and lively chatter. A friend and I both got the small order of Stew Chicken (with rice and peas, cabbage and two pieces of plantains) for $5, one friend got the Curry Chicken and one friend got the Saltfish and Ackee. Everything was delicious, but I must say that the stew chicken was the winner. Tender pieces of white and dark meat on the bone, not really stewed down but incredibly tender and brown from a rich, slightly spicy sauce. The portion was huge, too much for me to eat in one sitting and it made for tasty leftovers the next night. There is also, of course, a sizable selection of house-baked items, like loaves of white and wheat breads, all kinds of sweet buns, turnovers and two standout items: a "bread pudding" (both white and whole wheat available) which was really like a square of dense cinnamon-scented custard studded with raisins ($1.50 for a HUGE slice--GREAT breakfast!) and a "corn pudding" which was similar but sweeter and with cornmeal (also $1.50). FINALLY, there are amazing homemade juices available--my friend ordered carrot, which was really like a carrot smoothie with grated carrot, sugar, coconut milk and cinnamon. Just great.

Apart from the food being delectable and cheap, the staff were so, so friendly. This is a family place: mom was packing up the goods to go, and her two sons were taking orders. As we were a group of four young white people walking in late at night, they were fawning over us a bit, but were equally friendly and welcoming to all the customers they served that night. It's a real neighborhood gem. Please go and report back!

Errol's Caribbean Bakery
661 Flatbush Ave. at Hawthorne St.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 469-6078‎

Jul 05, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy za'atar in Midtown?

Sorry...I've already answered my own question but don't know how to delete a post: the Penzey's stall in Grand Central, DUH!

Jun 24, 2009
Lochina in Manhattan

Where to buy za'atar in Midtown?

I'm at work in an office building at 6th Ave. and 43rd St. and I'd like to buy some za'atar during my lunch break for dinner tonight. I suppose I could walk over to Lex in the 20s to Kalustyan's/etc., but I'd rather not stray that far. Is there anywhere else closer to me that sells za'atar? Thanks!

Jun 24, 2009
Lochina in Manhattan

The General Greene ice cream cart

Stopped by yesterday and got a scoop each of salted caramel pretzel and bulot chip. Both flavors were good, particularly the bulot chip, but I have to agree that generally I like my ice cream denser and also that it was served too warm--it was melting off the cone pretty rapidly. Still, $3 for two scoops isn't bad and I work a block away so I'll probably frequent it this summer if only because the flavors show some real thought.

Jun 23, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

The General Greene ice cream cart

Wow! That's high praise indeed! I work on Dekalb Ave. on the weekends, I'm thinking that I have to stop by ASAP.

Jun 17, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

The General Greene ice cream cart

Has anyone tried the ice cream from the cart in front of the General Greene in Fort Greene? I haven't gotten a chance to yet, but as I work part time in the neighborhood I expect to soon (given, that is, that we finally have a day of sunshine sometime soon). If you've tried it, what do you think? I'll report back when I do.

Jun 11, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Little D: in memoriam

Seriously? I was in there for the first time for brunch on Saturday and it was packed. I find it surprising that no one on staff would have said anything.

Jun 02, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Tempo closing

Damn! That's really sad news. A true loss for the Slope, indeed.

Jun 02, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

brunch/lunch near promenade

Do you both mean Teresa's? Not familiar with Christine's. Love that place but it's certainly not fancy at all. Good value, though.

I second the recommendation for Sam's. Delicious brick oven pizza! It's a bit far from the promenade, though.

Edited for spelling

May 28, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Anyone Been To Saul Lately?

The Good Fork!

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The Good Fork
391 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

May 27, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs

Produce/Groceries in Brooklyn Heights?

Whoa! Not so fast with the Brooklyn Heights hatin'. First and foremost: get thee to Sahadi's, the venerable Middle Eastern import/specialty foods store on Atlantic Avenue between Court and Clinton. A fantastic prepared foods counter in the back, an enormous selection of cheap, high-quality spices, a room of dreams where you can buy grains, dried fruits, nuts, candies, olives and pickles in bulk, a huge cheese counter, Middle Eastern pastries and breads from the nearby Arab bakeries. All this at some of the most competitive prices you'll see in the area. A tip: if you can, try to go at an off hour. 5-7 pm (closing), the place is mobbed. Closed on Sundays.

Next: Trader Joe's at the corner of Court and Atlantic, right nearby. It's new. It's a strange space housed in a lovely old bank that I don't think should have been turned into a grocery store, but so it goes. The prices here are very low, especially on prepared/frozen items, bread, and cereal. Get the circular that advertises all the sales. This store also gets very busy in the two hours before dinnertime.

For produce: Green Pea, also on Atlantic between Court and Clinton. Same side of the street as Sahadi's. A nice little selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, good prices.

For a standard supermarket, Key Food on the corner of Clinton and Atlantic. This store has gotten SO much better/nicer in the past few years. It used to be really crappy, but now carries a nice selection of products. Has a new section for organics. The prices are good--look for the sales. They have a very nice selection of fresh cut flowers outside the store.

Hope this helps--
A former (21-year) BK Heights resident

May 19, 2009
Lochina in Outer Boroughs