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Mid-Autumn Festival – It’s Time For Mooncakes, A Taste Test of Local Mooncakes

Do you know if any of those mooncakes are vegetarian? Most places I've come across use lard in their mooncakes.

Sep 17, 2013
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

First time in Phoenix/Chandler-Need recs

These all sound like great recs - thank you! Will try to narrow things down, and will definitely hit up Essence Bakery, as I love macarons.
I think we will also try to have a nicer dinner one of the nights. From reading the boards, I was debating between FnB, Binkley's, and Noca. By "nicer," I mean excellent food - doesn't have to be fancy or romantic. Thoughts?

Jul 11, 2010
Minerva0501 in Phoenix

First time in Phoenix/Chandler-Need recs

Hi all,
My boyfriend and I are coming from New York, NY and will be in Chandler in 2 weekends for a wedding. Looking for recs for 3 lunches, 2 dinners and some simple breakfasts (simple bites @ bakeries, cafes, etc). Any cuisine is okay, but possibly looking for places that are unique to AZ/Phoenix. Looking for lunch/brunch $10-$30 pp w/o tax or drinks; dinners $30-75 pp w/o tax or drinks. I'm a vegetarian, but seafood is okay. Not a wine drinker, but a good beer list would be nice. We have a car, but don't really want to drive more than 30-40min away.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
Oh - and would appreciate any recs for excellent desserts/ice cream/bakeries!

Jul 10, 2010
Minerva0501 in Phoenix

Portuguese Sweet Bread or King's Hawaiian Bread?

There were plenty of King's Hawaiian Rolls and Breads at the Fine Fare on 116th and Lenox Ave when I went last week.

Nov 30, 2009
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Pittsburgh-Dining alone

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm open to not eating app and entree if the apps are large. I can usually fill up after eating 1 of 2 appetizers at a mid-high- end restaurant (aka - smaller portions). I'm also a fan of piecing together a few bar bites to make a meal.

Point Brugge and Dinette seem to fit my criterias. I've also heard great things about the Big Burrito restaurant group, so I may visit one of the restaurants for a meal with my boyfriend. If there are any other suggestions, I'm eager to learn about them!

I'm staying at Hyatt Place by the airport, but I'm going to be in the downtown or Oakland area that evening. What do you consider safe/unsafe?

Jul 08, 2009
Minerva0501 in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh-Dining alone

I'm from NYC and will be visiting Pittsburgh this Thursday-Saturday. Thursday night, I will be having dinner on my own. Any suggestions for a female dining alone? I'm a vegetarian (seafood okay) and will not be drinking since I'll be designated driver later in the evening. I'm looking at spending about $25 for app & entree excluding tip/tax. Doesn't have to be a large meal - I fill up quickly. I will have a car (van, actually), so I can drive anywhere, but I am not familiar with the area.

Also, any suggestions on places for dessert after dinner would be great. Thank you!

Jul 07, 2009
Minerva0501 in Pennsylvania

what to order at Vegetarian Dim Sum House?

I like their vegetarian take on char shu bao, and definitely the fried turnip cakes (although they do come out very greasy). Not a fan of the vegetarian shrimp dumplings.

Apr 17, 2008
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Good vegetarian hot and sour soup?

Wild Ginger on Broome b/w Mulberry and Mott.

Apr 17, 2008
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Choco Chip Cookies

City Bakery's chocolate chip cookies are pretty popular, and I find them the perfect consistency, albeit a bit greasy (but I suppose you need that buttery goodness). They taste a bit like almond cookies you find in Chinese restaurants (w/o the almonds of course), nice and chewy. 18th St. b/w 5th and 6th Ave.

Feb 14, 2008
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Am I crazy for thinking that Magnolia cupcakes suck?

I've fallen in love with Make My Cake's cupcakes. They're quite large but I have no problem finishing one off by myself. Although they make different flavours/frostings, I've only had the chocolate cupcake with white frosting and the red velvet cupcake. Both are amazing, but it's the red velvet that shines. The cupcakes are moist, rich but not overly so, not too sweet, and has the perfect density IMO. I go to the one on 116th and St Nicholas Ave. The store is adorable and has a bunch of other goodies for you to try as well.

Jan 26, 2008
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Looking for something ethnic for tonight

Haven't been in a while, but I enjoyed L'Orange Bleu in SoHo/NoLIta in the past. It's French-Mediterranean-Moroccan, not fancy, but attentive service and good atmosphere. The many different flavours just come together so well in your mouth... I should return soon!

Jan 26, 2008
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Banh Mi in Auckland CBD

Thanks for the info!

Banh Mi in Auckland CBD

I know there is a bunch of Vietnamese dining to be found in Auckland, but can anyone point out any places in the CBD that sells great banh mi? I'm from NY and was surrounded by banh mi shops in my neigborhood, and am looking to satisfy that craving here. I've only searched online and the only one I was able to find was in Mt. Eden. Thanks!

French food in Tahiti

I know Tahiti is heavily French-influenced, so therefore would have french food. Any suggestions on where to get good french snacks and nibbles? Looking along the lines of crepes, croissants, cafes, etc. I'll be there in 2 weeks - 1 day in Papeete and a week in Moorea. Thanks!

Red Velvet Cake

Oh my - I concur. I bought a slice and couldn't wait to dig in. Imagine my disappointment when I bit into the cake and tasted butter! It completely ruined the rest of the flavor of the cake and I had to scrape the buttercream off to enjoy the cake by itself, which, without the cream cheese frosting, was not as enjoyable as it could have been.

Jul 29, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Vegetarian in NYC

I'm not sure if this is too late, but Aquavit does a great Vegetarian Tasting menu - but it's a 7-course tasting menu so expect to be quite full at the end of the meal!

Apr 16, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Cha-An on 9th St. b/w Stuyvesent and 2nd Ave. offers traditional Japanese tea ceremonies - decently priced as well. Haven't experienced it, but I have visited the place several times and have enjoyed their meals - not too heavy and authentic Japanese.

Mar 02, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Best Scones: Two Little Red Hens

On the subject of great scones, Alice's Tea Cup has an amazing pumpkin scone - super buttery, but that's what provides that wonderful moistness, with a tasty glazed topping. Their plain scones are kind of dry though. Does anyone know where I can find really great savory scones?

Mar 02, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

good Pad woon sen????

Sorry - I haven't tried the one on 2nd Ave. Only in Midtown and Chinatown. Haven't been to Angel's Share either. If you do try it, please let me know how it is!

Feb 28, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

good Pad woon sen????

Pongsri has a good Pad Woon Sen. I've also tried them at Sea Thai, Spice, and Sea. I think Pongsri has the better version. There are a few - one in Chinatown and one in Midtown - both of which I've visited. Do NOT try it at Funky Thai on Broome St. That was the worst pad woon sen I've ever have. I think they used the wrong noodles (probably used a potato starch glass noodle rather than vermicelli).

Feb 26, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

WD-50: Recs and a Question

When I visited, the kitchen was very accommodating with my vegetarian requests. I found our server to also be very well-educated on the menu and wines. I'm a bit confused like Oliverstreet - two out of three of my dishes had cubes! The dishes are definitely a trip for your mouth, but I enjoyed every bite. I didn't find them too exotic, but of course, mine were all vegetarian.

Feb 21, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Which "Guest" is Best?

I've been to all the BR Guest Restaurants except Ruby Foo. Isabella's is my favorite for brunch (although always crowded and can be hectic) and I've always been very happy with Atlantic Grill. I had high expectations when I went to Fiamma's and was not impressed. Blue Water Grill is also a decent choice but I enjoy Atlantic Grill better as I've found its consistency has been better than that of Blue Water Grill's.

Feb 19, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan

Room 4 Dessert

I live nearby and go there quite often. The menu changes seasonally and I've noticed that as they've been open for a year and some now, the menu has come full circle, with a few adjustments and substitutions though. I enjoy their food, can only remember one item that I disliked, but I wouldn't say everything is amazing. I'm also a big fan of the cheese plate. The atmosphere is fun too, depending on the night you go. Every time I go, they make you feel very welcome. It's also a little similar to European restaurants/cafes in which they let you sit and enjoy and will only give you the check when requested. It's not a place for everyone, especially not those who only like traditional desserts.

Feb 19, 2007
Minerva0501 in Manhattan