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Chocolate fudge layer cake?

Not having had this, and with no plans on going to Delicatessen, what makes this your favorite kind of cake?

Aug 03, 2009
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

Chocolate fudge layer cake?

Junior's Chocolate Layer Cake. It has a subtlety (or is it nuance?) that is uncommon in most devil's food cakes with fudge(y) frosting - but still delivers the powerful sweetness, and sturdy unctuousness, that lovers of this type of cake crave. Even better when you wait for the chill to leave, and the mobility to return. Not clear if you are looking to be served a slice, or buy a whole cake. About $27 at Junior's locations, $35 on their site (plus S&H), and up to $60 on floral/gift sites (plus S&H). One of better examples of this genre of classic American, frosted, layered towers.

For non-fudge, butter-type chocolate cakes, there is Black Hound NY.

Aug 02, 2009
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

The 'Beefsteak' in New Jersey-NYT

The Market Basket in Franklin Lakes, NJ will cater a full Beefsteak (soup to nuts). It's $30 a person, with a 50 person minimum. I guess when all is said, done and spent - it can be easier on the nerves than handling a holiday party on your own. Novel theme for those who've never been to one. Incorporate the NYT article with 1938 photo into the invitation and/or place cards.

You'll need to download the catering menu PDF. http://www.marketbasket.com/

Nov 18, 2008
SunnysideUp in Food Media & News

DETROIT STYLE CONEY ISLAND DOGS IN NY

My favorite Texas Weiner is at the Hot Grill in Clifton, NJ. It's one of the few times I enjoy a non-kosher-style hot dog.

Feb 19, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

Top 5 Chicken Wings (IMHO)

I love how smoky and simple Virgil's wings are.

Feb 08, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

Your choice for Trader Joe's BEST item

It always changes, but recently my favorite item is the Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels.

Feb 04, 2008
SunnysideUp in Chains

Mini Egg Custard Tarts, Elmhurst?

Sunrise Bakery and Cafe, 84-02 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst. (718) 507-2298

Feb 04, 2008
SunnysideUp in Outer Boroughs

Your Dish Is Unwelcome Here

I absolutely agree with thought_for_food. While flowers are nice, it is an imposition to bring them loose, and then expect the host (who has plenty to do with last minute preparations and receiving guests) to unwrap them, prepare them, and put them in a vase with water. I guess you could hand your guest a vase and ask them to please take care of it.

Even better, is having a floral arrangement sent the next day, along with a note, thanking your host for a nice evening.

Feb 04, 2008
SunnysideUp in Features

Best Pastrami Sandwich

Katz's

Feb 03, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

Mario Batali: "I am a fashion disaster."

Here's the Crocs "Batali Edition" Bistro: http://tinyurl.com/2bgkxq
It only comes in orange, and has no vents or holes. Bistro Crocs, the site says, were designed specifically for those in the foodservice industry.

Feb 02, 2008
SunnysideUp in Food Media & News

What's your favorite water?

At home it's NYC tap, always. But if I am in NJ or local, then I will get Poland Spring. As far as national brands go, I find Dasani appealing and clean tasting. For foreign, Volvic is good. I have never enjoyed the saline taste of Evian. I don't normally like tap if I am traveling in the US, so any inexpensive regional brands (like some of the ones mentioned in the OP) are fine.

Feb 02, 2008
SunnysideUp in General Topics

Mario Batali: "I am a fashion disaster."

You are correct, in the beginning he wore Calzuro medical clogs. While he has helped to popularize Crocs in the kitchen, I think professional cooks still prefer the sturdier, and more protective, Dansko type of clog. What's strange is that Crocs does have a great professional line of footwear, without holes, for chefs. I am not sure why he features the ones with holes, which are akin to going barefoot in the kitchen.

Feb 02, 2008
SunnysideUp in Food Media & News

Michael Pollan's Twelve Commandments for Serious Eaters

Since we're referencing religious terms for food, I'd rather worship Barry Glassner's less dogmatic The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food is Wrong.

Feb 02, 2008
SunnysideUp in Food Media & News

Sympathy Food

I am not sure this was mentioned, since it's a long thread, and over a year old. What I have found over the years dealing with the grieving of others, and my own grief, is what's really appreciated is something most people don't think of: offering condolences, visits, letters, or food some time after the onslaught of initial well-wishers. Death is such an overwhelming experience, and dealing with the amount of people who offer sympathy and food within that first week can be overwhelming, as well. An overlooked fact is that while the rest of us go on with our lives after those first few days, the bereaved are still bereft. When the casseroles are all gone, or leftovers thrown away, I think it's really nice to arrive with something then, and let the person, or family know that they are still in your thoughts.

Oh, I just saw chelleyd01 and toodie jane mentioned something similar. Very helpful posts!

Feb 02, 2008
SunnysideUp in General Topics

The 'Beefsteak' in New Jersey-NYT

I hope you get to go! It would be great to hear a report.

Feb 01, 2008
SunnysideUp in Food Media & News

The 'Beefsteak' in New Jersey-NYT

I just replied to a beefsteak post on another board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/484691

Jan 31, 2008
SunnysideUp in Food Media & News

South Jersey Beefsteaks?

Not really, because only two places in Northern New Jersey cater them. Might be worth a trip. A Google search turns up tons of them in the region. I have been to private beefsteaks (family functions, birthdays) at a restaurant on Crooks Ave in Clifton, NJ called Luxor. It is next to Baskinger's (butter, not margarine), one of the caterers listed in the NYT article. They have no website, but call them to see if they can arrange one for you: (973) 772-2700. Either that, or it might to fun to buy a ticket and crash a real one!

Jan 31, 2008
SunnysideUp in Mid-Atlantic

PF Changs-type Chinese in NYC

Go to Ruby Foo's, then take a hot shower in a crouched position, and recite an Act of Contrition. After that, all will be absolved.

Jan 31, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

Burgers in Astoria

Horgan's is on par, and at times, even better.

Jan 31, 2008
SunnysideUp in Outer Boroughs

DETROIT STYLE CONEY ISLAND DOGS IN NY

Try Crif Dogs. They have that cinnamon-scented, runny chili sauce found in places traditionally founded by Greeks. Just don't call it a coney dog anywhere within a 100 miles of Coney Island. Few people will know what you're talking about. You may also have to bring your own yellow mustard too. Also, check out posts by fellow chowhounder: hotdoglover. http://www.crifdogsnyc.com/

Jan 28, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

New Pete's Grill in Sunnyside, Queens

Pete's actually has a parking lot!

Jan 28, 2008
SunnysideUp in Outer Boroughs

Sapporo W 49th Special Ramen Soup?

Rai Rai Ken - East 10th St between 2nd and 1st.

Jan 28, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

Restaurant serving the best basic, red sauce Italian dishes?

Jan 28, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

any good bakeries in hell's kitchen?

Little Pie Company's yellow cake with chocolate icing is my favorite cake in the city. It will be the perfect ending to dinner at Daisy May's. It's also conveniently nearby. http://www.littlepiecompany.com/publi...

Jan 05, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

looking for authentic hungarian dobos torte in nyc

Nita's European Bakery on Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside. It's Romanian, and makes all the Austro-Hungarian classics. It's inexpensive, and great.

Jan 01, 2008
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

PIGS IN A BLANKET

Absolutely agree about Hebrew National. Convenient to have 40 frozen in a box, and much cheaper than gourmet brands - only about $11.99 a box, and you can find them just about anywhere. They also bake up consistently better than those expensive brands, too. I love them.

Dec 28, 2007
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

last minute, i know...traveling hiccup...now need christmas reservations...help!

How about a Scandinavian Julbord (Christmas Table) in the West Village? http://www.smorgaschef.com/JulBord.htm

Dec 23, 2007
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

FRIED OREOS!!

That place on 46th St. is now closed.

Jun 03, 2007
SunnysideUp in Manhattan

a cookbook to cook my way through?

TASTY by Roy Finamore.

Jun 03, 2007
SunnysideUp in Home Cooking

The "Sloppy Joe" Sandwich???

Where are you on the addition of butter? I approve of it, because it acts as a seal between the wet ingredients and the extra-thin slices of bread. If spread too thickly, then it's an ingredient that doesn't belong, because it goes from function to unneccessary flavor.

Another problem for some is that butter introduces dairy to the sandwich, which is why the addition of Swiss cheese really renders it a non-Sloppy.

May 05, 2007
SunnysideUp in General Topics