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Basic Turkey Stock

It can last pretty much forever in the freezer.

Dec 01, 2008
ellyel in Recipes

Herbed Beets with Fennel

White wine vinegar should suffice instead of vermouth. Also, I hope that you find this thread helpful:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/370573

Dec 01, 2008
ellyel in Recipes

Looking for a whole "lechon"

Did you find a place? I was thinking about getting a lechon as well for my birthday and could really use some suggestions. The party will be in Williamsburg, but I am willing to pay a delivery fee or rent a car or something.

I remember Time Out having a short blurb about a place in Chinatown that does one for $5.50 a pound, but can't find the article. Does anyone know what I am talking about?

Thanks so much!

Nov 24, 2008
ellyel in Manhattan

Parents are picky eaters - help!

I have a RW reservation this Friday. And (at the risk of sounding incredibly naive) what is the dress code here?

Jan 30, 2008
ellyel in Manhattan

Thank you

This is just a general thank you to you SF Chowhounders. I just came back from SF a couple of days ago from my first vacation in YEARS. As I was visiting tons of friends and family (Filipino-style, which means wonderful, endless days of eating homecooked tastiness) I knew that I would only be able to go try one great place.

After scouring the boards, I found Incanto.

I knew it was a good sign when the cabbie that took me there commented that it was a place only locals knew about.

Apps: The Porchetta di Testa was interesting - I really enjoyed the marbling. Though I totally forgot to ask which part of the head it was - I am guessing cheek. (Anyone know?)

Entree: I had the Spaghettini, Sardinian cured tuna heart, egg yolk & parsley which was just...delish. *sigh* My friends had the Braised pork shoulder and the Roasted lamb neck. While both exceptionally tasty, I am glad that I went with the wilder of the 3 (as per the suggestions given by chowhounders).

Dessert: I had the Bay leaf panna cotta which was meltingly good. Though I think my pal's Honey-lavender ice cream with peach crostini was the absolute best. Esp the ice cream. Dreamy.

So, thank you, chowhounders for helping me make the best of my vacation.

Aug 04, 2007
ellyel in San Francisco Bay Area

What to get at Super 88 (lunch and groceries)?

*You can always buy a durian, warm it up, crack it open and hide it under the seat of a friend's car.*

HA! Thanks, needed that laugh. My roommate just bought one out of curiosity and before I could warn her, well...let's just say that she was surprised. :)

Aug 04, 2007
ellyel in Greater Boston Area

South St. Seaport - Lunch on Saturday - 10 kids, 4 adults

Do you have addresses for these places?

Thanks so much!
EllyEl

Jun 08, 2007
ellyel in Manhattan

Bahn Mi on Lafeyette btwn White and Walker

That's pretty much what I was thinking...nothing really tops Bahn Mi So 1. :)

Thanks so much!

Jun 05, 2007
ellyel in Manhattan

South St. Seaport - Lunch on Saturday - 10 kids, 4 adults

Hi!
I am bringing a group of 10 teens to the Bodies Exhibit on a Saturday. At some point, they will need to be fed. Here's the criteria:
*Can't be over $15/pp. would prefer it being a bit less.
*Kid-friendly (In other words, no "wierd" food, like sushi)
*Burgers and sandwiches preferred.
*And the most important - can accomodate 14 people. (If they accept reservations, then that would be a HUGE wieght off my shoulders.)

Any suggestions?

Thanks so much in advance!

EllyEl

Jun 05, 2007
ellyel in Manhattan

Bahn Mi on Lafeyette btwn White and Walker

Just wonder what the was the deal with Bahn Mi Sau Voi Cafe (101-105 Lafeyette) before I venture out there. Because, really, there is just nothing sadder than a sub-par bahn mi.

Thanks!

Apr 03, 2007
ellyel in Manhattan

Bagels

I know that this is pretty far from where you are, but on 77th and 5th Ave in Bay Ridge there's this place called Sam's Bagels. Def. boiled and baked. Nice and chewy and crispy at the same time.

And they have a fantastic lox spread. :)

Feb 05, 2007
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

best bagels in Bay Ridge-maybe all of Brooklyn

Eating a Dale Bagal right now for the first time. Plain, lightly toasted, cc and lox. Crispy and light on the outside - wonderfully dense on the inside. The amount of cc and lox is just right - enough to ooze a bit, but not gush onto my lap. I have to admit, the best bagel I've ever had.

Jan 28, 2007
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Are there any hounds in Bay Ridge?

I am a big fan of 86 Noodle. They have some really great wonton soups. Though I am not a fn of Americanized Chinese food, at least they use a pretty high quality of food. And the dumplings are just great. :)

Dec 08, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

zaatar

Cool - I didn't know that they sold zaatar as well. Thanks!

Nov 22, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

zaatar

What is this place called?

Nov 21, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Are there any hounds in Bay Ridge?

I just went to Karam and tried the Sujok (spicy lamb and beef sausage) sandwhich.

My mouth is so happy right now. It was spicy, but just enough to keep it tingly, but not overpower the taste of the meat. Perfectly spiced and flavorful. It was enhanced with, I think, pickled beets and this tangy yogurt sauce.

Just what this chilly night called for!

Nov 18, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Table Manners in Seoul

Not at all - most of them make sense to me.

BTW, I'm Filipino-American. :)

Nov 18, 2006
ellyel in Not About Food

Table Manners in Seoul

Thanks! You guys have been so great. I really appreciate how helpful y'all are! Keep the tips coming!

Oh, if it helps, I am a female in my late-20s.

Thanks again!

Nov 16, 2006
ellyel in Not About Food

Table Manners in Seoul

I've been perusing the boards, looking for places to try while I'm in Seoul in a couple of months, when it occurred to me: How does one eat in South Korea without offending others? Can someone give me a hand - I've never been to Seoul and I really don;t want to offend people with my "poor" table manners.

Thanks!

Nov 11, 2006
ellyel in Not About Food

Carbonara in Bay Ridge

I am in need of a place that offers carbonara...either the Roman version (egg on top and little sauce) or the creamy version. Anyways, there are so many places in Bay Ridge that to go door to door seems a bit frustrating. There are SO many places here!

Anyone care to help out this Bay Ridge 'hound?

And thamks so much in advance!

Nov 11, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Delihaus Location----new restaurant

Though I thought Buks in Inman Square was okay (more for the beer than actual food), that's just depressing. Though I am entirely biased. Esp. since I remember BU stating that they would keep the Delihaus alive.

*sigh*

Does anyone know what happened to the former owners?

Nov 03, 2006
ellyel in Greater Boston Area

Au Coin du Feu

Thank you, nicholson. :)

Nov 02, 2006
ellyel in Manhattan

Are there any hounds in Bay Ridge?

Chianti is still there. Very charming staff. And Gnochetti to die for!

Oct 30, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Are there any hounds in Bay Ridge?

As charming as Little Cupcake's atmosphere is, the cupcakes just really aren't all that great. It took me a while to sample all of them (because, really, I'd like my hips to not expand), but the cupcakes themselves were on the dry side and the icing so sweet, it made my sweet tooth hurt. Except for the icing on the chocolate cloud - it was blessedly lighter. That icing is the places only saving point.

However, the other desserts there are lovely. The Blueberry cobbler comes to mind. And the coffee is quite nice. :)

Oct 30, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Are there any hounds in Bay Ridge?

Just had dinner at Saint Germain's on 83rd(?) and 3rd Ave, next to Amelia's. Fantastic. Had the duck with a lovely berry sauce and brown rice pilaf. The duck was wonderfully tender with a nice crust and the sauce, while obviously sweet, did not overpower the duck as sometime happens with game meat. The use of brown rice for the piliaf lent a nice nuttiness to the dish as well. The atmosphere was refreshingly casual (I went in with jeans). And for a single girl having dinner alone, the staff didn't make me feel like I was an oddball (as some places have done). The gentleman serving also seemed to be the owner, but that's my guess.

All in all, I found it charming. Made me wish I wasn't too full for dessert!

Oct 30, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Best coffee shop in Brooklyn (to read and study in)

On 3rd Ave and 83rd St(?), there is Caffe Cafe. They don't have WiFi, but they will let you use an outlet so that you cna work. I find it a nice place to transcribe notes. Coffee is pretty decent, though not as strong as I like it. But the staff is pretty friendly.

Oct 16, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Au Coin du Feu

Hey, is Au Coin du Feu on Lafayette St. still around? I hear rumors that it was moving but am not sure where or even if it was simply closing down. I hope not - really wanted to try it out.

Thanks!

Oct 16, 2006
ellyel in Manhattan

Looking for a birthday spot...

Honestly, I am super new in Brooklyn. I'll definitely check them out! Is this the Kinara on 9th St and 5th Ave?

Oct 15, 2006
ellyel in Outer Boroughs

Looking for a birthday spot...

Thanks all! I'll definitely be "test driving" these places (some people will be from out of town...I just want to make sure everyone is happy.)!

Keep those suggestions coming! :)

Thanks so very much!

Oct 15, 2006
ellyel in Manhattan

Looking for a birthday spot...

Thanks, MMRuth!

Oct 14, 2006
ellyel in Manhattan