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How Do Lefties Peel Vegetables?

I'm left-handed, but I do most kitchen tasks right-handed (cutting, peeling, opening cans). I use spoons (for stirring and scooping) left-handed, though, which causes problems with asymettrical ice cream scoops (the kind with a thumb rest on one side). Those are impossible to use left-handed.

Feb 12, 2010
uncleozzy in Features

Long Island URGENT Help!

Guess I might be late here, but you might want to check out Iavarone Bros. on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington. They probably deliver out to Commack, and their catering is pretty good. Italian, of course, but they've got a pretty full deli, too.

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

I live on LI (where I grew up) now, but I lived for 8 years in Cambridge, MA, where Herrell's has a branch (Harvard Square). The ice cream is all fantastic--really fantastic--and the hot fudge is killer. I went to the Huntington location as soon as I heard it was open, and wasn't disappointed, even with the line out the door. I know jmax is complaining about portion size, but I really think it might be the server, since I seem to remember getting *too much* to eat.

In any case, I highly, highly recommend the cookies and cream (made with sweet cream ice cream, not vanilla), the pumpkin, and the earl grey. Everything else is good, too, but these are standouts.

Looking for lobster in Nassau

Might not be what you're looking for, but Popei's on Wantagh Ave. in Levittown has specials Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm. The place is usually pretty crowded with couples and families having a couple of lobsters and a bottle of wine. No atmosphere to speak of, but great prices. A whole lobster used to be $9.99, but last I heard it was up to $13 or $14. Still a good deal, though.

I was also at Fisherman's Catch in Point Lookout last week, and they're running a $38 clambake special throughout July and August. A 1-1/2lb. lobster, clams and mussels, sides, and so on. I don't think it's limited to weeknights, but you might want to call ahead if you're thinking of going there.

El Paso Taco Grill - Farmingdale

I haven't eaten there, but I drive past all the time. Certainly looks authentic; I doubt you'd find much English spoken in there. The village of Farmingdale has lots of Salvadoran immigrants, who I suspect make up a big part of the clientele, so I'd definitely expect some authentic Central American food.

I'll try to give it a shot sometime soon and report back.

Any feedback about Smokin' Al's in Bayshore, LI?

I ate there during Bay Shore restaurant week, while they were running specials, so they were mobbed, even on a weekday night (we waited over a half hour at 7pm). The food was great--plenty of smoke--and while I like the sauce, there is a lot of it (at least on the ribs), so you might want to order it dry. The spicy sauce is especially good.

The service was great, even though it was very crowded, and, while they don't have tap beer, they do serve bottles from the Blue Point brewery "down the block." Good stuff.

Long Island Recs???

(Cassis has a second location in Plainview that's a bit closer to Massapequa. It's not as cozy, but the food is still excellent.)

Long Island Recs???

If you just want your basic Indian-restaurant Indian food (is there a name for this, like "red-sauce Italian?"), try Kiran Palace, in the shopping center on the SE corner of 107 and Old Country Road. Not fancy, by any stretch, but solid, and good service. I also like Rangmahal, on 107, but I know others have had mixed experiences there.

I should also, while I'm thinking of it, highly recommend Tiny Thai on Main Street in Farmingdale. The name says it all; tiny place, very good food. Service can be slow, but it's usually worth it.

Long Island Recs???

I like Tai Show on Merrick Road in Massapequa for sushi. Decent sushi, and on the weekends, it's a definite "party" atmosphere, which can be fun if you're in the mood for it. Not at all the place for an intimate dinner on a Friday or Saturday night.

Redbones- any suggestions?

Everybody has already suggested the best food, but if you can't decide what to drink, have them spin the wheel of beer for you. I've noticed that the list is biased toward big, hoppy beers, so if you want to take a chance, you might get a nice surprise.

May 06, 2008
uncleozzy in Greater Boston Area

Pie crust solution

I've always--following Alton Brown's lead--just used a spray bottle. You never know just how much water to use, so I'll just spritz and squeeze until it's close, then stick it in the fridge. If it needs a little more when rolling out, give it a few more squirts, and you're good to go. Crusts have been perfect every time since I started doing this. Before that, it was hit-or-miss (mostly miss).

May 06, 2008
uncleozzy in Home Cooking

Need dinner suggestion near Theater District...

I've been trawling the Chow boards for a the same thing today, and have come up with three that seem to get consistently good recommendations: Marseille, West Bank Cafe, and Etcetera Etcetera. Waiting on the better half to make a decision. Search the Manhattan board for "theater" for dozens more suggestions.

Apr 24, 2008
uncleozzy in Manhattan

Take out fried chicken and heroes

If you're just looking for hero by the foot, Ciriello's Fine Foods in the Willow Wood shopping center in Wantagh has good hero at a pretty good price. The bread is good, and not as crusty as the typical hero bread, which makes it a little easier to eat those thin slices without making a mess.

Spiciest Food You've Ever Eaten?

There's a Thai restaurant in my hometown with a friendly staff whose English is sometimes not so good. I ordered Drunken Noodles there one night, and when asked how spicy I wanted it, I said, "very." I love spicy food, and rarely is anything "too spicy" to eat for me. I'd had this dish before, at this restaurant, and thought that ordering it "very spicy" would be sufficient. To my surprise, the waitress asked, "How many peppers?" Thinking she meant the pepper symbols on the menu indicating spicy food, I asked for 2 (the most the menu showed). She started to get a little flustered and told me about 5 or 6 peppers being pretty spicy, so I said sure, 6 peppers. I had no idea what this actually meant in terms of heat.

Then she apparently had a brainstorm and told me they could give me up to 30 peppers, turned her order pad over, and wrote "30" on the cardboard backing. So I said, sure, what the heck, give me 25 peppers, I want it hot. She looked horrified, sputtered a bit, and then agreed to order 15 peppers, with hot sauce on the side if I needed it.

Needless to say, I didn't need the hot sauce. Paint peeled off the walls while they brought the noodles out. My icewater boiled when they put the dish on the table. My poor digestive tract cried out and prepared itself the best it could. I took a bite; I saw God. It was wonderful.

Mar 02, 2007
uncleozzy in General Topics

Reheating steak w/o a skillet or grill ... how?

Slice it, toss it in a zip-top with all the air squeezed out, and park it in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water for a few minutes. Warm enough to heat the meat, cool enough not to overdo it.

Feb 14, 2007
uncleozzy in Home Cooking

Mediterranean / Middle Eastern in Nassau?

Thanks for the suggestions, all (I've banked them for the future; I do love me some Turkish food). I assumed that the praise for the other Ayhan's locations extended to the Westbury location (which is much closer for me) and we went there last night. The food was good (although the hummus could have used a little more garlic, and the falafel a little less ... fennel maybe?), with the zucchini latke and babaganoush particular standouts. The waiter (who was Turkish) was very friendly and accommodating. The mall atmosphere left a little to be desired, but overall I'd call it a success. Thanks again!

Mediterranean / Middle Eastern in Nassau?

Howdy all. I've promised a vegetarian a middle eastern meal this week somewhere in central-western Nassau and am wondering what the best choice would be. I've seen the kebab place on Hempstead Tpke in East Meadow (not sure what it's called, but it's in the shopping center with a Bank of America and a Starbucks), and Ayhan's Shish Kebab in the Source mall, but haven't been to either. Any recommendations on either these two or anywhere else local? I'm mainly looking for good hummus and falafel. It doesn't have to be fancy, but should be appropriate for a casual date. Thanks!