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Cutting my silpat?

Happy Fun Ball!

Dec 11, 2013
brappnyc in Cookware

Honeyed Cashews with Kosher Salt

I swapped out the honey for maple syrup and added a bit of cayenne. They're freaking delicious. I'm going out to make more to bring to a party.

Aug 13, 2010
brappnyc in Recipes

Hoisin-Marinated Tri-Tip Roast

Couldn't find tri-tip roast, so we ended up making a sirloin london broil. We sliced it down and made a sort of banh mi sandwich out of it. Talk about a hit! Squeeze some sri-racha over it...delicious!

May 29, 2010
brappnyc in Recipes

spaghetti squash with broccoli and leek

This is a pretty good recipe. It definitely needed a lot of salt and Parmesan cheese, though.

May 11, 2010
brappnyc in Recipes

Substitute for Tri-Tip Roast?

I found a couple recipes on Chow that look great but call for tri-tip roast. I went to my local store and was unable to find it. Could anyone recommend a good substitute?

May 01, 2010
brappnyc in Home Cooking

Haleem in Jackson Heights?

I LOVE Sunshine! I go there every once in a while. They have amazing brain masala on weekends.

Apr 16, 2010
brappnyc in Outer Boroughs

First Time Cake Baking - Storage Tips

So, you both would recommend to hold off on frosting the cake until Saturday? Clearly, if I frost on Friday, I'd have to store it in the fridge, but will that affect the quality at all?

Mar 18, 2010
brappnyc in Home Cooking

First Time Cake Baking - Storage Tips

Hi all,
I'm going to attempt to bake my first layer cake tomorrow. I'm baking it tomorrow night for use on Saturday night.

My first question is if making it the day before will be ok. Chocolate cake with a caramel butter cream icing.

Second - What is the best way to store this over night? I was thinking of buying a Rubber Maid cake carrier and leaving it on the counter. Should I refrigerate it?

Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

Mar 18, 2010
brappnyc in Home Cooking

Pecan Turtle Brownies

What are your thoughts on pouring half the batter into the dish, adding a layer of caramel, and then adding the rest of the batter, to create a gooey filling for the brownies?

Mar 08, 2010
brappnyc in Recipes

The Fedora

Just had these at a fellow chowhounder's birthday party. They used a blended scotch. This drink was delicious, though. Not too sweet and packing a whollop!

Mar 01, 2010
brappnyc in Recipes

Tequila Shrimp

Fantastic! We added a few pickled jalapenos in to spice this up.

Feb 26, 2010
brappnyc in Recipes

Rest-au-Rant in Astoria/LIC

Hey all,
I just moved about a block or two from this place on 35th Ave. It looks like it could be good, but I can't find too much online about it.

Has anyone been there?

Feb 24, 2010
brappnyc in Outer Boroughs

Parents Coming to Astoria for Dinner - Narrowing Down Options

Thanks for your replies. I think I'll go with Malagueta, but I'll check out Vesta, too. Unfortunately, my parents don't like Indian...clearly, they're wrong. Otherwise, I'd probably head straight to Jackson Heights.

Feb 23, 2010
brappnyc in Outer Boroughs

Martinowitz

At Sweet Afton in Astoria, Queens, they call this a Dirty Pickle Martini. Now I want one.

Feb 23, 2010
brappnyc in Recipes

Parents Coming to Astoria for Dinner - Narrowing Down Options

Hi all,
I know Astoria gets done to death here, but I'm trying to narrow down my options for when my parents come up for dinner in a few weeks. The preferences are as follows: casual but not divey, no Indian, Chinese, or Italian. I'm thinking of sticking with Brazilian or Greek, maybe Bosnian, since it's different than things they normally get. If anyone can help me decide, that would be great!

1) Brazilian - Malagueta vs Favela?

2) Greek - Kyclades vs Zenon vs Philoxenia?

3) Dark horses - Cevabdzinica Sarajevo, Mundo,

What are peoples' thoughts on these choices? I'd love to narrow it down to 2 or 3 to give my parents choices. Any place I haven't mentioned that you think would be perfect to showcase the culinary diversity of Astoria?

Thanks a lot, all!

Feb 22, 2010
brappnyc in Outer Boroughs

Dipping While Driving

That's one small step for man; one giant leap for the guy trying not to get hit by a careening mini van.

Feb 12, 2010
brappnyc in Features

The Basics: How to Make Lentil Soup

We made this last night. It's a good base, but it definitely needed some doctoring. As is, it was pretty bland. However, we added some cumin and curry powder, and it turned out delicious. Will definitely be making this again and tweaking the recipe.

Feb 01, 2010
brappnyc in Features

Driving from NYC to Nashville - Rest Stop Suggestions?

These have all been extremely helpful. Thank you, all!

Jan 07, 2010
brappnyc in Pennsylvania

Driving from NYC to Nashville - Rest Stop Suggestions?

Oops! You're right, and I've fixed the error. Thanks for the advice, too!

Driving from NYC to Nashville - Rest Stop Suggestions?

Hi all,
I'm going to be driving from NYC to Nashville, and I was wondering if there were any good places to stop on the way. I'm not looking for anything official, just something better than fast food at rest stops. Any local delicacies? I'll be on route I-78 and I-81 through PA, MD, WV, VA, and TN and then I-40 in TN to Nashville.

I'll x-post this on the South board, too.

Thanks!

Jan 04, 2010
brappnyc in Pennsylvania

Driving from NYC to Nashville - Rest Stop Suggestions?

Hi all,
I'm going to be driving from NYC to Nashville, and I was wondering if there were any good places to stop on the way. I'm not looking for anything official, just something better than fast food at rest stops. Any local delicacies? I'll be on route I-78 and I-81 through PA, MD, WV, VA, and TN and then I-40 in TN to Nashville.

I'll x-post this on the PA board, too.

Thanks!

Denatured vs Isopropyl Alcohol for Fondue Pot

Thanks. Sounds like I should just make the effort to get the denatured alcohol and use the rubbing alcohol as a back up. And I'll just keep the fire extinguisher handy!

Dec 01, 2009
brappnyc in Cookware

Denatured vs Isopropyl Alcohol for Fondue Pot

Hi all,
I'm not sure if this is the right board for this question, but here goes. I just bought a fondue pot that takes denatured alcohol for the flame. I've seen various posts saying that you can substitute isopropyl alcohol instead, but the postings didn't seem too credible. Does anyone know if I can substitute the isopropyl alcohol for denatured? I'd rather not burn the house down.

Thanks.

Dec 01, 2009
brappnyc in Cookware

Old-School, Italian Red Sauce Restaurant

Sorry that this reply is about almost a year too late. It used to be great, although I haven't been to Ralph's in probably 10-15 years, but I'd be surprised if much has changed. Definitely check out Villa di Roma in the Italian Market.

Nov 20, 2009
brappnyc in Manhattan

Good, Cheap Moroccan Food for Fun Christmas Eve?

Hi all--looking for great, reasonably-priced Moroccan food for Christmas Eve dinner with friends. I'd say our budget is a max price for a main dish of $15-$20, but ideally, we'd like to keep it cheap, good, and low key. Mostly looking for recs in Manhattan but definitely willing to consider the boroughs (some of us live in Queens). Thanks for any help!

Nov 20, 2009
brappnyc in Manhattan

Question from California regarding what restaurant this is..

Just north of the Seaport is a great little area of restaurants and bars. Nothing outstanding, but if you're in the neighborhood, it's your best bet. I really like Fresh Salt for drinks or Nelson Blue, a Kiwi gastropub. I can't vouch for the food at either of these places, but I really like Fresh Salt as an afterwork drinks place, and they have a little bit of outside seating. Jason's Ale House is reminiscent of a frat party, which might appeal to you, I don't know. Take a walk between Beekman St and Peck Slip, between Front Street and South Street, and you'll see them all.

Sep 17, 2008
brappnyc in Manhattan

Food near Financial District

I think Seh Ja Meh is closed. The falafel place in Zucotti Park is Sam's or Sammy's, I think, although I also like Alfanoose for Middle Eastern. That's on Maiden Lane. Decent bagels can be had from Toasties on John Street, and I think Lenny's, further up John Street, has H&H bagels. I could be wrong about that. Adrienne's for pizza, although if you're just looking for a slice, there is Caruso's on Fulton Street. It's better than your average pizza slice, but nothing to write home about.

Sep 16, 2008
brappnyc in Manhattan

Old-School, Italian Red Sauce Restaurant

Wow...that's a lot to take in. Thanks, everyone. I'll do a little bit more research with all these suggestions to narrow it down.

Dec 06, 2007
brappnyc in Manhattan

Old-School, Italian Red Sauce Restaurant

I tried searching, but I couldn't really find anything, although I'm sure this question has been asked a thousand times.

I'm going out with friends for Christmas Eve, and nothing says Christmas Eve to me more than good, old-school Italian. Growing up, we used to go to Ralph's in South Philly every year, but now I'm in New York, and I don't know where to go.

I've heard about John's of 12th Street, but I can't tell whether it's any good, or if it's just over-hyped. Also, I think going to Arthur Ave in the Bronx is just too far out of the way for me. Can anyone vouch for John's, or can you give a good recommendation?

As for price, I'd like to keep it about the prices of John's, but we could probably go a little higher.

Thanks, everyone.

Dec 05, 2007
brappnyc in Manhattan

Good Jewish Food?

My parents might be coming up on Christmas day just for some dinner, and I was thinking some good old-school Jewish food would be in order. However, it seems like most of the places around these days are touristy and mediocre. Can anyone recommend some place? Thanks!

Dec 11, 2006
brappnyc in Manhattan