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Minetta Tavern ... What a pickle!

(Lunch advice trip follow-up)

Yes, the Minetta Tavern Black Label Burger was exceptional.

But the pickle. The PICKLE.

Had a difficult time focusing on the burger after 1 bite of the pickle spear. The kind server presented 2 more upon request for 1 more.

She explained that Minetta Tavern makes their own pickles with a combination of brown sugar, nutmeg, cardamon maybe, and several other ingredients I couldn't hear because of the pickle crunch noises.

Curly's Carolina Brick and Mortar in Round Rock

How did they make the cucumber salad?

Aug 18, 2014
sweet100s in Austin

Looking for a delicious Sunday brunch along the Connecticut coast

sgordon, I heart your mom.

Swooner was excellent. Delicious food, relaxing yet beautiful coastal interior design, and marina and coast line views. Will post pics + details in a couple of weeks.

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

As I described here,
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/985190
my sister is recovering from a hospital stay for food poisoning.

If she still makes the trip, she might be fully recovered or she might have a limited appetite...

I'm wondering if I should cross Shopsins' breakfast off the list completely given most of their food seems on the heavy side.

Is there anything "lighter" or gentler on the tummy that you'd recommend for her?

They do have a good soup selection.

http://www.shopsins.com/wp-content/up...

Aug 07, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Lower East Side delicious delivery options, with special considerations...

Looking for lower East Side delicious delivery options, with special considerations...

My adorable sister has been hospitalized (first time since she was 7 and had her tonsils out) since Sunday with a serious case of food poisoning. Today, Thursday, was better - first solid food. She said even the hospital food tasted great. She thinks she'll be discharged tomorrow.

We'll be staying at The Hotel on Rivington. If she needs more rest or doesn't feel like eating out for dinners (or whenever) I'll stay with her and send the men off on their own.

=== Plan A - we stay in for dinner, but are still looking for real dinner

I read somewhere that Costata delivers?
She enjoys steak, esp fillets

Any other good options?

=== Plan B - we stay in for dinner, and just want something light, maybe soup.

Is Essex Market take-out an option?

Aug 07, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Countryside Farms sausages, et al

Where to purchase?

Aug 05, 2014
sweet100s in Austin

Looking for a delicious Sunday brunch along the Connecticut coast

sgordon, you are so sweet!

I only have 3 of those recs already saved to my CT Google Maps map from mapsengine.google.com (Cafe Routier, Engine Room, and Oyster Club.)

I wish I could make my map public without also making my email address public. hmm...

OK I promised myself I would finish packing before I post anymore. Did I mention I hate packing? This is a work trip + play trip, which causes me to make regrettable attire packing choices if I wait till the last minute.

However, priorities being what they are, I DO already have my coffee service packed in order to:
1) enjoy great coffee / avoid terrible coffee
2) not repeat the $40/day new york city room service bills just for morning and before bed coffee

Coffee service includes:

- collapsible coffee cone + filters for the pourover method like they do at Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco
(YouTube has videos, but they all make it seem really complicated. It's not. After twice I could do it in my sleep.)
- small water boiler, with fill line marked on the outside for 1 cup of pourover
- 13 grams of coffee in tiny jewelry plastic bags, 2 per person per day 1 caf, 1 decaf
- sweet & low
- powdered creamer, in case of emergency (if I can't get a room fridge or forget to stop at the grocery)

Where to solo lunch, given...

Holy smokes, sgordon you are well connected!

I've researched but not posted yet (I think) in Southern New England forum. Will make one soon!

Aug 02, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Where to solo lunch, given...

villainx, we'll definitely check out each place in Essex Market. Though fish in the room fridge won't be possible sadly enough since 1 family member has an allergy to it and wouldn't appreciate the smell / it would cause worry.

sgordon, thanks so much! I had the first 2 push-pinned on my CT google map, but not the third. So close too - I'll be staying at Madison Beach Hotel. Looks like it's right near Lenny & Joe's fish tale. I'll try to post next week the options that I have pinned. Looking forward to seeing the Charles Morgan in Mystic.

Aug 02, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Delicious NYC desserts confirmed to not contain seafood

I've been planning a trip to Manhattan, part of which will include a family member with a severe allergy to seafood - all fish and shellfish.

For anyone else who has a seafood allergy, here's what I've found so far in terms of desserts. Since recipes change over time, it's always a good idea to double-check, but this could provide you with tentative planning information.

We print the allergy information on a business card, along with examples of unexpected ingredients that contain seafood (marshmallows, worcestershire sauce) and ask the server to show it to the cook / chef.

That approach usually works great for restaurants, unless we learn that the kitchen is so small that they can't separate cooking locations for seafood and meats. Then we have to find a Plan B place.

But for dessert places, it's easier on the business if we research in advance.

=== Eileen’s Special Cheesecake B--L--D
17 Cleveland Place
b/t Kenmare St & Spring St in Nolita
New York, NY 10012
9am - 9pm weekday, 10am - 7pm weekend
http://www.eileenscheesecake.com/

(I've never been here but the pictures show a huge variety and the reviews indicate delicious light and fluffy cheesecake is the norm.

)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/eileens-speci...

Message from the business:

"Our cheesecake does not contain anything with traces of seafood or shellfish, as we do not use gelatin in it.

We hope to see you here soon!"

=== Lady M
upper east side location
41 E 78th St
New York, NY 10021

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lady-m-cake-b...

(I went to that location after a day at the Metropolitan Museum. Normal cakes seem so inadequate now after one of their mille crepe cakes... I was planning on the Bryant Park location after a library tour. However, the Library just announced their reading room will be closed for 6 months to investigate falling plaster. So Lady M's 3'rd location in the Plaza Food Hall near Central Park might be the one we visit.

)

Lady M B--L--D
Bryant Park location, convenient to the NY Public Library
Mon-Thu 8am - 7pm, Fri -10pm
Sat 11am-10pm, Sun-6pm
36 W 40th St
b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave in Midtown West
(212) 452-2222
ladym.com

Message from the business:

"Some of our cakes has gelatin mix in the creme. The following are the cakes that has NO GELATIN / NO MARSHMALLOW mix in it:

Mille Crepes:
– Chocolate Mille Crepes
– Chocolate Banana Mille Crepe (available at the Plaza Food Hall only)

Chocolate Mousse:
– Chocolate Arc-en-Ciel
– Couronne du Chocolat

Cheesecake:
– Gateau Fromage
– Gateau Nuage

pastry:
– Apple Tapestry
– Apple Galette

other cakes:
– Banana Mille Feuille
– Strawberry Mille Feuille
– Flourless Chocolate Cake
– Framboise au Chocolat
– Gateau au Chocolat
– Mimosa
– Red Velvet
– Strawberry Shortcake
– Tarte aux Fruits

For more questions or concerns about our products, please feel free to call us at 212-452-2222.

Kind regards,
Lady M Customer Service"

Aug 02, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

Thanks kathryn, Meme's menu looks great. Buckwheat crepes would definitely be ordered by family.

Aug 01, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Where to solo lunch, given...

Wow, so many great options!

Pookipichu, Yes, this is a weekday Wednesday lunch.

six dower >> Please order the Halva Ice Cream Dessert at Russ and Daughters. So good!

What does that taste like?

coasts >> Ssam Bar for their rotisserie duck over rice.

For some reason I thought all of David Chang's places require reservations. Any strategies to minimize the wait?

Since Russ & Daughters doesn't open till 10am, I'll probably not be hungry right at noon...

Is SSam Bar OK with entrants 10-15 min before closing?

villainx >> noticed you haven't mentioned any of the April Bloomfield - Spotted Pig, Breslin.

Will put those on the list; thanks.

villainx >> Also, Minetta Tavern?

That's already lunch on one of the weekdays (Thurs I think)

>> Pearl Oyster Bar?

The week before I'll be on the Connecticut coast, hopefully enjoying great seafood places.

So by the time NYC happens, I might not want to see a lobster roll or oyster for a while :-).

sgordon >> It seems you've left Katz's out of the list of typical LES must-stops. So they're always an option. Would fit the day's theme after breakfast at R&D.

Great point! conundrum - I know family would love that also but not sure how it could fit on the list. I do need to find a way to work that in.

sgordon >> Cocoron is an cute little place right near you, house-made soba is great.

Love cold soba (or hot, but first thing I thought of was cold).
I probably had house made soba in Tokyo but so long ago.

Thanks again for all the great ideas!

My normal calorie budget = 1400 / day. Hopefully Hotel on Rivington has a workout room. Last time in NYC I gained 2 pounds; expected it to be more - guess tromping around the city burns it.

Aug 01, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Where to solo lunch, given...

For my solo lunch before everyone arrives in the evening, were should I go given...

1) Meals already planned with friends / family:

=== Breakfasts
- Russ & Daughter's cafe
- Shopsins
- Clinton St Bakery
- either Cafe Mogador or Bouhinia

=== Lunchs
- Minetta Tavern
- David Burke Kitchen
- The Mark if we're up for sit down more formal, Plaza Food Hall if not

=== Dinners
- Gato
- The Eddy
- The NoMad
- River Cafe

2) Location

Hotel = The Hotel on Rivington
Breakfast that day = Russ & Daughter's cafe

Beyond that, I'm intentionally keeping this first day less planned. I'll likely be drawn to exploring Lower East Side around the hotel - the Tenement museum and shopping options unique to that area (It's been years since I've been inside a mall; not interested in chain stores at all.)

But hopping in a taxi / bus and going somewhere for lunch is fine too.

3) Preferences

Not: BBQ, tex-mex, or interior Mexican. I'm from Austin and have those flavors all the time

Not: Too divey or food truck. I'd like to be able to sit down during lunch, and not sweat while eating.

Not: Someplace I've already enjoyed in recent years
- Mercer Kitchen (delicious shaved fennel salad and lamb sandwich)
- Spice Market (Loved the crispy cod w/ coconut rice)
- Bareburger (tasty bacon marmalade ostrich burger)
- ABC Kitchen
- ABC Cocina (beautifully plated salmon salad)
- Gotham Bar and Grill (squab with gnocchi at the bar)
- Le Bernardin (tasting)
- La Grenouille (Dover Sole with mustard sauce. Delicious. Amazing service. I was solo yet felt very 'taken care of'.
- Perry St (i crave that pea soup with tumblewood cheese foam.)
- Jean Georges (remember the evening more than that the specifics from the tasting menu. Melissa the server and garlic soup were wonderful.)
- Per Se ("")
- Boulud Sud (chicken tagine and my favorite chocolate cake)
- Plaza Food Hall (delicious fresh-made pasta)
- BXL Xoute (great endive salad, but scallops had no sear)

Beyond that, no budget limitations or strong preferences beyond delicious and interesting.

I've been craving peking duck with all the classic sides.

However, Hakkasan's peking duck seems too much food to eat solo. Also, the restaurant confirmed via email that it has seafood in it (fish sauce in the marinade), so I also can't plan that for later in the trip since 1 person has seafood allergies.

If you were me and had the above itinerary and preferences, where would you go?

Jul 31, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Favorite ways to eat fresh blueberries?

Nope - Fish oil. In the small blue glass Omega 3 fish oil bottles from Whole Foods in the refrigerated section.

Can't taste it with everything else mixed in.

Jul 25, 2014
sweet100s in Home Cooking

Looking for a delicious Sunday brunch along the Connecticut coast

Thanks so much!

Those all look like great recommendations.

I think I'll try JAMMS for breakfast and then

>> We love the brunch at http://beeandthistleinn.com/events in Old Lyme and then a visit to the nearby http://florencegriswoldmuseum.org/about/

these 2 for the museum proximity. I'm not an art expert, but I love small interesting museums. (most recent example: Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida, with all the Louis Comfort Tiffany windows.)

Roia looks great for lunch as well.

On my drive IN to Madison from White Plains, I might stop there for lunch

On my drive BACK to Laguardia, I was thinking about FISH in Stamford.

Looking for a delicious Sunday brunch along the Connecticut coast

We'll be staying at the Madison Beach Hotel for a long weekend in August over a Sat - Sun - Mon, taking in the Connecticut coast for the first time.

We'll visit Mystic Seaport and the Charles Morgan. Also probably the USS Nautilus in Groton.

Searching this forum has given me lots of ideas for places we'll could explore for lunchs and dinners. I need to look more at itineraries before I can ask intelligent questions about choosing between the possible options.

However, I couldn't find Sunday brunch recommendations.

Preferences...

- High cost or low cost are both OK.

- A leisurely drive up to an hour is fine, especially if it puts us in or near someplace interesting to shop or explore afterwards; anything non-chain and unique to the area.

- Breakfast recommendations would be appreciated too.

- Am not looking for any dish in particular, just deliciousness in general. Dishes unique to the area or a place with character would be great too.

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

How would you compare Barbounia vs Cafe Mogador for breakfast?

I do not care about the booze factor.

Looking at Cafe Mogador made me realize a breakfast very different from what I'm used to or already like would be a good thing.

And for some reason, I had entered Barbounia contact info already on my cellphone with "NYC" after it which means try this on my next trip. (maybe it was on one of food shows?) The pictures of their bread on Yelp look amazing too.

Jul 21, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

Ken, thanks for the FYI !!

Jul 21, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

TaTee, did you try Co-Op, the restaurant in the hotel, for breakfast?

I'm wondering if I should keep it on our list as a Plan B.

Jul 21, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Which USA-domestic beers contain propylene glycol?

I asked the beer guy at the local "Spec's" if that's true.
(someone who is also opening his own brewery)

He said, "no way - propylene glycol is a poison!"

Jul 21, 2014
sweet100s in Beer

Best quick meal you make with trader joes products

Ingredients

1) TJ's Roasted Red Pepper soup
2) TJ's Goat cheese rounds, individually wrapped
3) TJ's raisin rosemary crisps

Steps:
a) Open up on of the goat cheese rounds to get the chill off.
(Warning, This is the most difficult step. These little things are NOT easy to open up! Need a knife or scissors. But as my dad used to say, "If you start applying extra pressure with a knife to something you are trying to cut or open, ask yourself, "Am I about to be an idiot?" (i.e., would you cut yourself if the knife slips, breaks etc...)

However, they are worth it. Delicious, and NO WASTE.

b) Heat up the soup

c) Add cheese and crackers to soup!

That soup has the most wonderful unami going on. The goat cheese + crackers are icing.

Jul 21, 2014
sweet100s in Home Cooking

Round Rock Report

Went to Pita Fusion for the first time last weekend. Best homemade pita bread I've had in memory. Best to me = it has flavor vs being bland pita bread + it's soft, not dry. The entire sandwich was delicous (I had chicken schwarma) but it's worth the drive just for that bread on any sandwich.

Hey Ms. Dina - I recall seeing a mention of GF options (though call to be sure!).

Jul 21, 2014
sweet100s in Austin
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Favorites from the new Trader Joe's

Here are a couple things I've found at the local Trader Joes at Great Hills Trail that seem extra special, extra delicious or unique from what I can find the local Central Market, HEB, or Whole Foods.

The first time I went into a Trader Joes in New York, I was confused, didn't 'get it', and I couldn't find what I was looking for.

Next time at a Trader Joe's in San Francisco, it was much more interesting. And, I learned that interior photos of their beautiful Thanksgiving display were not allowed and "against the law"...

Now that there's a Trader Joe's in the 'hood, I've had a chance to leisurely peruse it without being 'on the clock' while on a work trip. Here are a couple products I like and things appreciate about the local Trader Joes.

1) Individually wrapped goat cheese discs, 4 or 5 to a package

PERFECT for adding one to a bowl of their Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper soup from a carton.

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

The individually wrapped part means less waste to me, since not everyone likes goat cheese.

2) Trader Joe's Raisin Rosemary Crisps

First impression: that's a strange combination of ingredients.

First taste = WOW. Delicious. These are GREAT plane food / purse food to make the hunger noises go away.

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

3) Small leaf, peppery arugula

HEB's organic arugula doesn't seem like real arugula to me - the leaves are way too big and the taste is different; not as peppery.

I tried to bring 2 containers of small leaf arugula back from a graduation trip in May, but the heat in the luggage compartment made them a little sad and limp.

Trader Joe's arugula is small leaf and peppery, just as it should be to start a great salad.

4) Trader Joe's has Cremant !!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cremant#...

Discovered Cremant while in Alsace region of France last Christmas. It's a sparkling wine that to me, tastes like a "winier", more flavorful and interesting champagne than any other I've had. Not that I have champagne that often - which is exactly what a wine grower in Alsace complained to me about - he felt Americans should drink Champagne more as an every day wine vs a special occasion wine.

In Strasbourg or Colmar, everyone from "ladies who lunch" to blue collar workers begin lunch with a glass of Cremant.

Trader Joe's is a Crémant de Bourgogne for just $10! Not sure how that version differs from Crémant d'Alsace which I had and really enjoyed. Will try it and report back.
Location: At the beginning of the beer aisle towards the front of the store, near the front of the score. Bottom shelf.

What else?

Jul 19, 2014
sweet100s in Chains

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

Thank you Kathryn, MitchLeeNY, and SGordon!

>> Sounds like you're here Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat?

Yes.

Here's the summary so far:

=== Weekday Tentative plan:

Wednesday:
Russ & Daughter's Cafe (the sit down place) opens 10am

Thursday:
Clinton Street Baking Co.

OR near 9/11 as alternative if Clinton doesn't open in time to be at 9/11 by 10:30am Thursday:
Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

Friday: Shopsins in the Essex Market

=== Saturday-only Options:

Prune
Stanton Social
Freeman's
Fatta Cuckoo
Public - in Nolita, maybe a ten minute walk from hotel
Joe & Misses Doe (f/k/a "JoeDoe") down the block from Prune - Corned duck hash

=== Plan B any day:

Dimes Cafe 8am weekday, 9am weekend
http://dimesnyc.com/
Chinatown, Lower East Side
143 Division St b/t Ludlow St & Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 240-9410

=== Interesting 24/7:

Veselka (East Village
)144 2nd Ave
b/t St Marks Pl & 9th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-9682
Ukrainian perogies
stuffed cabbage, borscht,
Breakfast - Blintzes with raspberry sauce were delicious and eggs Benedict with kale

Jul 16, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

We will be staying at Hotel on Rivington, located on Rivington between Essex and Ludlow.

3 weekdays + 1 Saturday

We like:
- Eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, good coffee
- Interesting interiors

From previous threads, these 10 were recommended:

Clinton Street Baking Co.
Shopsins
Russ & Daughter's
Prune
Alias Restaurant
Stanton Social
'inoteca
Freemans
Remedy Diner on Houston
Fatta Coukoo

Questions:

Which 4 from that list would you choose or recommend and why?

On the Thursday we will need to be at 9-11 Memorial Museum at 10:30am. Should I consider any breakfast places within walking distance?

Jul 16, 2014
sweet100s in Manhattan

Favorite ways to eat fresh blueberries?

>> Yogurt (vanilla, whole milk) , granola topped with blueberries!

my variation:

nonfat yogurt
2 tsp of fish oil
vanilla 2 drops
homemade almond granola
blueberries
banana

YUM

Jul 07, 2014
sweet100s in Home Cooking

Where to find a package of chewing tobacco? (to boil for spider repellent)

Thanks for the warning re: nicotine poisoning.

Spiders are welcome anywhere outside +10 feet away from my house.

Inside? No...

Most decisions we make have competing risks.

Anyone who is taking care of an elderly relative needs to worry about this helpful predator when it's indoors, even though it's technically barely venomous / not venomous.

When a wolf spider bit me, ( a healthy adult female when not absorbing formaldehyde or propyle e glycol :-), it was simply painful and took forever to heal.

When a wolf spider bit a family member 80+ who I was taking care of - healthy besides knee arthritis, still yelling at the Dallas Cowboys on TV and enjoying retired life, and totally fun to have around..

She aged 10 years in 2 months. 3 months later she was gone.

Bite area got infected. Then one problem quickly led to another. Several hospitalizations. Discharge to hospice care center. She said she was hungry but then would seem physically repulsed by food when she tried to eat, even when I made her most favorite things. "Failure to thrive."

Her organs started failing. Wish someone had warned me about what the last 10 minutes would be like...I thought she was choking on something. The RN told me that's what it's like at the end. I didn't make her passing easy - I was begging her to please don't go till the nurse told me that makes it harder on someone dying because they can hear long after they can't talk anymore, and at this point you need to tell them it's OK to go.

30 minutes after passing a hospice person who just started shift came in and said, "She looks a lot better."

Jul 06, 2014
sweet100s in Austin

Hot Weather

AmySue, Get the camo version; it's a man magnet :-). 1 left.
http://www.amazon.com/Body-Layerz-Zer...
They also have 2 left of the green version that ties.

I used one while bbq'ing from 9pm - 3am (we got carried away...)

On August work trip to New York city, will definitely pack one. Then when the heat emanating off the concrete becomes too much (90 degrees there feels like 97 - 100 when downtown),I'll pop into anyplace that will give me 2 glasses of ice water, or 1 iced tea + 1 (big) iced water.

I'll drink half the water to create empty space in the glass.
Then, use the rest of the ice water to submerge the neck thing into. By the time I finish the tea.... it will be great for ~ 2 hours of chillin'.

A better alternative would be a summer residence in the Emerald City (Seattle). That's my conclusion after getting off the airport shuttle at 9pm and feeling a rush of air in the 60's in June. Pure bliss.
http://weatherspark.com/#!dashboard;q...

Jul 06, 2014
sweet100s in Austin

Okonomiyaki Flour

That's it! Really nice man who works there or owns it.

I bought a Salmon cheek from their frozen section and BBQ'd it... delicious.

rudeboy what concoction are you making with this flour?

Jul 04, 2014
sweet100s in Austin

Okonomiyaki Flour

Closer to you might be that place on Lamar.... __ __ Sushi

The Japanese supermarket with the tables inside for serving sushii.
They might have it....

Jul 03, 2014
sweet100s in Austin