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Asian Tea Places - Bronx?

Any places to get hot or iced bubble tea in the Bronx?

2 days ago
Sra. Swanky in Outer Boroughs

Hot milky coconut tea (black tea) recipes

Thank you so much! The recipes look exactly like my favorite drink, only iced. Thank you for posting too!

2 days ago
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Hot milky coconut tea (black tea) recipes

I wish I did for sure. I just looked at the menu. It just says "Black Tea" but maybe it was Longan tea? Again - I'm completely new to brewing at home, unfortunately. :(

2 days ago
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Hot milky coconut tea (black tea) recipes

Hi! My favorite Asian tea house (which sadly closed) served a hot black milky coconut bubble tea. It was out of this world - it almost tasted like hot white chocolate. It's been 2 months since I've had it and I'm definitely having withdrawal! :) Any idea on how to recreate it at home? I'm a complete novice with home tea brewing. Thanks so much for any help!

2 days ago
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Asian Tea Houses/Places in Westchester?

Recently, I had to accept the fact that my favorite Asian tea house had closed. (RIP Temptation Tea House in Mt. Kisco) This place was a habit, and I especially loved their milky hot teas. I know all about H-Mart, Golden Village in Hartsdale and Kam Sen in White Plains, but they mainly serve cold bubble teas. (Love those - but I'm looking for hot) Any ideas? Thanks so much in advance. It's gonna be a loooong winter without hot tea! :)

Mount Kisco Loses Four Restaurants Including One Really Good One.

I've heard unpleasant things about Okinawa, so I guess its closing was inevitable. I'm going to miss Temptation Tea House though. I loved going there for my tea fixes. They made delicious hot coconut black tea. I'm worried I won't be able to find that anywhere else.

Toddler Friendly suggestions Lower Westchester

Sienna's in Yonkers (near Empire City) is another good dinner choice - and they have a great Saturday and Sunday brunch menu.

Empanadas in Thornwood

Just an empanada update - Erica (the owner) added a Thai chicken empanada to the menu. So good!

New low-cal menu at Alamo Drafthouse (Yonkers)

Good to know! Thanks for the review. I mainly go with the appetizers there and the incredible (bottomless!) popcorn, so this sounds like a much more healthy way to go! :)

Best Pizza in Westchester (again)

Oh no...not them. :( Sorry to hear.

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

So I just tried Jersey Mikes - which recently opened near me. For a chain, it's a good sub! Looking forward to trying the Big Kahuna!

Best Pizza in Westchester (again)

My two favorites are Catania's (North YO) and Palisades Pizza (South YO).

Westchester Wish-list

I heard there's great dim sum at Fantasy Cuisine in Hartsdale on Central Ave. Also at Aberdeen in White Plains. Not Mamaroneck but it'll fill a craving (hopefully!).

Seafood lunch on city island

I'd go to Artie's for their lobster club sandwich (only served at lunch), or go to Seafood City. No ambiance but good food. Lobster, shrimp, fisherman's platter - all are good bets.

Jan 09, 2015
Sra. Swanky in Outer Boroughs

Empanadas in Thornwood

Spa - so glad you started this thread. I've had the empanadas at License 2 Grill many times (almost every time I'm there, in fact!) and they're delicious. In fact, I'm borderline obsessed! Erica, the owner, usually has a yummy variety of them and she's always coming up with new ones. So far, my favorites are the chipotle chicken & cheese, braised short rib, and cheeseburger empanadas.

They also have good burgers, salads and great wings - bone-in or boneless and a "Mom's Plate" - which is a complete meal of what she's making that day! Also - the banana-nutella shake is fantastic. Yup, 51rich - there goes my new year's resolution too!

Definitely check this little gem out!

In Praise of the H-Mart food court (Hartsdale)

I'm (slightly) obsessed with the H-Mart food court! Glad you and your son enjoyed it. I too am always plagued with being aware of all the great stuff I'm missing out on. :) Next time, try the Korean spicy beef soup if you haven't already. It packs a peppery punch, but so good!

Westchester Wish-list

Elisa - I think we're foodie twins! You hit every place that was running through my head when reading the original post! (I'm absolutely addicted to the Korean spicy beef soup at H-Mart!)

A huge +1 to all that Elisa said.

Dante's in White Plains on Central Ave makes a great Italian hero.

Food Truck -- The Souvlaki Truck in Yonkers (Central Ave) is awesome. Delicious Greek specialties. It's usually parked right near Oakley's Car Wash.

Liven up my cheese straws please!

I hear you loud & clear! Every shopping list for the past few months has always included a pound (or two) of butter! It's just not as tasty baking with anything else!

Dec 18, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Liven up my cheese straws please!

These are all incredible ideas. I'm so hungry just reading them! I added chopped pepperoni to my first batch of cheddar straws last night -- delicious!

Liven up my cheese straws please!

Manchego - what a great idea!! Thanks!

Dec 18, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Wow. JungMann - you've got it made! Sounds heavenly. :)

Dec 17, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Liven up my cheese straws please!

Every year, I make cheese straws to give out to friends & co-workers for the holidays. A little savory to compliment the all the sweet treats. My friends really enjoy them, but I'd like to liven them up a bit. The main recipe calls for sharp cheddar and Tabasco sauce. Here are the cheeses I've bought:

sharp and extra sharp cheddar
gouda
chipotle gouda
Frank's Red Hot sauce

Any other good cheese/spice suggestions and/or combinations? Can I combine sharp cheddar and gouda or should I make separate batches of cheddar straws and gouda straws?

Thanks for any help! Happy Holidays!

Dec 17, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Love the popcorn station - and everything else too! A feast the Peanuts gang and whoever loves them (like me!) would love!

Dec 16, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

I like how you think. :)

Dec 16, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Favorite off-menu In-N-Out orders

You guys are all so lucky. *sigh* (says this east-coaster!) ;) Been wanting to order off the secret menu for years! Animal style burgers with chilis - yum!

Dec 15, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Eggnog - Love It or Leave It

If you can find Hood Golden Eggnog, definitely try it. It's eye-rollingly good. The pumpkin one is awesome too though. :)

Food by mail for Xmas

I've sent brownies from Greyston Bakery for the past 2 years and they've always been a hit. Their brownies are out of this world (they have great gift box collections) and the company has a wonderful mission. Speedy delivery too!

http://greyston.com/

Dec 15, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Looks awesome! I think I'll make enough for the adults too! Thank you so much! :)

Dec 11, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Favorite Christmas Food Traditions

Hi Sandwich Sister - the homemade strawberry lemonade sounds especially yummy. Would you mind posting the recipe? I'd love to make it for my kids. :)

westchester bagels is their a good one out there?

It's in Millwood - right on Route 100 next to Millwood Hardware.