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Spicy appetizer

Jalapeño poppers (filled with cheddar or cream cheese - either one is usually a hit!)
"Bottle caps" - battered and fried pickled jalapeños - served with ranch dressing for dipping. Not healthy by any stretch, but spicy and so good! (My football crowd loves these)
Buffalo chicken wings or Sriracha (Rooster sauce) chicken wings
Buffalo chicken dip

about 11 hours ago
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking
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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I go for the beverages too at CFA. They had a pretty good seasonal peach milkshake. Chains with a good beverage menu (Sonic, CFA) are really lacking in my area for some weird reason.

1 day ago
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Places with great service (anywhere in NY State not NYC)

What an awesome, easy-going couple! Gotta love it when everyone has a sense of humor - so rare these days, it seems. I waited tables too, and had a goof here and there, and wish everyone I served was like that. Sorry you had to compensate for the spilled drinks with your pay, but looks like your customers were worth it. :)

Cookbooks to replicate culinary school

It doesn't, but it's a mainstay in many home kitchens and I've seen copies in restaurant kitchens too. A tried-and-true reference to have on hand never hurt anybody.

Sep 12, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Does anyone know where you can buy fresh, wide rice noodles (kway teow) in Westchester county?

Yes - definitely HMart or Golden Village.

Szechuan peppercorns in Westchester?

Those are the first two places I would look. Give them a call before you go and check. Also - maybe Kam Sen in White Plains.

Heartbreaker List

I loved Quaker Instant Oatmeal Honey Nut! Too bad. :(

Sep 08, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

good italian in central westchester

Valentino's in Yonkers (a little south of where you want - but it's off the Bronx River - just get on Sprain going south), Bacio in Bronxville, Riviera in Pleasantville.

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I love the jalapeno ones. I just think for a first timer like masha, it would be good to experience all that great onion flavor by starting with original sliders. I love that onion-soaked bun - you can't get the same effect when you add cheese. But when I do add cheese, jalapeno is what I'd pick too! :)

Sep 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I forgot about Maid Rite! I'd love to try one of those. :)
I know I mentioned this before, but don't settle for the frozen boxed White Castles. NY and the Mid-Atlantic aren't too far from you - WC is definitely worth a stop. Get a sack of sliders (without cheese - it kills the onion-y goodness) & enjoy.

Sep 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains
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Looking for New Years Eve dinner and stay over in the Hudson Valley

Sleepy Valley Inn in Warwick. The owners also run Yesterday's, a great restaurant right nearby. The morning breakfasts at the Inn are fantastic. Can't wait to go back. :)

pelham pizza

Catania's in Yonkers is one of my favorite slices

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

On a trip to Memphis in 2007, my hubs and I tried Krystal and we loved it. We're fans of the Albino Fortress (White Castle!) so Krystal was a slam dunk! They also have a much wider menu including lots of slushes and breakfast options too. A friend from Florida often texts me pics of her meals there, giving this northern girl some serious Krystal envy! :)

Sep 02, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I feel the same way - over an hour's drive is too long for a chain! You're not missing too much with Ruth's Chris and Morton's. Shake Shack is a winner, definitely. And the Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill is the only thing that stands out for me.

Sep 02, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I really like their small plates & snacks menu - they're kind of like tapas. You just order a bunch for the table and share. The Chinese chicken salad and Santa Fe salad are good and there's plenty left over for lunch the next day. :)

Aug 31, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains
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Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

We all want what we can't have! :) East & West Coasters share a similar kind of "burgatory" with not being able to try the opposite coast's offerings! :) Don't settle for the frozen White Castles - when you come out to the East Coast, order your family and yourself a Crave Case of original sliders hot off the onion-y grill and dig in. No comparison. :)

Aug 31, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

No scoffing at all! There are a few dishes that Cheesecake Factory does well, but I'd skip dessert there and go directly to Junior's for their cheesecake -- a lot more memorable and is amazing just by itself, no toppings. In & Out Burger is incredible and so worth crossing off your to-do list if you're on the West Coast. Shake Shack is yummy and I have nothing but love for White Castle - the home of my first kid's meal. It really is a love or hate thing with New Yorkers/Mid Atlantic-ers. I'm in the love category. :)

Aug 31, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Anyone have any chains that they always wanted to try, but are too far away? I know some may not be as good as others (and I may not be missing out on much!) but I always wanted to try the offerings at:

Arctic Circle
Jimmy John's
Culver's
Dick's Last Resort
The Heart Attack Grill

Aug 27, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

That's really great. I love when restaurants do that - sometimes the tastiest things are improvised!

Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

I was there a few weeks ago. Same as wincountrygirl. Loud, crowded, and delicious! The burrata was terrific & so was the pizza (Luigi Bianco rocks!).

Restaurant Birthday Party- You're Invited But You Have to Pay

I have a relative like that. If only she'd spend energy on more important things.. *shaking head*

Jul 24, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Great crab legs in Westchester or Putnam

Hi valerie! They have a tiny parking lot right in front of the entrance - at the corner of 9A and Williams Street. It's right before the entrance to 287 and before the Wendy's on the left side if you're driving north on 9A.

http://www.yelp.com/map/ans-seafood-i...

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

A must-get sandwich at Rocky's is a Chip-Chip - turkey, avocado, pepperjack cheese, bacon, and chipotle mayo. Get it on ciabatta if they have it. :)

Mario's is my favorite in the area. I haven't tried the clam pie yet, but it's on my list. Next time you're in Bedford Hill's, try Sinapi's Pizza Rustica - I think it's a definite cut above Gianfranco's .

Great crab legs in Westchester or Putnam

I always wondered about that place! I drive by it all the time too. Will definitely check it out! Thanks! :)

Regional Pizza Styles - Are there any missing?

Does the pizza pot pie count?
http://chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com...

Jul 03, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Great crab legs in Westchester or Putnam

Great recs and tips - thank you, everyone! And I seriously need a Costco membership now!

Caffe Trento East in Yonkers -- closed?? :(

That's comforting to hear! I was saddened to hear about the doughnuts though...

Great crab legs in Westchester or Putnam

I didn't even think of HMart or Stew's - thank you! The one's at Joe's Crab Shack aren't bad - I like the different flavors you can have them boiled in.

Good eats along Route 17 West

Thank *you*! You have great recs! Definitely run to Tom Wahl's! I actually did a review of them (my first one!) on Roadfood.com:

http://roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overvi...

I went to college in Geneseo - right near Avon - so Tom Wahl's was a huge treat. We'd pile as many of us as we could into my friend's station wagon and head right there for burgers and root beer floats! :)

Caffe Trento East in Yonkers -- closed?? :(

Oh yes - that's right! I blacked out for a minute! Thanks! :)