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Which foods do you wish were more popular?

True - I definitely need to make my own one of these days.

How do I make a good coffee at 7-Eleven?

Your 7-11 has steamed milk mix? Did I miss this next to the latte machine? Mine may not have this - I need to ask. Your recipe sounds awesome!

Nov 24, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

Westchester County Farms, Cheesemakers, Wineries?

Prospero Winery in Pleasantville should have tastings. Definitely call.
Also Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford has a great tap room.

Also - just over the border -Salinger's in has a great in-house bakery and foodstand. Further up the Taconic is Fishkill Farms in Hopewell which sometimes has artisan cheeses and other specialty foods along with different fruits from the farm.

Sounds like a great visit you're planning. Enjoy!!

Which foods do you wish were more popular?

Love octopus. When it's made well, it melts in your mouth. No closed mind here or advanced notice for this American girl! When I was in Spain, I couldn't get enough. I haven't had great pulpo since.

Nov 19, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Which foods do you wish were more popular?

Herring in sour cream. Love it.
Caponata - eggplant appetizer - Cento makes a good one, but sometimes I have a hard time finding it. I eat it right out of the can. :)

Nov 19, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics
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How do I make a good coffee at 7-Eleven?

Awww - thanks alkapal - same here. :) A very happy early Thanksgiving to you & yours!

Nov 18, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains
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Smashburger -taste!

I'm a bigger fan of their chicken (grilled) sandwiches. Really juicy and flavorful and can be made with all the same toppings they put on burgers. Definitely worth going back and trying those. And I love the haystack onion rings too.

Nov 17, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

How do I make a good coffee at 7-Eleven?

Before the machine switches over to the Peppermint Mocha (yup - I'm at 7-11 a lot!), try this for a low-budget Starbucks Pumpkin spice latte equivalent:

1. Collect 3/4 cup from the pumpkin spice latte from the machine (take the cup away once the coffee gets watery)
2. Add a shot of the pumpkin spice blend from the pot
3. Add a little pumpkin creamer
4. Top with cinnamon and enjoy!

I also like cappucino from the machine, add a shot of french vanilla from the pot, and add coconut creamer and vanilla powder. :)

Nov 17, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains
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A Buffalo, NY treat - Aunt Rosie's Loganberry! Where to find it???

Oh I'll remember! Thanks so much! :)

Need some interesting EASY chicken recipes

Kajikit -- do you and your husband enjoy lamb? Another delicious meat - sometimes it can be inexpensive too.

Nov 12, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Need some interesting EASY chicken recipes

Same here! Easy and light. Love capers. Can't get enough of those savory little berries!

Nov 12, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking
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A Buffalo, NY treat - Aunt Rosie's Loganberry! Where to find it???

Great news, magic! Thanks for reporting back! I'm heading to Buffalo this summer and will definitely go to that Tops & Wegmans and look for it! Nothing goes better with a beef on weck. Nothing. :)

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

I wish I could say that the food isn't bad. I went back multiple times with an open mind, wanting to like the new version of the place. It's truly awful. Lower, sub-par quality. I really don't think there's much hope of this business thriving.

Nov 08, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

frankie - hang onto your place with both hands! :)

Nov 08, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

That is interesting. The old owners were from Sichuan province. The food now is nothing like theirs. I miss it and the owners - they were in a class by themselves.

Nov 08, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

I guess the whole "cook to the taste of the masses" is at work with your Thai place. I know nothing about the restaurant business, so I have no idea why people take over a successful business and then drastically allow the food to decline. In my Chinese restaurant's case, the original chef (the owner's husband) was training the new chef until he left completely to retire. Looks like the new chef threw all the old chef's great techniques out the window!

My husband and I were discussing that if maybe the owners' kids took over (they went into other lines of work), this wouldn't have happened. Adults all want to do things their own way - regardless of if it works or not. When you train a youngster, they will be more inclined to continue your great work. Kind of like Charlie Bucket - Willy Wonka's chocolate protegé. :)

Nov 07, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

It takes two, Vinnie. She needs to hear this, as much as the truth can hurt. Wives are human and can be in the wrong as well. Best advice - collect your thoughts, stay as positive as you can, highlight what you want, and write her a letter. Best of luck!

Nov 07, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

Yeah - very disheartening. I've also catered from them for pretty much all of my family's major milestones. I ordered a huge tray of the most delicious egg rolls for my hubby's graduation party. Now their current egg rolls...well...I wouldn't feed them to my dog!

Nov 07, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

Duly noted. Yes, an effort would have been futile, so I have moved on. Just grateful to have affirmation from you all. Lesson learned. :)

Nov 07, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

The food was what tanked in my case unfortunately. Hope your current situation works out in your favor.

Nov 06, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

Thanks, Harters. Sorry about your Sichuan place. We've moved on as well where the food tastes almost as good.

Nov 06, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

Hi DQ -- so sweet! What a great time saver for your friends!

How about a Make-Your-Own-Frito Pie kit? Cans of good chili, bags of Fritos corn chips, and a block of cheese (or they can add their own shredded cheese). Fun and easy meal (albeit not too nutritious - but this is a festive time and the 12 year-old may enjoy it!)

Nov 05, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

Did you bring that up to the new owners at all? That's exactly what's going on in my case.

Nov 05, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

Thanks jm - that gives me a glimmer of hope, even though it may fall on deaf ears. Even their Yelp reviews show their decline. :(

Nov 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

I've lived in Southern Westchester for close to 2 years...some observations

I hear you! Did you try Saiganese on Central Ave in Hartsdale? I haven't been yet, but it may fill a pho craving.

Also - I always stop at H-Mart -- I find the Korean food, sushi and Chinese are a bit more reasonable in their food court. The Korean spicy beef soup is really good- definitely try it if you haven't yet!

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

I hear you. But it's so sad, isn't it?! At least change the name of the place. It would sting less! :)

Nov 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

Good advice, Guys - thank you. I just wish I could've given the previous owners a hug goodbye. It's been a yummy 20 years for me. We did move on and found a good substitute, but I miss the warmth the old place had. :)

Nov 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

When a favorite restaurant is ruined - what do you do?

A favorite Chinese restaurant of mine has become an awful shell of its former self. The owner and her husband (the chef) retired and the food has changed so drastically, it upsets me even to think about it. The quality has gone by the wayside in so many ways. The new owners kept the name of the place, but they have seriously dragged a delicious 30-year legacy into the mud. :(

If this happened to your favorite place, would you diplomatically tell the new owners, or just let it go and never return?

Nov 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Great crab legs in Westchester or Putnam

I love Joe's - thanks! There's one at the Palisades Mall but it's nice to have one nearby without crossing a bridge.

Grape pie - a good recipe?

Thank you, Candy! This looks fantastic. I wonder if I could try a crumb topping instead. Will definitely look for the Pie Enhancer - sounds like a baking necessity! Happy baking season to you! :)

Nov 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking