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Now, How About Vintage Cakes?

Vidute - not sure if you'll read this, but I'm digging into a piece of hot milk cake right now. Just made it for my husband's birthday - so good, even our finicky 5 year-old loved it! And I'm enjoying it with a nice cold glass of milk. Cheers to you - and thank you! :)

Apr 07, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

April Foods Day Pranks

Living in the NYC area, my hubby and I learned to accept that there are probably slim to no chances of getting certain well-loved chains to come to our area - Krystal, Arctic Circle, Tijuana Flats. etc - but our absolute favorite is the West Coast's In and Out Burger.

3 April Fool's Days ago, an ingenious co-worker who knew my hubby well made a sign and posted it on my hubby's office door: In and Out Burger NYC - Coming Summer 2011. You can imagine the cries of joy coming from his office...

Poor guy. ;)

Apr 03, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

April Foods Day Pranks

Love it! They'll remember this forever! :)

Apr 03, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Raising a non-picky eater

TDQ - I totally empathize with you and feel your angst. I once said to my older boy (5) "There are so many kids who don't know where their next meal is coming from and you act like this?! You are so lucky! Do you see how spoiled and unreasonable you're being?!"

(By the way -the rejected meal was chicken noodle soup! Grrrrr!!!)

I know, I know... :o/

Mar 27, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

Definitely encouraging! :) Thank you! (And great score with the muffins!!)

Mar 23, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

Yes, sunshine - thank you! :)

Mar 22, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

DQ - so well said - Winning the battle but losing the war is exactly what it feels like with my two. My older one is under the weather now too, so it was definitely an indulgent mealtime tonight.

Isn't CH great?! We all need a little advice and reassurance. But you're one up on me if it makes you feel any better - mine love their fresh fruit, but fresh veggies are usually turned away, no matter what form I serve them in!

Mar 22, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

Duly noted. Thanks! No, I definitely don't want to create issues. (As a young mom, I'm learning as I go!)

Mar 20, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food
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Raising a non-picky eater

I feel the same way. I always worry what they'll want to eat depending on what restaurants we choose.

You should feel thrilled. I would LOVE to spend $50+ on sushi for my boys and me as well. Sounds like a wonderful Mom/Son date. Dreaming of an outing like that!!

Mar 20, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

True, hill - but it's so hard to not fight it when I live to eat and my kids eat to live. I guess that's a good thing though!

Mar 20, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

Hi Sherri! Thanks so much - great point! I should be grateful if they have non-costly food tastes! LOL! I have boys too - and they both eat like birds. I ask my husband, "When are they going to eat us out of house & home like everyone says?!" Soon enough, I'm sure. :)

Mar 20, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

Oh, good - so they won't grow up only eating the foods I listed above. :) I get so envious when my friends comment that their kids have eaten mussels, grilled salmon, and other adult-like dishes. Glad to hear their palates eventually get broader! I guess patience is necessary here, right?. :)

Mar 20, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

Thanks valerie. :) I never force either - but boy have I fought the urge to dump food over son #1's head - he's so stubborn! This is very encouraging. I have more hope now! :)

Mar 20, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

Thanks, Linda - I'll keep pressing on. :)

Mar 20, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

Raising a non-picky eater

I'm feeling very guilty about my "Mom is not a short-order cook" rule, but I know it's a good way to be. My two kids are picky (they're 5 and 3) and it's a battle to get them to even try something new just once. I'm so afraid I'll be stuck in pizza-hot dog-meatballs & pasta-chicken finger purgatory forever! It's making me nuts!! Any more ideas? (Besides lots of wine?!)

Mar 20, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Not About Food

California's Food History and Iconic Dishes?

Brilliant!!

Mar 13, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

California's Food History and Iconic Dishes?

There's a region along Highway 111 that's a big date producer. Shield's Date Garden is a popular rest stop that has them That's where I tried my first date shake. Like Alan408 said, it's a milk shake flavored with crystalized dates. They're rich and yummy.

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

Mar 13, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

California's Food History and Iconic Dishes?

Ok - that's what I thought. I know California was close! I had some awesome ones in San Diego. (Keep in mind, I'm a Western US turista!)

And the fish tacos here in NY are disgraceful, of course.

Mar 13, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

California's Food History and Iconic Dishes?

Hi! I know I'm going to sound like a tourist (cause I am! Native New Yorker who's only been to California 4 times), but I love geographical gastronomy. Some iconic California dishes/treats that come to mind are:

sourdough bread (invented in San Francisco)
cioppino
dungenous crab
Mission burritos

Date shakes
fish tacos
fried artichokes

Mar 13, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Your favorite packaged snack cake

Love TastyKake! The Junior Coffee Cakes and Chocolate Krimpets were always my favorites.

Feb 27, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

3-5 (Worldwide) Chains You'd Like on Your Turf

Loved Autogrills. Also - L& L Hawaiian BBQ

Feb 11, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains

3-5 (Worldwide) Chains You'd Like on Your Turf

I'm so with you on both of those!!!

Also: Artic Circle (yay fry sauce!)
Krystal (I know we have White Castle, but I love it's Southern "cousin!")
Waffle House (I know, I know...) ;)

Feb 11, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Chains
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best flavour macaron you have tried and where?

in Westchester County - in Mt. Kisco. A place called La Tulipe. They even have pates de fruits! (another guilty pleasure!)

Feb 11, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

best flavour macaron you have tried and where?

There's a great French bakery near me (north of NYC) that makes terrific macarons. I really loved their raspberry (has a little tartness), and their cassis (black currant). Pistachio is great too - definitely not overwhelmingly sweet.

Time to pick up more macarons! Thanks for the reminder! :)

Feb 10, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Extra Peanut Butter

Yum! This has me jonesing for peanut butter pancakes for dinner.

I also love a spoonful swirled in oatmeal.

Feb 10, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Extra Peanut Butter

Roadfood.com has a great recipe for peanut soup. Really good! Also, you can make mafe - a dish from Senegal that uses peanut butter and different veggies and lamb (but you can subsititute any meat) over rice:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma...

Feb 10, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

Best gummy bears?

Make that one, jr! Best amazon reviews ever!

Feb 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in General Topics
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Read the reviews for Haribo's Gummy Bears..................

I LOVED this and had the best laugh from it! "These are Satan's Bears!!" Love it. Note to self: Stick with the regular bears made of good old fashioned sugar!

Feb 04, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Food Media & News

Cookbooks to replicate culinary school

The Joy of Cooking is a great all-around cookbook. I'd definitely put that as an essential addition to your library. You'd definitely want a Julia Child cookbook in there too (French cooking)!!

Jan 22, 2014
Sra. Swanky in Home Cooking

big w [Wingdale]

Great update, thanks! It definitely is worth a trip to Wingdale. Love Warren and his food!

Jan 22, 2014
Sra. Swanky in New York State (exc. NYC)