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westchester bagels is their a good one out there?

You and me both, JT. It's sad. Tower was the greatest and Nathan's should have been given landmark status.

At least Scarsdale Bagel is still there. Holding onto these shreds of our youth with both hands!

McDonald's Lovin' Campaign!

This is great! Too bad it's all over (supposedly!) on Saturday! No love on Valentine's Day? Kind of ironic!

Feb 11, 2015
Sra. Swanky in Chains

McDonald's Lovin' Campaign!

I hear you. But a free bacon, egg and cheese biscuit would be a nice way to start the day!

Feb 03, 2015
Sra. Swanky in Chains

McDonald's Lovin' Campaign!

So for 2 weeks (until February 14th) McDonald's randomly selects customers to "pay with lovin'!" Sounds like a wonderful idea in theory but do you think this will actually happen? I don't think the McD's in my town is cheery enough to put this into practice. I hope I'm wrong though! If you get picked, please post! :)

Feb 02, 2015
Sra. Swanky in Chains

What's your regional fry sauce and what do you like?

I always loved that motto. :) For the record, I did a nice chunk of my studying and partying at the U of R. Always loved the place. If you get a chance to visit - go in May and enjoy the Lilac Festival and promise yourself you'll make a stop at Nick Tahou's for that long-awaited garbage plate. :)

Jan 31, 2015
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Catering Recommendations? Putnam Valley or Dutchess County

My family and I always order from Bucci's Deli in Mahopac. Always have gotten raves. Huge Italian menu and their hot & cold foods are delicious.

What's your regional fry sauce and what do you like?

That sounds great - wish there were Arby's close by to me. I've always felt like a misfit for my hatred of boring ketchup! :) I went to Geneseo - which college in Rochester?

I should be embarrassed to mention what I liked to put on my garbage plates, but I have a good feeling you'll completely understand! :) (hot sauce, extra mayo - yum!)

Jan 30, 2015
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

What's your regional fry sauce and what do you like?

Blue cheese is my favorite fry sauce. I got used to it from going to school in the Rochester, NY area where people dipped their (sub-par) pizza into blue cheese to improve the flavor. I live right outside NYC now, so with good pizza places everywhere, doing this is blasphemous! :)

Jan 30, 2015
Sra. Swanky in General Topics

Asian Tea Houses/Places in Westchester?

Thank you everyone! I will definitely check these out. :)

Anniversary dinner in Lower Westchester

At Restaurant X - definitely brunch - hands down! It's incredible and worth every penny. The dishes served are wonderful - pace yourself so you can enjoy every one and still have room for dessert. :)

Asian Tea Houses/Places in Westchester?

Not a one? Now I'm really blue!

Asian Tea Places - Bronx?

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

Jan 26, 2015
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!

Jan 26, 2015
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. :(

Jan 26, 2015
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!

Jan 26, 2015
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!