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Columbus, OH - Indian Food; Pies; Smoothies; Cocktails

Fabulous, thanks. Jeni's is a definite - those flavors look amazing. I am staying in Short North so I'll probably hit up that location.

Columbus, OH - Indian Food; Pies; Smoothies; Cocktails

Hey Midwest Hounds!

Brooklyn-area chow lover relocating to the Midwest for grad school here. I'm gonna be coming through the fine city of Columbus in August for one night only on my way to Missouri, and would love to sample the best the city has to offer.

Here are some things I am into discovering:

- the city's best french fries
- some good, spicy Indian food (not interested in good ambiance - my favorite Indian food in NYC is a cheap takeout place that serves food on paper plates)
- any bakery that makes fresh pies I can take to go (particularly raspberry or key lime)
- the place with the best artisanal cocktails - especially love spicy cocktails
- any place that serves wack gelato/ice cream flavors (red bean, mango habanero, olive oil, or anything containing lime/cilantro)
- smoothie places (Is Inta Juice the best, or is there another I should know about?)

Okay, that's probably enough for one night of chow. Note these are just guidelines for what I'd like to sample. But if your city makes really fantastic, I don't know, tamales, I want to know about that too. Basically, I'd just love to hear what people consider the best. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear 'em - thanks so much!!

Where to Find Lulo/Naranjilla in Brooklyn

Just wanted to update you all - I found lulo pulp for sale in Brooklyn - at Associated (used to be Faro) on 5th avenue and 17th street. Pretty funny - I just last week trucked out to Jackson Heights to stock up, and lulo pops up in a grocery right around the corner from my house. Yay! :)

Jul 29, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

New Pizza, Carroll Gardens

No worries... different opinion is all you're right. I'm definitely still excited about what they're doing, but I know pizza is a very personal taste kind of thing. Reading CH has taught me to never recommend something unconditionally. :)

Jun 25, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

New Pizza, Carroll Gardens

Lame in what way? Because that's what every other pizza place does? They're trying to do something different. Or they're just focusing on what they want to do and trying to perfect it. Short sighted of you to write that off as "lazy" in my opinion. Whatever's motivating them to do it this way, "lazy" I'm sure has nothing to do with it.

Jun 24, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

QUARTER new bar in Brooklyn

Quarter is so amazing. I love their cocktails, especially the chili lime. They're all amazing though. Jukebox is great too.

Jun 24, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

Southside Coffee in Greenwood Heights?

Agreed, Southside is excellent. Thrilled to finally have a great coffee place within close walking distance - sutra and has beans don't cut it for me, so I was always trekking to Red Horse. The ambiance at Southside is a little bit lacking, but who cares about that when the coffee is so good. I get iced lattes and mochas, and if you ask for half chocolate in the mocha they are perfect. Plus the owners are incredibly nice and as the other poster mentioned, passionate about their product. They have outdoor seating, too.

And I agree with you on Quarter - best bar ever. :)

Jun 24, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

New Pizza, Carroll Gardens

I went to So. Bklyn pizza on Sunday night and loved it! I guess it's true that the sauce could be a bit more dynamic, but really this is a well balanced pizza - ingredients taste very fresh. Margharita pizza is my favorite and I love well-charred crust so I thought it was perfect. I think it gets in line just after DiFara and Franny's. I also kind of love that they only do one kind of pizza, plus cookies. And Bklyn Summer Ale on tap - they'll definitely see me over there again.

Jun 24, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

I've done DiFara's but who is #2

Don't go to John's on Bleecker. It's nothing special. If you want that style pizza you are better off at Lombardi's (which is, bonus, right across from Rice to Riches! love that place) or Grimaldi's.

Feb 28, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

Where to Find Lulo/Naranjilla in Brooklyn

Well, here's the recipe I found online - never made it before but supposedly it's great. :) I think adding a bit of cornstarch or tapioca to the fruit might be necessary since it seems potentially runny.

Ingredients:
-top and bottom pie crusts (2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of shortening, ice water as needed; cut together, kneaded just long enough to make a uniform texture before rolling)
-three 28 ounce (800g) jars of naranjillas in heavy syrup, drained, with the fruit scooped out of the hairy skin and lightly mashed, and the skin and any tough parts of the blossom end of the fruit discarded
-1/2 cup of sugar
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon
-2 heaping teaspoons of cardamom
-3 tablespoons of egg replacer.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix all of the dry ingredients together, and then mix them into the fruit (which will be very wet). Pour the mixture into the pie pan, cover with the top crust, and bake for about 45 minutes.

Allow to cool and firm up before eating.

Jan 25, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

Where to Find Lulo/Naranjilla in Brooklyn

Thanks for the help - if nothing else I'm glad I know a sure place to get it now, even if it is a bit of a trek.

Jan 25, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

Where to Find Lulo/Naranjilla in Brooklyn

Hi everyone,

Help! Does anyone know where I can find lulo juice or canned lulo (or preferably, both) anywhere in Brooklyn? I've popped into a bunch of markets in Greenwood Heights/Sunset Park over the past year or so, looking for it, and no luck. (A former coworker who lived in Queens used to bring in bottles from her local market, and got me hooked on the stuff.) Now I would like to try to make a lulo pie for a party next weekend, so if anyone has any thoughts, I'll be very grateful.

Thanks!

Jan 25, 2008
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

Weekend in Chicago for Two NYC Foodies - help!

This sounds so yummy! I had been scoping the boards and Frontera seems to come up a lot so we'll certainly check that out, along with the Indiane you recommended. Thanks so much. Will report back on how it goes.

Oct 24, 2007
angelalala in Chicago Area

Weekend in Chicago for Two NYC Foodies - help!

Hi Chicago Hounds!!

A couple of NYC food-lovers coming to Chi-town this weekend for our annual Halloween trip. We adore your city! But we haven’t delved deeply enough into the food scene. We are visiting a group of friends, and they’ve taken us to some of their favorite spots in the past (Giordano’s, Margie’s, Anne Sather) but we’re looking to branch out a bit this time around.

Here are some thoughts/preferences:

- I adore great desserts. I particularly love gelato, pies, and anything made with fresh fruit, but if you have a lead on some great pignoli cookies, I’d be all ears. I’d also love to find some good chocolate truffles to leave with the friends we’re staying with.
- Our favorite cuisine is probably Indian, but we also love Mexican and sushi, and we’re open to trying anything and everything.
- We dig the Chicago-style pizza quite a bit, but being from NY we get enough pizza at home, so we’d probably like to steer clear of that.
- Would love to discover a place with really interesting cocktails. Particularly a place we could swing by with a costumed group on Saturday night. :)
- My boyfriend is a coffee nerd, so if you could point him toward the best latte in the city I’m sure he’d love you for it.
- We’re vegetarian… but it’s not a huge concern of ours. We’re not going to get braised lamb, obviously, but every restaurant seems to have great veggie options so it doesn’t matter hugely to us what the cuisine is. We like trying new things and can always find something to eat wherever we go.
- Price - We’re not looking for anything super fancy - anywhere from very cheap up to maybe $40 per person.
- Number of diners: could be just the two of us, could be two couples, could be a group of 10-12 friends.

Thanks in advance! And in return for your kind recommendations, I have one for you: the next time you’re in NYC, check out a place called Mole on the Lower East Side. It’s fairly new, and it’s a very small Mexican place. Getting a fair amount of hype, too, so expect a bit of a wait. The atmosphere isn’t much (the room is so small) but the food’s amazing – all fresh ingredients and just delicious. Service is outstanding, although the food takes awhile to come out. Get the tortilla soup, skip the tamales. And make sure you try one of their margaritas – they change up the flavors every day based on what fruits they have hanging around.

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Mole
205 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Oct 24, 2007
angelalala in Chicago Area

Capogiro in NY

Agreed - capogiro is absolutely amazing. I wish they would open a branch in NYC because there's some good gelato here but I haven't had ANY that rivals capogiro (although otto is pretty yummy. cones is ok, but most of theirs is too sweet.). And no - I regret to say that I haven't had it in pinted and packaged form where it measures up. The good news is I have friends in Philly who will let me stay with them so I can get the fix. And the NJ Transit + SEPTA only costs $28 or so round trip. :) :)

Apr 25, 2007
angelalala in Manhattan

Party of 40 - Near Central Park S

Hi hounders!

I have a bit of a dilemma. I would like to make reservations for a party of about 40 people for May 20th, for a late lunch. This will be following AIDSWalk NY, so it would be great if the food were something pretty hearty and filling, since everyone will be quite hungry. I'm thinking Italian or Mexican, maybe - something everyone will eat. And also, it would be great if there were some inexpensive (around $10) entrees. Location not terribly important, although ideally it would be within walking distance of Central Park East, below the 80s.

Thanks in advance for any ideas you might have!

Apr 25, 2007
angelalala in Manhattan

Is the Jamba Juice hype true?

Jamba Juice is NOT like any other smoothie. I don't think you guys are getting the right smoothies when you go. Try the citrus ones, they're better than the berries in my opinion.

Also, Jamba Juice, unlike many smoothie chains, does not "dump sugar" into their smoothies. They use sorbet in some of the smoothies which probably has sugar added, but you can easily get it without sugar. I've had many a crazily sweetened smoothie and these are just not. Fresh fruit, juice, sorbet.... mashed up with ice. It's pretty easy to get that right, and Jamba Juice does. I almost think people knock it merely because it's a chain, which is lame.

Mar 06, 2007
angelalala in Chains

Help London-30-somethings Plan Classy Bachelorette: Very Specific Requests for CH Help!

Another place that has a great brunch is Public, in Soho. I love their sorbets and the drinks and cheese plate were wonderful also.

Mar 05, 2007
angelalala in Manhattan

Chola Chow

Hello 'hounds!

On your recommendations, I went to Chola for lunch today, as I was looking for some good Indian takeout near where I work (58th and Madison). I got Lasoni Gobi, which is a strange cauliflower appetizer that doesn't really taste like any Indian food I've ever had, but is really pretty darn yummy, and a Masala Dosa. I've never been really partial to dosas (never had one that wasn't greasy) but this one sounded great, so I tried it. LOVED IT! Until about one quarter of the way through, when I found a long black hair had been baked into the dosa crust. Eurrghh!

So, I'm torn. Hair in food is so gross. On the other hand, the food was yummy and maybe this was a freak accident. Your thoughts? Also, if you have recommendations for other Indian in the area, I'd love to hear them, because I'm not sure I can really return to Chola. :-) Sucks for this to happen on a first visit, before I could really become addicted to the food and potentially overlook the wanton hair.

Mar 05, 2007
angelalala in Manhattan

Bagel place on 5th/17th-closed?

Ewww. Has Beans comparable to Bagel Factory?! Nooooooo. Their bagels are totally horrendous in my experience. I used to go there before BF opened and it was always disappointing - the bagels are chewy and flavorless and awful. The bagels LOOK nice but the taste is horrible. Yuck. I have a bad opinion of Has Beans generally, though, because the owner has always seemed so unpleasant. Even if it were the only coffee shop around, I wouldn't go there. I'm excited about vin rouge, I just have to hope that owner doesn't hang around much.

And 7th is not really the same neighborhood as 17th so I personally will be praying BF re-opens soon. I've had "wrong order" issues in the past there as well, but their bagels and spreads are yummy enough that it doesn't bother me.

Mar 05, 2007
angelalala in Outer Boroughs

Suggestion for Williamsburg, Tonight?

Hey all - my boyfriend and I are looking for somewhere great to try for dinner - we're never in Williamsburg so I know nothing about the neighborhood or their specialties - was hoping you might have some good ideas. We're looking to spend under $100. We love all types of food, but our favorite is Indian. Also would be into great Mexican.

Dec 12, 2006
angelalala in Outer Boroughs