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ISO: good restaurant near Randolph (80th b-day party)

Hi Doc, Curlz -

Thanks - will run it by the family, see which one everyone agrees with (& promise to check back re: the final decision and reviews...!)

Jul 15, 2010
gaijingirl in New Jersey

ISO: good restaurant near Randolph (80th b-day party)

Hi -

So, it's almost time for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday party. Looking for a good place for a group of about 10 people for dinner. Italian's a possibility, but we're open to other options. Anyone know of a place that's mid-range in price and just absolutely great? Hey, it's her 80th...so we don't want subpar! Thanks! :))))

--Janet (Gaijin Girl)

Jul 13, 2010
gaijingirl in New Jersey

Best (or any) Hwe de Bop in Manhattan?

A long time ago, I discovered the joys of Hwe de Bop in my local Korean deli. They've since discontinued it, and I'm dying to have it again. (Menupages was no help with a recent search.) Anyone know where I can find the best available in Manhattan...or any, for that matter? K-town's an obvious possibility, but short of just going door to door, anyone have recs?

Thanks!

-J (GG)

Jun 11, 2009
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Authentic, great recs for Amsterdam, Brussels and Brugge?

Hey, all - thanks for the input thus far! (Less than one week to go for the trip.)

Re: the term authentic. Well, not 100% sure myself. What I really mean is that I love street food (and some restaurant food) and always try to locate anything cuisine that's unique to the area I'm traveling in. Have Googled Dutch and Belgian cuisine a bit over the last month, and have identifed a few things that I'll be looking for (let me know if I'm offbase or missing anything great?) And if there's any place that makes it "best"?

Waffles (both Luege and Brussels varieties)
Frites (of course)
Chocolates (of course)
Herring stands
Beer (my husband and friend are both homebrewers who like the best)
Mussels
Stoemp mashed potatoes
Waterzooi
Rabbit in geuze??
Stoof Karbonaden (beef stew?)
Chicons au gratin (cheese and bechamel sauce?)
Bitterballen (deep fried meat balls)
Genever Gin
Pancakes

Thanks!! :)

Authentic, great recs for Amsterdam, Brussels and Brugge?

Hey all...!

It's been awhile, but I'm heading for Amsterdam and Brussels at the end of the month (a week, starting June 19th.)

We'll be hitting Amsterdam, Brussels and Brugge (about 2 days each.), and I REALLY NEED good recommendations for places to go, and specific foods to try.

Now, I'm mostly a street food kinda gal...fancy restaurants don't really do it for me. Most important thing to me is authentic and tasty. (Though I will consider restaurants too.)

Any recommendations (for food and vendors) would be GREATLY appreciated...! (Hey, let me know and I can at least reciprocate with NYC recs...)

Thanks!!

--Gaijin Girl (Janet)

Needed: amazing Italian or Chinese Restaurant Rec (mid-price) in Brooklyn!

A friend of mine is taking her mom out to dinner in Brooklyn in two weeks (77th birthday!). Her mom loves Italian and Chinese...I'm a Bronx gal, who know the local area, and Manhattan only. So any recommendations would be heavily appreciated! (She'll be splurging the cost for a few different people, so $20 an entree would be what she's looking for.) Thanks in advance!!

Apr 12, 2009
gaijingirl in Outer Boroughs

ISO exotic, authentic food near Randolph NJ

Hey - one additional edit to the original post ...wondering if maybe baked alaska is available anywhere in the same vicinity (that's something on my to-try list, eventually...and maybe easier to find in NJ?) Thanks...!

ISO exotic, authentic food near Randolph NJ

So, my mother in law is taking me out for my birthday on Sunday. She lives near Randolph (near Morrisdown, Madison, etc.)

While the Cheesecake Factory is the fallback, I'm a complete and utter exotic food fan.

I've had almost everything, from natto to durian to tteok bokki, to--well--tons of other stuff. I've got first choice, and was wondering if anyone knew of any really impressive exotic places in the area (ie: not your standard Chinese food, sushi, Mexican or Thai joint) - but someplace with really impressive, hard to find fixins.

I'm partial to Asian (as per the nickname), but would consider any ethnic cuisine, as long as it's different, and authentic. (Portuguese, Polish, Argentinian, etc....anything.)

Thanks in advance!!

Need the name of a Polish Dessert?

I went to a Polish bakery today, and tried a wonderful pastry that the woman said was called "Badjad Erka". It looked like a large chocolate donut hole, sprinkled with coconut flakes and filled with a fruit compote of some sort. Delicious - but there's nothing available on the web about it. Is there another name for it? Thanks!

Jul 26, 2008
gaijingirl in General Topics

Casual Rec's for London/Edinburgh/Manchester (and a bit of Dublin)

Next week, my husband and I are going to be travelling to the UK - hitting Edinburgh, Manchester and London (with 4 hour flight stop over's in Dublin.)

Wanted some recommendations for "the best of" casual food. Not looking to get dressed up and fancy, just hit some of the best spots for local favorites (ie: like best fish n' chips or best curry...) (Obviously, the Dublin stop is limited. I'm *hoping* that we might have enough time to go out to a decent pub, as opposed to being stuck in the airport.)

Thanks in advance...we're really looking forward to this!

--Janet (GG)

Jun 01, 2008
gaijingirl in U.K./Ireland

Best Vegan/Vegetarian Places around DC, and Baltimore?

Hey - thanks all...Vegetate and Sunflower are sounding pretty good. I'm leaning towards Sunflower, because the descriptions sound so good, and all the raw options seem delish, too. (Stickyfingers is probably out...she's on a diet, and veggie desserts are fattening, after all.) Did some searching on the web, and found this site, which seems like a DC variation on NYs Supervegan.com (which is a great site, BTW).:

http://www.vegdc.com/

At first glance, it looks pretty helpful. I'm really looking forward to this, and the chance to finally introduce her to the possibilities of vegetarian/vegan cuisine...! (Actually, a good scrambled tofu might be a good idea. She told me earlier on the phone that she "couldn't imagine giving up eggs"...but with the right scrambled tofu meal, who knows...?

Best Vegan/Vegetarian Places around DC, and Baltimore?

Come Memorial Day, this NYCer is going to visit my best friend in D.C.

I'm vegan, and she's just started to experiment with going vegetarian. I really want to treat her to a delicious vegetarian dinner, just to show her how good it can be. Any recommendations as to the best places to go?

One side note: though I'm definitely open to places with vegetarian options (ethnic or otherwise), I kind of want a place that more or less *specializes* in vegetarian/vegan cuisine...just because I think that's what she'd like to try.

Thanks in advance for any info...!

Best,

Janet (GG)

Best Manhattan Vegan Sushi?

Thanks for the suggestions - am *definitely* going to check out Ginger, Yo and Choshi...!

Feb 29, 2008
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Best Manhattan Vegan Sushi?

Dear Sing Me a Bar -

With all due respect, I'm *definitely* going to have to disagree with you on this one, on a few different points.

1) Sushi is--by definition--vinegared rice...the toppings/fillings do not inherently require fish.

2) I have, in fact, found some really great rolls, in places like Sushi Time and Avenue A sushi...maki's with marinated mushroom that tasted just like tuna, and spicy/crunchy avocado rolls with a dab of ume paste. In general, I' ve actually found that it was the seasonings and the entire presentation package that I truly love about sushi...not the small dab of fish. (And I used to be a HUGE tekka-maki fan).

But...I'm sure there's more delish veggie options out there besides just the two places I've personally found. Thus, my question for those who may have found even better venues. Thanks..!

Feb 28, 2008
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Best Manhattan Vegan Sushi?

As my handle might make obvious, I'm a *huge* Japanese cuisine afficianado. Love, love, love sushi, onigiri's, seaweed salad, etc. I'm also vegan. (Going on year #2 at this point.)

While I've found a few good joints on my own, was curious as to everyone else's picks for the best vegan sushi to be found in NYC... The most exotic, tasty rolls, etc... (IE: something better than 'plain cucumber roll maki'.

Thanks in advance for any information!!

-J (GG)

Feb 27, 2008
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Searching for Champurrado

Believe it or not - almost a year later - I just found it. It's probably all over the neighborhood where I went, just never noticed. Spanish Harlem, at La Panteros Negros Restaurant - 2130 2nd Avenue. Tasty. Hot chocolate during Christmastime...how appropriate...!

Dec 22, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Where to buy jicama in Midtown East

General FYI - found some pre-chopped jicama at the Amish Market. The gentleman I talked to told me that there seemed to be a bit of a shortage, but they had it on back order. Just in case anyone is interested...!

Dec 18, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Madeira Wine in NYC?

Craig -

Actually, the one I tried was the 5 year Malmsey...! (One correction to my previous post...it actually had a 'pruney' taste...not plumish...) It was sweet, but not *overly* sweet (not port level sweet, anyway.)

Thanks for the info anyway...I'm always up to trying new things, because otherwise you'll never know if there's something right around the corner that you're really missing out on....

Dec 17, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Where to buy jicama in Midtown East

Has anyone had luck finding Jicama since this original post went up? I've recently started my own search for it...and just so happens I work in mid-town east myself...! Thanks,

Dec 17, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Madeira Wine in NYC?

Okay - got to try to Medeira. Honestly, wasn't overly impressed. It was sweet - but not as sweet as port. And it had a sort of plumy overtone. I'd been hoping for more.... and definitely stll prefer Port (and Umeshu!)

Dec 17, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Madeira Wine in NYC?

Okay, I admit...I opened the Marsala ahead of time. Not bad. Granted, I have a *major* sweet tooth when it comes to wine (and even admit to the guilty, guilty pleasure of actually *liking* Manischewitz), but the Marsala was nice. Sweet, with a distinct dry aftertaste. Of course, I expect the Madeira to be heads and tails better...but still..

Incidentally, how best should Marsala be used for cooking? (Got to use up the rest of it, after all...)

Dec 07, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Madeira Wine in NYC?

Thanks for the input. I headed over to Astor Wines today (never been before - wow, it's nice). Picked up two bottles: Blandy's 5 year old Madeira, and Florio Marsala (Sweet).

I'm crossing my fingers that they'll be everything I hope...

So, I should actually decant the Madeira a day before serving??

Nov 30, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Madeira Wine in NYC?

Anyone know where to find good Madeira Wine in NYC? I'm a huge fan of port, sherry and Japanese Plum Wine (Ume-shu), and have heard that Madeira is the obvious thing for me to try.

Can't afford alot - hopefully a bottle under $30. But does anyone know of good suppliers, brands? Thanks in advance for any information! (If it's in time for my Christmas party in three weeks, even better...!)

Nov 25, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

ISO Muscat or Medeira Wine Upstate NY

Dear JM -

Thanks for the info (I'm pretty much a wine neophyte, so I didn't know (and yep, it's specifically dessert wines that I'm after..) So I'm guessing that both will have to wait until someday if I travel to such areas.... (For what it's worth, we ended up going to Clinton wineries, which had some decent dessert wines...) Thanks...!

ISO Muscat or Medeira Wine Upstate NY

We're going to upstate NY tomorrow (Dutchess County area), and want to do a wine tasting somewhere. Would *really* love to get a sample of Muscat or Medeira, neither of which we've ever had...

Any information would be great!

Thanks,

Janet (GG)

I need a Vegetarian Friendly Dim Sum place

I have to second the recommendation for Dim Sum Go Go. Yes, you'll miss the cart experience (which admittedly is a part of the Dim Sum charm) - but Dim Sum Go Go's food is really, really good. That's coming from a dim sum afficiando, *and* a vegan...

Nov 03, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Anyone know what happened to Blue/Green?

I'd been meaning to go there, but all the Blue/Green restaurants closed down. Anyone have the inside scoop on what happened, re: the restaurant or Matthew Kenney?

On a similar note, anyone been to the Plant at Dumbo? If so, what's it like?

Thanks,

Janet (GG)

Nov 03, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Seamless Web Midtown - What are your favorites?

Okay, I'm extremely late to this discussion - but to add my two cents ...

Hands down, my favorite Seamless Web order is Sushi Time. The veggie rolls are utterly SUPERB! (Try the spicy, crunchy shitake rolls, and you'd never know it's not tuna...)

YUM.

PS: have tried Go Sushi, which just can't compare....And I agree with a few of the previous posters that Zen Palate is, well, blech, bland and made me somewhat queasy. And that's coming from a vegan who enjoys natto...

Oct 20, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Looking for a few exotic dishes in Chinatown

Shoot. A Taiwanese friend of mine suggested (maybe) Queens, but she said there wasn't much out there, either...!

Oct 18, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan

Looking for a few exotic dishes in Chinatown

Hey Ran -

Thanks. As for the others, I've identified them as Hakka (Suan Pan Zi and Lei Cha Fan) and Teo Chew (Oh Nee). Haven't found them, but at least I know what ethnicity they are...

Oct 17, 2007
gaijingirl in Manhattan