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50 Things to Do with Sriracha

It's my favorite dip for popcorn!

Apr 11, 2010
sugarcookie in Features

Visiting Austin..downtown suggestions..& beyond

What about BurgerTex? LOVE their burgers and I think they are in the run for best in the city!

Mar 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Austin

What Do "Kosher" and "Halal" Mean?

whoops i didnt see that it was already included above. and then i couldnt figure out how to delete my entry.
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Mar 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Features

What Do "Kosher" and "Halal" Mean?

To get a bit more specific, the word "zabihah" refers specifically to meat which is halal (as opposed to other foods which arent meat but that are halal).

Mar 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Features

Great brunch & bloodies near MoMA?

Why don't you just eat at the MOMA cafe that's on the 5th floor? The menu is fun, the drinks inventive, the atmosphere light and it makes for good ppl watching too. In spring and summertime, it's a special treat to sit outside and look out over the sculpture garden too.

Feb 25, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Does New York mexican food really suck?

My first problem after moving here from TX was that I was looking for good Tex-Mex and didnt realize no one knows that really is up here. But I did found decent Mexican at dive-type places, like La Noche in the UWS. I also learned that no one knows what queso is, so you're better off making that at home. But places that do have huevos rancheros (Cafe con Leche, Benny's (or is it Harry's?) Burritos) usually dont mess it up too much and that's comforting food so it really helps when I'm homesick.

Feb 25, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Williamsburg Morning grub?

Fada is great if you want steak frites, a basket of pain, a crispy croisant. Relish has great atmosphere. For lovely warm fresh donuts, Aurora. And AquaSanta has a great list of brunch plates that comes with dessert! Yummmm!

Feb 25, 2007
sugarcookie in Outer Boroughs

Casa Mono deep-fried herb - tried it?

I thought texture-wise, it was a strange combination. But the fragrance of the warm bay leaf made the whole plate really inviting, and made the creme brulee taste that much better.

Feb 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

ISO Goat

You can order one at any S. Asian grocery store w/a butcher section in Jackson Heights. I go to the one across the street from Subzi Mandi, which is a great grocery store too.

Feb 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Ramadan at Kasturi

Rajbhog is ok, but I really like the fake Alauddin (next to the bldg with the fake Aarong), which tastes as Bangladeshi as it gets if it's not homemade or not back home. The shondesh there are decent, cham-cham arent so sugary that you feel the crystals under your teeth, plus the tea is thick and creamy from the constant jaal.

Feb 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Visiting Austin..downtown suggestions..& beyond

For BBQ, Rudy's is great too. Stubbs (on Red River) is OK but you could combine it with music and that would make it worth it. Don't miss a fried apple pie at Jo's when you get your morning coffee. For Mexican you could go to Guero's, which is more about the atmosphere/landmark nature than the food, but the setting is fun with all the little shops along the block. Better food tho is down the street at El Sol y La Luna - perfect for migas or even dinner - I miss Texas!

Feb 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Austin

Birthday Brunch for big group in/near Village

I invited a bunch of friends to Saturday afternoon brunch for my birthday and told them we'd have it at Pastis. Then when I tried to get a table for all 14 of us, I learned they dont have one big enough that's available, and the biggest table they have is only for 10 ppl (bc the other 1/2 of their communal table is booked up all day). AND the 10-up is only available super-early. I'm so disappointed. Thought about Schillers (the sister resto) but it's kind of far from the karaoke place that we're going to afterward (which is at 17th and 5th).

Can anyone suggest a good place to have brunch that's as sophisticated and fun as Pastis, will accommodate a large crowd like mine, takes reservations, and would probably have a table for us 2 weeks out?

Feb 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Best bread pudding?

LOVE it homemade... this chocolate bread pudding recipe is a crowdpleaser every time I make it: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec....

Feb 02, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Top Chef Predictions?

I'm pretty sure it's going to be Sam vs. Elia, and Elia ultimately wins. Here are my reasons:
--Sam would be the obvious choice, so that makes me think he's NOT going to win.
--Elia on the other hand seemed like she was going to lose during the last episode when she threatened to quit bc her chocolate wasn't perfect, which makes me think the producers were playing that part up so they'd surprise us when she wins. Plus throughout the show she has come up with extraordinary dishes but not always, whereas Sam has consistently turned out the good stuff -- another hint he's not gonna win.
--Marcel has been there long enough to keep the show going, and it's time for him and his foams to vamoose (I bet the producers are annoyed enough with him too).
--Ilan has been great but I saw him cooking on the line at Casa Mono the other day, and it just didnt look like he had won. If he had, then would he still be cooking at a restaurant like this, or wouldnt he instead be off building his own new restaurant or something??? He had kind of a sad look on his face too. Maybe I'm reading too much into his expressions. :P

Jan 24, 2007
sugarcookie in Food Media & News

Looking for Greek restaurants in the vicinity of 56th and Lex.

I have been to Molyvos a couple of times and have really enjoyed it. Plus you can usually show up even around dinnertime and sit up front in the cafe area or get served at the bar. Great winelist, and you can enjoy a whole tapas-style dinner of hot and cold small plates. Yum yum!

Jan 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Question regarding lunch at Babbo

Esca has good lunch and it's not crowded at that time of day.

Jan 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Mexican Tonight....

I do like Mercadito but wondering if anyone has feedback on going there when you can't sit outside?? It looks tiny indoors. I do like to sit there and ppl watch during warm weather. Food is great but a bit on the pricey side for portion size, I think.

LOVE Bonita! Makes me miss the Billburg.

Tortilla Flats is hit or miss with the food, but the hyper energy and liberal awards of tequila shots is sometimes worth it.

In the UWS, we recently had Mary Ann's and it's pretty good, definitely casual. The only thing I didnt like was they charged us $4 for 4 oz of guacamole. I'm from Texas and THAT is unacceptable by southern standards! :)

Jan 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Anyone have a favorite casual vegetarian restaurant?

Ew I am not a vegetarian and was still interested in going to Zen Palate (Un.Sq); my friends had hyped it up as a 'can't miss' place. I had a good attitude going in, but did not enjoy this place. I can still taste the sweet and sour asian style broccoli dish I had there and it makes my stomach turn. Maybe it was just me, but I will not go back there again.

Jan 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Anyone have a favorite casual vegetarian restaurant?

I've never been to Pongal, but I'm so glad politicfool replied about Chennai Garden bc it's definitely my fave casual indian place in all of the 5 boroughs. I'm pretty picky and I've had a LOT of Indian food in my lifetime, and it surprises me that my favorite is both vegetarian AND kosher!

But truly their dosas are perfectly spiced and crispy; their street food appetizers are light and not greasy but still 'right on' with the spices and ingredients (altho I wish they would put green mango on their bhel puri and related dishes); their curries are always fresh; the service is always good.

The only bad thing I've ever experienced there is that the mango lassi was clearly made with fake mango pulp, so it was all sugary and nasty. But they have decent wines to counter, and otherwise, I have always had a great experience here and highly recommend it.

Jan 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

grand sichuan, hell's kitchen for beginners

Oooh don't miss the dan dan noodles, and those dumplings with the soup in them -- so good! If you're at the chelsea location, let the older lady suggest dishes too.

On a related note, is it true that the Sichuan peppercorns are banned in the US but Grand Sichuan still uses them on the DL?

Jan 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Manhattan

Appetizer needed, different recipe please.

This is a total party-pleaser, not complicated but not exactly refined.

HOT JALAPENO PIE

2 7-oz jars jalapeno pepper, slivered
1 lb. grated Cheddar cheese
8 eggs, beaten
salt
pepper

Drain and seed peppers. Cut into long slivers. Arrange in bottom of a pie tin. Press grated cheese over the peppers (you can blend cheddar with jack cheese if you like instead). Beat eggs and salt and pepper. Pour over the cheese. Bake in 350 degree over for 25-30 minutes. Remove and let set for 3 - 5 minutes. Cut on the diagonal to create diamond-shaped slivers.

Jan 14, 2007
sugarcookie in Home Cooking

Cake for a 50th birthday party

Ooooh me like sparkly! Great idea!

Jan 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Home Cooking

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

On a similar note, a squirt of Sriracha hot sauce on top of the tuna concoction makes me so happy, esp if it's an open-faced sammich (or on saltines) so you can feel the heat touching the roof of your mouth.

Jan 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Home Cooking

FANCY APPS FOR A PARTY...ANY SUGGESTIONS

What about parmesan asparagus spears wrapped in puff pastry? I've made them before and they are pretty easy and they went really fast: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

Jan 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Home Cooking

FANCY APPS FOR A PARTY...ANY SUGGESTIONS

Love the dates wrapped in bacon, but you also could kick it up by stuffing the dates with goat cheese before wrapping with the bacon.

Jan 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Home Cooking

Appetizer needed, different recipe please.

What about a Jalapeno Pie? So easy and the spicy kick would complement the smoothness of the seafood.

Jan 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Home Cooking

Cake for a 50th birthday party

A super-simple idea, which would look nice and sophisticated for a 50-yr old, and which always looks impressive when I do it for birthday cakes, is to use a contrasting colored icing to make a spiral design across the top of the cake. Then then use a toothpick to drag several intersecting lines across the diameter of the cake thru the frosting, so that the result is the kind of lacy, loopy pattern you usually see on the top of a napoleon pastry. Kind of like this: http://www.lecentral.com/nepolan.jpg but in concentric circles.

Jan 11, 2007
sugarcookie in Home Cooking