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Where to find dai bao ("big bun") in Flushing?

Any body know of any bakeries in Flushing that sells Dai Bao?

Dec 29, 2013
al3h in Outer Boroughs

Vegetarian friendly restaurant in greater Hartford area

Looking for a vegetarian friendly restaurant in the Hartford area that non vegetarians can enjoy too. Can only think of Tapas but want other options. Anything out there?

Oct 04, 2013
al3h in Southern New England

Asia Gourmet in Concord: Very Good Taiwanese

Is the Taiwanese menu available all day or is it more of a brunch thing?

May 02, 2012
al3h in Greater Boston Area

PHX Food Truck Festival - October 22nd

It was a total waste of money. It was poorly planned and extremely unorganized. The lines were ridiculously long and they all seem to meld into each other so it was difficult to tell what line was for what truck.

Nov 07, 2011
al3h in Phoenix

Guide to the New World Mall Food Court

I managed to check out the New World Mall Food Court this Sunday afternoon and it was packed. There are many options and some stalls were a lot busier than others. Of the few establishments that I did sample (Live Seafood #5, Snopo #14, and Teriyaki Express), I found them to be very disorganized and not fully operational (things listed on the menu but not available) Food was OK though and will probably try some other joints the next time I'm in Flushing.

New World Mall
40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

May 29, 2011
al3h in Outer Boroughs

Any good dim sum in the Hartford, CT area?

There is dim sum in the Hartford area but nothing that is really any good. There's Green Tea in Farmington, Golden Dragon in Manchester and I believe China Pan in Farmington serves dim sum. The best dim sum I have had in CT was at Great Wall in New Haven. While nothing compared to NYC or Boston it's better then the other options in CT.

China Pan
1600 S East Rd, Farmington, CT 06032

Jan 17, 2011
al3h in Southern New England

Bouchon - Breakfast/Brunch Menu Question

The chicken and waffles is only offered for weekend brunch.

May 17, 2010
al3h in Las Vegas

Review of CUT - Wolfgang Puck

Cut has a sampler called a Tasting of NY Sirloin which consists of 2 oz Japanese Waygu, 4 oz American Kobe, and 4 oz Nebraska dry age for $145. It's a good way to get a taste of the different varieties.

Mar 09, 2010
al3h in Las Vegas

East Manor (Kissena Blvd.) Flushing Dim Sum - good, and cheap!

Do you know if the $1.50 dim sum is available on weekends?

Nov 17, 2009
al3h in Outer Boroughs

If it has to be a chain, it has to be...

Waffle House.
Scattered, Smothered and Covered Hash Browns!!! Nuff said..

Jul 04, 2009
al3h in Chains

Chinese Food Recommendations - Central NJ [moved from Tristate board]

Yes it was very helpful. Thanks.

Apr 17, 2009
al3h in New Jersey

Chinese Food Recommendations - Central NJ [moved from Tristate board]

Does anyone know if 1-9 Seafood serves dim sum everyday or just weekends?

Apr 17, 2009
al3h in New Jersey

Dim Sum Central NJ during weekdays

Any places out there that serve dim sum during the middle of the week?

Mar 22, 2009
al3h in New Jersey

Molto Mario

Reruns air on the Fine Living Network (FLN).

Feb 12, 2009
al3h in Food Media & News

What's Open Late in Las Vegas Chinatown?

Will be going to Vegas in April and getting in after 11PM. Just wondering what's open late in Chinatown? Any and all suggestions would be appreciated..

Feb 09, 2009
al3h in Southwest

Brunch in Greater Hartford area

Looking for Sunday Brunch suggestions in the Hartford area this Sunday for 10-12 people. Been to Dakotas and Avon Old Farms but want to see if anything better is out there. Buffet style is preferred but I'm willing to listen to other suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

Jun 23, 2008
al3h in All New England Archive

My Vegas Celebrity Chef Tour (very long)

I just got back from 3 days in Las Vegas and this is my Chow experience.

Day 1 Wed (In&Out - B&B)
I arrived mid morning, picked up my rental car and headed straight to In&Out. I know that it's fast food but this is the one place I needed to try because I've heard such good things about it. I ordered the Double Double, Animal Style Fries and a Neapolitan Shake. The burger was very good, nice and juicy. The fries were good with the spread and onions. The shake was OK. Couldn't really tell the 3 flavors apart. They kind of just meld together. Overall In&Out was good but not great. Fatburger and Five Guys are just as good in my opinion.

Had tickets to see Spamalot so I booked an early reservation at B&B. I was looking forward to this for a long time. Although I live in CT getting to Babbo just isn't convenient. I have read complaints about the music but I didn't notice it. Maybe because the room was almost empty when I dined and they turn it up later on. I ordered the Pasta Tasting Menu and it was an unforgettable experience.
1) Amuse Bouche - Chick Pea Bruschetta - Very good
2) Herb Fazzoletti - Very simple but very delicious
3) Cavatelli with Peas and Ham Hock - This was the most disappointing dish of the night simply because it was very salty
4) Spaghetti alla Chittara - The pasta was salty but the sauce was excellent
5) Jose's Pyramids - Loved them.
6) Goose Liver Ravioli - My favorite dish of the night.
7) Torrone Semifreddo - Excellent
8) Chocolate Almond Torta - A perfect ending to the night
Service was excellent. My server described all the dishes as they arrived and was very helpful in picking a quartino of white wine for me, even letting me sample a pair before deciding. Being a big guy I thought the portion sizes would leave me still hungry, but I wound up extremely satisfied and then some. I can't wait to go back and try the regular tasting menu.

Day 2 Thu (Bouchon - Olives - Cut)
I love eggs and after hearing all the rave reviews about the scrambled eggs at Bouchon, I had to try. Finding the place is another story. Bouchon isn't even on the Venetian maps. Eventually I made my way there and I ordered the Boudin Blanc and an order of Pommes Frites. The Boudin Blanc was distinctive. It was OK but I probably wouldn't order it again. The scrambled were good but I've made them just as good at home. The pomme frites were a bit of a disappointment. Not as crispy as I thought they should be. I've had better at McDs. The croissant was light and airy. Service was excellent and very attentive. Overall Bouchon was OK. I'll probably give it one more shot in the future.

Wasn't sure what I wanted to do for lunch but I finally settled on Olives. Started with the Tuna Carpaccio. It was a pretty substantial piece of tuna. A lot larger then I expected for an appetizer. It was good but not great. I followed that up with the Rosemary Pappardelle Beef Bolognese. Very rich and hearty. I liked it. Didn't have room for dessert however. Service was OK, no major lapses. I thought they could have been a little more attentive for such an established restaurant however.

I had to hit a steak house while in Vegas and I had tickets to Jersey Boys so I made a late reservation for Cut. I was early for my reservation and they were running a little behind so I decided to dine at the bar. I don't know if the same applied to the dining room but I found the music at the bar/lounge area to be very loud. Anyway I started with the Austrian Oxtail Bouillon, Chive Blossoms, Chervil, Bone Marrow Dumplings. I considered getting the soft shell crabs but I had read good things about the Oxtail Bouillon. It was good but nothing special in my opinion. I couldn't really discern the bone marrow in the dumplings. I guess my palette isn't sophisticated enough. For the main course I ordered the New York Sirloin Tasting, 4oz Prime Dry Aged, 4oz American Kobe and 2oz Japanese Waygu. The steaks were cooked to perfection and you could really tell the difference between the steaks. The Japanese Waygu practically melted in my mouth, it was so rich. There was definitely a difference between the USDA Prime and the American Kobe as well. The tasting came with 3 sauces but nothing really stood out and I didn't want to take away from the natural richness and flavor of the meat. For a side I ordered the creamed spinach. I love creamed spinach and this one also came with a fried egg which I love. However I was very disappointed with the dish. It wasn't very creamy at all . For dessert I ordered the Dark Chocolate Soufflé, Whipped Crème Fraîche, Gianduja Ice Cream. It was very rich. A chocolate lovers dream although I found the gianduja ice cream to be different. Good but different. Service was good but sitting at the bar is different. I want/need to experience the whole "show" from the dining room. All in all I would visit again just to have the Japanese Kobe.

Day 3 Fri (Table 10 - L'Atelier)
I didn't have any thing planned for breakfast/lunch so I just played things by ear. I wound up at the Palazzo and decided to try Table 10 to complete my Emeril Las Vegas hat trick. I was the very first customer of the day. I started with the Gumbo which was very good. Peppery but not too spicy. I had a 5:45PM reservation for L'Atelier before my flight home later that evening so I wasn't looking for anything to heavy. I passed on the Lobster Pot Pie in favor of the Chilean Sea Bass special. The Sea Bass came on top of a creamy mushroom risotto which was delicious. I usually love Chilean Sea Bass but this was very plain and forgettable. I wasn't going to have dessert but I was intrigued by the Sweet Potato Cheesecake. It was good. Service was excellent. I would try Table 10 one more time and the next time I would sit at the bar facing the open kitchen.

My most anticipated and last meal of the trip was to L'Atelier. I almost missed it because of a incredible lucky shooter at the craps table. Fortunately/unfortunately I was only 5 minutes late and made enough at the craps table to pay for dinner and then some. I ordered the Discovery Menu and I was in for a treat. The one thing I noticed is how calm and precise the kitchen was. It was early and not very busy when I arrived but as the night picked up it was still very quite in the kitchen.
1) Amuse Bouce of Le Citron (Lemon gelee topped with fennel cream) - Simple yet refined
2) Le Thon Rouge (Big eye tuna with tomato infused olive oil) - Excellent
3) Le Homard (Maine lobster in a gelee of vegetable topped with chilled leek soup) - This was absolutely delicious.
4) L'Asperge Verte (Capuccino of green asparagus with parmesan) - I'm not a huge fan of asparagus but this was very good.
5) La Sole (Dover sole filet with zucchini and mushrooms) - Good
6) L'Oeuf (Fried egg with sweet onion cream and smoked salmon) - This was my favorite dish. I'm still wondering how they fried the egg and yet the yolk remains runny.
7) La Caille (Quail stuffed with foie gras and served with truffle mashed potatoes) - The entire dish divine. I especially loved the truffle mashed potatoes.
8) Le the Glace Vanille (Lemongrass Mousse, vanilla tea flavored sorbet and crunchy caramel tuile) - This dessert was excellent. I really liked the yuzu infused raisins which I thought were some sort of berry.
9) La Mangue (Hazelnut cremeux, fresh mango and coffee caramel streusel) - An excellent ending to a fabulous meal.
10) Le Cafe (Espresso)
Service was outstanding and it was a pleasure watching the kitchen at work. I would definitely go back. I'll also have to put the Mansion on my to do list.

Well that was the extent of my once in a lifetime trip to Vegas. I'd do it again in a heartbeat but this is probably the last time I will be able to hit so many high end restaurants in one trip.


Apr 20, 2008
al3h in Southwest

Good food in Southington, CT??

How about Randys Wooster Street Pizza. It's right on Queen St.

Apr 18, 2008
al3h in All New England Archive

1-9 Seafood?

It's on Rt 1/9 SOUTHBOUND in Avenel.

Apr 11, 2008
al3h in General Tristate Archive

Vegas Recs and Advice Needed

I'll be solo in Las Vegas for 3 days in April and I have my mind set on going to B&B, Cut, Bouchon for breakfast and In N Out. That leaves me with 1 day of meals to choose.

1) I plan to catch Spamalot and Jersey Boys my first 2 nights. If I make 10PM reservations for B&B and Cut, will I be rushed since I believe they close at 10.

2) I'm considering L'Atelier for my last night however I also have a 11PM flight home. Can I get through the tasting menu in about 2 - 2.5 hrs if I make a 6PM reservation. Also will I be too stuffed to fly home comfortably?

Any suggestions for lunch and alternatives to L'Atelier would be much appreciated.


Mar 15, 2008
al3h in Southwest