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Where to buy Coca-cola (without high fructose corn syrup)?

Just being nitpicky, but Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwback is not made with "pure cane sugar". It's part cane, part beet....basically you can only get real sugar from either sugar cane or sugar beets....With beet sugar being cheaper than cane, I'd imagine it's more beet than cane. Regardless, the different in taste between cane/beet is nearly impossible to register...unlike the difference between cane and or beet vs. HFCS

Mar 31, 2010
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan

Belgian Waffles

Ok, today I went to the Tribeca location of Petite and I'm a fan now. The waffles were what I've heard Belgian waffles should be. Crispy outside and a light fluffy inside. Plus, plenty of strawberry sauce for dipping (unlike Gramercy) and this time I had fresh strawberries put on top which were excellent and plentiful enough.

Oddly though I was given the lunch menu. I asked when brunch is served till and the waitress said 5pm. The reason she gave for no brunch menu is that most of the brunch menu is not "prepared", but I could get brunch items if I wanted. Ooook. So if you go at brunch, you might have to request the waffle. It's not on the lunch menu.

Also, stay away from the Strawberry Mojito, unless you want to spend $8.50 on a small mojito. I don't know who thought of muddling an actual strawberry in the drink, but it doesn't work like a mint leaf people. So what I thought would be flavored somehow, was just an expensive mess, but a passable Mojito though. :)

Another thing. The Croque Monsieur was great. No complaints. In fact, the plate was bigger, so I got more of the tasty salad than at Gramercy. Not sure if it was because they felt it was "lunch", but there you go.

Finally, across the street is a place called Balloon Saloon. If you like off-the-wall, geeky, goofy thing-a-ma-bobs and toys. Check them out.

Oct 23, 2007
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan

Belgian Waffles

I'm an idiot. I wrote mine as if the one I went to was the only one. I went to the Gramercy location, but I am definitely having brunch at the Tribeca location on Tuesday now. It's within walking distance from my job. Hopefully it'll be a different waffle experience. :)

Oct 21, 2007
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan

Belgian Waffles

I don't know if things changed since Dec. of '06, but I was just there this afternoon for brunch, and they were the worst waffles I've ever had. Frozen Eggo's out of the toaster are better, seriously. A waffle should be warm, fluffy and moist. Thicker the better. What I've heard about true Brussels Waffles was that they were just like that, but not dense and heavy in the stomach. I guess I have to actually go to Brussels for that.

Here's their Brunch menu:
http://www.petiteabeille.com/menus/br...

Me and the wife had the Gaufre au Sucre first. The Belgian waffle with strawberry sauce and sugar. The waffle was extremely dry, room temperature and very airy on the inside. Like a waffle Cheeto. The strawberry sauce was on the plate with the waffle on top of it, and some powdered sugar on the waffle. I was hoping for the sauce to be on the waffle, so I could just grab and bite, but I guess the idea was to spread it on the plate like bread and oil. But with the dry waffle, it really didn't pick up much of the sauce at all. Bleh.

However, that was my only complaint. I really liked the Mimosas and Bellinis, but it was the first time drinking both, so I have nothing to compare it to. But a Belini is supposed to have Peach puree in it right? Well, I didn't taste much peach.

We also had Les Croques. I had the Croque Hawaien and the wife had a Croque Madame. Both were excellent. The mesclun salad on the side was tossed with an oil/vinegar dressing and is served on the same plate. Perfect amount of dressing.

The place is on the corner and was open on both sides for a nice cross-breeze. It's 1st ave. & 20th so it's probably helped by being close to the water too. We got there at noon-ish and there was two 2-person tables left, but in a half-hour or so the place was half empty. Brunch is served till 5pm.

I'll definitely be going back there for Brunch, but next time I'll try the Blueberry pancakes to start with instead. A Belgian restaurant that screws up waffles, go figure.

Oct 21, 2007
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan

Best Liquor Stores Near Lower Manhattan - See Inside For Specific Needs

Thank You Stefanie!!!! Hopefully my Apple Martinis will be much better now :)

Mar 21, 2007
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan

Best Liquor Stores Near Lower Manhattan - See Inside For Specific Needs

My local Bronx liquor store was missing some things I want to get, so I was hoping someone w/ knowledge of lower to Midtown Manhattan can clue me in on where to go. I work near City Hall and take the 6 if that helps any.

I'm looking for:
-Apple Schnapps (not sour apple like DeKupyer, but regular apple. I only know of a German brand called Apfel Korn)

-Mint Simple Syrup (for Mojitos, to replace the trouble of wasting mint leaves since I don't think I'll be drinking them enough to warrant the size of the packages I find at the grocery)

Mar 21, 2007
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan

Does real Hungarian Food exist in Manhattan (especially palacsinta)

Thanks Shane. I've known of Gundel palacsinta, but only described with rum and chocolate sauce. The one I know from Budapest is a simple sugary/walnut paste.

But thanks to you I did a new search on Gundel and stumbled on this recipe, which I will have to try this weekend:

Walnut pancakes (Diós palacsinta)
20 pancakes, 250 g ground walnuts, 100 g sugar, 50 ml milk.
Mix the walnuts with the sugar and fill pancakes with this mixture. Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar. Serve warm or cool

Mar 02, 2007
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan

Does real Hungarian Food exist in Manhattan (especially palacsinta)

"AstoriaGal"! Like a food superhero swooping in to save the day. Thank You!! I am definitely going to check them out.

And I promise not to reveal your secret identity.

Mar 02, 2007
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan

Does real Hungarian Food exist in Manhattan (especially palacsinta)

I used to go to Mocca on the UES. Yeah it was plain, they didn't take credit cards and the old bat serving food would practically throw your plate at you, but it was all I could find! I especially loved the palacsinta. I know that's just Hungarian for crepes, but it was the filling. I have no idea how to make (can't find a recipe anywhere) the walnut one and the cream cheese one, but only in Budapest and at Mocca did I ever have it.

With Mocca closed for a while now I was curious if there were any other places that served authentic Hungarian food in Manhattan...especially places with palacsinta on the menu.

Mar 01, 2007
dukeofcrydee in Manhattan