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Nice dinner @ Fortina in Armonk

WCG I can't find the thread in which the folks from Westchester were reminiscing, hopefully this post will be moved to an appropriate home. I hope you enjoy reading the article in link below...it blew my mind, I had completely forgotten about some of these places...
http://fultonhistory.com/newspaper%20...

JT Straws in Portchester, NY...Baby's 1st birthday was DELISH!!

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JT Straws in Portchester, NY...Baby's 1st birthday was DELISH!!

I don't know why and I don't know when but I am very sad to report that JT Straws in Port Chester has closed. What I do know is that I am going to miss their pizza. A sign hanging on the bldg. reads River House Bar and Grill coming soon.

Bard College Restaurant Help

I am pretty sure I know the place you are talking about I think it is around the area where 9 splits/forks and you can pick up 9G. Unfortunately I don't remember the name, I promise to report back next time I am up that way...won't be this weekend but probably next.

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

I met a couple walking two Yorkshire terriers in a park adjacent to my condo complex about 10 years ago. They were very interested in the complex and eager to buy a unit.
They were walking two Yorkshire terriers. I informed them that there was a strict no dog policy and that they might as well just give it up.
Six months later guess who was living in my complex, they no longer had the 2 Yorkshire terriers they now had two Maltese terriers????
The condo board said "get rid of em" the couple sued for harassment stating that the dogs were service animals who's job it was was to jump on the obese, cigar smoking drug abusing husband, should he stop breathing while sleeping. Without getting into painful details I know with absolute certainty that this man did not have a disability, he did however have an excellent attorney.

They ended up getting a beautiful new kitchen out of the lawsuit $$$$.
Flash forward a couple of years, the couple divorced and his "service dogs" were fought over in a custody battle...hmph????
AS long as there are shysters this is going to continue

Aug 20, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

They are also trained to lie next to or brace themsleves against the individual should they go down...to break the fall, difficult to do from a stroller.

Aug 20, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

Unfortunately all one needs is a computer and $$$$$.
Absolutely heinous and IMO a crime against individuals with disabilities who have and need legitimate service animals !!!!

A friend of mine who lives in Boca Raton told me that it is a common occurrence in Florida to see people dress up their dogs put them in baby carriages and take them to dinner, that in fact many restaurants don't mind this... apparently not all restaurants are on board with this...

My closest and dearest friend is blind, she has a service dog she worries all the time when this shit happens because it really does affect her quality of life directly....for shame!!!!!

At the end of the day legitimate service animals and their owners are seriously protected under the ADA...however they should not have to go through the hassle of defending themselves... I wish the offenders would wake up they are making life very difficult for the most vulnerable.

Abuse of Disabled parking permits not only the spaces is rampant and another issue which makes me completely insane.

Steak in White Plains?

FWIW Weedy my first post was a rant and it was deleted. At the time I didn't understand why . I hadn't even gotten to the food. I had made a reservation for a very special occasion, when we arrived at the restaurant they were closed to the public because they were hosting a private party, no apology no explanation. I was horrified and took to CH to voice my frustration...it happens.

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

Popeye's IMO is far superior to KFC. The popeye's chicken I have eaten in Texas is far superior to the Popeye's in NY.

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

Funny story about the Thruway rest stop Popeye's. During that massive blackout in 2003 we dined there on freshly fried chicken and several of our favorite sides. It was very romantic due to the dim lights and lack of any other customers. When we were through eating we filled our gas tanks and cautiously drove home.
I am surprised at how few people realize that state run rest stops run on back up generators during power outages. They go until they run out of food and gas.
Thank you for the haleem tip.

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

I will...the chicken and biscuits actually looked better than the Indian food on the steam table the day I was there. I was tempted to pick up a biscuit but didn't. I am curious about the Indian food, either cooked to order or the steam table offerings. I can not believe how long it just took me to post this from my mobile. ...never again if I can help it.

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

Foodiemom or anyone else reading this, do you know anything about the crown chicken/Indian takeout place next door? I went in to pick up a bottle of water and noticed that they have an extensive printed menu of Indian food. The food on the steam table looked a bit dried out and unappealing it was a Saturday afternoon though. The man behind the counter couldn't have been nicer. I too like the food at Sunsplash. I suppose with the steam tables it best to go on a weekday at lunch time.

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

JMF IMO you pretty much nailed the current state of Lola's with the above assessment. I was almost certain that there was a change of ownership early on though. After maybe the first 6 months to a year a noticed a significant difference in the preparation of the food. Even the tiny side of garlic sauce that came with the chicken was different and not in a good way, staff seemed to have changed as well.

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

On a recent evening I drove to WP hospital via one of the streets where there are still projects. I asked a couple of hospital employees what they thought of the neighborhood regarding safety during the evening hours because it appeared to have become a bit more dicey than I remember. I made sure to ask the question to a diverse group. Everyone I asked emphatically stated they felt perfectly safe and reassured me they had not encountered any problems.
I worked in the neighborhood for years albeit during the day and never encountered any problems or heard of any more incidents occurring there in the evenings than most other parts of White Plains. I miss my lunches there.

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

We used to give $50 and $100 gift cards out to the clients on our case load on certain holidays, if they didn't or couldn't cook we would deliver meals to them or have restaurants deliver meals. Out of 60+ clients I had one man who was married to a woman who knew how to cook. It was truly amazing what she could do with just about anything...they were so gracious they invited others in need to eat with them.

I had another woman who lived in motels on occasion she would fill the sink with ice to chill her bottled mocha frapps.

I had another client who spent most of her food budget on sugar and oil and chicken drumsticks.

I had others who purchased items they were familiar with and knew how to prepare.

We offered nutrition counseling to all as well as assistance with shopping and preparing meals, not everyone was on board with this as expected.

It's complicated

There are vast differences between poor people managing and eating well on food stamps. There are vast differences between homeless living in shelters and homeless on the streets, all this in addition to chronic vs a spell of bad luck homelessness.
There are vast differences among the homeless period.
Just as there are vast differences among shelters.
Just as there are vast differences among us!

Just because someone is poor doesn't mean they will like beans, greens...
Many shelters especially in the suburbs are nowhere near supermarkets, many folks purchase most items at bodegas some take food stamps some don't most are expensive, most of these folks don't have cars, kitchens, storage...

I'll promise you one thing offer to buy almost any one of these folks a sandwich or prepared meal maybe a nice dessert and they will be very, very grateful.

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

lololololololololololol

Thanks for the correction

" Not that it would matter to Mr. Rand here, who likely never read the article in the first place."
That is the second funniest line I have read on Chowhound thus far. The first BTW was a line referring to a probable map of NYC pizza slices sewn into the lapel of NJ Governor Christie's Blue Blazer posted by MGZ...long story... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787684
BTW for the record there are plenty of homeless in the burbs...the shelters I referenced were all in Westchester County... one of the most affluent.

Aug 06, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Oh the injustice ... a homeless person with a fancy computer and the nerve to buy fresh blueberries and additional items that don't meet the standards of your warped opinion of what a subsidized homeless person deserves...give me a break!!! God I hope you aren't serious.

In NYS there are some decent and not so decent shelters. Rooms in some of the shelters that house families may have a microwave and a small refrigerator in them,the appliances are rarely in good shape and more often than not don't cool and heat properly. Many of the rooms are tiny, cramped and have issues with vermin. There are in addition staffed kitchens that provide the residents with their meals.

If you think the food the woman referred to in the article purchased is crap you need to take a look at what is prepared in many of those kitchens....much like prison food, that should please you or maybe not, they don't deserve food either even crappy food... Of course if one is homeless as in on the street homeless I suppose they could always grow their own fresh food outside where they live!!! If a person is receiving social security almost the entire check goes to shelter costs...the system is broken not the people.

Sista Girls Videos

I'm leaning towards the real deal...
Have you taken a look at her crafts,
and gift baskets??

Aug 05, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

Sista Girls Videos

No need to apologize I think she deserves her own thread...glad you started one.

Aug 04, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

Sista Girls Videos

She has been a bit of a hot topic for some of us over here
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920572

Aug 04, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network

Thank you for posting these..."Don't jazz up the peach pie for the people with diabetes"... however wacky it is, I Love her authenticity,

Aug 03, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network

lol...agreed
However I'm certain Sandy has prepared a
comparable high sodium dish or two.

Aug 03, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network

Her food is more appealing to me....in spite of cross contamination and reused crisco
Go Sista Girl!!!!

Aug 03, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network

I would like to see her in a throwdown with Sandra Lee.

Aug 03, 2014
chowdom in Food Media & News

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Nothing like a little denigrating shaming to make it all better...sigh

Jul 31, 2014
chowdom in Site Talk

mambo 64 [Tuckahoe, NY]

Maryld I have not been to Palomino in Larchmont. As a matter of fact I forgot about it until you mentioned it.
For some reason I thought Bistro Latino was relocating to Larchmont.
I think I will stick with Sonora, at least during the summer months because I like sitting outside on the small back deck.

mambo 64 [Tuckahoe, NY]

Seems as if we had similar experiences at Mambo...Like you I very much miss Bistro Latino. Terrific food and very nice friendly staff. I love all of Rafel Palomino's places. I was sad to see Pacifico in Port Chester close as well.

mambo 64 [Tuckahoe, NY]

I was there once, I wish I had liked it more than I did because the owner was lovely. The food while not bad just did not knock my socks off...as in I don't remember what we ate. The art is very interesting and the ambiance is nice, I hope you enjoy it. I looked for pics of the meal but they appear to have been lost along with all my other photos ( 12 years worth) :((

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

I have not been to Fortina yet so I can not make a comparison. Brunch will probably be your best bet, but it might be worth giving them a call to see what they have to say.
I was recently there about 8:30 on a Thursday night it was very, very loud.

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

There is no doubt in my mind that you will love, love, love the food. The "my head is going to explode" ambience however might be a bit challenging. Go anyway the food is worth it...