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Best Street Vendors/Food Markets?

Wow! Thank you so much for all the great advice already!! I'm so excited about this trip. All excellent suggestions which I will print and take with me. The info about restrooms is especially helpful too.

Jul 23, 2013
frisbeesage in Manhattan

Best Street Vendors/Food Markets?

I am coming to New York (staying at North end of Times Square) for just a few days (Sunday-Thurs). There will be 4 of us, 2 teenage girls and 2 women from Colorado. I am a foodie and looking for the most unique, inexpensive, fun New York food experiences. We can do a sit down meal, but I'm most interested in ethnic or interesting street vendors, wandering through food markets, ice cream, and bakeries. We will be going to the usual tourist places - Empire State, Central Park, 9-11 Memorial, Met, so places close to those are a benefit. If you could give suggestions or point me to the right threads I would be grateful!

Jul 23, 2013
frisbeesage in Manhattan

Best Croissant in Boulder?

Perfect! I was half thinking of doing the farmer's market this weekend, now I'll go for sure.

May 01, 2012
frisbeesage in Mountain States

Best Croissant in Boulder?

I have a craving and the ones at Whole Foods just aren't cutting it. Any suggestions?

Apr 30, 2012
frisbeesage in Mountain States

Crazy Food Walk - amazing Delhi food tour!

My boyfriend and I were in Delhi in Nov for a short stay before heading into the jungle to see tigers. Wanting to get a taste of the city in a short time we booked this tour through the Chandni Chowk area. Its a walking/bicycle rickshaw tour stopping at 7 different restaurants or food stalls to taste the guide's favorite local specialties. I'm terrible with remembering the names of Indian dishes but we had some of everything - spicy, sweet, vegetarian, and meat and it was all fabulous. The guide was great - a real foodie happy to talk about food, history, culture or politics and scrupulous about the hygiene and safety for his guests. At the end of the tour he offered many suggestions for places to eat and things to see for the rest of our trip. This was a real highlight of our time in Delhi! If you google Crazy food Walk or Delhi Food Adventure you should come up with Prabhat's site.

Dec 06, 2011
frisbeesage in India & South Asia

Cafe Aion in Boulder?

I haven't been but I noticed they are participating in First Bite Boulder Nov 12th-20th. Might be a good time to give them a try!

Nov 05, 2010
frisbeesage in Mountain States

Sao Paulo - cheap eats?

Thank you for the great replies!! This is just the kind of info I was looking for. We leave Fri, I'll be sure to report back when we get home.

May 12, 2010
frisbeesage in Latin America & Caribbean

Sao Paulo - cheap eats?

I'm finding lots of great advice about Sao Paulo, but most of the restaurant recs look expensive! I will be in Sao Paulo for 4days/3nights in May. I'm looking for inexpensive but good food of any kind though I am very interested in typical Brazilian food especially pizza and bakeries. Staying at the Golden Tulip Park Plaza on Alameda Lorena.

Apr 27, 2010
frisbeesage in Latin America & Caribbean

Zamparelli's, anyone? (Lafayette, CO)

Zamparelli's is good but maybe not worth an hour drive. Its more of a good, inexpensive neighborhood joint. I've had some interesting and tasty pizzas and they have these really good, homemade ice cream sandwiches. The atmosphere is nice, but sometimes with lots of loud families. If you have been to Parisi I would say its a notch below that but comparable to Proto's. I will say that the risotto balls were very good the one time I had them.

Jan 21, 2010
frisbeesage in Mountain States

Tucson - Mexican Bakeries and Tortillas

Thanks for all the tips! We had a pleasant day driving around sampling tortillas and pastries. In the end the clear winner in the tortilla category was the Mexico Lindo tortillas from the grocery of the same name (I think). I can get directions from mom if anyone is interested. Lovely, flakey texture with a slight char taste - just like the ones we used to get in Mexico, so it's no surprise that these are actually made there and imported. St. Marys was the runner up - nice and thin, but missing the char flavor and the flakiness. Also bought some tamales at St. Mary's but we had so much food already that they went straight into the freezer and I haven't tried them yet. No other tortillas came close enough to even mention.
LeCaves was great. I'm not much of a donut person but their vegetable glazed donuts are very good. They also have fruit filled empanadas that are really tasty and have the best empanada crust I've ever had. Next time I will stock up on the mango and pineapple to put in the freezer. Sadly they don't make any cochitos (piggies). Didn't really find any good cochitos, guess I'll have to wait for things to improve in Nogales for that.

Jan 11, 2010
frisbeesage in Southwest

Santa Fe and Tucson Trip Report

First a big thanks to these boards for helping us have a delicious trip!

Los Potrillos - first dinner in Santa Fe and undeniably the best. Mexican food, not New Mexican, and some of the best I've had anywhere. H had the cabrito which was amazing, excellent flavor and served with a nice spicy sauce on the side. I had gorditos, one mole, one green and one red, all delicious with nice heat and really good flavor. A side of nopalitos cooled things down a bit. The chips and salsa were good, the green sauce served with the chips bland, and the marg only okay. The service was excellent (server basically allowed us to put together custom meals so we had everything we wanted), atmosphere fun, and the place was hopping with hispanic families. We will likely go back to Santa Fe just to eat here again.

Tecolote Cafe - Another winner. I had the pinon pancake which was flavorful, just the right crunch from the pinon, and not too sweet. H had granola and yogurt which was a full bowl of fresh fruit covered in vanilla yogurt and homemade maple pinon granola AND a basket with mini blueberry muffin, cinnamon roll, and biscuit. Excellent service, coffee refilled promptly until we had had our fill. Again, we would go back in a heartbeat.

On to Tucson -
Zivaz - another great meal. H, mom, stepdad, and I all had different dishes and all were good. Carnitas, Pollo en Rajas, fish, and flautas. Everything was juicy and tasty. Very filling, I don't think any of us finished a full plate. Its one of those places where you order at the counter and they bring the food out to you which helps make it reasonably priced even with high quality food.

Poca Cosa - Well you either love this place or don't and I'm one who loves it. We all had chef's plates and so tried a wide variety of dishes. Very fresh with creative interpretations of traditional dishes. Masa with mango sauce, my favorite mole, and great steak dish with jalepeno cream sauce everything was good. Best margs of the trip by far.

Mariscos Chihuahua - What a trip! The decor in this place is amazing and worth a visit by itself. Our server was great, willing to talk at length about all her favorite dishes and advise everyone on what to order. We had two fish dishes and two shrimp and all were great. Mine was red snapper in a really spicy green sauce. The sides were uninspiring, but no one seemed to care and we had plenty to eat. Inexpensive for what you get.

Back to Santa Fe -
La Choza - Only real disappointment of the trip. I had a combo plate Christmas style and it really just seemed like a swimming plate of sauce. Nothing had much flavor and there was no heat at all. H had an enchilada and he felt the same way. The one high spot was the sopapillas which were light, fluffy, and not at all greasy. It was all edible but far from remarkable. I wouldn't feel the need to return.

Meant to go to Plazuela for breakfast the last day but didn't make it. Instead we ended up at The Pantry. It was good, clearly the local's hangout. H had blueberry stuffed pancakes that were positively bursting with blueberries. I had Eggs Consuela which were pleasantly spicy and came with some nice. crispy potatoes. I liked Tecolote better but would return to the Pantry if I was in Santa Fe for several days.

Jan 11, 2010
frisbeesage in Southwest

Santa Fe - critique my picks

Wow - you guys are the best! Okay my revised list now reads:
Dinner:
Los Potrillos
Shed or La Choza
Los Amigos/Flying Tortilla/Pantry (maybe sneak in a lunch or snack?)

Breakfast:
Tecolote
La Plazuela

I'm really excited about these options! I feel like I should start fasting now so I have plenty of room to eat. Thanks for all the help!

Dec 23, 2009
frisbeesage in Southwest

Santa Fe - critique my picks

I will be in Santa Fe for two nights end of this month and early Jan. I will have two dinners and two breakfasts. I'm interested in inexpensive (just not upscale) mexican and/or new mexican. Here is what I've narrowed it down to:

Dinner:
Tomasita's
Los Potrillos
The Shed
Tune-Up Cafe

Breakfast:
Tecolote Cafe

Comments? Suggestions?

Dec 21, 2009
frisbeesage in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican Bakeries and Tortillas

Thank you thank you both!! Exactly the info I was looking for. I will report back after the trip.

Dec 13, 2009
frisbeesage in Southwest

Tucson - Mexican Bakeries and Tortillas

We used to stock up on flour tortillas and mexican pasteries in Nogales at Christmas every year. Now mom is not so excited about crossing the border. I'm looking for flour tortillas made with lard, super thin and flakey. Also some really good pasteries, especially the gingerbread flavored, pig shaped ones. We'll be staying at Broadway and Kolb, usually the wrong side of town for the best mexican food. I'm willing to travel for the best places, but any suggestions for close to where I'm staying would be extra great.

I tried to search the board for Tucson and tortillas and could only get results of Tucson or tortillas. Any search tips fo me?
TIA!

Dec 11, 2009
frisbeesage in Southwest

First Bite Boulder

LurkerDan - It will be a tough choice! None of us tried the soup - but I highly recommend the ravioli. I was impressed with the quantity of duck confit included and make sure you have bread to sop up the juices. One of my party had the lamb, the other entree choice, and raved about it. But, then, the sea bass was also remarkeably good as were the sides that went with it. Same was true for desserts, the banana chocolate was delicious - the choc ice cream in particular was easily the best I've ever had. But the others had a trio of profiteroles with pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon ice cream - also delicious. I think with this menu you can't go wrong!

Nov 20, 2009
frisbeesage in Mountain States

First Bite Boulder

I have had two stellar FBB meals so far. The first was Arugula where the FBB menu is surprisingly large with lots of tasty choices. I had fennel sausage with white beans, mushroom, sherry risotto with spinach, and lamb stew with seared polenta. Everything was delicious with the first course being my favorite.

Last night was Mateo, possibly even better than Arugula! I had chestnut ravioli with duck confit and had to request extra bread to sop up the juices. Second course was sea bass on polenta with turnips and yams - perfectly cooked and very tasty. Last was banana and chocolate bread pudding with chocolate ice cream - heaven!

I highly recommend either of these for FBB if you can still get in.

Nov 19, 2009
frisbeesage in Mountain States

Idaho Springs, CO

Thanks!! Both Mangia and Cafe Aimee sound like they would fit what I'm looking for.

Aug 28, 2009
frisbeesage in Mountain States

Idaho Springs, CO

Any suggestions for Idaho Springs lunch or dinner? I'm thinking casual and not Beau Jo's (not a fan) or Tommy Knockers (been there). Other than that type of food is not important as long as its good.
Thanks!

Aug 27, 2009
frisbeesage in Mountain States

Terrific new restaurant in Berthoud, CO

Thanks for the heads up! We live in north Longmont, so we'll have to chaeck it out.

Aug 22, 2008
frisbeesage in Southwest

Big City Burrito (CO)

You must have picked a bad day to visit the BCB in Boulder. I've been several times and had good ones. I prefer the chicken bay leaf or the carnitas (pork). I do find their beef burritos are usually stringy and bland, but the others are great!

Jun 21, 2008
frisbeesage in Mountain States

Nice dinner in Fort Collins?

I'll second the rec for Suehiro. We don't eat sushi, but have had some nice meals there. You might also check out Jay's Bistro. Not sure what vegetarian options they have, but you could check out their website.

Jun 21, 2008
frisbeesage in Southwest

New Places to try in Boulder/Denver & surrounding areas

Why have you sworn off Chinese? We think East Moon is fabulous but I have a big disclaimer - we don't (ever) eat sushi, so I absolutely can't speak to that side of the restaurant. So far we've had Teriyaki Shrimp (delicious! sauce was definately homemade), Crispy Duck and Duck with Shitake Mushrooms (both very good and we eat a lot of duck), Beef with Onions and Spicy Sauce (fabulous, tender beef, not overcooked broccoli and onions, and a sauce that actually WAS spicy), Chicken Coconut Soup (I must have told DH 3 times how good it was), Hot and Sour Soup (not my favorite rendition of this).
If you are not into chinese, Terroir, SugarBeet, Snow Mountain Creamery and Two Dog Diner are ample reasons to head on over to Longmont.... I haven't been to Efrains yet but will add them to my list.

May 14, 2008
frisbeesage in Southwest

Sunflower in Boulder

I had a very good lunch there one day and some friends of mine have been for dinner several times and had good experiences. One really nice thing about Sunflower is it has lots of vegetarian/organic options, but also has plenty of options for carnivores. Very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere and good service.

Many, many other great reccomendations for Boulder! You'll find many threads on this board. What, specifically, are you looking for?

May 02, 2008
frisbeesage in Southwest

New Places to try in Boulder/Denver & surrounding areas

I don't see that you've tried any of my recs for Longmont.....

Went to East Moon Asian Bistro (Longmont again) last night and had some really excellent crispy duck and chicken fried rice. We'll be going back there again.

Apr 25, 2008
frisbeesage in Southwest

Feast at Lele vs Old Lahaina Lu'au

Just got back from Maui where we went to Feasts at Lele. I haven't been to Old Lahaina so I can't give you a comparison. We really enjoyed Feasts. Food was good, some even great. Entertainment was good and service was excellent. We liked having our own table and the tables are tiered and arranged in such a way that everyone can clearly see the show. I would recommend Feasts at Lele.

Apr 14, 2008
frisbeesage in Hawaii

Best (or good) Mex in Boulder/Longmont?

Thanks for the suggestions! We ended up at Delicioso and it was pretty good. I had carnitas tacos in soft corn tortillas and hubby had a beef and bean burrito.

There's a Ajuua in Niwot, close to work, so I think that'll be next for lunch.
I've been to Zolo's and I enjoyed it, but I think I'm looking for something a little more traditional.
Where in Longmont is the Efrain's?

Mar 16, 2008
frisbeesage in Southwest

Best (or good) Mex in Boulder/Longmont?

Other than Pupusas (I already know and love Pupusas Sabor). So, where else do you go when the craving hits you? What do you like best at the mexican restaurants you recommend?

Mar 14, 2008
frisbeesage in Southwest

Short (3-day?) road trip from Boulder, CO, to . . . where?

I don't know anything about Phoenix, but I did have a really amazing lunch at Cafe Poca Cosa once. Also the Desert Musuem (really more of a very classy native animals zoo) is worth a visit.

Mar 09, 2008
frisbeesage in Southwest

A week + in Maui

Thanks! Great report and it sounds like you had a good time! I will definately print this out to take with us. I can see we are going to have to do breakfast at the Gazebo at least once!

Mar 03, 2008
frisbeesage in Hawaii