Sixth and Rye, Spike Mendelsohn's Kosher Deli Truck in D.C.

i still love spike but i went the first day it opened and was highly disappointed. most of my office was. sorry spike.

LivingSocial $1 Lunch Day-Thoughts?

oh sorry, i thought i posted it in the ny only section. livingsocial launched their instant product in nyc. it is in dc and nyc, they plan on expanding. wanted feedback?

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Cutlet Hoagie from Taylor Gourmet in Washington, D.C.

as a ny'r who just moved to dc i love taylors. i've had some hit or miss moments but it is still a great spot. the risotto balls are amazing and i don't like risotto balls. it is a must try.

casual taco place that also serves drinks

you must try cascabel on the ues. it is exactly what you are looking for and yummy.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

the steak my dad orders on january 18. he doesn't eat meat but treats himself to a peter luger steak on his bday every year. i do love skirt steak though .

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

the steak my dad orders on january 18. he doesn't eat meat but treats himself to a peter luger steak on his bday every year. i do love skirt steak though .

Are you a Chirping Chicken addict?

when i lived on the uws i got cc probably once a week. hearing the name and walking by you wouldn't think it would be as delicious as it is, except it is always packed. the uws side one is much nicer, the ues location scares me.

Delaware pizza recs needed

as a former blue hen margharitas on main st in newark has amazing pizza. peace of pizza is ok. they have creative pies to order but by the slice is ok.

Washington D.C. Eats

founding farmers also has a spot down on the georgetown waterfront, i think fishers and farmers. nice for a lunch outside.

Good Italian restaurant on south shore of Nassau County

Sole-Oceanside Ruffinos-Lynbrook BlueMoon-Rockville Centre

Fruit Delivery Services

The fruit is for the employees in the office so they have healthy snacks rather then gummy bears or are forced to buy chips. Bananas, Apples & Oranges would probably be the staple items as they tend to last the longest. I would be open to getting other fruit as well on the weeks I know the office will be full.

Ladies your favorite date spots

there some good suggestions here already. ten belles is a great wine bar. bianca is a good italian date spot. seating is tight but very cute. pipa is good for tapas in a louder environment where alta is quieter. i haven't been in years but angel share is a good drink/snack spot.

Vegetarian main dish elegant enough for a wedding?

zucchini ribbon pasta primavera. you can use the zucchini instead of pasta if you want to lighten it up. great way to show case seasonal veggies. the colors will look beautiful in a bowl.

Turkey Burgers, what's your secret?

My bf insists on adding a bit of butter to the pan. I always get mad but he always does it. He likes putting mustard in his turkey mixture. Also we add sauted onions, hot sauce (siracha), soy sauce. I like to mix mine with spinach and cheese, feta works well for this. We use a similar stove top method as you do. Sometimes we throw it in a hot oven for a minute or two at the end.

Fatty 'Cue: Brooklyn Barbecue Goes Asian

i think they are still figuring themselves out. i will say the service was amazing. the manager even came up to us after knowing all three of our names, showed us the pigs head and meat out back. very nice guy.

however the food was a toss up. i loved my clams in the asian broth. my boyfriend loved the duck and he normally doesn't like it. we were disappointed in the brisket, rather have a bun from ippudo. the vegetable dish with the dip was boring. the bacon was eh. we didn't do the short ribs but they looked great.

i wouldn't call this straight up bbq but a decent interpretation with a twist. oh they also had some crab noodle soup that was yummy. the boys liked it, i'm allergic to shellfish so only had a small taste.


well i made my familys basic recipe. gala apples, walnuts, wine, cinnamon and splenda. tasted yummy last night. i used about 9 apples and 4 cups of walnuts. i definitely have enough for 12 people. thanks everyone. the orange peel & lemon juice sound like a good addition. oh and i plan on putting honey on top when i serve.

Pre-theater dining that won't break the bank?

toloache & casellula are both near by. hb burger for casual is good. becco for unlimited pasta.

Greasy roasted veggies????

i always have this problem. i try to do oil in small batches throughout the process. it helps but isn't perfect.

Pork Tenderloin. Brine, marinade, pre-season, or what?

have you thought about stuffing the pork tenderloin?

First date spots...

i'm a big fan of ten belles. it is small but i love the atmosphere. i recently stumbled upon bar veloce in chelsea. it was a good wine bar. might work for you as well.

Sushi for Dummies (or at least Beginners)...

i suggest going out for sushi before you first dinner with the boss. sit at the sushi bar of the restaurant. this way you can interact with the chefs. they will help talk you through the various fishes and tastes.

i would start simple. perhaps a salmon roll, tuna roll or yellowtail roll. backup is a shrimp tempura roll. you can add cucumber or avocado to any of them if you like. also you might want to try sushi or sashimi pieces. this way you get a taste of the fish.

Best sandwich in Manhattan?

defonte's makes a good sandwich.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 103: The Good News and the Bad News


Don't let the 2 pounds get you down. Your knee feeling better is a huge success. Now that you can move around more perhaps you will start to see the pounds come off again. An increase in exercise will surely help.

My father found that certain foods in his diet were making his knee worse. He stopped eating wheat and he saw a huge improvement on how his knee felt. I'm not saying not to eat wheat but you might want to consider certain foods in your diet and how your body responds to them.

Birthday Dinner in NY?

UESchefgal, are you thinking of da andrea?

pipa is a great spot for tapas, love the atmosphere. alta is also good but a different environment. both are good choices.

what were some of your ideas?

food allergies :(

I recently developed an allergy to shrimp, crab and lobster. I'm still dealing with it as I love seafood. Seeing shrimp cocktail during the holidays and not having any was very hard. I'm not allergic but eating beans and nuts is not good for me. Makes me feel sick. Also a hard thing to not eat but I'm trying to do it.

A friend of mine has some fruit allergies. She microwaves a lot of her fruit for a few seconds before she eats it. I know she does this with apples. Might be worth trying.

NYC to DC-Advice Please.

After spending the past 6yrs in NYC I am packing my bags for Washington DC, Arlington VA to be exact.

1. How should I spend my last 10 days in the big apple eating?
2. Any good DC blogs? Where should I eat in DC/VA?

Thanks SE!!

Fruit Delivery Services

My office is interested in having fresh fruit delivered to our office. We are a small office of 10 people. It is rare we are all here. Sometimes it is just one or two people. I don't want a fruit tray or a fruit basket. I was thinking freshdirect but they have a high minimum charge and delivery fee. Any other ideas on who delivers fruit? We are located near Bryant Park. Thanks.


I just found out I need to make charoset for 12 people Tuesday night. I know it is not a complicated dish but I was wondering if anyone had an easy & yummy recipe. Also how many apples do I need? I don't like raisins. Basically I have finely chopped gala apples, manischewitz and walnuts with honey/cinnamon to taste. Sounds so easy but seems to easy. Your help is appreciated. Thanks!!

I'm Bored with my Veggie Recipes-Need New Ideas

Broccoli, Cauliflower and Zucchini are the staple veggies in the household. Normally whatever is on sale at freshdirect these days.

Normally we blanch, saute, steam or roast them. We use red pepper flakes, lemon &/or garlic most often. Always yummy but getting a little bored. We use some cheese grated on top as well but we try to be as healthy as possible. Well I try to be so everyone else is healthy. I see recipes but I was wondering if you have any suggestions or ideas to spice up my vegetables at dinner time?

Tonight we are having Halibut.

Thanks SE

Biscotti Recipes

I made biscotti once in a cooking class I took, unfortunately I have no idea where the easy and yummy recipe went. Anyone have good recipes to share? Thanks.

Frozen String Beans-What to do with them

I have a small bag of frozen string beans that have been sitting in my freezer. They are thin and small, I got them at Trader Joes a while back. Any suggestions on what I can do with them? I am trying to clean out the fridge/freezer before the new year?

Appetizer Needed

I need to make an appetizer for 6 people. I'm already doing a crudite with dip. Can't do shrimp or crab due to allergies and prefer to stay away from anything with meat because of the big meal ahead of us tomorrow. I was told to do something light. Oh and I can't bring cheese either. To complicate it more I don't think I'll be able to heat anything up when I get to the meal so either something cold or a dish I can prepare ahead of time and serve room temp. I'll only be traveling 20mins or so.

I was thinking stuffed mushroom with spinach and cheese but have never done this before. Anyone have a recipe for stuffed mushrooms that is easy? Any other good appetizer ideas?

Thanks SE!! Happy Turkey Day!1

Sunday Funday Brunch-Make Ahead Items

I am hosting a casual brunch at my apartment on Sunday. It is a belated house warming party as well as way to kick off Sunday Football. I will have bagels, mimosas, bloody marys and snacks. I am looking for some easy make ahead recipes possibly for Bloodies, Quiche or anything else that is easy to prep. I am happy to do stuff on Saturday so I don't have too much to do Sunday morning. This is informal so no sit down meal, just some good food and drinks with friends to welcome fall into NYC. Thanks for your help.

Potatoes--On the Grill?

Was thinking over the weekend of what we could do with potatoes besides bake them or slice them up and bake em. What about throwing them up on the bbq? I thought wrapping them in tin foil like corn with a few stabs of the fork might work. What about slicing them thick and throwing them directly on the grill with a little olive oil.

Has anyone done this? Suggestions? Other creative ways to cook a potato? Thanks SE!!

what to do with left over ears of corn?

have about 6 ears of corn left over from the weekend. don't think they will stay fresh until next saturday. any suggestions or recipes on what i could make with them? no access to a bbq until the weekend so the cooking magic needs to happen in my oven or stove top. thanks SE.

Grilled Halibut Recipes

I am looking to grill up some halibut this weekend. Last time we did it in a lemon caper marinade then straight on to the grate to cook. It was good but a little dry. Any one have recommendatoins on grilling fish, specifically halibut as that is what we ordered? Note it is a charcoal grill. Thanks SE!!

buying new knives

i just moved to a new apt and i need a new knife set. my dad has a set from an infomercial that he bought probably 10 years ago that i love. my boyfriend has an ok set with a few really good knives he has bought through out the years. i am looking to get a knife block and hope to spend about $100. i've looked around at bed bath beyond, target and macys. does anyone have a brand to suggest? a specific set? thanks SE.

House Warming-Brunch S

My roommate and I are going to do a Brunch HouseWarming on a Sunday in May. We are thinking Sunday Funday rather then a Saturday night cocktail party. Granted we live in a tiny NYC apartment we still want to have friends over to see our new digs.

I am thinking bagels, bloodies, mimosas and muffins etc. I'm loving Cava with juice right now. The typical easy brunch stuff. Anyone have good recipes for drinks or other easy brunch food ideas.

Thanks SE!!

gifts to give during the holidays around the office?

i need to send gifts to various departments such as IT, travel, ups guy etc. last year we sent one group breakfast from a local bagel shop and a nother small group edible arrangements. i am looking for new interesting ideas on what we can give this year. i would do the bagel idea again but one of the groups only has 2 people in it. thoughts? our budget is $25-$75 depending on who is receiving the gift. thanks.

sweet potatoes and yams, what are you making?

each year i am given the task of making yams with sweet potatoes and marshmallows. i know many people cringe at this idea but many of us like it. for my family it is more about the tradition then the taste.

anyone have any good recipes or suggestions on how i should make it this year? do you prefer fresh sweet potatoes or canned yams?

Marinara and More

The bf and I are planning on making tomato sauce tonight for the first time together. We want to make something to go along with it-he said meatballs I said eggplant. Obviously very different thoughts. I mentioned turkey meatballs, his face was priceless.

Does anyone have recipes they can suggest or tips for the sauce? I'm going to make garlic bread, anything else that will go good with our meal.

Thanks for your help.


My office is having a cinco de mayo party this year. Actually we are having an uno dy mayo party. This year we would like to have Sangrita. It is probably easiest to make it fresh but can I buy it pre made or a mix?

I am in NYC. Do you know of anywhere I can pick up Sangrita? Thanks.

Leftover Asparagus-What to make?

My aunt gave me all the left over cooked asparagus from passover dinner. I have a box of chicken stock in the cabinet so I am thinking of making a soup of sorts. I also have some cannelini beans I can throw in. Any suggestions?

What should I make for Passover?

does anyone have a good passover recipe? i am going to my aunts house as i do every year and would like to bring something. her food is ok but we have the same meal every year. i haven't found any good recipes. i'll take any course.

what are you making?

What are some of the best meals to freeze?

I'm going to visit my brother, sister n law and adorable 13 month nephew next weekend. Besides taking care of the little guy they both work, oh and he just started walking so he is an extra handfull now.

During my visit I would like to make some meals for them to freeze so they don't have to order in so much or stir up pasta late at night for themselves. What food/dishes freeze best? Thanks for your help.

Meat Substitutes-Which do you prefer?

What brand do you like? Which is your favorite product? I like the buffalo chix nuggets from whole foods a lot. Chop em up in a salad, it is delicious. I didn't like the morning star breakfast sausage patties. What do you recommend when buying a meat substitute?

Butter Substitutes

I am looking for an alternative to butter. I don't use it often but when I do I would like to use one of the healthier versions that are all over the shelves these days. The one I am thinking about is SmartButter. Any thoughts on this product or any other suggestions? It is mostly for toast or pasta.

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