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kjules

I've only recently developed a foodie interest, and aim to make it flourish!

  • Location: Manhattan
  • Favorite foods: Cheesecake, in fact, any and all baked goods.
  • Last bite on earth: Chicken biryani with rice and naan.

Chipotle's Chelsea Location: Best Quality-Per-Dollar Ratio In The City

I don't know if the veggie soy meat you described as "insidious and cardboardey" is the same as the vegan 'meat' I had in my burrito this past week....I really don't think it is, because it tasted suspiciously like the real deal, and was so deliciously flavourful. I hope you go back to try it again, because it's worth it!

I don't frequent Chipotle very often - in fact I think I've only been about 3 times, including this new location - but I could definitely tell that the taste of the food at the Chelsea location was far higher quality. I also appreciate that there is the option to choose whole wheat tortillas and brown rice, since that is what I usually eat, but it's not always so easy to get these things when buying food on-the-go.

21st Birthday Dinner: Bacaro or Stanton Social?

Thanks Fromage! I'm going to Oliva tonight and I'm sure it will be awesome - it looks like a cute and lively place.

Sugartoof: I'm sure I'll find a way to get some drinks in me before 12 ;)

21st Birthday Dinner: Bacaro or Stanton Social?

sbc930, you are right! The earliest resevation I could get was 10:30, but that I way too late for dinner (considering we want to do something afterwards as well). Does anyone have any other suggestions?? I have not been able to get through to Bacaro to make a reservation. I considered Beauty & Essex, but it's too expensive for the tiny portions, and I also looked into Essex, but did not like the menu.

I am looking for something in the LES area that is funky enough for a girl's 21st birthday.

Aaaaah! So stressed trying to sort this out last minute!

21st Birthday Dinner: Bacaro or Stanton Social?

Thank you for all the responses!

I think I will go with Stanton Social since it will be a good atmosphere and nice drinks, but I will let everyone know that it is a small plates type of thing. It will be kind of a late dinner anyway so I guess people may eat a light meal before going so as not to leave totally starved!

Hope I can still get served a cocktail 4 hrs before actually being 21....hmmm....will that be a problem? Haha

Thanks again!

Super Bowl Giveaway: Wings and More from Rack and Soul

We're having a pretty big Super Bowl party at my apartment this weekend, and most are Steelers fans, but I on the other hand, am cheering Packers. Always the odd one out!

The Vegetarian Option: Tea & Sympathy

Yes Laura, hopefully you'll be able to try authentic scones soon (you may not be able to stop at just one!)

The Vegetarian Option: Tea & Sympathy

This place is adorable, but having had more than my fair share of English scones for afternoon tea whilst I lived in London, what they pass off as scones here do not compare! To me they seemed like American biscuits but thicker, less fluffy, and not as bread-like. The scones I'm used to are very crumbly, lightly sweetened, and have a slight buttery taste to them (often made with raisins too, but that is unimportant). I was pretty disappointed by the scones, but otherwise the food seemed great. I really want to try that rarebit now!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

I know that answering 'bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese' seems like a typical answer, but it is so for a reason! It's definitely the greatest brunch. Other than that, anything with eggs - omelettes, frittatas, or scrambled on toast with British-style Heinz baked beans.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

I know that answering 'bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese' seems like a typical answer, but it is so for a reason! It's definitely the greatest brunch. Other than that, anything with eggs - omelettes, frittatas, or scrambled on toast with British-style Heinz baked beans.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

I know that answering 'bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese' seems like a typical answer, but it is so for a reason! It's definitely the greatest brunch. Other than that, anything with eggs - omelettes, frittatas, or scrambled on toast with British-style Heinz baked beans.

A Sandwich A Day: Panino Greco at Grandaisy Bakery

I had this at the uptown Grandaisy, and to be honest I was disappointed...it seemed like there was to much bread, not enough filling, and was generally kind of dry.

We Ate at Pop-Tarts World in Times Square

What an awful place! Even though I never eat them because of how unhealthy they are, I've always loved Pop-Tarts and was looking forward to visiting Pop-Tarts World to bag myself a box of fun/rare-flavoured toaster pastries. I was SO disappointed in the entire experience! Firstly, the flavours you can buy in individual tarts aren't even that interesting and are $1.50 a pop. Secondly, an entire box costs around $12!!! I can walk over to CVS and get one for $3, if not less! Finally, most of the desserts sound totally unappetizing (trail mix? are you kidding me?), and come in tiny portions for a ridiculous price. When I went there yesterday, they didn't even have any ice cream to serve any of the frozen treats they were advertising.

DISMAL!

Cook the Book: Grilled Scallops with Citrus-Ginger Sauce and Rice Noodle Salad

Made this tonight, and it was lovely albeit too sweet...perhaps just one cup of juice would have sufficed, and some added garlic would have been a good idea, too.
Although instead of rice noodles I used some that I found at the Chinese supermarket made especially for serving with scallops. Not sure what they called, but they went very well with the grilled scallops. If I make this again, I will try the rice noodles to compare.

This made for a very nice summer dinner dish!

Dinner Tonight: Turkey Fricassée with Mushrooms

Made this tonight and served with brown rice spaghetti. It was great except for one thing - it was too sour. I suspect the lemon juice! Next time will definitely add less juice, and instead add a bit more garlic.

Real Deal Kung Pao Chicken

I made this on Friday and it was absolutely delicious! I refrained from using the peanut oil flavored by peppercorns and chilies, so it wasn't quite mouth-numbing, but everyone agreed it was a perfect spiciness. Personally I could have handled a little bit more spice, and I'm actually really curious as to how it would have tuned out if I had used that oil, so next time I make this dish I will follow the exact instructions.

Dinner Tonight: Orecchiette with Sausage, Broccoli, and Caramelized Garlic

Thanks for the suggestion, beccar00. I made this tonight and the asparagus worked wonderfully!
However the dish was much too oily for my liking - I firstly cooked the asparagus in 1 tbsp. of oil, then used 4 tbsp. olive oil altogether as the recipe says, PLUS there was the oil that comes with the sun-dried tomatoes. It was an overload! I would recommend using only 1 tbsp. of oil when cooking the sausages, and then again with the garlic.

Inexperienced in the kitchen- what to cook for "thank you" meal?

Oh no, I didn't smush them, I've never made burgers before but I've heard that's a no-no. No one was picky about temperature, and I think they turned out more well than anything, but even though people say burgers are best medium, these were great! Everyone agreed they were really delicious (there were audible mmmm's around the table!) so I'm happy with both recipes, and definitely recommend them.

Dinner Tonight: Orecchiette with Sausage, Broccoli, and Caramelized Garlic

I'd love to make this for dinner tomorrow night, but one of us can't eat broccoli - what would make a good substitute with this dish?

Inexperienced in the kitchen- what to cook for "thank you" meal?

A big thank you to everyone for their suggestions! I did consider making a pasta dish, but in the end decided I'll have a bit of fun and make burgers.
I'm using the Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/01/my-most-favorite-burger-ever-for-now/) and Prez Obama (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/06/prez-obama-burger-good-stuff-eatery-dc-spike-mendelsohn-recipe.html#continued) recipes as references.

Thanks again!

Must eats in NYC (even if you are travelling with picky eaters)

No one can hate on Shake Shack! That's a must, I'd say, and liked by all.

A great slice of pizza would probably go down well, too. I'd sift through the Talk boards here or the Slice section of the site to pick a place that's recommended and is convenient for you.

If they're here on Sunday the 16th (tomorrow!) why not take them down 9th ave food festival? Granted it's mainly a bunch of fried monstrosities, but there's lovely baked goods available (Kyotofu, Mitchell London Foods, Poseidon Bakery, among others), some not half bad Indian food (Aaehli), and from what I could see, various tasty looking sliders.
If you do go, DO NOT get the pierogi's (there's only one pierogi stand) - so disgustingly greasy I could barely taste the actual food.

Good luck!

The Salty Pimp from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

Really weird (but really good). I neeeed to try the Gobbler - pumpkin butter? That's got to be delicious.

A Sandwich A Day: Roasted Turkey On Stirato From Bouchon Bakery

I had this yesterday for lunch and it was DIVINE. To-go it was $10.50 (tax incl.) which is still pretty steep for a sandwich, but more likely to be considered than if it were $13.50
I've been eating sandwiches somewhat frequently lately, and this one is hands down the most delicious one I have had thus far (second to or on par with Num Pang's pulled pork).
As soon as I bit into the crispy stirato and tasted the gouda and marmalade I was impressed. Literally one bite was all it took for me to rate the sandwich a 10/10
My only issue was that they didn't heat it up sufficiently and some of the turkey was a bit cold compared to the rest of the sandwich, but I enjoyed the taste so much that it barely bothered me.
So far I've had this and the grilled cheese with tomato soup from Bouchon, and I was in heaven both times! I am very curious to try more of their savory offerings, but I'm going to have to be careful as their food surely does a number on the wallet...

Sacco Pizza: A Classic New York Slice

My go-to slice (a rare and special occasion!) is usually Mariella's on 57th/58th and 8th or Justino's on 57th and 10th, but I am really keen to try out Sacco's now. It's not a far walk at all, I can't wait for my next pizza craving now!

A Salt and Battery or Gray's Papaya?

Honestly, I find Gray's Papaya to be overrated. Stand's toasted marshmallow shake, on the other hand, is marvelous. Get the large size - I got a small and was actually sad that I finished it so quickly. Plus, fish & chips sounds like a far more appetizing dinner than a measly hot dog.

Best sandwich in Manhattan?

Loving the new 'A Sandwich A Day' feature!

Inexperienced in the kitchen- what to cook for "thank you" meal?

I promised to cook a treat/'thank you' meal either tonight or tomorrow for the couple I've been staying with, but have no idea what my lack of experience would permit me to make. I am really scared of whipping something up and it being totally tasteless or just plain gross.

What can all you serious cooks out there recommend as a simple but delicious meal to serve for dinner?
(Preferably nothing with bacon, and if possibly I would like to avoid dairy, but that is not a big factor)

Best sandwich in Manhattan?

I'm new to the city, and have been going through a bit of a sandwich phase lately. I am really curious to try the best sandwich in Manhattan.
I'm sure a lot of you probably have fantastic recommendations in Brooklyn or Queens, but since college has been taking up an obscene amount of my time, I currently tend to stick to my neighborhood...

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