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Sara Markel-Gonzalez

Sara Markel-Gonzalez

Searching for Hamentashen on Avenue J and Beyond

Avenue J in Midwood has a good amount of kosher bakeries, and this time of year, the week leading up to Purim, those bakeries are filled with mishloach manot gift baskets and hamentashen. Poppy and apricot are my personal favorite, so when available, that's what I ordered at each stop. I didn't find a bad hamentashen in the bunch, but there were a few standouts. Here are the goods, from acceptable to outstanding. More

St. Paddy's Report: Irish Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Queens

Storefronts on Queens Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue from Sunnyside to Woodside, traditionally Irish neighborhoods, are fully decorated in green and orange this week for St. Patrick's Day. Of the many pubs, diners, and restaurants flaunting four leaf clovers, I chose three for a full day of foods from the Emerald Isle—breakfast at the Stop Inn Diner, lunch at The Butcher Block, and dinner at PJ Horgan's. Black and white puddings, sausage rolls and shepherd's pie were just a few items in this fun and filling feast. Check out my day of eating Irish in the slideshow! More

Get Your Rosca de Reyes in Queens

Today, Mexican bakeries across Queens are full of boxes, stacked high, of all different sizes, marked with the words rosca de reyes. January 6th is Three Kings Day, and many different cultures celebrate with the traditional kings cake. La Rosca de Reyes is the Mexican version and it is, aside from being traditional, quite delicious. More

Especial de la Semana: Albondigas

Every day, at many Mexican restaurants that cater to a mostly Mexican clientele (particularly in the outer boroughs), there is a rotating list of off-the-menu specials. The specials are generally closer to home-cooked fare—meats braised in rich sauces, hearty soups, stewed vegetables. Mostly messy, not always beautiful, sometimes unfamiliar; but flavorful and satisfying food. More

Tortas Neza in Corona: Of Fútbol, Family, and Good Food

@nycparkie - when I wrote that gordita round-up, the gorditas werent on the menu, but if you asked nicely, he would make them for you, which is why it would take so long. Also, if you go someplace, order a gordita, and it's ready right away, that means that it isn't made to order, they are already formed and fried, and they aren't nearly as tasty. I think a good gordita is worth a 20 minute wait!

Tortas Neza in Corona: Of Fútbol, Family, and Good Food

Great to see this kind of profile! Nice job, James. El Tortas is a longtime friend of our family and I'm glad to see him getting the recognition he deserves. And of course, I'm a huge fan of his gorditas. I think it's also important to mention that his wife plays an important part in the business as well.

Searching for Hamentashen on Avenue J and Beyond

Savta - Ha! I just noticed my phone autocorrected chag to chang. Oh well, chag sameach!

Also - I found out at temple tonight that most people don't prefer poppy filling. Is this true?

Searching for Hamentashen on Avenue J and Beyond

SavtaShayna - I saw the yeast ones when I was there at the beginning of the week, hopefully they will have some when you stop by. Chang sameach to you too!

Freefood - I'd be happy to call and check, but u would assume that they are all pareve.

Searching for Hamentashen on Avenue J and Beyond

Thanks for the links, gargupie, that's what I read when I had the same question!

And of course, Stephanie, our moms make the best hamentashen!

In Praise of Slivovitz, Eastern European Plum Brandy

I love this! You make all of our ancestors proud by keeping their memories alive. L'chaim.

Get to Know Us: Scarlett Lindeman, Mexican Eats

Sorry, have to chime in here. I am another person who has a huge problem with the "no good Mexican food in NYC" thing. I live in Queens, I eat Mexican food with my Mexican family, and don't have trouble finding great things to eat. Also, many of the Mexicans who came to NY are from different areas of Mexico than the people who went to Texas or California. Doesn't make the food better, just makes it different. Of course it's not going to be as good as in Mexico, but there are definitely enough abuelitas and guys who learned from their abuelitas cooking around here. And not just tacos. Ordering the off-menu specials at most neighborhood places is usually the way to go.

Get to Know Us: Sara Markel-Gonzalez, Queens Eats

Thanks so much @thesteveroller! I'm flattered. There's just so much to write about, I genuinely enjoy doing it, and I'm inspired by where I live. These days it's just a little harder to get the writing done.

What are your favorite brands of Slivovitz?

What are your favorite brands of Slivovitz?

The brand that has a little Jewish star hanging from the top is my favorite, not so much because I like to drink it, but because I always loved seeing the star. And because it reminds me of my grandfather. He loved a little slivovitz after shul.

¡Viva México! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a la Mexicana

My pleasure! There's nothing quite like eating meat out of a volcanic rock to get you in the festive mood.

Where To Eat Near The US Open: Under $5

NYC Quintessential: Patsy's Pizza, East Harlem

Patsy's is one of my all time favorites. We always get a fresh mozzarella pie and a marinara pie (no cheese, just sauce and tons of fresh garlic) and I always finish a whole pie by myself. I can't help it. Maybe if you got the marinara you wouldn't need an extra boost?

Snopo: Shaved Ice at Flushing's New World Mall

Thanks for the comments, iheartsweets and craver, it looks like Snopo and Wooly's both opened late spring. Now I am going to have to compare!

Snopo: Shaved Ice at Flushing's New World Mall

@AnnBe - what kind of shaved ice are you looking for?

Snopo: Shaved Ice at Flushing's New World Mall

sushijerk, I think that it is the dairy in the ice that gives it the texture, as well as the special shaving machine. Snow ice is supposed to have the consistency of freshly fallen snow, and if snow is sweet, fluffy and sort of chewy-stringy at the same time, then they definitely succeeded.

Snopo: Shaved Ice at Flushing's New World Mall

Hi gargupie! It's interesting because I believe Snopo was the first flavored ice in the city, but now there are a few different food stands in the same mall that have it as well, although on a much smaller scale.

St. Paddy's Report: Irish Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Queens

@SunnysideUp I love the Sunnyside burger at PJ Horgan's!

St. Paddy's Report: Irish Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Queens

That's a good question. Not sure I can answer it. Anyone?

St. Paddy's Report: Irish Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Queens

Thanks Jeff, I will definitely go to cuckoo's nest. What do you usually get there?

Taco Thursdays: Midnight Tacos at Mi Mexico Lindo

Thanks Saria!
steveroller: That's quite a compliment! I think the location has a lot to do with it. Queens is a great place, and I am lucky to be able to write about it. Thank you very much.

Costco, a Pizza Chain Hiding in Plain Sight

Definitely weirdly satisfying. And yes, while not a Slice-worthy comment, I do love the hot dog deal.

Especial de la Semana: Tortitas de Queso

Max - the egg is a binder. Usually separated, the whites are whipped and the yolks are folded in with the protein and some type of starch to form the patties.

Especial de la Semana: Tortitas de Queso

Perfect red and green for christmas!

Especial de la Semana: Costillas en Salsa Verde

Just passed Coatzingo on 82nd Street, they have costillas en salsa verde con verdolagas as a special tonight.

Great Eats on the Way to the US Open

Looking for something great to eat at the US Open this year? While you could partake in the concession stands, the stadium is right in the middle of one of the most culinarily exciting regions of New York. You can travel the world on your way to (or from) the stadium, just by following the 7 Train—a direct line to the stadium from Manhattan. From 40th Street to Flushing, there are great international eats at every stop, from full meals to snack stops. Here are some of our favorites. More