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Best Brand of Cornichons? Or is it easy enough to pickle on my own?

maille, trois petit cochons, edmond fallot are all excellent. the tartness pairs especially well pate and charcuterie, cuts the richness.

Cook the Book: 'The Big New York Sandwich Book'

The special roast beef sub at Rusty's Farm Fresh Eatery, I have no idea what was in it but it was delightful. Plus even though its diner food you feel like its healthy because its farm fresh!

Taste Test: Hot Chocolate Mixes

i alternate between hershey's dark?? cocoa and schokinag drinking chocolate.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Truffle Lovers Pasta

truffle on scrambled eggs are the best and truffled cheese ravioli comes a close second

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

eggs benedict w/ salmon or if im hungover everything bagel toasted cream cheese and extra crispy bacon

Favorite fro-yo spot in Manhattan?

definitely 40 carrots at bloomingdale's

Kid-friendly restaurants in Manhattan

Alice's Tea Shop (several locations)
Popover Cafe (UWS)
Brooklyn Diner (2 locations in midtown)
Peanut Butter & Co (Greenwich Village)
Serendipity 3 (Midtown East)
Blue Smoke (Gramercy)
Bubby's Pie Co (Tribeca)
Carmines (UWS and Midtown)
The Coffee Shop (Union Square)
City Bakery (Union Square)
Good Enough to Eat (uws)

no bake recipe from "another culture"

Korea: kimbap, everyone can make there own and put in whatever they want and you can use pretty much anything you want for fillings

France: you can pre-make crepes and have fillings on hand just need to assemble

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates

hahaha i meant to say pot de creme but for some reason typed pot au feu, chocolate pot au feu would be gross

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates

maida heatter brownies or a dark chocolate pot au feu

Not-Boring Thanksgiving Recipes?

i always do a fakesgiving for my friends the weekend before thanksgiving and this year i'm doing an herbes de provence turkey, parmesan potato gratin, polenta stuffing, sweet potato gnocchi with cinnamon brown sage butter, roasted brussel sprouts with proscuitto and a gorgonzola roasted pear salad.

you can also check they are doing a bunch of posts an alternative takes on traditional sides.

Vegetarians, How Do You Do Thanksgiving?

i personally really like stuffed acorn squash because it's delicious there are lots of different variations such as moroccan style acorn squash and it's also more festive than stuffed peppers

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 88: Are Bananas Helping or Hurting My Weight?

possibly, if you are eating bananas in lieu of ice cream or candy then yes its the much better choice.

however, bananas are high in sugar so i would pair them with some protein or fiber, so that you don't crash and get hungry again.

i personally love 1 cup greek yogurt (0 or 2%) with half a banana sliced and a little bit of peanut butter (or honey or granola)

oatmeal with smushed up banana

bananas sliced with peanut butter and topped with grapenuts/crushed weetabix

Do You Have a Favorite Mustard?

maille whole grain and regular dijon
billy bee honey mustard
bella cucina balsamic mustard
edmond fallot tarragon mustard

Any kid-friendly restaurant suggestions around Lincoln Center?

popover cafe is a little further up but is great for kids.
cafe fiorello, trattoria dell arte, or gabriel's for italian
the brooklyn diner

mango chili?!?!?!

i thought mango chili sounded weird too and unfortunately, he can't get the recipe from the person who made it for him.

when i asked him what was in it he was like mangoes and beans and stuff.

i think its supposed to be like a traditional chili (the stew) but with mango in it.

mango chili?!?!?!

the stewlike chili with mango - i searched only for recipes but could only find one on

Snapshots from South Korea: Pon de Ring Doughnuts from Mister Donut

you should have also checked out the korean dunkin donuts, they always have such weird flavored donuts there. plus they have donuts made with rice?/riceflour?? that are super delicious!


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