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Foodie crawl/picnic [Mar. 15th, 2008|09:58 am]
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janna_lagomorph
At the last Contempt, a few of us hatched a plan to go on a couple of foodie outings. Using the 2008 Zagat NYC gourmet food guide or just starting at the Union Square Greenmarket, we'd search out hard-to-find ingredients for recipes - perhaps ending up at someone's place to cook or just using the ingredients at home. The second outing suggested was finding healthy/gourmet/local fare and having a picnic. A couple of places that come to mind are Central Park and also the renovated stretch of greenway on the west side from Battery Park to Riverside Park. Would anyone be interested in joining us?
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Italian restaurants in northern NJ? [Feb. 17th, 2008|12:22 pm]
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dystempted
Hello all :)

I'm in dire need of a restaurant recommendation for a semi-special occasion. I'd be most curious about some good Italian recommendations but will take anything. I'm in the Montclair area, but I wouldn't mind driving out to somewhere like Fort Lee if it's worth it. It doesn't have to be a fancy upscale place, but something with nice atmosphere and good food.

Thanks!
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Talk of the Town - "Healthier" Indian Cuisine in Elmwood Park [Dec. 20th, 2007|01:07 pm]
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djdysfunction
It's been a while since I've posted on here, but lemmywinks30 and I checked out a new restaurant last weekend and I wanted to share.

The place is called "Talk of the Town."

Talk of the Town
213 Route 46 west
Elmwood Park, NJ
201-797-3800

Currently, their menu is entirely Indian cuisine, though the owner told us that they would be making some changes. She's looking to remove a few of the less popular dishes and maybe expand to include a more diverse menu, particularly, Indo-Chinese. But she's keeping the Indian food on there, so don't worry if you're a fan!

We shared the Samosa Choley dish for an appetizer, and I would definitely recommend it. The samosas are very good, but what's even better is that they're served over a bed of this chick pea concoction that's incredibly tasty.

For an entree, I had the Lamb Keema Mutter. I had never had that before and didn't know what to expect. It comes out with a dish of rice, and this bowl of an orangish creamy sauce with bits of minced lamb and peas, and I don't know what else. It was damn good! And it reheats well too, for those that typically go home with leftovers.

lemmywinks30 had the Malai Kofta, and she said that it was different from other versions of the dish that she's had, but it was definitely good. She'd get it again, she said.

The atmosphere is casual, but nice. The restaurant is in kind of a strip mall. The music they played was kind of modern Indian. It wasn't as traditional as the music I've heard in other Indian restaurants. Also, they are going to try out having some live music. This Friday, Dec. 21st, she said they'll be having some live music, but not Indian music, more like a relaxing jazz, she said.

The service was decent. The owner was walking around chatting with people and making sure everyone was happy. The prices are good. We had 2 entrees, an appetizer, and soft drinks for about $35.00 for both of us. Not bad.

One good thing is that they apparently, make healthier Indian cuisine.

If you check out this article from the Bergen Record, she explains how they cook their food with less oils and grease, to make for a healthier meal.

Plus, there are a lot of vegetarian dishes, for those who don't eat meat.

They don't yet have a website or online menu, so I asked for a copy so I could post it here, and she was happy to comply.

So here's the current menu in its entirety:Collapse )
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Nom Nom Nom So Simple [Dec. 14th, 2007|09:37 pm]
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gargoyl
[Current Mood |NOM NOM NOM]

Perfect Sauteed Spinach

10 oz Baby spinach
Olive Oil
2 large cloves fresh garlic
1/4 lemon slice
Hot N' picy Adobo

Heat pan with enough oil to cover 1/4", sautee garlic about a minute and change. Dump in spinach, turn until it's all covered with the oil all the while shaking in adobo. Sautee about 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted but still very green. Squeeze lemon and stir up.

Voila! Yummy, perfect portion for one and totally diet.
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(no subject) [Dec. 12th, 2007|10:28 pm]
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pavement
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i am looking for good sushi places in the trenton area.
i don't personally eat sushi, so i can't be much more specific than "sushi"
price isn't too much of a concern.
someplace with takeout is preferred.

i'm looking at east sushi on scotch road in ewing, just due to proximity.
anyone know of it? if so, is it terrible? is there someplace else i should look at instead?
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If you have occasion to be in Staten Island [Dec. 9th, 2007|05:28 pm]
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sekhmet101
Check out Dosi Caffe on Bay Street. Absolutely fantastic food, attentive servers, lovely decor and they can be veggie friendly!
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Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Black Bean Stew [Oct. 25th, 2007|06:47 pm]
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pandora_13
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A chill in the air, and a stew on the stove...Collapse )
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Smoky Southwestern-Style Corn Chowder [Oct. 8th, 2007|09:04 pm]
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pandora_13
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I've been craving corn chowder lately, but I didn't want your run-of-the-mill, milky, bland soup. When I came across a recipe for a creamy, spicy corn soup in one of my old Bon Appetit magazines, I knew this would be the one:

(I couldn't decide which photo I liked better, so I'm just using both. Tee hee.)

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Spicy!Collapse )
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Pumpkin Soup with "Sausage" and Caramelized Onions [Oct. 30th, 2007|10:25 pm]
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pandora_13
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I finally decided that it's time to part with my 8,000,000 dusty old issues of Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Gourmet magazines. I mean... really. So, the plan is to flip through each one and remove any worthy-looking recipes, then toss the rest.

Today's dinner was based on a recipe from October 2001's Bon Appetit:

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Autumn In a BowlCollapse )

Okay, only a billion more recipes to go...
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The PA Dutch have it DOWN! [Sep. 24th, 2007|04:35 pm]
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ratsmack
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Hi! Haven't contributed in a while, so I thought I'd chime in:





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