Curry Chicken Salad You’ll Fall For…

Posted on October 19, 2011. Filed under: Astoria, Brunch, Indian, Recipes |

One of the things that I like most about food is what I like most about Fall, the ever-changing colors.  The early sunsets blanket the city buildings in a golden glow of pumpkin orange and falling leaves blot the sidewalks like puddles of deep red wine.  Here is a recipe for one of my favorite fall feasts. My “Famous Chicken Salad” is a colorful assault on the eyes as it is a swirling of spices in the mouth. Enjoy!

“Famous Chicken Salad”

About four cups of chicken (I like to buy a rotisserie chicken)

3 celery stalks

1/2 small red onion

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup mayonnaise

Tumeric to taste

Cumin to taste

Mix all the chopped ingredients together, stir in the mayonnaise, sprinkle the spices to taste and fold together. Can be served alone or in the company of bread, wine and good friends.

Finely chop onion, celery, and cilantro...

Add walnuts...

...tumeric and cumin to taste...

... and voila!

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This Weekend Eat and Drink in LIC Market- Now Open!

Posted on August 6, 2010. Filed under: American/Nouveau, Astoria, Brunch, Burgers, LIC |

Looking for a new place to go for your weekend lunch or evening drinks? Head out to the new LIC Market, where the menu focuses on locally acquired fare and wine. Here is a sample menu of their offerings from July 30.  LIC Market will begin serving Saturday brunch in mid-August.

LIC Market– 21-52 44th Drive, LIC, NY

Breakfast (7am – 11am)

Greek Yogurt $4.00 
granola and honey

Market Pastries $1.75 
danish, croissant

black forest ham and gruyere croissant $3.50

Tortilla $4.00 
toasted baguette, baby greens, aioli

“Butter and Jam” $3.25 
toasted 7 grain or pecan cranberry bread

Omelet of the Day $6.00 
toasted baguette

Lunch (11am – 4pm)

Salad Market Cobb $11.00 
romaine, chicken, boiled egg, avocado, grape tomatoes, bacon, maytag blue cheese dressing

Roasted Chicken $10.00 
baby greens, grape tomatoes, french beans, roasted corn, roasted shallot vinaigrette

Soft Cooked Egg $9.00 
frisee, bacon, croutons, maytag blue cheese, pommery mustard vinaigrette

Sandwich Roasted Chicken $8.00 
souman bread, caramelized onions, provolone, arugula, roasted shallot dressing

Shredded Brisket $9.00 
brioche bun, red cabbage slaw

Slow Cooked Pork $8.00 
souman bread, gruyere, house cured pickles, pommery mustard dressing

Plates Roasted Chicken $11.00 
sweet peas and baby carrots

Slow Cooked Pork $10.00 
basmati and black beans

Omelet of the day $7.00 
toasted baguette, baby greens

Market Burger $9.00 
brioche bun, cheddar, sliced tomato, greens, aioli w/ potato salad

Sides Potato Salad $4.50 
Rice and Beans $4.50 
Wilted Greens $4.50

Drinks Boylan Sodas/Honest Teas/Bottled Water $1.75 
Market Iced Tea/Lemonade $2.50 
SerendipiTeas $1.50/$2.00 
Brewed Coffee $1.50/$2.00 
Cafe au Lait $1.75/$2.25 
Espresso $2.00/$2.50 
Macchiato $2.25/$2.75 
Café Late or Cappuccino $3.50/$4.00 
Iced Coffee $2.75 
Fresh Squeezed OJ $3.25

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Mexican Pizza at La Flor Cafe in Sunnyside/Woodside

Posted on March 31, 2010. Filed under: Bakery, Brunch, Mexican/South American, Pizza!, Woodside/Sunnyside | Tags: , , , |

La Flor Cafe in Woodside, Queens is one of my favorite places to go for brunch off the 7 train (see my original La Flor review). Below the bustling subway line is a quaint Mexican inspired cafe that seems to frequently reinvent itself. Flowers are painted on the window panes and tabletops are made from mosaics of broken dishes. The menu is simple, offering a handful of appetizers, tortas, salads and entrees. Brunch is served only until 2pm and you must inquire about the selection of beverages, as they are left off the menu. Just like everything else at La Flor, the Mexican pizza is a marriage of two cultures. A successful merger between the west and the south, the Mexican pizza recreates a New York staple. A traditional Italian crust is topped with Oaxacan cheese, cilantro, guacamole and tender cuts of pork. The pie is big enough to serve two, but once you take a bite you will think twice about sharing.

La Flor Cafe-53-02 Roosevelt Ave Woodside, NY 11377 (718) 426-8023

Mexican Pizza

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Sanford’s Affordable Weekend Brunch in Astoria

Posted on March 14, 2010. Filed under: American/Nouveau, Astoria, Brunch, Burgers, Cheap Dining | Tags: , , |

Elvis would have gone crazy for Sanford’s peanut butter banana pancakes. As he isn’t here to try them, I ate them in his honor. Usually packed on a weekend morning, this popular Astoria restaurant was once a humble diner rid of any lines or long waits. Now with a sleek makeover and a revived menu, the place is bustling with hungry patrons from the moment they open the doors. Sanford’s has been a community staple since 1922, but has recently experienced a surge in business following their renovation last year. Customers don’t seem to mind the 20 minute wait as they cram into the restaurant’s tiny entryway on a Saturday morning. The amiable staff and appetizing aromas that flow effortlessly from the kitchen leave no doubt in the diner’s mind that it is a well-run operation. Perusing the menu you will find classic dishes as well as a few inventive selections like the banana pecan whole wheat pancakes, crab cake benedict and the charity burger, of which a portion of the profits are donated to the Ronald Mc Donald House. The whole wheat pancakes are fluffy and rich, smothered in fresh bananas and crunchy pecans, while the more savory crab cake benedict is made with 100% real crab meat. A weekend meal wouldn’t be complete without your choice of cocktail with a free refill, compliments of the chef. At Sanford’s the $13 prix fix brunch allows you to choose from either champagne, wine, mimosa, bloody mary, or a bellini in addition to a free bottomless cup of coffee.  The atmosphere is hip and draws fellow diners of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, reflecting the essence of Queens life. Diners will find their plates graced with deliciously well-prepared food of generous proportions that will leave merely a dent in their wallets, providing enough cash leftover to ensure many repeat visits.

Sanford’s 30-13 Broadway Astoria, NY 11106 (718) 932-9569

Banana Pecan Pancakes

Crab Cake Benedict

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Music Benefit in Astoria

Posted on February 24, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Brunch, Entertainment, Music & Dance | Tags: , , |

Grab brunch this Sunday and then head over to Cronin & Phelan’s bar and restaurant for a great cause! Astoria’s Goliard Concerts is hosting a benefit cocktail party this Sunday- here are the details:

“Astoria’s Goliard Concerts is planning on holding a series of outdoor concerts in Queens parks this coming spring and summer. To raise funds for this new concert series, Goliard is hosting a cocktail reception on Sunday, February 28th at Cronin & Phelan’s Bar and Restaurant, at 38-14 Broadway

Sunday, February 28th, 3-5pm Cronin & Phelan’s Bar and Restaurant, 38-14 Broadway (Astoria) RSVP: 718-728-8927

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Sugar & Joe Hits the Sweet Spot

Posted on November 20, 2009. Filed under: Bakery, Brunch, Cheap Dining, Coffee/Tea Shop, IceCream/Ice/Gelato/Fro-Yo, Local718 Video Shorts, RIP, Woodside/Sunnyside | Tags: , |

Local718 is sad to say that Sugar and Joe’s has closed . RIP

Baking out of a tiny kitchen in Sunnyside, Sugar & Joe’s is serving up sweets of all kinds. This cafe is run by a mother and daughter team with the help of their baking assistant. See what inspires Christine and her daughter Emma to make such mouth watering delights day in and day out. (For those who are too tired to bake, ask about their Holiday special orders)

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Stitch & Bitch Brunch in Astoria

Posted on November 20, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Brunch, Fashion, Gay Bars, Great for Singles, Off the beaten path | Tags: , , , |

Busy knitting that holiday scarf for Grandma? Want to make your doggie coat in some good company? Checkout Saturday brunch at Mix in Astoria where like minded knitters gather to stitch and bitch…

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Jackson Hole Brunch in Queens

Posted on November 9, 2009. Filed under: American/Nouveau, Astoria, Brunch, Burgers, Cheap Dining, Diners, Jackson Heights | Tags: , , , , , |


7oz of Juicy Beef


The Fruits of Labor from the Open Kitchen

Famous for the steam grilled 7oz burger (that feels more like the 7lb burger) Jackson Hole Diner is a classic cliché of what makes a great diner. From the antique Pepsi Cola ads, and the red vinyl stools to the jukebox in the corner, it is a throw-back to the simpler days of poodle skirts and  bobby socks. Just like Happy Days, Jackson Hole was made in the seventies, but resembles the 1950s. No matter what time warp you are living in- the food is consistently tasty and the service is hospitable and timely at this old-fashioned roadside establishment. Made to look like an old train-car diner with an open-kitchen, you can perch yourself up to the bar with a hot coffee and watch your burger being prepared right before your eyes. There are about 27 different burger combinations to choose from- the Texas burger, topped with a fried egg, the pizza burger smothered in mozzarella and marinara sauce, the bacon burger and of course the classic burger- all ranging in prices $8.50-$14. The beef isn’t the only thing on the menu worth ordering. There is an extensive breakfast menu with hearty omelets and various pancake and french toast platters covered in heaping piles of fresh fruit. Despite this restaurant being a popular New York chain, it continues to impress patrons (like me) with quality comfort food and reliable service at the Queens location. I didn’t get the feeling I was eating a processed meal that just slid off the factory conveyer belt. The ingredients are markedly fresh and the food well made. Set far from the main strip, it’s a great place to take a Sunday stroll on a warm Autumn afternoon.

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