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Local foods
« on: December 02, 2011, 07:55:18 PM »
From where you live currently - post pictures or descriptions of typical/ unique local food (including deserts) around you. Don't be shy, post! Looking forward to seeing some real cool things to check out ^_^ ... we've got members on here from all over, so it'll be fun.

NYC has a bit to offer and here's some of the unique stuff ... DirectDK I'm looking at you to recommend some local eats :beast:

The battle of the best Pastrami sandwich is between Katz and Carnegie ...

Katz -

Carnegie -

I had the pastrami sandwich at Carnegie before Thanksgiving and the pastrami is a lot softer than Katz, BUT Katz wins in my book just on overall taste and bite.

Artichoke pizza ... right after a disappointing Nader Sadek show, we hit up Artichoke and it was my first time there. Flawless. I can't remember the last time my eyes kinda rolled back as I mumbled how good something tasted. I didn't expect it to be SO good. I need to try their other slices like the crab slice.



Here's an article on them - http://guestofaguest.com/everything-you-need-to-know/artichoke-pizzeria-buzz/

I've tried Lombardi's (they first pizza joint in NYC per the Guinness Book) and I really like Vezzo's. I've yet to try out Grimaldi's though.

Gray's Papaya for hot-dogs ...



Waffle Truck guys ... people flock to wherever they are, they send out tweets (http://twitter.com/#!/waffletruck/) and there's always a line >_<'



Arepa lady!
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Rice To Riches for the best rice pudding in Manhattan ... THE BEST ... I love this place because of the tons of witty comments like "No Skinny Bitches Allowed" at the door, "Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts", etc.




53rd and 6th Halal Cart guy ... massive following, big lines at 2 AM on weekdays even ... their hot sauce is pretty good, I enjoy it actually, it's made my friends sweat.



Pomme Frites ... french fries in 3 sizes and a whole lot of good dipping sauces to go with!



Go Go Curry for Japanese curry ... versus Curry-Ya for their limited time only baked Japanese Curry ... hmmmm ... I rate Go Go Curry higher but both places are unique and must-haves.

Go Go Curry -

Curry-Ya -
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Re: Local foods
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011, 02:33:09 PM »
That slice of pizza makes me homesick. Though New Jersey pizza isn't quite New York pizza, it's a lot fucking closer than California pizza. Nobody can make pizza in this state.

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011, 03:42:16 PM »
Daamn those pastrami sandwiches look incredible.
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Re: Local foods
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011, 06:11:17 PM »
That slice of pizza makes me homesick. Though New Jersey pizza isn't quite New York pizza, it's a lot fucking closer than California pizza. Nobody can make pizza in this state.

Not even CPK!? :troll:

You must be in the wrong part of Cali, the genuine New York pizzeria guys that move out here all go to Los Angeles.

Anyway, I've already discussed one of my favorite local eateries:

my favorite little French Bistro in Westwood: Soleil. I had my usual off-menu filet mignon, medium rare, with peppercorn cream sauce and a glass of Vestini Rose, a white wine from Italy. Orgasmic.

Also, be sure to check out their surprisingly cool website, it's worth seeing regardless:

http://www.soleilwestwood.com/home

A few weeks back I ate at a place close by called Bubba Diego's, awfully pricey Cal-Mex food, but awfully delicious too. They gave me the biggest, juiciest piece of Carne Asada I've ever seen, the best beans I've ever had (I rarely get to appreciate something as simple as refried beans on such a level), and the highlight might have been the side dish, Calabasitas or "little squash," a wonderful mix of zucchini, corn, and cheese.

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2011, 12:40:03 AM »
Daamn those pastrami sandwiches look incredible.

Yea that's torturous to look at when you're hungry. Like I am damnit

Off the top of my head one of my favorite places to eat locally is The Vortex in Little Five Points in ATL, I believe it was on an episode of Man vs. Food... 'specifically their Double Bypass burger.



the Double Bypass burger is made with three fried eggs, four slices of American cheese, and five slices of bacon, with two grilled cheese sandwiches replacing the buns.

They have one even bigger, the Triple, but I mean that's just over-doing it. Gotta watch the calories.

Mmmmm.... :beast:

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2011, 08:11:46 AM »
I threw up in my mouth.

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2011, 01:37:28 PM »
I'm not very familiar with French or Italian cuisine for that matter. When I think of Italian cuisine I can only think of spaghetti and meatballs or pasta with different sauces. What am I missing out on?

Deci, the bacon is excessive for that sandwich, it'll overpower the taste like hell haha. Are those cheese-tots on the left?
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Re: Local foods
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2011, 06:10:48 PM »
Deci, the bacon is excessive for that sandwich, it'll overpower the taste like hell haha. Are those cheese-tots on the left?


Haha, yeah the whole thing is quite excessive, I don't think most people eat it like a sandwich. I'm not even sure it'd fit in anyone's mouth.  :farnese: It's a knife and fork venture imo and I'd eat some of the bacon off it as well. It's like a puzzle you have to figure out.  :ganishka: And yea, cheese tots.

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2011, 07:52:30 PM »
Haha, yeah the whole thing is quite excessive
Double Bypass burger.
I like the name :)

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2011, 06:36:19 AM »
A younger, more adventurous me would have eaten the shit out of all of this stuff but these days my stomach of iron is a bit rusty. I congratulate anyone who is able to completely digest these monstrosities.
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Re: Local foods
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2011, 07:53:45 PM »

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2011, 08:08:43 AM »
Off the top of my head one of my favorite places to eat locally is The Vortex in Little Five Points in ATL, I believe it was on an episode of Man vs. Food... 'specifically their Double Bypass burger.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo5a-VnJFz0

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2011, 05:04:32 PM »

http://www.roosevelts21st.com/fdrchallenge.html

Haven't tried it yet but I certainly plan on it real soon. :troll:

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2011, 05:46:51 PM »
I thought I liked greasy food, but after a look at this topic... Its not too bad, I'm actually quite healthy :troll:

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Re: Local foods
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2011, 07:12:25 PM »
Goddamn Tzur, that looks excessive and good at the same time. Kinda looks like a shoe too. By the way, which philly cheese steak sammich do you prefer -  Ishkabibble's/ Pat's/ Geno's?
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Re: Local foods
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2011, 11:19:57 PM »

That right there friends is probably one of the only things that I would miss if I leave Okinawa. Taco Rice and Cheese. Probably the simplest thing in the world... Rice with spicy ground meat on top with heavy amounts of shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, and salsa.

If one were to get the recipe for this... and stand it up to their local college... they would be rich beyond their wildest dreams. If anyone has been to Okinawa before and has had this, you know what I say is true.  :void:
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Re: Local foods
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2012, 08:20:37 PM »
Went to Max Brenner last night which's one of the iconic desert (touristy) spots in Manhattan. Got meself their version of a White Russian (with a marshmallows and a shot of white chocolate) and shared a cheesecake crepe.





I'm not big on sweet food or chocolate, but that crepe was fun, the first few bites.
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Re: Local foods
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2012, 07:50:20 PM »
BUMP for some pictures from my trip to Mumbai. I took a lot of food pictures but I'll share these select few.

Masala Dosa (South Indian cuisine) which's basically a crepe (either crisp or soft depending on how you want it made) with potatoes inside, served with a dal variant called sambhar and a coconut chutney.




Pav Bhaji (South Indian cuisine) ... pav = bread and bhaji = vegetable, that's the literal meaning. The Bhaji consists of tomatoes and other stuff mashed for 20/30 mins on a big wok to give it that sort of texture. It's served with raw onions on the side (optional to add) and a spoonful of butter smacked in the middle.



Gujarati Thali (from the state of Gujarat which has it's own regional flavor like every other state) ... Thali is like an assortment of different veggie dishes served to you in small cups as part of a wholesome meal. They start off by serving you puri's or roti's to have with, followed by rice. You could dive in straight for the rice if you like. Usually Thali joints are unlimited servings at your table served by waiters, it's not a buffet.



Street food that's common called Vada Pav ... pav meaning bread and vada means potato. Every guy has his own style of serving it to the customer, what you see in the picture is a sweet sauce on the inside of the bread, there's also a layer of butter on the upper bread slice and that's a spicy powder on the side to go with.



OH! And here are some green chillies I fried haha!



I'm from Mumbai (West coast) and not South India, but I like foods from every state. My least favorite is probably is North Indian food or Punjabi food, ironically it's the cuisine for about 90% of Indian food restaurants here in the US.
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« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2012, 07:55:59 PM »
That Bhaji thing looks tasty

Dunno what to show for myself but here's a traditional food of my nation


Not really eaten that often, like once in 2-3 months per family/person. It takes some hours and quite preparation to make, still really tasty, I almost always eat it with white cheese and yogurt

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« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2012, 08:15:30 PM »
Thanks for sharing dude! What's it called? Could you describe what it consists of?
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« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2012, 05:31:27 PM »
Thanks for sharing dude! What's it called? Could you describe what it consists of?

I tried to write an explanation but failed hard since I don't know the words in english well, but I hope you don't mind if I googled a little on english explanations of this food

It's made by placing layers of pastry not thicker than pancakes from the end of the pan towards the middle. Layers are brushed with cream, fat and oil, and flija is served with kaymak, cheese, yoghurt or honey and baking it under the «peka» makes it even better.

Peka is probably that thing above it.

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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2012, 06:40:27 PM »
Can't remember the name of the place but this tasted awesome.  and yeah its a footlong


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Re: Local foods
« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2014, 04:32:50 PM »
It's been a while since the whole Cronut craze happened and passed for locals of New York, still popular among tourists though. I've seen long lines outside Dominique Ansel's bakery for them and if you go an hour into their opening, they won't have any left.

A cronut's a croissant-doughnut hybrid.



Sometime last  year came the Dosaunt which's a doughnut-croissant hybrid. I think the original guys are from PA but I tried it at a local spot here and I prefer it over the Cronut (bit more moist). But it's been a while since I've had both, so a new duel is gonna happen soon enough. What brought this up was an article I read recently about a guy who made a Ramnut which doesn't sound or look appetizing (like the disappointment of a ramen-burger), but hey, I'll try it if it's anyone's selling it around here.

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« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2014, 03:00:56 PM »
Bump.

A friend and I were talking about food the other day and somewhere into our conversation we discussed what foods were big in our home countries (he's Filipino) and big brands/ corporations that screamed America. McDonalds fits that bill, maybe top of the list that everyone abroad recognizes or knows is American. KFC, BK, Wendy's, WC (more of a cult out here in comparison to it's popularity abroad because of Harold & Kumar), Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, TGIF ... and I realized I hadn't had some of the things he said were sort of 'traditional'. What else do you think is that big or recognized abroad?

KFC was one of those places right under my nose but I never sought it out, walked by a few times after a dinner, etc. This year I finally stepped into a KFC and had their fried chicken - not bad at all, Popeyes and Jollibee though have better chicken, but I like KFC's mild pepper-y batter too. Yesterday I had my first Bic Mac - I've always liked or gotten their Filet O Fish or Mushroom n Swiss (not on the menu anymore) or tried their new burgers like the new one right now (forgot what it's called) is actually pretty good and I realize now why - it has Big Mac's mayo/ sauce. That sauce is the only thing that 'makes' the Big Mac tick.

I just tried the coffee-donut combo, got a regular coffee (light and sugar) and an old fashion donut. I see the appeal to it but I prefer dipping white bread + butter/ husks + butter/ toast + butter/ white bread + butter + sugar (not fine textured like you get here) in a cup of English tea.



Feel free to mention what you consider some very traditional or American things to eat or establishments to go to for a specific things and I'll try to hit em up!
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