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New Rochelle Mexican Update: Pork on Parade

New Rochelle, Westchester’s hot spot for Mexican chow, is loaded with rotisserie pork right now. “There seems to be a local mini-trend for tacos al pastor–I’m seeing the notices everywhere,” observes JSexton, whose favorite is the tender, peppery, bri READ MORE

A Meatless, Frankless Surprise at Dash Dogs

At Dash Dogs, even those who shun hot dogs and meat can find a worthwhile bite. Vegetarian sliders–made in-house from portobellos, squash, bread crumbs, and eggs–come with the same eclectic choice of toppings that come with dogs. “Tasty isn’t even the READ MORE

Home-Style Cantonese Food

At Tasty Garden, henrychan888 finally found hearty home cooking like Grandma used to make. For example, the salty fish with steamed ground pork–a lot of places just don’t serve it because of the strong smell. Tasty Garden serves it alone or with a ric READ MORE

Lubricating Rice for Flavor and Texture

Many hounds like to toast long-grain rice, especially basmati, in oil or butter for a few minutes before adding water or stock to enhance its flavor. Whether you choose a neutral oil, olive oil, or butter depends on your taste and the dishes you’ll be ser READ MORE

$3.99 Lunch Specials at Thai Patio, and Beef Jerky for Dessert

Thai Patio has replaced the old strip-mall Palms Thai. The $3.99 lunch special is, of course, a deal–pad kra pao, fried tofu with basil, peppers and onions, is nicely spiced and tasty, but the straight-from-the-bag salad and fried wonton wrappers on the READ MORE

Great Carrots, Braised and Glazed

Chowhounds rave about Marcella Hazan’s braised carrots with Parmesan, even though the recipe takes two hours of hanging around near the stove. “I’m a lifelong carrot hater but these would convert READ MORE

When in Rome…or Oaxaca

Sometimes, traveling or living abroad, you see the locals eating something really cool, or eating the same old thing in an exciting way. In Oaxaca, spigot learned to put a little chile pepper and lime on fresh fruit–it sharpens the flavor and undercut READ MORE

Chowhound Gift-Giving Tips

What presents of food are most welcomed during the holidays? Anything homemade gets automatic points with chowhounds–surprisingly, even if it’s not that good. The effort put into it and the warmth of the gesture makes up for a lot, and the recipient get READ MORE

Overlooked and Misunderstood

The building blocks of the kitchen should get a little more attention. READ MORE

Would You Like a Patchouli Parfait?

A pastry chef heads to Macy’s to make desserts paired with perfumes. Musk Melba, anyone? READ MORE