Summer’s just about to hit, so I thought I’d survey Chowhounders to find out what your favorite foods and drinks are from Outer Boroughs places for the steamy days to come. I’m always looking for something new to cool me off when the heat knocks me down for the count.
To get the ball rolling, my current go-to hot weather things are:
The tilapia special at Wafa’s in Forest Hills – a cooked filet served at room temperature and covered with a tapenade of sorts that's made of ground walnuts, garlic, cilantro and lemon.
Also, Wafa’s simple, refreshing, cold home-made yogurt soup with chick peas, bulgur and mint flakes.
The lemon sorbet at Artisanal Creamery on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale.
That amazing purple fermented rice drink I had at the Indonesian Food Bazaar on 31st Avenue in Astoria a few weeks back. It was like a chilled sweet crazy wine with squeaky rice grains in it and seemed to almost fizz on my tongue. WOW! I’m heading back there for the next one in July if only for that alone!
At Organic Village on Cooper Avenue in Glendale everything is raw and made of vegetables, fruits, and seeds, so everything is cool but my current favorites are their Thai-inspired coconut “noodles,” their “burrito,” and their “cookies-and-cream” smoothie.
At Gimme Coffee in Williamsburg, there’s a drink (can’t remember exactly what it’s called) that is some sort of cold iced mocha thing that’s been whizzed in the blender. I could drink this all day.
What are your favorites?
Glendale is hungry…
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