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astoria report...and more (long)

astoriaboy | Feb 17, 2003 03:32 AM

ok, since last i've posted, i went and tried cevabdzinica sarajevo on 34th ave and 38th st...i had the cevapi...10 pieces of this freshly made sausage seemed like a bargain at $8, and with the homestyle hunk of bread that they give you, even more so...the onions and peppers that they fry the sausages up with were a little underdone for my taste (i've a very low tolerance for raw onions), but the whole package was quite nice...i'm glad i tried it, and i look forward to sampling some other items on the menu...didn't try the bureks there...i'm still waiting on trying the best in the neighborhood, which supposedly can be found at djeerdan, if i'm not mistaken...ps...for those interested, there was the most beautiful bosnian(?) girl munching on some cevapi at a table near the counter...made me wish i didn't order to-go ;) ...

also, i tried out a couple of new (to me) sushi joints...bai (37-03 b'way) and grand tofu (37-05 31st ave)...up until i found this board, i never trusted any sushi joint in astoria besides shima at 29-13 b'way and the now defunct maki (used to be on steinway around 35th ave)...i popped my sushi cherry at maki (is my borough vulagarity out of place on this board?...i hope not ;) )- so it always will retain a special place in my heart and tummy...and, shima filled the void that maki left, quite nicely, i thought...but, i have to tell you, folks...when i popped that first piece of bai's "spicy crunch" roll into my mouth and started chewing, i realized that i might never pass through shima's doors again...what a divine creation...minced tuna, yellowtail and salmon in a spicy sauce rolled up into a HUGE roll coated with scallion tempura and drizzled with more of that sumptuous spicy sauce...oh, man!...i could taste and savor every individual ingredient...not realizing how big the roll was gonna be, i ordered a dragon roll, too...it was perfectly fine and huge, too...but, that spicy crunch is for me...at $9.99, it'll fill your belly nicely...last night, i was to partake in the spicy crunch, yet again...but, to my serious chagrin, bai is closed on sundays...reluctantly, i opted to give grand tofu a chance at appeasing my sushi needs...i tried the california roll (adequate), the spicy tuna roll (dry) and the "chef's special roll"...the c.s.r. was advertised as "eel, cooked salmon, cucumbers, scallions, spicy mayo and crunch...well, instead of the spicy mayo, the roll i got had cream cheese...i guess i enjoyed it, but i just don't believe in cream cheese filled maki...it was late, tho...maybe they ran out of mayo (which would explain the spicy tuna roll's dryness)...but, if they ran out of mayo, they need to tell a guy...whatever...i'll try the place again for chinese (purportedly, the best in astoria), but for sushi, bai is it...

in some non-astoria news, i went to mi bolivia in sunnyside to have some saltenia empanadas...i really tried to like them...i wanted to, so badly...but they sucked, i'm sorry to say...it was just so sweet (pastry and filling), and the quality of the beef was pretty poor (lots of gristle)...the neighborhood drunk sitting at the next table provided free entertainment, but it couldn't mask the disappointment of the empanadas...so, my hunt for a great juicy empanada continues...if anybody knows where to get a nice saltenia or cordobesa empanada, please do share...

after that bad experience, i cruised over to the n/w corner of 79th and roosevelt...and since then, i have passed by there several times, usually late-nights on the weekend...no arepa lady in sight...maybe it's too cold for the sweet lady to be doling out her ambrosia...i still hold out hope...

one last tid-bit...a quick manhattan note...i tried the famous lombardi's pizza for the first time, believe it or not...i can see why people think it might be the best in the city for brick oven-style pizza...properly prepared and very fresh ingredients...had mine with sausage (under-cooked and fatty) and meatballs (very nice)...i'm itching to try the clam pie...i suspect it's a real treat...

in my next installment, i hope to have a report of my first-time visit to sripraphai!...i picked up the take-out menu, a few days ago...i'm kind of excited :) ...any recs would be very welcomed...

until then...happy 'hounding!...

dominick

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