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Press 195/Mekong/Juice For Life Ruminations..


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Press 195/Mekong/Juice For Life Ruminations..

lisa | Nov 18, 2005 09:04 AM

Dale, as for Press 195 while I'm not one to form a definitive opinion about something based on one expereince and especially not on opening day (which was very busy and extremely under control), I have to say the food itself didn't blow me away; not that sandwiches and salads are usually blow-me-away material.

The oft praised roasted beet salad was very good and I really liked the maple vinagrette, but for 8.50 thrown into a stryo container, it seemed a bit costly. Also if you do takeout (and trust me, I know it's not as fair to judge a place by the takeout as it is the dining-in expereince... ) make sure you ask for extra dressing b/c the tiny plastic conatiner they provided was not nearly enough. We also ordered a Hudson Valley salad for 8.50 which was good- greens, hazelnuts, sliced Granny Smith apple, but also not worth the price tag.

We ordered four sandwiches; mine- roast pork with garlic, pickled jalapenos, Monterrey Jack, and cilantro was best. My husband's turkey, pear chutney,and cranberries, although it sounded great, was deli sliced turkey, probably not even Boar's Head
( horrors!!!) and was just ok. My mom, the veg, had some portabella mushroom 'wich that had an overbearing black olive tapenade/rosemary taste and my dad had something with chicken and black beans that tasted overwhelmingly of the legume and not the chix. One thing we didn't order that sounded interetsing was the featured soup of the day which was parsnip, apple, and brie. Oh and they threw in a bag of Utz potato chips with each sandwich. We also ordered a strawberry lemonde. So two salads, four sandwiches, and one lemonade came out to about 54 dollars. And the sandwiches were smallish and we were all still a bit hungry afterwards.

Last night I was at Mekong on Northern and 158th in the shopping center, the little unassuming Vietnamese/Thai place that is very popular with Koreans after Han ah Rheum shopping, and we had a veritable feast for 30 dollars including tax and tip. Grilled bbq pork app. wrapped in noodles and lettuce leaves ($9), a huge, steaming tom yum soup with shrimp ($5), a massive green curry soup with chicken ($5), spring rolls ($5)....lots of tea.... I know it's comparing apples to oranges but it was so much more balanced and fulfilling.

I'll go back to Press 195 and eat in next time. But for now when I have a yen for a salad and a sandwich, my heart belongs to either of the two Juice for Life locations- either the one on Franny Lew or the one on Northern in Little Neck. The Caribbean Chicken salad, any of the enormous wraps, the smoothies, the simple pea soup, the chocolate yogurt bread, the Frogurt... I love this place for simple, healthy fare!

Off to the Sheraton Flushing to check out Din Tai Fung in a bit...My bambino just loved his "dumps..." as he likes to say. Can't wait!

All Things Delish,

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