Jul 3 2019

Lareira Restaurant


66 E Jericho Tpke
Mineola, NY 11501

Will return.

This Portuguese restaurant is homey, has pleasant decoration, good service and large portions.

The restaurant seems to have three sections, two dining rooms and a bar. We went early at 5 pm on a Wednesday, there was only a couple sat at the other end of the room. The olive container has two sections, one for the pits, which I find cute and practical. Now I’ll be on the lookout in stores.

Their house wine, Monte Serra Tinto (red) and Alandra (white; a little flat) are pretty good. Foods are fine. Love their appetizer clams w/ smoked sausage. The duck is on the sweet side and flat tho. Sardine is fine. Great breads but the butter could be better, and the table cloth could be cleaner

The staff chased us out to return our credit card: thank you!

Street parking, I think.

 


Jun 27 2019

Empty no more

A hot summer day, the once empty beach is come alive now, with a guard at the font.

 


Jun 26 2019

Colbeh


75 N. Station Plaza
Great Neck, NY 11021

I initially rated it at 3.5 and marked as ‘will return, probably.’ But as I was looking up the bill to find the spelling of babaghanoush for this post, did I realize they charged us wrongly. (Note: do check your bill, which I don’t … which is why I try to keep a photo of the bills…) So the conversation went like this the following day.

Babaghanoush $9.50

Me: ” … you should have charged us for Babaghanoush but instead Bademjoun.”
A gent at the restaurant ” … oh … right, I remember you …” We were the only Asian family there. He continued, “let me look up the bill … it will take a day or two. What’s your number?”
After my phone number, he then said, “so I owe you. How much is Bademjoun? $21.50?”
I, looking at the bill, “it’s $22.50” and not amused. Their menu is rather small and simple.
The gent, “So I owe you $12.”
I, “No, it’s $13. And the sales tax too.” I won’t be this petty but didn’t like the fact he’s trying to lowballing it.
The gent, “ok, how much do you think I owe you?”
I, “I just spelt it out for you.” I only want what was owed to me.

Throughout the conversation, there was not a single I’m sorry … He took my credit card but the refund didn’t come. So days later, I called my credit card company to dispute it.

Lamb kebab $37.50

The following review was done before the phone conversation:

Pricy. Homey. This Kosher Mediterranean grill has been there for ages. And I’m glad we finally decided to give it a try. The light color scheme makes it airy (regular ceiling) and likable in a homey way – lacking the flair like Zaytinya, etc. We got there at 7 and was quiet but by 8, on a Wednesday the place is humming.

Their hums and babagunish are excellent. I wanted the Branzino but they’re out … so I ate off my companions’ – Lamb Kebab (the green rice with dill is great but the red rice is bit too sweet for my taste) and Ghormeh Sabzi (a little bit like the Indian dish). Over all, good food but pricy. Their house wine Carb and Shiraz are good.

 


Jun 21 2019

Village Green Park

The rebuilding had completed and now the little park looks nice.


Jun 21 2019

It answers my prayer

It’s been raining like cats and dogs and on and on … Can’t believe. So I went to the library hoping for a break of a sort. It rained as I entered and shortly after, the sun came out …


Jun 21 2019

Marie Blachére French Bakery


550 Middle Neck Rd
Great Neck, NY 11023

Spacious and inviting, good breads but probably won’t return for the price – I’m not a bread eater. Sometimes in the restaurants when the breads taste yummy, especially when they’re warm, I’ll have one or two.

Most pastries I saw there are dark – not sure it’s their style or over baked -:). A croissant costs $2.50 and in all honesty, they aren’t as good as the Costco’s – which I recalled was about $6 for ten (or six? – a huge pack … I haven’t been there for a couple of years …) and certainly not as good as Paul – a franchise in Paris or France which I frequent whenever I’m there. This past May, a croissant costs €1.75 @ Paul. With exchange rate hovers around €1=$1.12 and being in a deserted part of a NY suburb, it’s pricy for no apparently value. Marie Blachére’s croissant is ‘solid’ or ‘dead’, nothing is falling off – not fluff or puff (good that I ‘ve nothing to clean up…). I purchased it in the afternoon around 3pm and don’t
feel the same freshness that I’ve from Paul – at identical time.

It’s a touchy subject for me because my grandmother grew up with it in Tianjin – the Kiessling – and continuously enjoyed it after she moved to Beijing after marrying my grandfather in 1932.

Ah by the way, Costco is opening its first store in China – Shanghai. No worry, with Marie Blachére charges so much I’ve no $$ to buy their stocks -:)


Jun 20 2019

The duckies

A family of ducks: dad, mom and six kiddies. I didn’t see them at first since I was busy, not sure doing what on a beach – then I saw the dad sticking his long neck out and staring at me: I’m guarding my kids with my life -:)

Ya, I apologized. 


Jun 13 2019

Rainy n cold

It rained hard this morning but by afternoon, sun came out a little, which made the water alive.

One group of gardener did come to do their routine. They put on yellow ponchos and blowed – how could they do it in the hard rain was interesting.


May 31 2019

The morning after a heavy rain

After the 2nd night of heavy rain, the morning is just simply wonderful.

  


May 9 2019

A small town

A small town the first three were taken early in the year. This afternoon was cloudy. No wonder Washington and Beijing are fighting it out …

小城故事多 是今天,一个没有阳光的日子
幸好有华府和华府 打的热火朝天的 [呲牙]
小板凳 瓜子 🍵🍷