All Blog Posts Tagged 'food' (96)

Astoria Characters: The Salumeria's Big (Mozzarella) Cheese

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Joe's the owner of Dave & Tony Salumeria.

There's one central aisle at Dave & Tony Salumeria.…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 23, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Souvlaki Lady

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Elpida pushes her pushcart onto her corner.

The smoke swells as the souvlakis sizzle.

They sear swiftly, so Elpida Vasiliadis has to turn them promptly while she's serving the people who stop at her pushcart.

Read all about Elpida in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 30, 2015 at 6:14am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Friends and Family Fellow

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George, his father and brother own Family Corner Restaurant.

"Good morning, Jerry!"

George Kavadias follows this wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee greeting with a…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 19, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Editor of Eating

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Stacey is the founder of Allergic to Salad.

Picky. It's not a word that Stacey Ornstein usually uses, but it's one that makes her plate too full.

Read all about…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 28, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Man at the End of the Line

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John manning the deli counter at Andrew & Frank's Catering.

The rush-hour regulars are lined up when John Zizzo steps behind the…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 14, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who's Counting on 90

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Minnie, who retired three years ago, soon will be 90.

Minnie Daddario places a plate of pizzelle on the table. There aren't many people who make the…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 17, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Biz Brothers

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Shaun, left, and Dan own Crescent Grill.

As soon as Dan and Shaun Dougherty sit down, they start reminiscing. The brothers come from a large family -- they…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 30, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Two Cooks in the Kitchen

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Mariantonia and Guillermo are the owners of Pao & Cha Cha on Astoria Boulevard.

Elbow to elbow. When Mariantonia and Guillermo…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 28, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments

Food Lovers' Guide to Queens

So, I wrote a book and it was published earlier this month. It's called Food Lovers' Guide to Queens and is published by Globe Pequot Press. It covers neighborhoods all over Queens, from Astoria/LIC to Forest Hills, Woodhaven to Flushing, and…


Added by Meg on January 18, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

I Spy Astoria @ Ovelia


Looks like we have a new celeb in the 'hood.  Chef Pete over at Ovelia on 30th avenue / 34th street was recently interviewed by E! for a show and…


Added by Jonathan Forgash on July 27, 2012 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

Rejoice! The Queens Kickshaw Expands Their Menu to Include Large Plates

Today, The Queens Kickshaw will begin satisfying bigger appetites with a new, expanded menu that features large plates. The increased offerings include dishes like Wild Mushroom Shepherd's Pie, Roasted Ravioli, and of course, their signature fancy grilled cheeses. Take a look at their full menu.



Added by Ran Craycraft on July 18, 2012 at 10:58am — 4 Comments

WLA Blogger Wins Urbanspoon Contest, Headed to Hawaii

One of our first writers, Bradley Hawks has again been recognized for his mouth-watering food journalism. This time, Bradley took home first prize in Urbanspoon's Island Hopping contest.

Thanks to your support (thanks to all who voted), he'll be headed for an all-expenses paid food tour of the Hawaiian Islands.

Huge congrats, Bradley! You deserve it.

Check out some…


Added by Ran Craycraft on June 4, 2012 at 12:58pm — 1 Comment

Astoria Residents Kick Off New Show Tonight on the Cooking Channel

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Tamara Reynolds, star of Unique Eats, Sunday Night Dinner parties in Astoria, co-author of Forking Fantastic, and all-around amazing person, kicks off a new Cooking Channel show tonight called Married with Dishes. Tamara co-stars with her husband, Karl Wasserman as they travel across the country throwing their signature dinner parties. Tonight's…


Added by Ran Craycraft on April 22, 2012 at 12:56pm — 2 Comments

Mardi Gras Mania - Astoria Restaurant on CNN

The Louisiana-themed Astoria hotspot, SugarFreak made CNN's food blog, Eatocracy's list of the top places to celebrate Mardi Gras. Stop by tomorrow, Fat Tuesday, for their all-you-can-eat Mardi Gras buffet.

Photo from SugarFreak's …


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

February Queens Swap

The next Queens Swap is scheduled for Sunday, February 19, from 4-6:30pm. We'll be at Sweet Afton this time, which as you know has a beautiful space and delicious food. It should be a really fun time here in Astoria, swapping food, socializing, networking, and…


Added by Meg on February 13, 2012 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Food Blog Names 20 Must-Try Queens Restaurants

After years of the cold shoulder from (the awesome food blog) Eater, they just just released a list of 20 must-try restaurants in Queens. By no surprise, 6 of the top 20 are in LIC/Astoria. However, we only got one in the top five.

#5 Kabab Cafe

#6 LIC Market

#7 Taverna Kyclades

#10 Queens Kickshaw

#13 Ornella Trattoria



Added by Ran Craycraft on February 7, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

New Greek Restaurant in Astoria Gets Gothamist Shout-Out

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Located in the old Philoxenia storefront, Thymari will try to "span centuries of classic Greek cooking".

From Gothamist:

Astoria needs another Greek restaurant like the…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 6, 2012 at 4:33pm — 1 Comment

Petey's Burger adds more than just a new location

A cheeseburger, fries, and drink are a deal at Petey's for $8.21

Petey's Burger (30-17 30th Ave in…

Added by Bradley Hawks on February 1, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Ron Paul Food Drive - 10,000 Lbs of Food by December 23rd! - Western Queens (Astoria/LIC)

This food drive not only helps the hungry, but highlights the power of independent community action.  The food recipient will be City Harvest New York, and they will be picking up the food on Dec 23. 

Central collection location is on 28th Ave in Astoria.  Need local Astoria people or businesses to donate & host dropboxes, drop off food to me, publicize the event or just donate any food they can!  Let's make Astoria, Queens the #1 city in the Ron Paul Food Drive. …


Added by Kristina Anderson on December 8, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Talking with Frank DePaola – Sorriso Italian Salumeria


Frank DePaola was born in Calabria, Italy and moved to the US when he was eight years old.  His family first lived in Long Island before coming to Astoria.  Thirty three years ago he opened Sorriso Salumeria, an Italian delicatessen at 44-16 30th Ave.  “Sorriso” means smile in Italian.


“We specialize in hard-to-get items,” Frank says.  “Cheese,…


Added by Annabel Short on December 1, 2011 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

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