Thursday, July 24, 2014

Spicing Things Up At Jade

I just saw this news over at DNAInfo: Spicy Sushi Sandwiches, Mango Drinks Ring in Summer at Forest Hills Eatery about Jade hiring a new chef who's worked at Spice Market, Buddakan and 11 Madison Park.

I recently ordered in some food from Jade and not sure if it has anything to do with it, but was really amazed at the flavors of their simple chicken with broccoli dish. I cannot remember being so impressed with it from there before. Now I'm wondering if this is this new chef's doing. Whichever the case, the dish was incredibly flavored with a blend of savory and sweet spices. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. I had been kind of put off by Jade for a while because I was finding that the quality of their dishes didn't justify their prices. This one dish has changed my mind completely. I rank it up there with one of the best versions of this simple Chinese dish I have ever eaten (and that's a life-long New Yorker/Long Islander talking, which makes me an honorary expert on Chinese food).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

El Coyote Update

For all those who have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the Forest Hills location of El Coyote. we will all unfortunately have to wait a bit longer. The owners of this new Mexican restaurant, located upstairs in the 'Austin St. Mall' complex tell me it could be a month or two more before the Forest Hills location opens as they work to secure the permits they need.

But, they also remind everyone that their Jackson Heights location is very open for everyone to visit! :)

Apartment Hunter Updated

A new listing today in the blog's Apartment Hunter section

Friday, July 18, 2014

Drug Store Wars

I hadn't been in the Rite Aid at the corner of 71st/Continental and Austin in a really long time and was really impressed when I stepped inside today. I had heard there was a renovation going on but had forgotten. I guess they're stepping up their game before the new CVS opens across Queens Blvd. (When? That is taking forever to open.) Update: A reader tells me it is supposed to open August 6th.

And a reader sent me a photo of the outside of the new CVS, pointing out that new trees will be going in in front of it. He also says that Jay's Newstand is scheduled to be moved back to its original site sometime during the next two weeks.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NY Mets CitiBank Event in Forest Hills

A few photos courtesy of metroBASEBALL Magazine of Friday's NY Mets event at our Citibank branch at the corner of Austin and 71st/Continental.

Hundreds filled the lobby of the Forest Hills Citibank branch in anticipation of a free Keith Hernandez autograph signing July 11 at Noon.

'86 Champ Keith Hernandez greeted fans, signed autographs, and posed for photos, for nearly two hours.

The "Keith Hernandez Magic Loogie Bobblehead" - a collectible from July 5th's "Seinfeld Night" at MCU Park - was one of the most popular items fans asked Hernandez to sign.