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jhopp217 Apr 9, 2010 11:16 AM

Does anyone know of a good place to get gazpacho? My mother used to make the best gazpacho and despite my attempts, I can not recreate the flavor. I don't like when everything i pureed. A good gaszpacho (IMO) should have the creamy texture of the pureed tomatoes and onion but also have chunks of peppers, cucumber and bread. Everywhere I go it's either mush or too watery. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. It used to be my favorite summer snack.

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    biga290 Apr 9, 2010 03:31 PM

    I had the gazpacho for lunch yesterday at city limits in white plains. like you i prefer chunky. this was definitely smoother but it was so tasty i did not mind at all. its is relatively spicy and flavorful and served with a dollop of guacamole in the center and garnished with some tortilla chips. highly recommend!

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      apples Apr 9, 2010 05:19 PM

      Might still be early for them to have it on the menu but try Ladle of Love in Mt.Kisco and Mt.Kisco Seafood

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      Ladle of Love
      11 S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

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        debmom Apr 10, 2010 04:51 AM

        I don't remember how chunky, but the one at the Rye Country Store was always a hit in my house.

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        Country Store
        1319 Lake Rd, Webster, NY 14580

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          Elisa515 Apr 10, 2010 11:41 AM

          The gazpacho at Stew Leonard's (wasn't available two weeks ago, but they will have it soon if not already) is fine when you don't have the time or inclination to make it yourself.

          It's really not that hard to make yourself--but if you use a tomato juice in it, make sure you don't use V-8 (since it's not tomato juice, not because there's a probably otherwise with it as a juice.).

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            jhopp217 Apr 11, 2010 11:12 AM

            I agree it's pretty easy to make, but I'm usually cooking for one, so I'd prefer to have it out. Plus, I somewhat think it loses the nice consistency if you refrigerate it. I like the crunch of the peppers and cucumber within the nice cold creamy soup.

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            jhopp217 Apr 11, 2010 11:13 AM

            I'll have to give these places a try. I still can't get over the fact that I've never been to the City LImits Diner after all these years.

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              anonymouse1935 Apr 11, 2010 02:12 PM

              You're not missing anything. They charge NYC prices for Westchester diner fare, and the most hilarious part is that people pay it.

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                wpfoodie Apr 12, 2010 09:36 AM

                To call City Limits "diner fare" is completely ridiculous. If you don't like it, then fine, but it is far from diner fare. Much more innovative menu, with fresher ingredients and far superior cooking techniques. Sorry, but I have been to many diners in Westchester and City Limits is in a class by itself. And sure, you have to pay a little bit more for that quality. I actually consider it a very good value for the quality of food, plus you get to enjoy a more relaxed setting than lots of restaurants.

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                City Limits
                1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

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                  Maryld Apr 14, 2010 06:50 AM

                  I agree, wpfoodie. Both the Executive Chef and his wife, who is the pastry chef, are CIA graduates. I'm not sure why people can't get over and beyond what was clearly meant to be a theme or concept. And, sometimes names are just names--for example, have you seen any white plains in White Plains recently?

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                  jhopp217 Apr 13, 2010 04:10 PM

                  I'm not looking for Coq au Vin, I want gazpacho. If City Limits has the goods with this one dish, I'd pay an extra $2. While I can't vouch for this place, I wil add this. Back in the day when the Eastchester Odyssey was hopping 24/7 9 (circa 19987-1992) they had two of the best pasta sauces I've ever tasted. Their Vodka sauce had more prosciutto cut up in it than any Italian joint I've ever been to and their arrabiatta sauce was killer.

                  I've been to way too many bad restaurants that nail one dish to discredit anyplace suggested.

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                  1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

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                Elisa515 Jun 2, 2010 08:28 PM

                The new Fairway in Pelham not only has gazpacho, but it's on sale this week for $3.99 a quart. I didn't buy any (since I still had a quart that I bought at Stew's a couple days ago), but it looked to be the sort of chunky texture you prefer.

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                  jhopp217 Jun 3, 2010 06:41 AM

                  Thanks for the heads up. I've been doing the whole empty fridge bachelor thing and planned on checking out this weekend.

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                    Elisa515 Jun 3, 2010 10:27 AM

                    Fairway can be a little overwhelming. I highly recommend walking through without a shopping basket first, taking a break in the cafe, and then doing your shopping.

                    I'm enjoying going there, but it's not even vaguely convenient to where I live, so I'll integrate it into other trips I have that are in the area.

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                      jhopp217 Jun 4, 2010 10:52 AM

                      I just want some gazpacho and made some cheeses, since I hear they have a great cheese section. It's too new now to actually follow the herd and do a real shop.

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                        laylag Jun 4, 2010 01:34 PM

                        Depends on what time of day and which days you can go jhopp - much more manageable during the day during the week if you can do that. And the cheese dept along with others is worth dealing with the herds on the weekends - really it is.

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                          Elisa515 Jun 4, 2010 09:20 PM

                          I also went on a Sunday once, around 5:30 p.m. and it was really quiet.

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                            demifast Jun 5, 2010 03:16 AM

                            I've gone twice at 8:30 on a Sunday morning (one was Mother's Day) and it's been quiet and a pleasure to shop there. Love this store (but their kosher meat selection in Manhattan is much better as are the views in Brooklyn). I can live with the views of Pelham in exchange for the proximity and lack of a toll. I'll have to try the gazpacho there.

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