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mayfair Oct 28, 2010 09:42 AM

My husband just got diagnosed with coronary disease - any tips on healthy places to go? But not boring....he's a foodie who has to give up salt, it isn't fun....

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    mrsdebdav Oct 31, 2010 10:57 AM

    Restaurants rely on fats and salt to boost flavors. If they didn't , it would just taste like home cooking. Why would patrons pay for the same thing they could get at home (at one-fifth of the cost?).
    Get more info from his doc. What should he avoid? Excess salt is more relevant to high blood pressure. Fats can be ok (i.e.,olive oil) and even beneficial for most cardio issues.
    Your questions and concerns are realistic, honorable and should be answered with the best info. A diagnosis of coronary disease, while most likely a saturated fat issue, needs to be fully explained to you and your husband. Get the info you need so you can make informed choices. But, again, restaurants are not in business to provide tasty treats for those whose diets are restricted. Alas.

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    1. re: mrsdebdav
      Scott_R Oct 31, 2010 01:24 PM

      I strongly disagree that the difference between home and restaurant cooking is the added presence of salt and fat. To me, the point of going to a restaurant is to be able to have something that is more difficult for me to make because it uses relatively unavailable ingredients, or takes a lot of effort or special technique. Adding salt and fat doesn't fall into either category. If anything, falling back on that is a cheat (one that doesn't work for me so well), as I think it's a easy but poor substitute for real flavor.

      As an example, one of my favorite places for soup, and healthy eating in general, is here:
      Not a help to the OP, but it serves as an example that really darn good flavors can come without salt and fat (it's deli-style service, and they display the ingredients for those with food allergies and other health concerns).

    2. chowdom Oct 30, 2010 06:46 PM

      Elia Taverna in Bronxville http://www.eliataverna.com/index.html

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        Marge Oct 30, 2010 08:00 PM

        I found the food at Elia VERY salty...

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          chowdom Oct 30, 2010 08:27 PM

          I have never had that problem there Marge and I am salt sensitive , what did you order ?

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            Marge Oct 31, 2010 07:25 AM

            The octopus appetizer (I reviewed here on CH when we had it)--the skin was slimy and WAY oversalted--other than that our meal was good. Are they still BYOB?

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              chowdom Oct 31, 2010 03:40 PM

              Yes they are still BYOB. I usually order some type of grilled or sauteed whole fish ( olive oil & oregano), greens,lemon potatoes, salad, hummus. I have however sampled a variety of other dishes gyro, a lamb stew special in a white sauce with dill and lemon, fried dried cod, lamb shank...and nothing has been overly salty. I have not however had their octopus.

      2. Sra. Swanky Oct 30, 2010 01:31 PM

        Nevaeh (in Pleasantville) would be a good lunch spot since they specialize in good natural food. Very healthy options there.


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          Scott_R Oct 28, 2010 12:35 PM

          You don't say where you live. As this board covers all of New York State minus-NYC, you need to specify a general area.

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            mayfair Oct 28, 2010 04:03 PM

            Sorry - lower Westchester, albeit willing to travel w/i approx. 1/2 hour radius....

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              daffyduck Oct 30, 2010 01:26 PM

              I live in Mount Kisco so my recs are mostly here. I like Blue Asian Fushion, Ishii, Fish Cellar, and Sushi Nanase in white plains. The White Plains diner will also cook any fish or protein with dry heat. I'm not sure about City Limits.

              522 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605

              Fish Cellar
              295 E Main St # 213, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

              City Limits
              1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

              Blue Asian Restaurant
              295 E Main St, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

              1. re: mayfair
                yeshana Oct 31, 2010 06:00 PM

                there's a cafe and take out in Pleasantville I believe it's something like neveh? Can a CH help me with this... their food is great and VERY healthy- the low salt thing though is tough- healthy doesn't mean low salt. Check Indian flavors- lots of curry tamarind, cumin, lemon and buttermilk taste salty but have no salt. Go to Mrs. Green's and tell them your situation. there are some substitutes that taste like salt but no sodium. some are awful- some fine. Good luck! as far as I'm concerned, salt is better to give up, than the functioning of a heart!

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