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Weekend picks: Super Bowl prep

Big Daddy's restaurant in Massapequa. (Sep. 14, 2012)

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On the cusp of Super Bowl week and the generous serving of hype, get a head start. These restaurants will brace you for the big game. San Francisco and Baltimore meet in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Start eating.

Big Daddy's in Massapequa kicks in with a taste of New Orleans. The andouille sausage-and-chicken gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish any style, bring the Big Easy north. And you can slide over...

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Turning up the heat on a cold day

Chef Tito Onofre is busy at work at

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Yes, it's cold outside and it will get colder tomorrow. Actually, the rest of the week is a trip to frigidville, too. So, in addition to preparing for snow, brace yourself. Here are a few ways.

Order the spaghetti with lobster in a spicy tomato sauce at Jonathan's Ristorante in Huntington. If you prefer a mellow way to warmth: a saute of wild mushrooms with soft polenta.

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Big Daddy's in Massapequa: New Orleans' heat

Candy Conner from E. Northport and Rudy Lanzillotta

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The countdown continues at Big Daddy's: 157 days till Mardi Gras.

But this spirited Cajun-Creole-barbecue spot always is poised to celebrate and give you a taste of New Orleans.

The menu changes daily but the quality doesn't. You'll be happy to find husky andouille sausage-and-smoked pork gumbo as well as brown-sauced crawfish étouffée; fired-up jambalaya and broiled oysters under a...

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