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Marjorie Robins

Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

Marzullo's in New Hyde Park: la dolce vita

Cream puffs are among the excellent pastries at

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There are as many reasons to visit Marzullo's Bakery & Cafe as there are sweets. Current favorite: cream puffs.

They're fragile and fabulous. The fillings include great cannoli cream, hazelnut, chocolate, tiramisu/coffee, classic pastry cream and airy whipped cream. These little beauties are $10 per pound. How many you get depends on the filling. After all, whipped cream is lighter.

I've...

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Great dumplings of Long Island

Hard to come by on Long Island, soup

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OK, being a food writer isn’t exactly working in a coal mine, but it’s not all fun and games here in the Newsday food department. We have our share of bad meals, boring meetings and difficult interviews.

But sometimes a story comes along that’s just an unqualified joy. That’s the case with today’s survey of Long Island’s dumpling scene. We savored every moment of reporting this story, which...

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Taco Bell breakfast menu debuts: We review the waffle taco, more

Taco Bell's new waffle taco

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It's salty, it's sweet, it fits in the palm of your hand, and you can order it starting at 6:30 in the morning at Taco Bells across Long Island. It's the new bacon waffle taco, and it heads a list of 13 new breakfast items debuted Thursday morning at the popular chain.

“The bacon is smoky and works well with the sweet waffle,” said Glenn Feinberg of Melville, one of the first to try it at...

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Dining in Floral Park: 5 picks

The NY Strip Steak is tender and juicy

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Floral Park extends into Hempstead, North Hempstead and Queens. There are plenty of appetites. Here are five restaurants to satisfy them.

ARTURO'S, 246-04 Jericho Tpke., 516-352-7418

A reliable mainstay for Italian favorites, friendly Arturo's stands out with courses such as the torta primavera, crepes layered with vegetables, cheeses, and cured meats; eggplant rollatine; minestrone;...

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Irish whiskey dinner at Rothmann's in East Norwich

Jameson Irish Whiskey: One of the most popular

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Four Irish whiskeys will be poured and paired with an eclectic menu at a dinner at Rothmann's in East Norwich Friday, March 28.

Guest speaker Sean Brown, representing the distilleries, will discuss the flavors, styles and production of the whiskeys, as well as their history.

The cost: $95 plus tax and tip. It starts at 7 p.m.

Nori-seared diver scallops will be matched with Green...

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Pico Tequila in Bay Shore: First bites

Fish taco and pork carnita taco at Pico

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A recent lunch at the new Pico Tequila Grill in Bay Shore was a sweet affair — in some ways, a bit too sweet.

The restaurant, which occupies the former home of Smokin’ Al’s Famous BBQ Joint, is a hip-looking knockout done with reclaimed barn wood and brick, which serves as a canvas for colorful wall art. Chef co-owner John Pellegrino's inexpensive Mexican-accented menu looks intriguing.

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Smithtown restaurant week deals to March 30

The warm-toned dining room invites conversation at Casa

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Smithtown restaurant week runs through Sunday, March 30, with promotional $27.95 fixed-price dinners.

The event is sponsored by the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce.

Participating restaurants include Casa Rustica in Smithtown, Perfecto Mundo in Commack, Espana Tapas & Wine Bar in St. James, and San Marco in Hauppauge.

For a complete listing visit the Chamber's web site.

 

 

 

 

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Open in Amityville: Carolyn's Cuisine for soul food

Carolyn's Cuisine serves soul food in the former

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Baked, fried and stewed chicken, along with turkey meat loaf and fried whiting are just some of the dishes served at Carolyn’s Cuisine, a soul food restaurant that just opened in the former Amityville digs of Sweet & Spicy.

What you won’t find on the menu, though, is pork. Owner Joan Carolyn Thompson,  who also is a certified nursing assistant, said she feels that pork is not the...

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Hamptons Restaurant Week dining deals

The Plaza Cafe's grilled Montauk swordfish with sweet

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The 12th annual Hamptons Restaurant week is under way with the expected fixed-price dinners. Separately, The Plaza Cafe in Southampton is doing its own version.

Restaurant week, on the East End and elsewhere, typically features a limited selection of dishes on the prix-fixe. Three-course dinners are available for $19.95 and/or $27.95 all night. The participants include stellar spots such as:...

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Ahuva’s Grill shines in Hewlett

Every meal at Ahuva's Grill in Hewlett starts

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They had me at the free salad. Even before ordering, every diner at Ahuva’s Grill in Hewlett receives a selection of fresh, vibrant salads. Today’s offerings: cabbage salad, corn salad, chickpea salad and beet salad.

A friend who works in the Five Towns suggested we meet at Ahuva’s for lunch. I’m an ardent supporter of Ahuva’s Grill Express, the restaurant’s shwarma-specialist offshoot in...

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