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Carroll’s Cuisine: Mets, Yanks, Food Review

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New York, NY – The Mets erased a lot of the disappointing 2017 season last weekend when they swept the three-game series from the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Considering how the Washington Nationals have kicked sand in the collective faces of the Mets over the last decade (2015 was a notable exception) it’s completely understandable that many Mets fans thumped their chests on Monday morning. Never mind that two of the games were decided by one run and that Sunday night’s was a twelve-inning affair. Wins are wins.

One veteran radio sports reporter compared the Mets’ big weekend in the nation’s capital with when the Mets took three games in April 1986 from their then chief rival in the National League East, the St. Louis Cardinals, and how that set a tone for that magical season. The Mets spent most of the ‘80s playing runner-up to the Cards, just as they did in the ‘90s to the Atlanta Braves, and in recent years to these Washington Nationals.

Everyone needs to take a deep breath before getting too giddy. What happened 32 years ago cannot be considered to be an augur of how things will go this season. First, it’s very early. Secondly, the Nationals will be in Flushing the early part of next week for a three-game series and it’s very conceivable that they could turn the tables on the Mets.

The best news of the Nats’ series was the solid five-inning outing turned in by Steven Matz on Saturday. Matz had no command of his pitches in his previous start, a 5-1 loss to the Cardinals at Citi Field and was gone after four very shaky innings.

The bad news was that Matt Harvey resembled the mediocre pitcher we have seen the last couple of years as he was roughed up by Bryce Harper and most of the other hitters in the Nationals’ lineup.

Of course no one has had a rougher start that Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton whose propensity to strike out and occasionally excite with a few moonshot homers, has reminded longtime area fans more of Dave Kingman rather than the reigning National League MVP who Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acquired last December from the cash-strapped Miami Marlins.

Stanton has been lustily booed by the Yankee Stadium faithful but that may be counterproductive. It’s not easy to start over with another team particularly when you go from one of the most anonymous teams in sports to the most successful and scrutinized in sports history. Stanton will be fine once he gets to feel more at home.

A couple of weeks ago I reported on how Citi Field has become a favorite spot for foodies whose interest in baseball is marginal at best. The Yankees haven’t been slouches in the epicurean department either. NYY Steak is back for its tenth season at the “new” Yankee Stadium, and Melissa’ s Farmers Market, where you can enjoy fruits, vegetables and salads is arguably the healthiest food kiosk in the big leagues.

The Yankees may have the most exotic restaurant in the majors as King’s Hawaiian, which offers all sorts of delicacies from the Aloha State, has just opened at the stadium. Staying with foods, with the winter reluctant to leave our area even though the calendar says it’s April, soups are getting some extra attention from me. If you are looking for homemade soups from upstate New York, try the lobster bisque, carrot ginger curry, kale quinoa, or cauliflower cheddar soups from Pika s Farm Table (pikasfarmtable.com).

Speaking of cauliflower, Baldor Foods has come up with some interesting and healthy ready to serve dishes as Chili Cilantro, Moroccan Spiced, and Tabouli Style cauliflower rice packages that are part of its Urban Roots line
Honest Tea is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a line of organic teas that contain only 70 calories and come in glass bottles.

Among the flavors are “Just” Green Tea, Mango Mate Black Tea, and Lemon Maple Grove Black Tea. Finally, if you are looking for a healthy and tasty snack that is a literal mouthful to say try Setton Farms Pistachio & Blueberry Infused Cranberry & Coconut Chewy Bites (PistachioChewyBites.com)

About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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