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3 New Restaurants To Try on Long Island This Weekend

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York CHEN’S POKEServing up traditional native Hawaiian dishes in Mineola, Chen’s Poke invites diners to customize their meals.Chen’s offers the delicious yet healthy poke bowls at this spot where patrons can tweak their bowl with various bases, proteins, and toppings, or choose from a diverse selection of the restaurant’s own creations.Featuring several rice, salad, and zucchini bases as well as raw fish options such as salmon and ahi tuna, there is a bowl for everyone at Chen’s.The eatery opened in April and the owners are looking to expand across the island with a few new locations within the coming year.106 Old Country Road, Mineola, chenspokenj.comPHILLY PRETZEL FACTORYThe popular Philadelphia-born chain Philly Pretzel Factory that has been expanding on Long Island finally makes its way to Babylon.Devoted to knotted bread and a wide variety of accompanying dips, Philly pretzels are twisted and fired on site into all sorts of shapes and sizes. Dips include everything from nacho cheese to tangy sriracha, brownie batter, and butter cream for the bold.For those with even more of a sweet tooth, cinnamon twists and frozen lemonade are mainstays of the menu.Franchisee Joe Russo, who has opened a prior location in Massapequa Park, will open the store in October. The chain also has locations in Syosset, Bellmore, Franklin Square, and Smithtown.1150 Deer Park Avenue, North Babylon, phillypretzelfactory.comHERB AND OLIVE MARKETAGreek, Spanish, and Italian food come together to form a delicious dining experience unlike any other on Long Island at Herb and Olive Marketa.Specializing in tapas, or small plates, this market sets itself apart from other eateries by selling everything they make fresh in the attached market.Any Feta, prosciutto, and other regional specialties are both served and sold, with all ingredients sourced from their respective homeland.Set to open soon, Herb and Olive Marketa looks to be a unique staple of Mediterranean cuisine.172 Plandome Road, Manhasset, herbandolive.comlast_img read more


Houssem Aouar makes major decision on his future after Lyon confirm Arsenal talks

first_imgArsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar is determined to leave Lyon (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar, with the midfielder reportedly adamant he wants to leave Lyon this summer. Aouar played a starring role as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals last season and the 22-year-old’s outstanding performances have made him a target for several top European clubs.Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all admirers of Aouar but are yet to open discussions over a possible deal. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 3:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Houssem Aouar makes major decision on his future after Lyon confirm Arsenal talks Comment The midfielder played a starring role as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand picked Aouar out as a possible threat to Bayern Munich’s hopes and likened the midfielder to Samir Nasri after his sublime showing in Lyon’s quarter-final victory over Manchester City. ‘He provides the creativity in this team,’ the ex-Manchester United and England defender said on BT Sport.‘A kid so young but he’s relied upon so much. That shows the belief they’ve got in him and the belief he has in himself. ‘You see his imagination and the pictures he creates and sees on the pitch, the vision and the tactical awareness. The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He’s a fabulous player to watch. He drives past people and then it’s about decision-making and the timing of the pass. He has it all. ‘He reminds me of Samir Nasri at times. He’s someone who can be a top player at one of the top clubs in Europe.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new three-year contract with ArsenalMORE: Arsenal reject PSG bid for Hector Bellerin as Ligue 1 champions close in on deal for new right-back Lyon chief Juninho claims Arteta ‘really appreciates’ Aouar (Picture: Getty)According to L’Equipe, Aouar has decided he’s keen for a fresh challenge and is determined to find a new club before the transfer deadline. It’s claimed Lyon are resigned to the fact they may end up selling their prized possession this summer. However, the Ligue 1 outfit realise they are in a strong position, with Aouar tied into a contract until 2023, and are demanding a fee of €60 million (£55m) from interested sides. Advertisement Advertisement Lyon confirmed that Arsenal had held talks for the Frenchman (Picture: Getty)However, Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed last week that Arsenal had been in contact, with the Frenchman ‘really appreciated’ by Mikel Arteta.ADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon in a potential player-plus-cash agreement for Aouar but the proposal was swiftly rejected.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I get on very well with Edu (Arsenal technical director), we spoke on the phone,’ Juninho told RMC Sport.‘Aouar is really appreciated by Mikel Arteta. Guendouzi was discussed during the call. He is a great player, but he is the wrong profile and we are not interested in that at all. We cut the conversation.’last_img read more


The Roar magazine: BiH is finally ready to go to World Cup

first_imgWhile traditional heavyweights such as France, England and Spain garner most attention surrounding the European section of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, it is a lesser-known side in Group G who look set to become one of the stories of the campaign, reports Australian sports magazine The Roar.Bosnia and Herzegovina have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup, let alone any major football tournament, yet currently sit atop of their UEFA qualifying group midway through the campaign, three points clear of the second-placed Greece.Should the ‘Dragons’ — as their followers affectionately know them — maintain their spot in first position, they will go directly into the draw for the FIFA World Cup Finals scheduled for Brazil next year.For many of its three-and-a-half million inhabitants (as well as, arguably, its several million diaspora), the performances of the national side provide a much-needed distraction from the struggles of everyday life.Unfortunately, for its loyal supporters, qualification to major tournaments has eluded the Dragons to date – often in cruel circumstances.First, there were the qualifiers for the 2004 Euros.Bosnia had one foot in the door when it faced Denmark in the final qualifying match in Sarajevo.A win against the Scandinavians would have guaranteed progression to the tournament, however the Dragons were forced to settle for a heartbreaking 1-1 draw, sending the side tumbling to fourth position in the group and out of contention.Then, more recently, there was Portugal: the Cristiano Ronaldo-led line-up who would douse Bosnia’s hopes not once, but twice.Despite earning a second-placed group finish for qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup – their best effort to date – the Dragons were bundled out at the final hurdle when they commendably succumbed 0-2 to the Portuguese across two play-off legs.Two years later, and Portugal again played the role of villain, this time in the qualification play-offs for the 2012 Euros in Poland and Ukraine.Although the Bosnians held their opponents to a 0-0 stalemate on home soil in Zenica, they were ultimately dismantled 6-2 by a superior Portuguese outfit during the return fixture in Lisbon.If such disappointment was not enough to raise the ire of Bosnians, many felt the Dragons were initially cheated out of a first-place group finish – and, thus, direct qualification – and should not have been forced to battle it out in a knockout tie against Portugal in the first place.In a tense match to round out Euros qualifying in Group D, Bosnia was on their way to taking out top spot as they led a star-studded French side 1-0 at the Stade de France.As fate would have it, in the 77th minute of the match, and with Bosnians daring to dream, Scottish referee Craig Thomson awarded a controversial penalty to France, allowing the home side to level the scores.The match ended 1-1, with the result sending the French top of the group and knocking the Dragons into second place, forcing the latter into an ultimately fateful sudden-death play-off.With new tournaments and opportunities, however, comes new hope.The signs for Bosnia are looking ominous, too, with the side not only unbeaten to date in qualifying, but dominating almost every opponent they have come across.Aside from an impressive goalless draw against Greece in Athens, Bosnia has recorded convincing home victories against Latvia (4-1), Lithuania (3-0) and Greece (3-1), as well as an 8-1 demolition of group minnows Liechtenstein on foreign soil.Yet, the run home for the Dragons is not going to be an easy one.While the side should have little trouble claiming maximum points against Liechtenstein at home, they face testing trips to Latvia and Lithuania, on top of a home-away double against Slovakia in the space of four days in September.If Bosnia is serious about making the most of its campaign, it cannot settle for claiming anything less than a win and a draw from its three away fixtures.In addition, it cannot afford to be complacent and underestimate Slovakia – nor Liechtenstein, for that matter — during their clash on Bosnian soil.While the Slovaks currently lag behind in third position on eight points – five behind the Bosnians – they are a dangerous side with a proven record, which recently includes progression to the Round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup.A loss in Zenica on September six has serious potential to plant a roadblock in the way of Bosnia’s plans and throw Group G wide open. A draw would, at least, keep the boat steady.There is little doubting the Dragons will be relying on captain Edin Džeko to lead the way.The prolific Manchester City striker has been instrumental to the outfit’s success thus far, having scored an accumulative seven goals in each of the side’s victories.Fortunately, for the Bosnians, he is not alone.Other players in top form include 22-year-old AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanić, Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibišević and Chinese-based Zvjezdan Misimovic.The trio have scored 11 goals between them across the five qualifiers to date.Such an imposing attack force has coincided with a defence of steel: for the 18 goals Bosnia and Herzegovina has scored so far, they have conceded just three.With an average age of 26, and several of its squad playing regular top-flight football across Europe, it seems as though Bosnia has never been better positioned to finally qualify for a major tournament.After all the nation has been through, both in social and sporting terms, it is anyone’s guess what qualification to the World Cup would do for the morale of the Bosnian population.last_img read more


Chelsea flop set for Serie A switch

first_img1 Chelsea winger Marko Marin is undergoing a medical with Fiorentina with a view to joining the Serie A club on a season-long loan.The 25-year-old German has made a limited impact at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Werder Bremen in 2012 and spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan with Sevilla.A statement published through Fiorentina’s official Twitter account on Monday said the player was in Florence to undergo medical examinations ahead of a prospective move to Florence.Should Marin link up with the side that finished fourth in Serie A last term, his arrival will cast doubt on the long-term future of Fiorentina’s right winger Juan Cuadrado, who has been linked to Manchester United and Barcelona. Marko Marin last_img