Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
http://www.sandwich365.blogspot.com/ , her wonderful blog dedicated to the worlds greatest invention, the sandwich. All I know is that every time I read it I start craving for sandwiches...thanks Keri. Oh and thank you Reuben, you are the best (the sandwich, not the person).
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Those are the two combatants....Murray's on the left and Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company on the right. Ok first off Murray's has the early edge because their name is shorter and easier to remember, maybe I should call the other one BB&CC to make this whole writing thing a bit easier on my brain. I am still a bit confused however that there are actually two Murray's bagels and not too far from each other either, one on 8th Ave and one on 6th Ave, but I have yet to confirm their relation (Both are owned by guys named Pomerantz, Matt and Adam and it would be easy to assume they are brothers, however they have separate websites and don't mention the other...very strange). The one I refer to is the one on 8th between 22nd and 23rd because that's the one I have been to. BB&CC, on the other hand, is just up the street on 8th between 24th and 25th making this the perfect comparison due to closeness of proximity. Both places offer traditional style bagels which are hand-rolled making the bagels less uniform. The biggest difference between the two places? Size. BB&CC's are over-sized and bulbous, so much so that the hole is pretty much not a hole. How do they accomplish this? They add a bit more yeast into the bagel so it plumps up extra high, and I know this because I worked in a bagel shop back in my high school days many moons ago...that's what we did, so it's nothing new. Ultimately it all comes down to the flavor and both places are right on par with each other. However in my book BB&CC's were just a bit tastier, but that is no slight on Murray's because they are a fine example of a great NYC bagel.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/america_hail_to_the_beef_GrJhlyrYxVfFx9QGZ2DvYM. Personally I also love Five Guys and appreciate their high quality and standards, so I say why not love them both?
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Now I don't mean that ketchup stain on from lunch is going to make you look more stylish, that just looks bad, I'm talking about this rockin' t-shirt from http://www.threadless.com/. If you are looking for attention or just a simple laugh, Threadless offers up lots and lots of great t-shirt designs submitted mostly by it's followers. Of course being a food lover I am certainly attracted to amusing images involving cuisines and these two certainly fill the bill.
Actually I own this one, it's an attention getter, I just wish it was a scratch and sniff.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Fast and cheap are words that are becoming taboo in the food service industry. Those two words have always been associated with food that is really terrible for us and probably in the long run makes us ill. As much as I agree with that statement I also know that there can still be fast and cheap food that is high quality. Now no one would associate high quality with a fast food Chinese restaurant which of course I also agree, but really it's all about what you order. The other day, a little light in the wallet and hungry for some Chinese, I walked in to Lin's Chinese Restaurant, if you can really call it that. It is the typical take out Chinese shop that you can find all over the city and usually the food isn't that great...but it's cheap and fast! Anyway the key at these places is to stay away from all the Fried foods that they specialize in. Stick to the basics. White or Brown Rice (Sometimes you have to ask for the Brown if it's not on the menu) with Vegetables and Chicken. Noodle dishes are simple and often good. Steer clear of the Soups and the Fried Rice, too much salt and often not very good. So I decided on the Roast Pork Lo Mein which for a small order was $4.75 and well within my budget for the day. In and outta there in under 15 minutes. When I got it back to work I was surprised by the amount of food that I received and immediately knew it would fill me up. It was actually pretty good too and I almost couldn't finish it all either. If you must, Lin's Chinese Restaurant is at 32 East 23rd Street, I don't necessarily recommend it.
Last Friday, September 10th, New York City was abuzz with fashion as everyone was out late shopping for clothes. What did that mean for me? Other than having trouble navigating the streets of SoHo because there were too many damn people, not really much accept for a lovely dinner at my jobs downtown location. Now I don't work in fashion, I work for a furniture company, but we decided to participate in the festivities and kept the store open until 11pm. So to reward ourselves we ordered out for dinner and we ordered from one of my favorites, La Esquina. After looking at all the delicious choices I finally narrowed it down to Pork or Chicken, finally deciding on the Pollo Asado or Roasted Chicken. The dish came with White Rice, Black Beans, Cooked Onions, Tomato Salsa, Avocado with some White Cheese crumbled on top. Thinking I needed a side I ordered the Yucca Fritas or Yucca Fries which I thought would be a nice crunch with my meal. We also got a couple Elotes Callejeros which is Grilled Corn on a stick, mucho delicioso! So with much anticipation we sat in the showroom and waited for the delivery man who we assumed would be slowed by all the throngs of fashionistas littering the streets...so I had some beer. And then I had another one, let's just say it was a long wait. Anyway he finally showed up and it was time to eat. However once we spread everything out on the table it seemed as if something was missing. My Yucca Fritas! I was so looking forward to them. The fact was that when we placed the order over the phone the girl taking the order wasn't exactly totally fluent in English and probably didn't understand. Now I know it's a Mexican restaurant in a city that has a lot of Spanish speaking residents, but the last time I checked it was still the U.S. and English is our first language. This is not my rallying cry for or against immigration laws, that is not my issue. My concern here is for my stomach and how it would be unfulfilled without the delectable Yucca Fritas. Actually in all seriousness you gotta have a competent person answering your phones, and when I say competent I mean someone who fully understands the orders coming in, that means that they understand English first. It's really not that hard. Oh well, I digress. Saddled with an empty feeling in my belly I started in on the rest of my meal. As always it was extremely delicious as I couldn't have been more satisfied with the Pollo Asado. I polished off an Elotes Callejeros (Ear of Corn) in between forkfuls of Chicken, Rice and Beans, but I still felt like I needed something more. Luckily my colleague had asked for an order of Maduros (Sweet Plantains) and had actually gotten them...lucky bastard, so I scooped up a couple and man were they good. Overall I was very happy with all the food...that I received, it's always good at La Esquina and I will forgive their hapless phone order taker. Next time I will just have to ask her to repeat what I asked for. La Esquina is located at 114 Kenmare Street, just a block and a half from Spring Street.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
There it is. New York City's best cup of coffee from Cafe Prague on 19th Street just off of 5th Avenue. Honestly I felt really honored to drink it...but when I finished I felt a bit hollow like maybe they lied to me or something. How would I know if they were lying or not, I mean if they said it was the best it must be the best, right? Little did I know that many restaurants think they have the best coffee in the city, or the best pie, burgers, sandwiches, lobster, etc. You name it, somebody is claiming to have the best of something. So now suddenly intrigued, I went off in search of a few places in the city making similar claims to find out if in fact their boasts were true and to see if there was anyway possible for me to substantiate the claims.
Of course I could go on and on with places claiming to be the best in the city, or the world if you must, but that would be the longest blog ever. Overall I don't really have a problem with places claiming to be the best because that only gives me reason to give them a try...oh wait, I guess that's what they are going for huh? However the point is living up to your braggadacio (bragging for the layman) after luring in the customers to your establishment and not just having it be a sign on your window. Who am I to say anyway...I'm only the best food bloogger in the city and perhaps even the world (completely untrue and totally fabricated for effect).
There are food trucks and food carts littered accross the city of New York devised to service the fast paced nature of all who work here. For years I believed that the food on the street only consisted of Hot Dogs and Pretzels and it was only something you ate in a pinch or at a ballgame. These days however it is a complete food movement causing major rumbles in the food service industry, some like it, some don't but I for one am an ardent supporter. The fast paced nature of the food doesn't have to mean crappy food and from what I have seen a lot of the carts and trucks offer good quality, sometimes even better than some restaurants. Now I am not sure I would call Rafiqi's Middle Eastern Food Cart in Union Square high quality fare but in a pinch it sure is some delicious food and all for only about $5 bucks. I'm a Chicken and Lamb combo kind of guy with Yellow Rice, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Cheese and White Sauce (I am not sure what this sauce is but it's a necessity here). Often times there is a line of about 4 or 5 deep awaiting to be served but it moves so quickly that you don't even notice the wait. I do caution anyone from eating this food more than once a week since I have had experience in this area and don't recommend it, in fact it's probably better suited to once a month.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
That's it, right there...dry like a walk in the desert. And it wasn't so much what they put on the sandwich, or what they didn't, but the Chicken itself was completely robbed of any moisture altogether! Ok I am being a bit dramatic but at least I was trying to be a bit healthier in not ordering a deep fried hunk of bird that probably would have tasted 10 times better. Anyway the other day I was making my way thru the village when I happened upon Pluck U at 230 Thompson, between 3rd and Bleecker. So I stopped in because I was hungry and it looked interesting. Well it wasn't. I immediately regretted walking into the establishment because it didn't look or smell too appetizing on the inside, but I didn't want to be too judgemental. I'd certainly heard of or seen one of these places before with 5 locations in the city, so I assumed that it couldn't be that bad. I guess it wasn't really that bad, I mean it did have some flavor but they just simply overcooked the Chicken, plus there was way too much roll. They cheaped a bit on the bird which after eating it wasn't such a bad thing. I also ordered a small cup of Potato Salad thinking that I needed a little side or something. You are pretty much taking a chance ordering Potato Salad at certain joints, it all depends on whether the place makes it themselves or buys it pre-made. This was pre-made and it was gross, I should have known better. Overall not the best experience and a place I won't be visiting anytime soon. Sorry Pluck U.