Seventeen beers on tap and smoked pork by a local barbecue geek that competes nationally, need I say more? Read my latest bar review, “Raising the Bar: House Smoked Pig at Waterfront Ale House,” on Serious Eats: New York.
Last weekend I was in Washington, D.C. for a conference. David had family visiting, so I went solo. Traveling alone is one of those things I like to do. I like having quality “me time,” and in general, it’s fun being able to do whatever you want to do without worrying about your traveling companion/s. One night in DC, around midnight, I ended up bringing a quarter chicken, plantains, beans, and a pupusa back to my hotel room. Completely awesome. Give me freedom and I eat chicken and pupusas. The downside, however, is that you have to be more alert when traveling alone. Unfortunately, there are just too many crazies out there looking to take advantage of certain situations. Where am I going with this? Well, last weekend, on the way to Ben’s Chili Bowl, I had the misfortune of being confronted with a premature half-smoke on the train. MORE »
“Raising the Bar: Solid Bar Bites at Bar Stuzzichini,” went up on SE:NY this afternoon, or should I say, yesterday. (Late night for me as usual.) If you haven’t read it, take a gander. Five stuzzichini (appetizers or small plates) for $25. It’s a pretty sweet deal, especially when grilled head-on prawns, fried artichokes, arancini, and grilled octopus are among the choices. But if that’s not good enough for you, during Happy Hour, you get a free stuzzi with a drink at the bar. See, there are some advantages to being a wino. Embrace your inner drunk.
Korean people love to snack. It’s a snacking culture. You eat not because you’re hungry, but your mouth is bored. Walking around in Seoul, there’s a vendor or two on every street. (Remember the bbopki post?) I love it! The most popular, and most well-known, street food is probably ddukbokki (떡복기, rice cakes in a spicy sauce), but I’ll be posting about that next time. This post will concentrate on some of my other favorite street snacks: roasted chestnuts, hodduk (호떡, sweet pancakes), jeepoh (쥐포, dried file fish), and gohguma mattang (고구마맛탕, candied sweet potatoes), oh my! MORE »
I’ve been writing about Asia for so long now, many of you may have been wondering what I’ve been eating these days besides bar food. Well, during the day I’ve been busy at work so I’ve been either packing my lunch or going to Chiyoda Sushi (Their usual $9.95 nigiri sushi set has been $7.96 since last month!). However, today I wanted something carby, not sure why, but that’s what I was craving so I made a stop at Golden Krust and got a Mild Beef Patty ($1.99, I got the mild only because it was the only meat patty ready at the time, it was either that or soy or vegetable. Mild Beef please!) and a piece of Coco Bread ($0.95). Put them together and what do you have? A Jamaican beef patty sandwich. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering, ‘Why on god’s green earth would you need to eat a patty between two pieces of bread?!” To which I respond, “Why the hell not?!” But seriously, coco bread makes a Jamaican beef patty more of a meal than a snack, and sometimes you want plain carbs with your greasy savory snack; be it bread, rice, or noodles. MORE »