Lechón Reminder & Fried Squid at Johnny Air Mart – NYC

fried dried squid @ johnny air mart

Just a reminder, lechón is happening today at Johnny Air Mart. It usually starts at 11:10am, but I was told yesterday sometimes the lechón is late. So get there around 11:10am to 12pm for lip-smacking porcine goodness, they run out within a few hours.

And while you’re there, check out the Fried Dried Squid ($4.50 for a small aluminum container) they sell at the counter. (People who “like” Bionic Bites on Facebook already got a heads-up on this one.) If you like dried seafood, you’ll love this. It tastes like charcoal grilled squid in chip form. Salty, slightly bitter, and hella’ crunchy, it’s great with beer. However, one caveat: It stinks. Not a good pre-date snack. Eat it alone or with other like-minded folks. Also, if you don’t finish it, it’s a good idea to transfer it to an air-tight container. I ate half and left it out in the same container it came in and for days my boyfriend complained about a strange odor emanating from the apartment. I had my mom take it back to Jersey when she came to visit just to appease him.

Also, I’ll be in glorious sunny Hawaii next week. While there, I’ll be posting from Hawaii on past New York eats (Hawaii posts will have to wait until I return!), but for immediate news about my Hawaii fooding adventures, visit me on Facebook. (It’s like Bionic Bites Lite.) So if you haven’t liked Bionic Bites on Facebook yet, what are you waiting for?! Twitterheads can also visit me on Twitter.

Johnny Air Mart
214 Avenue A (b/n 13th & 14th St; map)
NY, NY 10009

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  1. Nicholas

    It’s like a fresher version of those shrimp chips you get at the Asian marts. Guilty pleasure of mine… opening the tops of the bags and inhaling the first whiff of escaping air.

    LUCKY LUCY getting to go to Hawaii 😀

  2. bionicgrrrl

    @Nicholas – Sort of, but not processed and 100% seafood. As for the smell, shrimp chips don’t even compare. But I do love those shrimp chips though!

    And yes, I’m in Hawaii! I feel very lucky indeed.

  3. bionicgrrrl

    @someguy – That reminds me, on the way back from Paris once, I had some really stinky goat cheese in my handbag. My BF threatened me the whole way not to take it out. He claimed I would stink up the entire plane. I complied even though I didn’t believe him, but later on the train home, as soon as I sat next to a guy, he started sniffing around and actually got up and chose to stand by the door!

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