@Kenji - in answer to your rhetorical question, there absolutely is another (ie non-wet) kind of soup, especially in Mexico! I spoke to chefs up and down Mexico City and Oaxaca and couldn't find a workable translation or explanation of what distinguishes the category of dishes known as "sopa seca" (dry soup) but the ones I tried were all grain-based bowls. Sopa seca de fideo is the most common, but the next time you're in Mexico City, make a special stop at Restaurante Nicos for the sopa seca de nata, the most rich and tasty "dry soup" you'll ever try.
egg baked in an avocado
Gefilte fish! If you're not Jewish, it tastes like a dead man's tongue. But if you are, it tastes like your bubbe's love.
Banana hummus on homemade pita chips
There is something magical about the combination of eggplant and tomato, especially when you stew them together with Moroccan spices like cinnamon and hot pepper.
Thanks so much guys, so many great ideas here! I hardly know where to start!
The West Side Market on W 25th is an incredible food experience, similar in spirit to Barcelona's Boqueria. Go there for fresh produce, spices, confections, meats and cheeses, but resist the urge to have lunch there. Down the street you'll find Nate's Deli, the best Lebanese joint in town that will never be listed in any guide book. My family has been going there for years and they've catered every event we've ever had. We like to get the vegetarian combo platter with an extra chicken shish tawook sandwich ont he side. Whatever you do, don't miss the fattoush!
Thanks y'all, great suggestions all around!
Jo_wang, do you have a good recipe for quinoa muffins?
And theotherworldly, tell me more about this steamed egg...
Olympia Dukakis making a batch of egg-in-a-hole, or as my family called them, birdies in "Moonstruck."
the west side market on west 25th is the coolest spot in the city, possibly the state. it has limited hours, but right around there you can find excellent local beer at great lakes brewery, delicious cambodian food at pnomh penh and, my family's favorite restaurant in the whole city, nate's middle eastern deli. double up on the pickled turnip chips.
pig in slop!
on toast w/tomato puree like in spain
banh mi so hungry!
with half and half, or heavy cream if i'm feeling feisty
shwarma on the beach in kiev, ukraine
Pastrami, my pet.
You make me oh so thirsty.
Perfect with seltzer.
my mom's sunday gravy
croque monsieur - ham, egg and swiss cheese