Did I miss something- Jaime is also leaving? Much sad. :(
Robyn, I've been a longtime reader of SE and your blog, and have enjoyed your articles so much! They never failed to bring a smile to my face. I'll be looking forward to hearing about your new adventures. Wishing you the best!
Congrats on the new gig, Dennis! I recently moved to Chicago from NYC, and your column has been helpful in finding lunch options. :)
Yes, but with something salty like pretzels to offset the sweetness.
How could I forget Steve's Key Lime pie?!?! I make my own now, but I can't replicate their crust, which is incredible.
Il Laboratorio ships containers of gelato, but jeez, it's expensive.
@BigAnt, it's Originals on the corner of Bay Ridge Ave and 4th ave. It's not life changing pizza, but I grew up eating it and have a huge soft spot for their slices.
The fantasy list is stuff that doesn't travel well, like patbingsu, cronuts, pizza from my favorite slice joint in Bay Ridge, fresh falafel from Taim.
Stuff that ships well includes lard bread (haven't seen that anywhere in Chicago), Jacques Torres baking chocolate, fresh halvah, bagels (more for the husband than me), babka, Liddabit's candy, Katz's pastrami and pickles.
The tonkotsu at Wasabi!
I recently moved from NYC to Chicago, and if I ever move back home, I'd miss deep dish terribly. Glad to know NYers will be able to enjoy it!
Tanta! I recently moved here from NYC, and this restaurant was one of the best ones I've tried. Their ceviches are fantastic, and the pisco sours are delicious.
+1 for il laboratorio.
Pho at Sao Mai!
Brownies + red wine + fully charged iPad = hurricane sandy kit.
Kidding- we have food, water, batteries, matches etc for several days. The husband is snoring, as are the cats. I'm just watching the news and already have an awful case of cabin fever.
Funny you mention it, I lugged a bottle of it back from Mongolia and just recently threw it out. :(
Unfortunately, I've never seen it sold in NYC.
My family in the Philippines eats that stuff like we eat spinach.
The funny thing is that they seem to think of it as a weed- healthy, but for poorer people, since it grows wild all over the place and you can just pick it instead of buying it.
They'd die of shock to see it at such a trendy NYC restaurant for $12.
*Provided he had chefs whites, a toque and hands.
Love dipping pretzels in that stuff!
I tried the calamansi tea, it was very weak. No calamansi flavor at all, and WAY too much sugar.
I had the opposite happen to me- as an adult, I can't stand the food I craved in my childhood! We had McDonalds as a rare treat once or twice a year and I constantly whined for it. Today the very thought of it makes my stomach turn.
Nah, I don't think I over prepared. We (husband and I) had a few days worth of food on hand, batteries, flaslights. The only extras we bought were 6 gallons of water and a friend gave us a roll of duct tape for the windows. I'm relieved Irene wasn't so hard on my neighborhood.
Just waiting for subway service to return.
Recently had the grilled pork chops, sinigang with pork and pork bbq.
Pork chops weren't anything special. Sinigang wasn't terrible, but not as bright and fresh as I would expect. My pork bbq was actually awful- it was drenched in some sticky sweet version of Southern bbq sauce. Not at all like the street bbq in the Philippines served with spicy vinegar. The rice was so overcooked it was like eating mashed potatoes.
They also have service issues. Other diners arrived much later but received their orders much faster. In addition, our food came so spaced out that some were finished well before others. We decided to order the flan as a last ditch effort to save the meal. The waiter took 20 minutes to tell us that there was none available.
We will not be returning. It's really a shame- I was so excited NOT to have to trek out to Queens for decent Filipino food.
@Carey- I've seen calamansi trees in Chinatown flower shops, the canned juice in supermarkets, and frozen in small packets for cooking in the Phil-Am store in Queens. :D
Can't go wrong with cheesy bread from any culture! :D
Kenji- do you happen to have any restaurant recommendations for Rio? I'm going at the end of May.
Santol, from the Philippines. I actually plan my visits for when they are in season, it's that important.
This is off-topic, but I'm going to Rio de Janeiro at the end of May.
Can you suggest some places to eat and food to try, Kenji? :D
I know the "browas" as broas. :) Love them, but have never tried the peanut flavor.
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