Posts Tagged ‘food’

Send Some Salami To Your Boy In The Army

February 8, 2011

New York is a bit of a city made for masochist. The best places in the city are the gritty ones with questionable food ethics and seemingly morose employees. Katz deli is one of these places. You walk into Katz and some disgruntled man slouched onto a stool hands you a ticket with a list of numbers on it and no explanation.  What they are NOT telling you when they hand you this ticket is:

  • you hand it to the person who makes your food, and they hand it back to you with the total on it.
  • if you lose this ticket, you get charged 50 bucks.
  • this “lost ticket fee” was instilled about 10 years ago.

You choose the person you want to make your sandwich, and they chop the meat in front of you, and give you a sample of the fresh meat while you wait. I always try to find the oldest guy because he’s usually the biggest asshole who makes the best sandwich.

Although the sandwiches are a bit pricey (15-17 dollars a pop) I bet you can’t get through half of one without wanting to die a little inside. As a meat eater and a lover of irrelevant history, this is one of my favorite New York establishments.

Heres a few more Katz facts:

  • Katz is where they filmed THE scene from When Harry Met Sally
  • It was established in 1888
  • During World War 2, they used the slogan “send a salami to your boy in the army” and still use it to this day
  • Each week, Katz’s serves 5,000 pounds of corned beef, 2,000 pounds of salami and 12,000 hot dogs

 

All photos by Chloe Rice

Perfect Cinnamon Buns

January 24, 2011

My all time favorite breakfast treat is the cinnamon bun. I grew up eating those Pillsbury ones in the airtight tubes that you had to whack against the counter to get open.

I had a friend whos mom, would place them in a pie tin and they would expand. Being what I thought cinnamon buns should be, this was illusive concept to me. I only ate them once and have been trying to find ones that compare, ever since.

Heres what ruins anything that has ever come close to those homemade cinnamon buns that I have spent a lifetime dreaming about:

  • the weak cinnamon to bun ratio
  • not enough frosting
  • raisins. gross. Why do people find the need to add pruned grapes to something so perfect?

I realized that in order to do something right, I would just have to do it myself. Baking with yeast is still pretty new to me, so I was a bit scared of it. My baker dad informed me that yeast and humans live comfortably in the same temperatures:

  • If you add yeast to something that is about the same temperature as a warm bathtub, it’ll flourish.
  • If you add it to a liquid that is too hot, you’ll kill it.
  • If you add it to something cold, it’ll hold out on expanding until the temperature is warm enough or it’ll just take longer.

With this, I began skimming through cinnamon bun recipes, plucking what I liked about each one to concoct my idea of the perfect cinnamon bun.

It was so good, that my appetite almost didn’t give me time to take a good photo of the final product.

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Make Monday: Chocolate Covered Popcorn

January 17, 2011


I used to be really intimidated by popcorn. Thats right…..popcorn.

The thought of making it outside of those pre-buttered microwave bags or pre-buttered aluminum tins, seemed impossible. I thought I hated popcorn, but turns out that I just hated that weird butter. Ever since someone showed me how easy making your own popcorn could be, I’ve been eating it pretty much every day.

My teeth may hate me for saying this, but I LOVE popcorn! I love it so much that over the summer, I’ve tried 12 different kernels and several kinds of salts to add to them. After extensive research, my favorite popcorn combo is the plain ole’ popcorn drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with corse salt.

Turns out its really simple to make!

Start by heating up a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large pot with about a cup of popcorn kernels.

when one starts to pop, put a lid on the pot while occasionally shaking the pot to make sure all of the kernels are getting heated at the bottom of the pot.

Keep the heat on until there  is 2-3 seconds between popping sounds.

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An Equivalence Of 14,000 Words.

May 18, 2010

I would say that the past couple of days and all friends involved in them, have been pretty lovely.

I believe I’ve spoken myself into a hole on several occasions, through out this week. So I will simply be translating through pixels, for now.

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A Dignified Version of Eggs and Ketchup (69/365)

February 8, 2010

I’m not a fan of eggs. I find them most bearable drenched in hollandaise sauce or ketchup. yes….ketchup. This morning, I made what is pretty much the more dignified version eggs with ketchup.

Poached eggs in a simple tomato sauce.

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Selleck. Waterfall. Sandwich.

January 28, 2010

Is it strange to feel inspired by this Tumblr? Its so utterly redi……beautiful.

I Proudly Eat Dog Food.

January 25, 2010

One hungry pup!

She hangs out around the refrigerator when she’s hungry as if its not at all cute, or something.

Today she had ground turkey with brown rice and peas

There was some rice left over. I ate it with my stir fry sauce.

Having a dog is really helping me stick to my gluten free dietary needs, as well as filling my desire to cook for someone all of the time.

Healthy Circles (12/365)

December 7, 2009

Thanksgiving (3/365)

November 29, 2009

Having my Cake and Not Eating Two.

August 11, 2009

There is something slightly sad about the amount of forks that came along with my single order of pancakes…

Hate to say it, but there are a few things about Los Angeles that New York just can’t get right.

  • Mexican food
  • Remodeling homes without destroying the original architecture
  • and the red neck kind of ‘fusion foods’ that so many diners on the West Coast have perfected.

I roam shake shops all over New York, searching for a place that can copy 101 Coffee Shops Orange Creamsicle milkshake without making it taste just a bit too much like vomit. And it baffles me why a place in the city hasn’t thought to grind coffee beans INTO their coffee flavored milkshakes, like they do at Swingers.

There are only a few places in New York who take chances with their food and succeed….and right now I can only think of Vinnies Pizza in Brooklyn, which to be honest that place is a hit or miss. I still don’t know what I think of the tortellini pizza I ate there….

This morning I ordered the Black Magic Pancakes from The Griddle Cafe. Pancakes with crushed oreos throughout the batter.

Not only were they delicious, but they were fucking huuuuuge! I got through 1/2 out of 3 pancakes, and I kind of pride myself of being a human garbage disposal…

hand to pancake ratio….

Girls Are Silly (Tits for Tuesday)

May 19, 2009

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Glory Holes

May 6, 2009

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Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by growing up around Hungarian women who make a treat called Farsangi fánk, which is what I consider to be the perfect doughnut. Sprinkled with powdered sugar, it is a thin shell of sweet bread that is warm inside and nearly melts in your mouth. Its more than just that circular shaped  sugar bread that looks 10 times better than it tastes, at Dunkin Donuts.img_3440

After having started many days with homemade Hungarian doughnuts, Daily Donuts, California Donuts, and the next level treats from Voo Doo Doughnuts, I refuse to eat anything less.

This may be why I’ve spent nearly every morning this week stopping off at The Doughnut Plant.

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The damn place is an adorably retro looking space filled mainly with racks and contraptions that i imagine could only be necessary for making doughnuts. It is in a corner of a strip of sad looking shops, and a photography shop that conveniently also repairs shoes. Its across the street from a housing project. If that scares you away from it, then good. You don’t deserve to indulge in a vanilla glazed doughnut, or a strawberry glaze made with real berries, or a square jelly doughnut dipped in a peanut butter melted sugar coating creating what is essentially a Peanut Butter & Jelly doughnut.

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  • A big bonus: their decent coffee.
  • A slight draw back:the price. I believe the treats are 2.75 a hole.

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All photos of Doughnut Plants 'nuts were taken by Chloe Rice

Poor Mans Meal: Chicken and Broccoli With Wonton Noodles in Oyster Sauce

May 2, 2009

ilovenoodlesI can’t resist a good noodle dish! It has made me cringe at the thought substituting it with rice.

Recipes don’t seem to appeal to me unless its on TV or accompanied by many photos to reassure me that I didn’t have to go to culinary school in order to not mess it up.Its been so long since I’ve cooked anything. Lack of home, free time, and motivation have been large contributing factors. Not to mention that, I find it hard to make a meal when I know I’m the only person who will be eating it. It just seems like a waste of food. But today I’ve proven myself wrong!

I threw something together for my lunch today that took 10 bucks, 5 minutes, and no effort!

 

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