Eating in New York is dangerous. There are tourist traps everywhere — good food that is really expensive, pretty food that is no good, or food that is just plain bad. My latest trip to New York (pics) was foodgasmic.
I feel like a NY sandwich could eat me. When we went to Katz, I ordered a turkey sandwich since I figured it would be lighter than the red meat ones. It was two slices of bread with a mound of giant chunks of real turkey pieces. No lettuce, tomato, onions, sprouts, arugula or anything I would expect in a California sandwich. Just meat and bread. The sandwich was decent, but I liked Dennis’ Ruben much better. I’d never had a Ruben before so I don’t have anything to compare it with, but it tasted really good. There is absolutely no way a person could/should eat an entire sandwich in one sitting from this deli.
Blue Smoke was mouth watering bbq goodness. Authentic bbq was also a first (what we Californians do in our backyards & parks is what bbq snobs call ‘grilling’). The ribs were tangy, sweet, saucy, and tender. I also experienced the best mac & cheese ever.
With so much animal consumed, I needed meat decompression when I returned. I can’t imagine eating meat every day.
Thoughts on vegetarianism & ginger smash drink recipe
“Are you vegetarian?” A question my friends often ask me. I’m not vegetarian anymore, but I rarely eat meat. I didn’t want to miss opportunities for new experiences so most of my meat consumption happens in restaurants. I tried vegetarianism on a whim a few years ago. I was only going to do it for a month. The experience was so interesting and educational, I did it for about 2 years. Then I went back to meat for a few months. Then I went back to no-meat for a few months. I went back and forth for a while, which explains why it’s a common question.
I found that cutting animals out of my diet made me hyper-conscious of what I consumed. I learned about hydrogenated oils, and HFCS. I obsessively read books on health, nutrition, and sustainability. My rommie was veg too so we had nerdy conversations about B vitamins, soy products and the like.
I’m a much healthier and more conscientious eater after having scrutinized my diet and habits, though I’m still working on moderation with Kettle salt & vinegar chips and desserts. Anyway, try vegetarianism, try new things, and try Blue Smoke.
*Recipe for the deeelish drink I had at EO.
Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only
12 whole cranberries
2 thin slices of ginger root
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 oz. wet gin
1 1/2 oz. Berentzen apple liqueur
Muddle cranberries, ginger and sugar together. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake with ice. Pour into an old-fashioned glass.