It’s the tastiest sandwich you’ve never had

Posted October 11, 2009 by sinatram
Categories: New York, Restaurant Reviews

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Just a hungry thought on a lazy Sunday…

I’ve eaten so many sandwiches, so many ways…  heros, grinders, subs, wraps, paninis, and more, I’ve rocked ‘em all. I’ve written about cheesesteaks from Philly, Pastrami from New York, BBQ from Austin, Hot Dogs from Chicago, Burgers from just about anywhere, and of course, Roast Beef and Mozz from Hoboken.

Yet, after all my searching, there may be no finer sandwich in all the land than the much-discussed Num Pang pulled duroc pork spiced with honey, topped with cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and chili mayo on fresh baked Parisi bread.

It’s become impossible to visit Union Square in NYC without eating one… or two.  Go try ASAP — 21 E. 12th St. (near University)

Small sandwich, powerful flavor

Small sandwich, powerful flavor

NYC Wine & Food Fest Burger Bash 2009 Recap

Posted October 10, 2009 by sinatram
Categories: Competitive Eating, New York, Uncategorized

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What an unbelievable night beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Easy to say that I put down somewhere between 10-15 burgers last night! In all honesty quality was great all around, but a couple stood out above the rest. Congrats to Spike Mendelsohn for his second straight win. Personally, I credit his cheerleaders.

Food Highlights:

Party Highlights:

 A great culinary event for a great cause! Looking forward to 2010… for now though, I’m off to eat a salad.

Bobby Got My Vote!!!

Bobby Got My Vote!!!

Ate so much I got BB-Queezy

Posted October 1, 2009 by sinatram
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East, West, North, South and Midwest alike, if there is one food that transcends the American culinary culture, it’s undoubtedly BBQ. The Carolinas, Tennessee, Missouri or Texas — as we know there’s truly no one right way to smoke, grill or marinade meat. Recently, I’ve been dining amongst gods of the pit including Big Ed Mitchell and his unconventional blending of east and west flavors (no not Asian, vinegar and dry rub!), and the late-great Billy Mays,  included for his excitement for stain removal, providing diners with the comfort of knowing that it’s okay to pig out because stains incurred from moist, tangy meat are merely part of the experience.

Recent visits to the annual Big Apple BBQ festival in Madison Square Park, Lambert’s in downtown Austin, TX and Blue Smoke in NYC have made me continuously crave messy, sloppy, dirty, and filthy,  ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, slaw, beans, and of course… beer.

Looking for a good sauce? Give FunniBonz a shot… especially the spicy

Ready to chop that whole hog

Ready to chop that whole hog

ObaMulino

Posted September 15, 2009 by sinatram
Categories: Funny Food, New York, Uncategorized

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I’m not sure that eating $36 tomato/mozz demonstrates financial responsibility, but damn, another fine move by our fearless leader (past and present).

Obama and Clinton yesterday at Il Mulino, presumably talking global issues over perhaps the finest bread basket on earth. Kind of makes you wonder, does the suit make the man, or the meal? Either way, good choices all around.

Rolling out... literally... walking is difficult after a meal at Il Mulino

Rolling out... literally... walking is difficult after a meal at Mulino

Mex Recs from the Summer of ’69

Posted September 6, 2009 by sinatram
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One part randomness + one part Canadian + a splash of tequila equals the first truly good Manhattan Mexican recommendation I’ve received to date.

It was Bryan Adams… yes, that Bryan Adams…  Summer of ’69 Bryan Adams who more than two years ago suggested to me that the tiny West Village eatery, Mexicana Mama, was perhaps the best Mex joint in the City. Doubting the Canadian rocker-turned-photog’s (is that an oxymoron?) knowledge of south-of-the-border fare, I brushed it off and continued dining with friends at the standard city Mexican restaurants (Dos Caminos or El Rio Grande for hallucinogenic margs).

It’s important to note that prior to my visit to Mexicana Mama, I was fresh off a trip to perhaps the Tex-Mex capital of the U.S. , Austin, Texas (where I was treated to a delicious Tortilla Crusted Tilapia… another post for another day), making me that much more skeptical.

Well today I swallow my pride, and wash it down with a Dos Equis Amber… apologies to you Mr. Adams, as your recommendation was correct…  Mexicana Mama, with only a handful of tables and a limited menu serves up an incredible bounty of flavors through its dishes.  Extra points here for eliminating margarita mix and opting for true Tequila and Fresh Lime Juice Margs!

Keeping with the music theme, a trip to the bathroom actually requires a backstage pass… well, not really, but it does force a trip through the kitchen offering a behind-the-scenes look at some fresh meats, veggies and melted cheeses adjusting to their floury tortilla homes..

Chihuahua Cheese and Chorizo for all… and well, the guacamole could be all for one, or one for all

Not Much Room To Rock...

Not Much Room To Rock...

Back in the kitchen

Posted June 15, 2009 by sinatram
Categories: New Jersey, New York, Restaurant Reviews, travel

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Dear blog of mine, it’s been far too long and miss you, I do.

Since we last spoke, I dined at CulinAriane, food-modeled for La Fonda Del Sol, toured the Upstate New York wine country, chowed on the best that the Bahamas had to offer and pigged-out at the NYC BBQ block party… and yet, despite all of that,  I’ve found no reason to share my experiences with you?

My apologies for having been missing in action for so long, it won’t happen again! I’m back and believe me, I’m hungry.

More to come, including updates on the previously mentioned culinary experiences.

Why? Because IAteItMyWay… That’s why!

Strikin' a pose at one of NYC's hottest new Tapas Spots

Strikin' a pose at one of NYC's hottest new tapas spots

Live bloggin from the beach…

Posted February 27, 2009 by sinatram
Categories: New York, Top Chef, travel, Uncategorized

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In South Beach for a wedding this weekend and despite my best efforts to remain healthy the abundance of eateries has gotten the best of me.

Yesterday we paid homage to Top Chef contestant Jeff McInnis and had lunch at the Dilido Beach Club. I must say for a beach-side restaurant, I was really impressed. Similar places always seem overpriced and over-hyped.  Perhaps the drinks were a bit pricey, but the cuisine was spot-on. A great selection of Tapas, salads, sandwiches, etc.

A table with a view at Dilido

A table with a view at Dilido

Breakfast thus far has commenced at David’s Cafe. A great spot for standard continental breakfast with a Cuban twist. My new fav… Cuban toast!

More to come with meals planned at le sandwicherie, the Ritz-Carlton, the National Hotel and more!

For now, I’m just tryin to enjoy the sun! Perhaps some poolside live blogging is in the cards?


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