Posts Tagged ‘food’

More Deep Thoughts

January 19, 2010

How come the orange was exempt from needing a real name?  Apple, pear, strawberry, grape, etc, all had to have real names.  Was the first orange ever discovered so perplexing that it couldn’t be described any way other than its color?  Why didn’t the lemon end up being called a yellow?  They’re pretty much the same thing.  Clearly the lemon was discovered by a more creative person.

I’m serious.  Someone associated a word as silly as “banana” with a yellow peely thing and it stuck, but an orange peely thing is just called “orange”?

Yes, these are the kinds of things I think about when I’m alone on the train.  And as a result I am now on a personal quest to find a proper name for the “orange”.  And with words like “kumquat” out there I’m free to be as ridiculous as I want.  Suggestions welcome.

– J

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Whose Cider You On?

December 15, 2009

This is a recipe for spiked apple cider I had a hand in creating with Texan New Yorker a few years ago.  And by “creating” I mean she made it and I named it.  She might have let me stir a few times.  Either way, it’s made me very popular at holiday parties.

Damn Good Apple Cider

1 Gallon Apple Cider (the fresher the better.  Check your local farmer’s markets)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tbsp whole cloves
3 shots of DeKuypers Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapps
Sugar to taste

Bring it to a simmer but don’t let it boil.  Stir frequently and give it about 15 minutes to let all the flavors mix well.  Add sugar depending on how sweet you like your cider.  Serve in your favorite mug.  Best enjoyed during cheesy Christmas movies with friends and family.

My favorite thing about this is that the recipe is not set in stone.  If you prefer more of one thing than another then go for it.  I suggest heating up your cider and adding small amounts of the other flavors in a mug and sampling to see what you like more of.  Another big hint is to avoid the 100 proof Hot Damn at all costs.  It tastes less like cinnamon and more like cough syrup past its expiration date.

And the answer to your question is, “Yes. I did post this as an excuse to use that title.”

Happy Holidays!

– J

An Update

August 27, 2009

“So J, what are you up to?”

Well, at work we’ve entered a period in the legal billing profession our firm calls Countdown.   Our fiscal year end is October 31st and the months leading up to it are full of deadlines, meetings, overtime and profanity the likes of which Joe Pesci might shout if he stubbed his toe.  The goal of countdown is to get as many bills sent out and paid as possible before the year end.   This will be my third countdown and the craziest yet.  I’ve accumulated a lot more responsibility since last year, plus trying to squeeze money out of clients in the current economy is like trying to get a decent movie out of the Wayan’s Brothers.  Hope all you want, it’s just not likely to happen.

Also, life groups will be starting up at church again soon.  I’ve taken the summer off and it’s been wonderful having an open schedule, but I did find myself missing it.  I’m going back to a group in Astoria I was part of a while back and looking forward to reconnecting with some friends and hopefully making a few more.

In the more immediate future, I’m going to see Inglorious Basterds tonight.  If I enjoy it (or hate it) enough then I might subject y’all to a review.  And this weekend there’s rumor of a poker game Friday night and Saturday I’m going to a BBQ out in Long Island.  There will be grilled shrimp, at which point there will also be a happy J.

“So J, why are you sharing your schedule with us?”

Because you asked, silly.

– J

cravings

January 19, 2007

I’m on a food kick.  I love a good home cooked meal, but I also really enjoy finding a nice restaurant with little hidden talents.  I know I’ve said before how much I miss some of the food back home, but I am also quite content with the local nosh here.  Is it possible for Sonic Tater-tots and Chic-fil-a waffle fries to be replaced by Gray’s Papaya dogs and Chat n’ Chew mac & cheese?  I’ve bragged plenty of times to my friends in NY about Bodacious BBQ and Country Tavern, so maybe it’s time (after inspiration from a really cool blog) that I taunted my hometown homies with a few of my favorites here?

Smorgas Chef
2 words.  Swedish Meatballs.  These have absolutely nothing to do with spaghetti.  Oh my God, Becky.  They rock.  And that’s just the appetizer (or main course if you like).  They have an amazing Alaskan Grilled Salmon and a pretty darn tasty rack of lamb.  Remember that crazy Swedish Chef on the Muppet Show?  Yeah, he knew what he was doing.  If throwing fish and talking gibberish produce food like this, then more power to him.

Rino Trattoria
A popular lunch spot for people around Times Square.  They have a real nice lunch pri-fix.  I’ve been there twice and both times the service was very good.  I had the Lemon pepper chicken and pasta once and the Lasagna the second time. 

Chat n’ Chew
This is a fun little spot with 2 or 3 locations in the city.  My favorite is the first one I went to on Union Square.  It’s got a strictly American feel and it’s a lot of fun.  Vintage decorations everywhere and even the menu is fun to read.  And without a doubt the best mac and cheese in Manhattan.

Virgil’s
When I miss home, I come here.  Great ribs and steak and as good a chili as you’ll ever find up here.  My soul is torn between their BBQ sauce and Bodacious’.  I may never make up my mind.  The service is always excellent too.  Yankee tested, Southerner approved.

Heartland Brewery
Many of my long day’s at work are ended here.  My favorite location is the one seen here on the corner of the Empire State Building.  They have a really good plate of Nacho’s and plenty of TV’s to watch whatever game happens to be on.  But the star of the show is their selection of home brewed beers.  They have a group they always have and seasonal brews that rotate every couple of months.  I like originality and, well, it’s the best thing I can find since I can’t get a good Shiner up here.

Grays Papaya
I couldn’t find a decent website for these guys.  In short, the best hotdogs in the city (don’t even bother with the street vendors) and for the best price.  2 dogs and a drink for less than $5.00.  “The friendly New Yorkers”

Well, I guess that’s it for my Wannabe Food Critic entry.  If you’re local and reading this and ever want to check one of these places out, give me a call.  Hey and if you know of any other great places in town, by all means drop a line.  

Love y’all

J