Well I’ve got a job in NYC, in Tribeca to be exact. So I’m back to eating regularly in places worth writing about. Today’s post is kind of a special one since I did not have to pay for anything except my transportation (subway!) to get there. I entered a MidtownLunch.com contest and got invited to go to the preview opening of a crazy new Social-Media/Burger Joint called 4Food (with donut-shaped, stuffed burgers). It is pretty innovative, so I’ve got lot’s to write about (plus photos!).
Run, don’t walk. I am so glad the ‘hipster truck’ trend that has been happening in NYC has made its way to Philly. Every day I find myself with the same couple of options for lunch: Cheesesteak, Egg Sandwich, Meatball, etc. Sure I could get Chinese food or something, but now I have a much more awesome alternative. I LOVE mash-ups of food styles, and Coup de Taco’s mash-up of the Mexican taco format with ingredients from other ethnicities of food lead to an amazing cross-over. Continue reading →
Now. This. Is. A. Burrito.
On campus, there are a lot of burrito options. Between Lucky’s, Mexiphilly, Rosa’s, Qdoba, Chipotle and others there is a bunch to choose between. But how to know which one to go to? Well, in fact I’ve solved that problem for you (since I have tried most of them). Hands down, Don Memo’s burrito’s are my absolute favorite on campus.
I will caution you all that because everything is made fresh, it can take a while for your food to be prepared, especially during the peak lunch hours (12-1). I always call ahead and place my order. I have waited over 45 minutes for my order before, but that is something you need to understand before committing to a Don Memo’s lunch. Today, I got out of my class at 11 and called my order in. I was told it would be ready in 20 minutes so I went over there after killing 20 minutes in my room and it was ready within 5 minutes of my arrival. With that being said, if you plan properly it is WELL worth your time. Continue reading →
Ahh, to be back on campus in West Philly. How I’ve missed my “food cart meal plan”. Around 8:00 on Tuesday night, lazy and hungry. Decided that some Chinese food from Yue Kee would hit the spot for me. So I pulled out one of the menus that I have lying around my room and decided on Pork and Eggplant in Black Bean Sauce (and dish I have found to be very reliably delicious) and a pint of Hot and Sour Soup.
I had just left a hard work out so I deserved this meal. Thank god I exercised before this one. Porchetta served basically one dish (porchetta) and sides. I had been planning on visiting this place for a long time and finally felt the strong urge to venture there. I opted to get the Porchetta Sandwich (which was not cheap or huge) but it was worth every cent.
Chalk one more up in the success list. After my poor outing to Chili Thai I was determined to get redemption for Midtown cheap Thai food. Wondee has a $6.95 Lunch Special menu which is obviously cheaper than a lot of the surrounding Thai places with $7.95 offerings.
This place is the definition of dirty little hole-in-the-wall and that is why I love it!
You walk in and can see how dirty the floor is. The counter has many ring stains from the citrus soy sauce. This is the charm you get with your super-super-cheap dumplings.
After being completely disappointed with my lunch that I expected to be spicy Asian food (Thai), I still had my craving for the general genre. I needed something spicy and I particularly wanted Sriracha.
I walked to St. Marks to get a Korean Style Sandwich and knock another place off my to-do list.
My parents, sister, gradparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins all came into NYC to celebrate some birthdays. We all went to a fantastic restaurant called Crispo that served really delicious Italian food. This meal breaks my $10 rule, but that OK because it was for an occasion. In any case, I was blown away by the food I ate.