Dinner: Wednesday, May 6, 2009

photo-71After lunch’s feast just a simple salad tonight, please. To mixed greens I added three newish food obsessions, and one old stand-by:

Half a container (4 oz.) of Wakim’s Foods garbanzo salad (Bristol, PA). It’s just garbanzo beans, spinach, olive oil, lemon juice and some other herbs, but it’s so damn good. 

The end of a jar of goat feta in olive oil from Patches of Star Dairy (Nazareth, PA) that a friend picked up at the Union Square Greenmarket. There’s a certain tang the goat’s milk gives to the feta that just kicks it up a notch.

photo-21Diced Medjool dates from Russ & Daughters. Just like candy. Better, in fact. I’m eating some chocolate right now as I write this and I think I’d prefer the dates.

On top of all that, I added a fried egg, cooked over-medium, which I then cut into bite-sized pieces with my knife and let the last molten bit of yolk drip all over everything. Super delicious.

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Lunch: Wednesday, May 6, 2009

photo23Meal O’bama: Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Didn’t think I’d be able to eat every single morsel of my lamb, chicken and rice combination ($7.50) and … I did. I’m not entirely ashamed to admit I was scraping at the rice grains stuck in the niches of the takeout container, to try to free them so I could smear them in the last of the white tzatziki-like sauce.

The scene at my desk was only about a half-step above sticking an actual finger in there and using it in a spatula-like function to finish the job at which my fork was proving woefully inadequate.

photo8Meal O’Bama is the newest cart from Kwik Meal crew; Midtown Lunch has all the details on the chef, the Irish-ish name and the cart’s sister locations.

I needed a bit of flair this afternoon; watching the two chefs work with such deftness in their ultra-utilitarian sidewalk kitchen (no corner unused), not to mention the food that followed, cheered me right up.

TIP: Say “yes” to hot sauce.

Breakfast: Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Twinkies, smoothies, roses and lotto tickets.

photo34photo5photo51I’m instantly charmed by this tiny, unnamed food shop on W. 37th between 7th and 8th avenues, and amused by its paradoxes. Where else in Midtown is it possible to buy a Cup of Noodles and a chocolate croissant out of the same bakery case? Or a dozen different kinds of scrachers and a bouquet of roses (a winning combination)? Or a fresh fruit smoothie and a Twinkie?

photo6Where else in Midtown do they even sell Twinkies, for that matter? And what is up with the mirror in the nook with the Pringles? I’ll be back at some point for a slice of banana bread … damn that looks good.

Tip:  I’ve always thought Twinkies were a nutritional wasteland, but they only have 150 calories. Do I dare?

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Missed: Dinner, Tuesday, May 5, 2009

p-1600-1200-862e3527-2e15-4b23-bdee-c91a29f021d4.jpegSo I missed writing about dinner last night, which is probably best because it essentially consisted of heavy grazing of party snacks, including veggies and artichoke dip, cheese cubes, triangular spinach in phyllo dough, and a lot of water crackers (see photo).