The “This Is Where I Vindicate My Bias Against Wraps” Post

photo(5)I have no problem with food piled onto a large, circular form that is then tucked and rolled into a cylindrical shape: I love burritos; I grew up less than 100 miles from the Mexican border. I love crepes; I love dosas; I love Swedish pancakes (Lingonberry jam and breakfast sausage, mmm).

But what I can’t stand is that American invention, the “wrap,” wherein a bland, pasty tortilla, often a red or green color (why?), is stuffed with traditional, “healthful” sandwich goods (“tuna salad wrap,” “Caesar salad wrap”). There’s just something fundamentally wrong about the wrap phenomenon.
photo(4)Then there are the rolls at Kati Roll Co. — they are everything the “wrap” wishes it could be, but will never, ever achieve.

For starters, the Indian wrap is so delicate, so thin it’s translucent and tears apart like a crêpe. (A majority of the rolls come with a scrambled egg patty, which sets into the wrap almost perfectly and offers some structural support.)
photoThe homemade wrap is heated on an old, cast iron grill before being stuffed with savory, Indian-spiced proteins — chicken, beef, paneer cheese, minced lamb kababs are the options — topped with sliced red onion and doused with a zingy, bright green cilantro sauce. Wow.

Since I was only having one (they’re often eaten in pairs), I went for the big one: an Unda Shami Roll, with egg and two spicy minced mutton kababs. One was substantial: There was certainly a hamburger’s worth of lamb meat inside.

photo(2)Finally! After a rocky start to food today, I found harmony: The heat of the roll, balanced by the sweet of the mango juice drink; the heat of the day, balanced by the cool shade of Bryant Park; the stress of work momentarily forgotten.


Breakfast: The Expiration Dates Do Matter Post

photoTwo-part breakfast story today:

I didn’t believe that granola expires (this little package has a Sept 2007 expiration date), but apparently it does. A year-and-a-half past optimal eating conditions, the granola and contents were stale in that soft, a-little-mushy way. Really, not so good. I ate a few pieces until I was convinced it was true, that granola actually can expire, then finally stopped.

I turned to trusty backup, Fage 2% Greek yogurt with jammy mix-in, this time peach, which didn’t expire until sometime in June. As in 2009.

Dinner: You Know What They Say, Have Good Sausage, Will Travel

photo-9So it’s no Murray’s Real Salami or Salumeria Rosi, but this Rosé Salami, Recipe No. 7, by Giovanni Volpé & Co. out of St. Louis, Mo., is tasty enough and definitely fatty enough to:

Dice and pan-fry; then pour in a can of preheated Bush’s baked beans (top, for some reason I had a can of the Boston Recipe version on hand); let it all sizzle and spatter until thoroughly heated; spike with a bit of heat extra heat(optional; I went for some of Melinda’s XXXtra Hot Sauce out of Costa Rica); plate up; garnish with a couple of slices of tomato that are delicious, but will be more perfectly ripe tomorrow; and call it an easy dinner at home. 

photo-10photo-8Much tastier than I initially thought it would be, as I cobbled my meal together out of “whatever’s in the house.” Lucky for you!