Of Hemming and Herring

You enter Orchard Express on the Lower East Side, as if opening the tent flap of a Moroccan souk. Men of indeterminate ethnic backgrounds are hunched over sewing machines or gossiping and laughing both in front of and behind the counter. No matter how many people are clogged into the narrow aisle of the shop, I know I will get my pants marked with a chalk slash and hemmed within a half hour ($5/hem).Which leaves me with time for…a snack! But where to go? Fortunately, Russ and Daughters Cafe is across and a little down from Orchard Express.

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Bejeweled Bread and What To Do With It

Bread doesn’t have to be perfect and from an artisanal bakery to make a perfect sandwich, but perfect bread can elevate plain ingredients—like radishes and butter—to the sublime. This is certainly the case with Orwashers raisin walnut pumpernickel bread. Founded on the Upper East Side in 1916, Orwashers bakery has a place in my own personal New York City history. I lived on E. 78th and 2nd Avenue in my first and only solo apartment, and Orwashers was one block away.

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The New Kid on My Block: Junzi Kitchen

Junzi kitchen had its soft opening June 14th.  Only four blocks north of the the hot pot venue, Junzi is world’s away in that it is a “concept” Chinese restaurant, translated for American palates; think a Chinese Sweetgreen or Digg In. The founders, Yale University graduates, opened their first “fast casual” Junzi kitchen, now hugely popular, in New Haven.

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Hipster playground, Ping-Pong, Putt-Putt, Pizza and more

Industry City appeared on my NYC Snack Attack radar when my ethnic food sleuth sister, Carol, told me about a must-try Burmese noodle restaurant in the Food Hall of this industrial space turned hipster playground in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. Formerly Bush Terminal, IC boasts 6 million feet of warehouse space and is home to 400 companies specializing in everything from fashion to film to food.

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Within Miles of Mile End

I felt like I was giving my son’s adopted city, Montreal, short culinary shrift by writing only about Gibeau Orange Julep. So here is a roster of culinary venues we love and know—so far! Prices are in CAD$, which, at this posting are $.74USD. Some do not fall within my snack budget of “$10.00 and under,” but in the interest of completeness and being a truly helpful guide for a trip to Montreal (which you must take!) I’m including all price ranges.

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Artichoke without the Striptease

Sure, it’s a pain to steam artichokes—from clipping the thorny ends of the bud’s bracts to waiting an hour or so for them to be soft enough to scrape with your teeth and for the heart to turn tender. But oh, the reward of this subtle, luxurious flavor! So I’m going to contradict my Condiment-o-Mania blog post, in which I suggested that I had only three go-to sandwich condiments, because I’ve found a winner in Trader Joe’s Artichoke Antipasto. And, I have used it to create yet another Perfect Sandwich.

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Miles from Mile End

From the sublime to the sublimely ridiculous: looking out from the viewing deck of the grand Oratoire Saint Jospeph du Mont Royal, I saw the giant orange orb beckoning in the distance. The retro fast food Gibeau Orange Julep looked like one of the remnants of Expo 67 strewn around Montreal, which we have come to know through three years of visits to our son, a McGill University student. We had walked five miles and it would be another three miles to reach Orange Julep along a bleak stretch of the Décairie Expressway.

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Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato: A Return to Childhood

A perfect bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich is an American classic, five ingredients in perfect harmony.A good theme when creating a great BLT: more is better! More bacon, more mayo, more lettuce. Bread perfectly toasted, lettuce crisp, tomato sliced thin. It's a return to childhood, a happy dream. Let's walk through the ingredients one by one.

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