Saturday, December 10, 2011

I’ll admit it I’ve been quite gluttonous since I landed in NYC four days ago.

Day 1 - My friends and I ordered NYC-style pepperoni pizza. I’ve been craving this for a year now!

Day 2 - Pork empanadas in Hell’s Kitchen for lunch at Empanada Mama.

For dinner, I met one of my good friends, Sandy, who also introduced my husband and I to each other over 5 years ago. I requested a dinner full of porky goodness so we met at Austrian-fare serving Cafe Katja in the Lower East Side. The menu here is dominated by meat, specifically pork. Needless to say, I stuffed myself silly and washed it all down with a hearty ale.

My meal featured a meaty emmentaler sausage, savory cabbage-sauerkraut-like mixture and quark (fresh cheese) dumplings. Sandy ordered the pork sampler so he could share with me. Even my male friends know the way to my heart! The food and the ales reminded me of our eating experience in Munich.
My Emmentaler sausage plate of goodness!
The pork sampler platter at Cafe Katja featuring a slab of pork belly and other goodies.
Day 3 - Bacon and eggs for breakfast. Ham and cheese wrap for lunch.

For dinner, my long-time friend, Angie and her husband, Gordon, and I paid a visit to Inoteca Liquori in the Gramercy Park neighborhood. One of my old friends from my Jean-Georges days, Steve, works there as the chef. The restaurant is a sister to one my favs down in the LES, ‘inoteca.

Once again, we were served a superb meal filled with several pork dishes such as the Italian salumi platter, tagliatelle with a pork ragu, the chef’s special of a 36-hour slow-cooked pork belly and oh so much more! Thanks Steve!

Truffled egg toast with asparagus - you can't go wrong with this!
Mmm...pork belly!
For dessert and despite our protests, we even had a cute shot glass filled with affogato - two baby scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with espresso. A perfect touch to a fun evening!

A bottle of bubbly Lambrusco, good friends and food - what more could a girl ask for? Just like Bologna!

Day 4 - I just made myself a ham and cheese omelet for brunch.

So sinful, huh?

At least, I’ll be spending the rest of the afternoon teaching a fun cupcake class for Angie and her friends here. A sweet way to end a Saturday!

Afiyet olsun!

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jaz@octoberfarm said... are too funny. you are in pig heaven! i am trying to talk my husband into going to diner at the hofbrau house for the 3rd time this week!!! keep on eatin'!

Unknown said...

Sounds like you are having a great time eating your way through NYC. Glad to hear you are having a great time.

Joy said...

Pork has been good....but switched to chocolate cupcakes and coffee for breakfast today! =)