All The Things I Eat

Savory Asian Meat Buns

By on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at 6:18 am

A hot dog bun

Not every bun from an Asian bakery is sweet.

We picked up a few random savory buns just because. Many Asian bakeries have low price points for individual items making them ideal places to experiment with random selections.

In this case, the “hot dog bun” turned out to be pretty much exactly what it claimed: a hot dog in a bun. The bread was sweet and soft. I think I once ate something similar to this on an airplane, although overall this was a better experience.

The below bun was a “ham bun,” which to me seems pretty much like a warm ham and cheese sandwich. Still, I enjoyed it.

a ham and cheese bun

Maple Leaf Bakery
6623 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Barbecue Banh Mi

By on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 6:45 am

barbecue Banh Mi

The legacy of French colonialism created the banh mi, a sandwich consisting of French bread and Vietnamese flavors.

Bedford Avenue has become the center of all things overpriced, so its great to still find a $5 sandwich in the tiny little shop a half block from the subway.

I bought this sandwich and headed to the waterfront for a private picnic under the setting sun.

A Barbecue Banh Mi sandwich from Bedford Avenue

BBQ Banh mi

Banh Mi Sandwich Shpop
172 Bedford Avenue

Pesto Pasta Salad

By on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 5:56 am

Pesto Pasta salad

A pesto pasta salad is a refreshing lunchtime side dish.

Its difficult to admit that I like a little pasta salad on the side with an lunch sandwich. Fran’s does have a great traditional, mayonaise based pasta salad as well. But with tomatos and a pesto sauce, I feel a little less guilty.

On the other hand, making my own pesto is easy enough I feel that I should have made my own.

Fran’s Italian Deli
202 Hudson Street

Falafel Platter

By on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Falafel platter from Mamoun's in Hoboken

The famous falafel sandwich now comes as a salad.

Mamoun’s Falafel has been something of an West Village institution for cheap, vegetarian falafel sandwiches. Lines form out the door at night and on weekends, satisfying both the party goers and nearby college student budgets.

But Mamoun’s has finally expanded behind the tiny little shop on MacDougal Street, and so has its menu. Mamoun’s Hoboken caters to the office lunch crowd with falafel platters piled with pickled vegetables, olives and of course, falafel balls. I like to think of it as a healthy alternative, overlooking the fact that the falafel is fried.

Mamoun’s Falafel
502 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ

Zucchini Sticks

By on Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 6:10 am

Fried zucchini sticks

There isn’t really anything better than taking something healthy like a vegetable and deep frying it.

Well, okay, the better thing is to add a side of dipping sauce, in this case a creamy tomato.

The breading was light and crispy, the zucchini itself soft and lush. And to think we almost ordered onion rings instead.

Fried Zucchini sticks

444 9th Street