All The Things I Eat

Teriyaki Balls

By on Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 6:28 am

I often seek out the oddest foods. Sometimes the results are marvelous.

Smorgasburg is a food lovers paradise on the East River waterfront in Williamsburg. Venders from across the six boroughs and beyond descend. The weekly event is a lot like Googa Mooga, but with less music, more food and a regular schedule.

The Mimi and Coco food stand stood all alone while pasty, chunkers lined up for burgers or tacos or other more recognizable foods. I spent a minute watching as a woman, presumably Mimi or Coco, sat turning over small balls in an iron dumpling griddle. Yes, obviously I would have to try these things.

Six balls plopped down on the cardboard plate and then topped with various garnishes. The most striking thing when Mimi or Coco handed me the plate was how stunningly colorful the little balls were.

I quick snapped a few photos eager to wrap my teeth around these things that now smell delicious. The sauces topping the balls are sweet and spicy. The ball’s exterior crispy with soft dough on the interior followed up with the savory sausage. These balls hit all right notes for Asian influenced cuisine: balanced flavors and textures. But they also had the sort of flavor profile that appeals to the American flavor palette.

In short, stop lining up for over priced cheeseburgers and local sprouted tacos, all of which I’m sure are very good, and get some Teriyaki balls.

the interior of a teriyaki ball

Mimi and Coco
North 7th Street

Lava Fries

By on Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 6:22 am

Lava fries are doused in hot sauce before having melted mozzarella cheese poured over them

Lava Fries are French fries doused in hot sauce before mozzarella cheese is broiled on top.

Lava Fries are a spicier cousin of the New Jersey diner favorite Disco Fries (And Disco Fries in turn are more refined cousin of northerner’s Poutine). Lava Fries are a regular menu item at the one campus bar serving Rutgers University, Newark.

Often after I finished my nighttime graduate classes, I’d end up with a beer or two at McGovern’s tavern and inevitably someone would order a plate of Lava Fries. They are greasy and spicy all at once, but if you take your time eating them they congeal into a messy pile of greasy cheese.

Lava fries from McGovern's Tavern in Newark

McGovern’s Tavern
58 New Street
Newark, New Jersey

Moroccan Fry Bread

By on Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 6:45 am

Moroccan fry bread

Flaky Moroccan fry bread at the New Amsterdam Market.

Flatbreads are a common cross culture style of bread making. This Moroccan fry bread was served like a French crepe, though thicker.

I ate mine plain, the buttery grease adding enough flavor I didn’t need to add anything. Honey is commonly poured over the bread.

The bread was a product of Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit organization intended to help low income women enter the workforce through artisanal bread making.

Moroccan style fry bread

Hot Bread Kitchen
New Amsterdam Market
East River at Beekman

Ich bin ein Berliner

By on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Plum jelly filled donut / berliner from the Old German Bakery in Hoboken, NJ

German style jelly donuts are known as Berliners.

Its a lesson John F. Kennedy famously learned during a speech in Berlin attempting to say, “I am a Berliner,” or as he actually said in the German, “I am a Jelly Donut.”

The German bakery is an unassuming little shop on Washington Street in Hoboken. Sadly, most Hoboken tourists would rather wait in line for two hours at the overrated Carlo’s Bakeshop, made famous on the TLC show Cake Boss.

The Berliners were available in chocolate, berry and plum. I chose the least obvious: plum jelly. The plum jelly was thicker than I expected, and I’d probably rather have berry next time.

Plum Jelly in a Berliner

Old German Bakery
332 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Apple Pie on a Stick

By on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 5:21 am

Apple pie on a stick

Putting a mini apple pie on a stick makes it a clean, portable snack.

I found myself at the New Amsterdam Market near the old Fulton Fish Market. Funny how raw fish has been replaced with bourgeois treats.

The mini was a bit ordinary, but its portability unbeatable. Not that I the apple pie pop travel very far.

a mini apple pie on a stick from Pie Corps

Pie Corps
New Amsterdam Market
East River at Beekman