All The Things I Eat


By on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 5:42 am

This is not an empanada, the sign warns.

I was out on the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach with some friends. After a day in the sun, we were looking for some food. The area has been undergoing a virtual gastronomic revolution with new restaurants and offshoots of existing city based restaurants opening in the pavilions along the water. The new offerings are a far cry from the funnel cakes and french fries of a place like Coney Island.

There were a number of options in each of the boardwalk’s pavilions, like a miniature beach oriented food court.

Casa de Camda is offering up these Bolivian pockets filled with savory meat and egg. A vegetarian option is also available. Sliced open and served with a bit of hot sauce, they were a little unexpectedly sweet. While tasty, one alone was not actually all that filling, making it a good snack but a poor meal.

Casa de Camda
Boardwalk pavilion
97th Street
Rockaway Beach, New York

Pork Bun

By on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 6:09 am

Pork Bun

On the border of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, we feasted on Asian delicacies.

This pastry bun was filled with a barbecue pork. The dough was light and crispy and the interior spicy and sweet. I don’t think it was particularly ethnically Chinese about the flavoring.

Maple Leaf Bakery
6623 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Pork and Chorizo Tacos

By on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 5:40 am

tacos from Tortilleria Mexicanos Los Hermanos, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
271 Starr Street

Pork Chimichangas

By on Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 5:36 am

shredded pork filled chimichangas

As the Village Voice 4knots festival wound down, I was beginning to get hungry when I spotted these deep fried chimichangas.

The 4Knots Festival, held this past year on Pier 17 at South Street Seaport took place on a hot muggy day. Drinking beer in the hot sun can be disorienting, especially without any food.

I found this stand off to the edge of the crowds. A few other people were walking away with the chimichangas. They looked delicious.

I ordered up a set — two for three dollars — and waited while they were fried before me. They were wrapped up in a soft casing, more like a pastry dough rather than a traditional tortilla. The crispy exteriors gave way to a soft center.

The shredded pork inside could have been spicier, but overall offered a balanced sweetness.

When I returned to the concert, my friends asked where I’d been. I explained that I just had two hot chimichangas. The immediately ran off to the stand and proceeded to order six each.

4Knots food stand
(37-11 30th Avenue

Chorizo Tostada

By on Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 5:01 am

tostada from Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos in Buswick, Brooklyn

On a hot summer day, I wandered into this Bushwick taco stand.

Ordering at the Tortilleria requires writing out your desired food on little index cards and handing them over to the nice lady behind the counter. The whole thing seems little bit confusing at first, but at least the order comes out right.

Tostadas are always a problem to eat. Do you use a knife and fork? Do you use your fingers and eat it into like Godzilla biting into a flying saucer? The crispy shell cracks. Of course that crispiness is what makes it taste so good.

The atmosphere is “ramshackle chic” with just a few tables inside the shop and a handful more in an adjacent garage. But the food is good and attracts a mix of hipster trendsetters alongside local families.

Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
271 Starr Street