July 31, 2006

sweaty, ice cream, sandwiches, and waffles

Sorry for not updating in a while. Yes, I am THINKING OF YOU. No, not you...[points in the other direction]...you! Yes, you in the funny hat.

What have I been up to lately? Not a whole lot in the world of eating, hence the lack of updates. I spent the past two days going to concerts and I just bought a ticket (seriously, a minute ago) to another one tonight. Buying a ticket to go to a show by myself for an artist whose albums I don't even own to a venue I've never been to is highly abnormal for me, a lazy girl who needs a lot of convincing to even change out of her pajamas. If the show sucks, I'll turn into "Mega Grumpy Robyn." Pray for my well being.

At least the concert will be inside. Yesterday my body responded to being sun-raped at Pool Parties by constantly bathing itself in sweat. Layer after layer would soak into my clothes, evaporate into the Brooklyn air, lather, rinse, and repeat a few gazillion more times until I had successfully discharged more than a liter of water through my pores. My gawd, it's like magic! Who needs a urinary tract when you can just sweat all day? The only good thing about it was that I didn't have to pee and the extended exposure to the sun gave me a slight tan. (Luckily, I don't burn easily. Unless you throw fire on me. Please don't.)

When it gets to the point where I feel like my eyes are sweating, I can't say I have much desire to eat anything. However, before the show I thought I would get hungry, so I grabbed a quick snack.

New York Muffins
New York Muffins

It should be no surprise that a place called New York Muffins would entice me. MUFFINS. HELLO. ONE OF THE BEST INVENTIONS EVER. Alright then.

muffin pile 'nother muffin pile
muffin piles

I felt a little weird taking photos because the place was crowded and small, but they have more than muffins: other baked goods, sandwiches, juices, other liquids, etc. Of course, all I wanted was a muffin.

snack time
hello my pretty

Instead of trying something new, I went with my favorite flavor: banana nut. The texture threw me off a bit; it was a bit denser than I expected and one shoved in your mouth had the property of sticking to every tooth it came in contact with so that the only way you could get it down your throat was to wiggle your finger around and dislodged the muffin bits. You know what I mean, right? It had a high level of...toothpack. The good thing about this kind of texture is that the muffin doesn't messily crumble when you rip off chunks. Overall it wasn't bad, just not my favorite kind. I would've liked it better if it had more nuts in the batter and not just on top. After the 6-hour period that I was in possession of the muffin, I only managed to eat about half of it and gave the other half to John. I wouldn't have wanted to eat any baked good at that point, since I already felt...baked.

truck o ice cream ohoh yes gimme delicious ice cream
come to mama!

The only food being sold onsite that I desperately wanted to eat was ice cream. (There were also hot dogs and beer. These are not "Robyn"-foods.) While there were ice cream trucks outside the venue, a special Ben & Jerry's truck was on-hand for the concert. $3 for a small cup of sweet cream and cookie ice cream seemed like a lot to me (a few weeks earlier, Ice Cream Man had been giving out free ice cream, dammit), but I happily ate the melting creamy oreo cookie-laced scoop for a few minutes of relief from the heat.

And then I went back to feeling like I wanted to go home and sleep...I mean, after hosing myself down and scrubbing the crap out of my pores.

But I didn't. Because I had to stay until the final act.

Of Montreal
Of Montreal!

If you don't like Of Montreal, then that sucks. Because you should! Because! I said so! Right! They wrote a song about pancakes, you know. That should be enough to win anyone over. Especially if you like pancakes. I know you do.

Kevin Barnes
stylin'

And their lead singer is so stylin'.

more people
more people

I could've taken more photos, but I didn't want to crouch on the ledge in front of the stage for too long. It's kind of tiring after a while...if you're as out of shape as I am. And uncomfortably wearing a skirt. I wish I had the drive to do concert photography, but methinks food is more of my thing. Unless it were my job, I'd feel like I were bothering people if I took excessive photos at concerts. I seem to have lost that feeling while taking photos at restaurants and other food related places. "No one breathe, I NEED THE PERFECT SHOT OF THIS SANDWICH."

While waiting in the PATH station to get to Hoboken, I attempted to wipe off excess sweat with some extra Ben & Jerry's napkins. The result was me holding a sweat-laden napkin and the formation of friction-induced dirt bits on my skin. Oh. Lordy. When I got home all I could think of was, "I'm the human form of stench covered in a layer of sweat and grime." [shudders]

mm, need dinner flavors
ice creaaaam

After Saturday's Mew concert (they opened for Bloc Party, but I didn't stay for the whole thing), I wandered around Hoboken while waiting for the train back home. Although the sun wasn't out, the air was still filled with stagnant humidity. You know, the best kind of humidity. For making people suicidal. I only had a vague idea of what was in the area, but no map to guide me. Thankfully my food senses (or dumb luck, more like) led me to The Ice Hut, a fat-free Italian ice and ice cream vendor.

vanilla ice cream and mango ice
gimme!

I couldn't have asked for a better dinner. A combination of mango Italian ice and vanilla ice cream in a medium size cup only ran $2.75. While it was refreshing in such weather, you can already see from the photo the effects of the heat waves invading every bit of airspace. The poor ice cream was already starting to break down just seconds after it had been squodged out of the ice cream machine. Since the ice cream melted more quickly than the Italian ice, I hurriedly tried to shovel the "mango ice floating in ice cream soup" before getting sticky soup all over my hands. I think the mango ice on its own would taste too "sharp" (in coldness and flavor), but is much better when mixed with the creamy and less strongly flavored ice cream. I just wish it hadn't melted so quickly.

wall
a pretty wall

On Friday I went to Italian sandwich shop Alidoro with John for lunch. Although I went there once before and enjoyed it, my impetus for going last week was because of Mike's recommendation (and it was his rec that got me there the first time).

sammich innards
meal spillage

I ordered the special "Materazzi" sandwich (all sandwiches are given names) filled with uber-thin silky soft slices of Gran Biscotto, arugula, and some hot chili stuff smooshed between chewy sfilatino bread for about $11. If the price surprised you, the sandwich lasted me two meals, so it's definitely worth it. Hell, it's worth it even if it only lasts one meal. Mike describes the sandwich better than I could. All I can say is that I don't generally like ham, but this was damn tasty. My horribly description is that it doesn't taste like regular ham at all, or as Mike said, very little of the saltiness and grease I would object to.

other sandwich IMG_1450
John's sandwich

John ordered the "Victoria", consisting of smoked mozzerella, artichokes, sweet peppers and arugula between soft tramezzino bread. Although it would've been better if I had eaten it right away, the sandwich was still great after I finally got to eat it when I arrived at home 5 hours after the sandwich was made. More places should make sandwiches with smoked mozzerella. It's like regular mozzerella, but...ye know, smoked. I'd rather not explain what smokey flavor tastes like.

waffle makers
waffle robots!

Yes, we are finally reaching the end of this entry. Waffle style. I went to the small waffle and crepe shop Mon Repas with CJ, JD, and Diana before they tootled off to a Mew concert (I couldn't go because of the age restriction, god dammit). They make Belgian/Brussels waffles (rectangular) and Liege waffles (not rectangular, kinda oval or free-form).

waffle with nutella, banana, and coconut flakes
waffle with nutella, bananas, and coconut

I couldn't decide so I somehow settled on a Brussels waffle with nutella, banana slices and and coconut shavings. Pretty good. I mean, how could that not be good? Nutella is usually a mark of tastiness. Maybe I would've liked it more if I had been hungrier.

waffle with ice cream
waffle with ice cream

Diana's waffle was a bit overdone, meaning it was uber-crispy. She didn't finish it since she likes soft waffles more (as do I), but you may like your waffles "well done". :)

liege waffle
liege waffle

CJ ordered a simple liege waffle with syrup and was most vocal about the waffles tastiness in our whole group. He said somethign like, "Robyn, this is the best waffle I've ever had. ARE THEY ALL LIKE THIS? ANSWER MEEE!!!" Judging from this description of waffles, it probably was the best thing:

The Liege waffle is golden-yellow, more dense in texture and has a burned sugar coating on the outside giving it a lightly sweet flavor.

Stupidly I didn't force ask CJ if I could try any of his waffle. Ye know what that means; I'll have to go back and try it.

location, location, location

New York Muffins
198 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Ice Hut
201 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Alidoro
105 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

Mon Repas
50 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011

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i think it is SO adorable how you love the food and WANT to describe it so much, but struggle with the words. i believe this means that you really enjoy the eating experience. also, i like the shameless carb-bingeing. keep it up.

Posted by: jackie at July 31, 2006 7:45 PM [#]

Lalala, Giso just bought tickets to Paris for her and me. Lalala, going to Paris...lalala!

Posted by: Morten at July 31, 2006 9:07 PM [#]

I love and adore waffles more than small puppies and cute children. (Though I have never eaten either puppies or children....that I know of)This was truly food porn and now I am going to my waffle maker as we speak.....need buckwheat waffles.

Posted by: Cat at July 31, 2006 10:04 PM [#]

It is a shame that your banana nut muffin was sans the nuts, such false marketing. I do love a good banana nut, but my first choice would be bran. Of all things I could choose from I don't know why I love the bran muffins so much. By the way, John's sandwich was calling my name through the screen it looked so good.

Posted by: Alison at July 31, 2006 10:27 PM [#]

ZOMG. I wanted to go to a Pool Party! But yes it was hot and now I'm in a the mood for waffles.

Posted by: Amy at July 31, 2006 10:47 PM [#]

one Sin-A-Muffin please!

Teddy

Posted by: Teddy at July 31, 2006 10:58 PM [#]

Oh. Wow. Nutella, bananas, and coconut on a waffle?! Amazing. I gotta check that out or next time you go shoot me an email!!! Or if you go to a new place, cause I'm at home most of the time not really doing anything! Anyway good to see you've been taking pics. I've be a bit unsure about taking my cam out in the oppressive heat. So I switched to a pencil and sketchpad.

Posted by: Gordon at July 31, 2006 11:05 PM [#]

the ice cream man is a force for good. random good, but good. Glad to hear he made it out there. My friend interviewed him for his (as yet unprinted zine) he found him to be quite a character. He basically devotes his life to giving away free ice cream and going to concerts and printing his own zine. That sounds like just a few steps away from humankinds' savior. I know when he handed me an ice cream sandwich at a show here and said "it's free" I was converted.

Posted by: Rich at August 1, 2006 2:09 AM [#]

He's wearing a tomato red Victorian shirt! And a pastel green skirt, or shorts, or skorts, or whatever, but PASTEL GREEN! And RED HOT GO GO BOOTS!

If you can cover him in chocolate ice-cream just for the weather, I'd eat him up.

Posted by: Adalmin at August 1, 2006 3:42 AM [#]

i beg to differ on your concert photography skills; i think that picture of the crowd is really cool. the sun is at the perfect level.

and i think that guy from of montreal needs to be my best friend.

Posted by: Molly at August 1, 2006 9:23 AM [#]

[quote] I felt a little weird taking photos because the place was crowded and small...[/quote]

You wouldn't take a picture and steal the souls of the muffin seeking public because it was too crowded,"BUT", you take a photo of the multitude in the valley of the sun? Go figure...yes, really, go sit in the corner and figure.

When I saw the pic of the Banana muffin a quote from the movie "Dead Zone" came to mind.
"The Muffins are away, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah"! er..something to that effect.

Ima gunna be in NYC this week on Vay-Kay-Shun :-)

Posted by: redrhino at August 1, 2006 12:50 PM [#]

Jackie: I like that you think it's adorable instead of...sad. :) "THIS MUFFIN TASTES MUFFINY!" Yes, I'm on my way to a career in food writing!

Cat: I too enjoy waffles more than small puppies and children. You'd be crazy not to!

Alison: I don't know if I've ever had a sufficiently nutty banana nut muffin. Then again, it can only have so many nuts until it falls apart. I like bran muffins alright, but I haven't had one in ages. Perhaps I ate one once this year? :O

Amy: There are still a bunch more shows left, hehe. August 13th and 27th would be most interesting to me, but not enough to make me go. And the heat..hurts!

Teddy: I want to try it after looking at the photo. It has icing! Mm.

Gordon: Don't stay home, go out and...eat stuff? YA! It's the Robyn way. Your camera won't melt, I hope.

Rich: YES, he is the best good! I have this DVD he made of...a semi-documentary about his ice cream trucking? Hehe. It's cool. After I saw it I so wanted some free ice cream from his truck, but it hasn't happened yet. Ahhh, someday!

Adalmin: And he's got that pretty makeup. :) You can check out other photos I took of him at another concert in this flickr set. Wedding dress...hot!

Molly: Thanks! I lucked out with that crowd shot. It took a bit of...er, "post processing" to make it look good though (it was more underexposed at first).

Kevin = everyone's friend! When he's performing, at least.

redrhino: Haha, ohh taking photos of food and photos at concerts are VERY different. I don't mind stealing people's souls; it's whether or not they notice that may bother me. First off, when I take photos of food, I'm usually the only one. Or. Yes, usually the only one unless I'm with other food bloggers/flickrers. At a concert you can be sure that a gazillion other people are taking photos. In this case there were a lot of professional photographers (myself not included, but I got to go past the barracade anyway) and you're expected to take photos of the band, crowd, etc. I could've taken photos on the stage too, but I didn't go that far. :) I'm not totally comfortable with that yet!

Oo, hope you have a great vacation. I'll be...WORKIN!

Posted by: roboppy at August 1, 2006 1:24 PM [#]

Smoked mozarella? Gimmeh!

Posted by: Cathy at August 1, 2006 1:40 PM [#]

In the spirit of ice cream season , i have to ask , have you ever had a "purple cow"? It is absolutely delish , all it is is like a rootbeer float but instead of rootbeer you use Welch's Grape Juice....it is soooo good and creamy , give it a try sometime!

Posted by: kaitlin Hess at August 1, 2006 11:34 PM [#]

OH CRAP!,,, i melted today, and will melt again in a very few hours... but id love me a smoothie from ny muffin, dont forget the pineapple muffins !

Posted by: Mike C at August 2, 2006 12:09 AM [#]

Ohhh nutellla with waffles and banana, why didnt i think of that? nice page, keep up the eating of whatever you want!

Posted by: paul at August 2, 2006 9:46 AM [#]

Cathy: Here, catch!...[plop, or whatever sound mozzerella makes]

Kaitlin: I've never heard of that before, hehe...so it's like a grape juice float? I'd like to try it if someone would make one for me. :)

Mike: I think I will melt soon too when I go out for lunch. Can I use the heat as an excuse to buy ice cream? Cos. I will.

Paul: If I could choose anything I'd go for nutella, ice cream, and whipped cream! Or maybe just the ice cream. Or maybe chocolate syrup. Um. Yeah.

Posted by: roboppy at August 2, 2006 11:39 AM [#]

Hi!
Well, i couldn't find an e-mail address for you (spam aversion?) so I guess a comment is as good as anything else. I've just stumbled upon your blog amidst a bunch of research for an article i'm writing about Peruvian food. But that has nothing to do with anything.
I'm actually the same age as you, and (as it is fairly infrequent for me to find someone who is my age and as interested in food as i am) was pretty excited to read it and learn about you. Not in a stalker way or anything... I've actually looked at the NYU food studies program as a big option for grad school (Marion Nestle is a huge draw). Anyway, i was wondering if maybe i could talk to you a little about that, among other things. So, please e-mail me if you get a chance! And keep writing, your blog is great.

Mariana

Posted by: mariana at August 2, 2006 2:34 PM [#]

if u like ice cream i heard good things about Blue Pig in brooklyn, its located

60 Henry St (Orange St)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 596-6301

I prefer good old hagen daaz or just a king cone but give it a try!
I'm in the restaurant industry so if you ever want recommendations for certain restaurants give me an email!

Posted by: paul at August 2, 2006 3:22 PM [#]

Robyn, I'd be willing to host your site for free - I own a good-sized hosting company, and since I'm the boss...well, I can do as I like, can't I? Drop me a note at the email address attached to this comment if you're interested.

Posted by: Annette at August 3, 2006 4:13 PM [#]

Hi Robyn!
Thanks for linking my site! I love how you love food and love music. And I like to use the word love a lot. HA. Do you get to see a lot of cool concerts in NY? I need to get a list of cool places to eat/do if I ever get a chance to go to the city... I'll probably get tons of ideas from you!

Posted by: Janice at August 4, 2006 4:43 PM [#]

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