I meant to have an entry earlier in the week, but I was distracted by that thing called TV. But not normal TV, which is bad enough; I'm talkin' TV-whenever-I-want-it, which entails watching an entire season of Roswell. Dedicating yourself to a TV show takes up a lot of time—now I remember why I stopped watching it in high school.
BUT I CAN'T STOP UNTIL I'VE SEEN EVERY EPISODE.
Just thought you should know.
Yes, I did that "eating dessert before dinner" thing again. But you have to go to Il Laboratorio del Gelato before eating dinner because they close at the non-post-dinner-friendly hours of 6 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on the weekend. Late night gelato cravings in the Lower East Side can also be fulfilled at the Il Laboratorio counter at Whole Foods, but it's not as fun as going to the original shop on Orchard Street, even if all that entails is going up to the tiny storefront window to place your order.
I ordered a small cup of strawberry and mint chip, two of my favorite flavors. Strawberry isn't a flavor that blows me away; it's just one of my reliable flavors, something that will satisfy and make me think, "It can't be too bad; there's fruit in it. Somewhere. Mixed with the sugar and milk." Mint chip, or any herb-based flavor, does have the potential to blow me away if it involves real herbs, something you can count on at Il Laboratorio. The mint chip had that refreshing, clean, somewhat vegetal flavor, or maybe I thought that because I imagined sniffing a mint plant. A good mint flavor (this one) mellows out my brain; a bad one (most others) stabs my brain with artificial coldness.
Kathy got a cone with fig and malt. Dripping with figgy malty goodness.
Shann got a cup of raspberry and chocolate hazelnut. No drippage.
Partially satiated from the gelato, Kathy and I split a Spicy Rizzak at Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop. Sliced turkey, crispy bacon, melted cheddar, tomato, onion, and hot chipotle mayo on a toasted sesame semolina hero equals OH MY GOD, YES. Alternating layers of crunchiness—toasty bread, bacon, and raw onions—and smushiness—tomato, cheese, and turkey—and flavors—toastiness, baconness, spiciness, deliciousness. I could eat a whole sandwich on my own, but half was satisfying enough, besides making for a cheap dinner.
Shann's Cobb sandwich, made with grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and blue cheese dressing on toasted sesame semolina, is also very good. Hell, nearly all the sandwiches at Tiny's are awesome. But it's no Spicy Rizzak. Because it actually has something green in it.