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Location : All over Amsterdam…
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Febo Automats are quick, easy and everywhere in Amsterdam. But besides the novelty of the automat machine, I’m thinking there’s an unspoken reason for the popularity of these ‘restaurants’. Stoners. Think about it, near every coffee shop is an automat, and what’s more convenient than a place that serves warm greasy food instantly? No lines or wait, no menus to read, nobody to even have to talk to. Just pop your euro coins into the slot and out comes your snack hot and piping. (BTW, be sure to use exact change cause Febo automats will rob you of any excess coins). Here in NY, you check out the Bamn Automat on St Marks in the East Village.
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My recommendations for Febo include the fries in the back (you’ll have to talk to the attendant) and the Kaassoufflé (deep fried cheese). Basically anything deep fried is good, well except maybe the deep fried scorpions I had in China that didn’t taste like anything. The cheese in Kaassoufflé is deep fried in a thick crunchy bread batter so you get the crunch and then the goo. Nice isn’t it? Enjoy!
At the checkout stand at Jasmart last night and saw all these random Japanese snacks and candies. These Japanese snacks all have some crazy packaging – in a different class than Suntory Boss Coffee. Check out Robyn’s flickr page on her spread of snacks.
Corn Pottage Japanese Snack
We tried the “Corn Pottage” snack. The only way to describe this stuff is Captain Crunch cereal with a corn taste. So imagine the consistency and puffy lightness of a Captain Crunch cereal piece with a savory corn taste with a little spice. I’ll check out the rest today.
Order Your Japanese Snack Candy Sampler
Was out in Chicago for my friend James wedding and heard about the hot dogs out there. Some of my friends out here in NY told me I’ve got to try out one of these hot dogs. Apparently they’re supposed to be as famous as the deep dish pizza. I lost my camera during some rough play at Whirly Ball during the bachelor party (long story) so unfortunately I do not have any photos of all of the great food I tried out in Chicago but I will try to summarize and describe the food over the next few days.
These are larger beefier hot dogs than those dirty water dogs you see on the streets throughout NY. They’re loaded with all sorts of crazy toppings such as peanuts, salad, etc. I got a polish Chicago ultimate hot dog at the Park Grill in Millenium Park. It came with a choice of cole slaw or kettle chips for about $9. We all just got back from a rough night of drinking. Funny it turns out that our waiter also pulled an all-nighter with alcohol still on his breath. haha. Anyhow the dog was pretty good and huge. A little on the salty side for me but it was grilled and quite juicy. The waiter gave me an extra hot dog bun and after cutting the dog in half I was able to basically get 2 servings out of it. I would have to go around and try more and more varieties of the Chicago hot dogs to get a good estimate on their pros and cons but I would have to say it was on the above average side but not quite as good as Mandler’s or Top Dog out in Berkeley.]]>
747 Columbus Ave
New York 10025
Btwn 96th & 97th St
Just moved to a new spot a few weeks ago and took a stroll around the block to see what restaurants and resources are around and I came across ” U Like Chinese Restaurant”. The name was what got me into the door but once inside I knew what I was in for – Cheap Chinese Restaurant Syndrome Yeah you know, Chinese fast food, Chinese for westerners, Chinese food for non-Chinese, etc. If you’re Asian and you’re caught eating at one of these places it can be shameful and embarrassing (if you are so proud – which I admit I am not). Yes the food is not authentic Chinese – it’s usually loaded with extra sugars, MSG, and the prices are so cheap you have to think twice about ordering a dish that includes meat. The chicken is always dark meat and NEVER order any fish dishes. The cool thing is though that these restaurants are regionalized for the neighborhood. I saw a place in Spanish Harlem on 110th St that has pretty good fried chicken and steak hoagies and another Cheap Chinese Restaurant down in the lower east side that serves stewed chicken, black beans, and yellow rice too.
Anyhow I ordered string beans and tofu over brown rice. In California it’s hard to order brown rice at a Chinese Restaurant – most times they even charge you extra, but here in NY it’s a free healthy option which is nice. The food was decent and cheap and I couldn’t complain. I usually order sesame chicken which they serve with a few sprigs of deep fried/blanched broccoli florets but the sauce is usually way too sweet for my taste. So what’s your take on cheap Chinese? Are you up for it? I don’t have any pride and I can eat at these places and besides it’s always fun to look at the expressions on the restaurant staff as they strain to hold back their laughter whenever I order dishes with my “jook sing” accent in Cantonese.
This week I’ve had some frighteningly unhealthy food such as a jumbo slice of Koronet Pizza, Harlem Fried Chicken and to top it off White Castle Burgers Ahhh White Castle Burgers, one of the perks of living on the East Coast. Some of my friends in California have no idea what they are missing. (Though some would say it’s better that way / In and Out Burgers are way better) White Castle burgers if you don’t’ know were first made popular by a Beastie Boys song back in the 80s and recently by the film Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle A White Castle burger is a miniature burger (slider) with a hamburger patty, onions, pickles, mayo and ketchup. They’re small enough that you can eat them in a few bites. IHeartBacon.com food blog actually has a real cool blog post that describes how you can make your own White Castle burgers on your own. Anyhow I don’t really know why I went up to White Castle last night – maybe it’s something to do with Beastie Boys songs that gets me in trouble ( Brass Monkey) or it was just the persistence of my friends Noel and Lisa to relive the old days of New York with alcohol and White Castle burgers, but whatever it was before I knew it, I was walking up 1st avenue to wards one of the few remaining original White Castle Burger restaurants in Manhattan. That night the plan was simple: play poker, check out Noel’s new Karaoke game on his PS2, drink and gorge down ugly amounts of white castle burgers. It was going to be just 4 of us : Noel, Lisa, her boyfriend Jesse and I. We did the math and figured we should order the Crave Case of 30 White Castle burgers and then a 10 pack on the side to give us equally 10 burgers a person. I tried to take a photo of the unique way they grill the white castle burgers but the management wasn’t very happy, however she did allow me to take a photo of the staff instead. That should have been a good sign right there not to proceed.
Personally I’ve never ordered a case of white castle burgers but I have to say walking out of the restaurant it felt like I was clutching a new fashionable accessory. There’s something just manly about carrying a case of these burgers. Needless to say we all did our best to finish off the mountain of greasy white castle burgers. I managed to down about 6 or 7 and Jesse, perhaps aided by hunger after working out at the gym, played a key role as the clean up crew. Coco the dog also did her part by picking up the few scraps and remains. It was ugly – not to mention the day after. The things I do for this food blog – you have no idea.]]>
When it comes to TV Dinners though, Hungry Man is really the quintessential TV dinner. I mean what comes to mind when you purchase and consume a TV Dinner anyhow?
Hungry Man TV Dinners are all about large portions of food without any notions of being healthy. After all do ‘hungry men’ actually care about calories, carbs or fat intake?
Hungry Man TV Dinners – What about the taste?
Well unless you have a craving for stale airline food or like to eat meat with shards of ice crystals, you really can’t expect an ultra gourmet meal out of a Hungry Man TV Dinner. It’s just a quick fix to get you food while you veg in front of the TV.
This Hungry Man TV Dinner had 2 white meat chicken steaks with mashed potatoes, a side of corn and a chocolate brownie.
Except check out this brownie on this Hungry Man TV Dinner:
It’s got chunks of corn inside the brownie!!! What a sick joke by the people of Swansons.
Haha!!!! I Love it!!!
Well it’s that time of year again and it’s time to load up on the girl scout cookies. We got our shipment today at the office and here are 3 sample packages.
Tagalongs Girl Scout Cookies – Tasty cookies topped with real peanut butter and covered with chocolate coating.
Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies – Extra thin wafer covered with smooth cocoa coating for those who love the taste of chocolate. Flavored with natural peppermint.
Samoas Girl Scout Cookies- Tender vanilla cookies, covered with caramel on top and bottom, rolled in toasted coconut, and striped with a rich, chocolaty coating.
They also have a bunch of other Girl Scout Cookie flavors but these are the only ones that people ordered at the office. I personally like the original thin mints Girl Scout Cookies the best. They go well with coffee, milk or just plain.
If you aren’t from the USA and aren’t familiar with these cookies check out the girl souts site
The main objective of selling Girl Scout Cookies is two-fold:
1) Generate revenue for the girl scouts
2) Teach skills in sales?
Pretty clever marketing if you think about it because most of the time it’s the Dad or Mom that brings in the ordersheet to the office and people load up on the Girl Scout Cookies. They also only do it once a year so you don’t get tired of Girl Scout Cookies. This is so much better than the crap that I had to sell when I was in the cub scouts or boy scouts. I think it was like a sheet of coupons or something for $10.00 each sheet. That was the worst.]]>