It has been a while since my last post so this is a catch up with some foodie interludes.
Christmas was spent in Ohio and it was a joy. Having worked in the food business for the last 10 years this is the first Christmas in a long time that I have been able to relax and enjoy the festivities. One of the many reasons that working in food is far less glamourous than any celebrity chef or cookery show may make it appear are the unsociable hours. This is never more apparent than at this time of year, when for many food establishments it is make or break time when it comes to profits.
This year all that I had to worry about was what and when to eat, drink, read or watch…….heaven.
We visited the B spot Burger Bar in Cleveland Ohio. Great burgers and milkshakes, quality beef from NYC master butcher Pat LaFrieda, good pickles from the self-serve ‘Pickle Bar’ but slightly disappointing sides, especially the Rosemary fries. Other than the B-Spot and an amusing trip to the local Hibachi grill we mainly stayed home in front of the fire with the excellent home cooking provided by Mr and Mrs Clark.
Having been waylaid in Ohio for an extra few days due to the snow storm that hit New York, closing all the airports, there was little opportunity to do any last-minute eating before returning to London. However wading through the snow I managed to tick off a long-standing desire to eat at Torrisi Italian Specialties .
They have won many fans for their excellent house roasted turkey sandwich, which is incredibly moist and perfectly accompanied by a homemade spicy sauce, mayonnaise and shredded lettuce. They also make their own delicious salads, some classic Italian/American dishes such as chicken parmigiana along with all the usual Italian cold cuts. The store is tiny and always busy, we sneaked in at 3.3opm and still had to wait a while.
Actually there was time for a New Years Eve dinner at Frankies and a last supper at the ever fantastic Franny’s. Great pizza and a delicious Italian sausage served with Freekah, a new one to me but a delicious grain best described in this fascinating video….enjoy!