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BIG APPLE BBQ Block party 2010 at MADISON SQUARE PARK in NYC!

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Pit Master at Jim N Nicks

Smoked Sausage & jalapeno-pimento cheese spread at JimNnicks!

Smoked Sausage & jalapeno-pimento cheese spread at JimNnicks!


Smoked Sausage...up close & personal!

Smoked Sausage...up close & personal!


The 8th annual Big Apple BBQ block party in NYC was a swine of a success this past weekend! BBQ lovers of all breeds & nations conjured up at Madison Square Park’s perimeter to sample a tasting of some of the best slow smoked whole hog, brisket, sausages, & ribs from pitmasters all across the red,white,& blue! The vendors that I had a privilege to sample from included Ed Mitchell’s “The Pit” from Raleigh-North Carolina serving up a whole hog sandwich with slaw, Mike Mill’s “17th st. bar & grill” from Murphysboro-Illinois serving baby back ribs with beans, Patrick Martin’s “Martins BBQ Joint” from Nashville-Tennesse serving up a whole hog sandwich with sweet pickles, Drew Robinson’s “Jim n Nicks BBQ” from Birmingham-Alabama serving homemade smoked sausage with an jalapeno pimento cheese spread, Ken Bosley’s “Moonlite BBQ Inn” from Owensboro-Kentucky serving a BBQ mutton & burgoo sandwich with pickles, & Joe Duncan’s “Bakers Ribs” from Dallas Texas serving up St. Louis style ribs. There were oodles of other pitmasters & their respective restaurants from near to far but the ones I mentioned above are the ones that served up the BBQ that ended up in my tummy! Everything I tasted from these BBQ masters were truly “off the meat rack” to say the least! I have to say that my favorites were the whole hog sandwich from Martins BBQ Joint & the smoked sausage from Jim n Nicks BBQ. The whole hog sandwich from Ed Mitchell was off the chain,too with the vinegary based mix of the finely chopped whole hog, but I preferred the roughly chopped whole hog from Martin’s BBQ joint & the sweet/tart blend of the BBQ sauce slightly lathered upon the stringily-coursely chopped meat! The sweet pickles that accompanied the whole hog ‘sammy were very delightful,too! The 2nd delight that I really savored were the homemade smoked sausage from Jim N Nick’s BBQ. I thought the sausage had a nice & mild smoke flavor that wasn’t too overpowering while the casing had a nice snap when your teeth broke the bond! The accompaniment with the smoked sausage,the pimento cheese spread was a nice element of surprise as well. The cheese were finely diced & the jalapeno added a hint of smoke & heat that was just right! I gently massaged the smoked sausage with the jalapeno-pimento cheese spread instead of smearing it on the saltine crackers that they provided & ooh,boy that combo was like a 1st round lottery draft pick! The snap,crackle,pop of the casing with the smoke flavor of the sausage & the texture of the pimento cheese spread were pure ecstacy to my taste buds when my molars layed contact on her! Ed Mitchell’s crew from “The Pit” also won my piggy heart when they gave free samplings of their pork cracklings when politely asked! Some tasty pork rinds I must say! It brought me back to the days of high school to this corner store called “The Caribbean” when pork rinds & a snapple were a snack called to order before practice! Ed Mitchell’s,’The PIT’ was so popular that they ran out of hog sandwiches around 1:45pm on Saturday! I hope to try out more vendors next year & continue to go to the ones that really pleased my senses this year!
–Mr. C
Whole Hog sandwich from Martin's BBQ!

Whole Hog sandwich from Martin's BBQ!


Pitmaster, Patrick Martin manning his BBQ & staff!

Pitmaster, Patrick Martin manning his BBQ & staff!


Mike Mills, pitmaster from 17th st bar & grill!

Mike Mills, pitmaster from 17th st bar & grill!


Baby back ribs & beans from 17th St bar & grill

Baby back ribs & beans from 17th St bar & grill


Ed Mitchell, pitmaster from The Pit

Ed Mitchell, pitmaster from The Pit


Ed Mitchell checking his babies on the pit!

Ed Mitchell checking his babies on the pit!


Whole hog sandwich from the Pit!

Whole hog sandwich & slaw from the Pit!


OG from the PIT serving up some pork cracklings!

OG from the PIT serving up some pork cracklings!

Steamed Pastry!? Golden Steamer in Chinatown-NYC


Steamed pastry…? OK, pastry seems like a term that esteemed cuisines like the french & italian usually specializes in, but the chinese also have an arsenal of goodies that the mere mortal can enjoy! What is the definition of pastry anyway? Does it have to be baked or does it just insinuate that the base of the product has to be eggs,flour,water, & be kneaded or have at least some form of these ingredients? Who cares! What’s in a name anyways?
Golden Steamer is a food destination-slash, hole in the wall in Chinatown-New York City that specializes in steamed buns/”pastry”. They have been opened for 3-4 months now & I’ve been thoroughly enjoying their morsals of goodness. My favorites have been the steamed buns of the pork & vegetable – chicken & vegetable variety, the Dai Bao aka the “special” bun as Filipinos know it or simply translated in chinese as the “Big Bun” (Dai Bao), & the steamed pumpkin bun. Golden Steamer also sells dim sum items that everyone recognizes like turnip cakes, egg custards, fried dumplings, & steamed rice noodles as well as baked items like the bun with the hot dog & the roast pork bun(don’t like)! Golden Steamer is a great option for those martians who crave for the sweet & savory breakfast item on the lower east…Chinese…side of manhattan formerly known as the Italian side of Canal Street. Do your city ups & stuff yer face!
–Mr. C

Golden Steamer
143 Mott Street (between grand & hester)
New York, NY 10013

Xian Famous Foods *Grand Opening* in Chinatown,NYC!

Xian Famous Foods
Calling all Planet Chocko martians, aliens, & other forms of life that enjoy good cheap ass food! I’m happy to announce that ‘Xian Famous Foods’ is opening up a branch in Manhattan’s Chinatown in NYC @ 88 Forsyth St ! Their grand opening is this Saturday, December 19th! Xian is located on the western part of China in the Shaanxi Province that is home to the famous 8000+ terra cotta soldiers buried near the Mausouleum of the second Ming Emperor. Xian is also famous for their liang pi & hand pulled noodles. Their rendition of the savory cumin lamb burger is also very tasty. The lamb meat is sliced & then sauteed with some jalapenos,onions,& scallions & then gently smothered between a warm crispy bun. Xian also has slight influences of Islam & as a result impart it in some of their cuisine. I am stoked that we, extraterrestrials don’t have to trek all the way to Flushing, Queens @ the Flushing Mall to get our fix! I must admit that Flushing, Queens probably does lay home to the tastiest chinese cuisine destination of all the 5 boros in NYC. Sorry, Manhatty Chinatown…I still got love for ya’ & you definitely have more personality & character, but you’re one ugly MOFO! Hehehee…for all that don’t know, Chinatown-NYC is my heart, a clogged one at that, but still my heart! Check out these MOFO’s & enjoy a good meal! Check out their menu
–pcimprezz

Xian Famous Foods
88 Forsyth St by East Broadway #106
New York, NY 10002

Flushing, NY – Flushing Mall
133-31 39th Avenue #FC10
Flushing, NY 11354

Hamilton Madison House toy drive in NYC

Oops, I should have posted this update a few weeks ago, but better late than never I say! Okay, all you Planet Chocko martians! There is a toy drive hosted by the Hamilton Madison House in NYC which is a non-profit settlement house that is focused on improving the quality of life for low income families mainly in the two bridges/chinatown – lower east side area of Manhattan. The toy drive will help to make a better holiday for these kids whose families are having a tough time getting by from day to day. We are hoping a small gift at christmas time for these youngsters will uplift their spirits for at least one day. This toy drive & awareness has been brought to the forefront from one of the advocates of C-town, role model, & business owners of Chinatown, Christina from the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. She & her family have been romping around Chinatown-NYC with an inspirational business model called the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for almost 30 years! So, thanks to Christina for raising awareness of this toy drive & let’s give back a little if we can. Dropoff your new unwrapped toys for kids between 5-12 years old @ the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on 65 Bayard St. NY,NY. The last day of the toy drive is on Dec. 14th. So, if you are in the ‘hood please headoff to CICF, do a good deed to make a kid smile, & while you are there grab yo’self a nice refreshing scoop of homemade ice cream of the rich & delicate proportion made with love from the lower east…china side represent!
-pcimprezz

A slider a day will keep the Dr. away….

Watch Bobby Flay on CBS morning news discuss about sliders…”Small Size,Big taste”

Slider Slider y’all! “No batter…No batta…no batta”…Northern New Joisey is known for two great legendary-healthy food haunts.  One, is the deep fried hot dog a la “Rutt’s Hutt” and “Hot Grill” in Clifton, “Hirams” & “Callahans” in Fort Lee, “Pappy’s Diner” in Totowa, or “Johnny and Hanges” in Fair Lawn.  The other NJ commodity is the recession burger known as the “Slider”.  For all that do not know what a slider is, it’s those diminuitive steamed burgers that white castle made famous. The 5 cent sliders @ White Castle spawned & inspired a bunch of mom & pops in NJ to create a spinoff of White Castle like “White Rose”,”White Diamond”,”White Manna”,”White Mana”, & “Blue Castle”. In my subservient opinion, these mom & pops knock White Castles out the box! The slider jewel meats at these local joints are fresh, not frozen,& the love that these grill masters emulate onto their mini creations are galaxies ahead of the factory style White Castles. I suppose they call it a slider because it slides in one opening and out the other in no time! I’m blessed that I live too, darn close to one classic slider joint in Hackensack, NJ called the “White Manna”. White Manna grill masters scoop up the slider meat with an ice cream looking scoop onto the grill with one hand, & then uses the spatula to flatten out the meat delight with the other.  Then, a heaping portion of onions gets sloshed in and acts as a cover for the slider to steam in while the onion infuses with the precious meat. In no time, the master griller summons up a potato roll to marry the slider meat in!  DeeLicious! I know, I know, this is a straight tease without photos, but get your AZZ off the office space chair and shimmy yo’self over to your nearest slider establishment in the Dirty Jerz!  I mention a few below so you can promptly enter them into your google maps! These non-fancy ‘little dude’ burgers are getting some fancy treatments in NYC! We tried a new slider joint in NYC called “Marks” on St. Marks Place – East Village and it is worthy of a visit to the former bohemian street in NYC if you are in the ‘hood! I’ve even seen some posh posh NYC restaurants serve foi gras & duck meat as slider variations. To me it seems kind of funny & ironic that these 5 star restaurants are marketing these mini gourmet burgers as sliders. Sliders=working class,cheap,& tasty burger=americana. Do the electric slide, y’all !

White Manna
358 River Street, Hackensack NJ 07601 (map)
201-342-0914
Mon. to Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

White Mana
470 Tonnele Avenue, Jersey City NJ 07307

White Rose System (Highland Park)
154 Woodbridge Avenue, Highland Park NJ 08904

White Diamond (Clark)
1207 Raritan Road, Clark NJ 07066

Marks
33 St Marks Pl
(between 3rd Ave & Astor Pl)
New York, NY 10003

Luke’s Lobster

I had a tasty triple threat snack-wich from ‘Lukes Lobster’ @ the New Amsterdam Market which is located outside
of the old fulton fish market by South Street seaport.  The triple threat bite sized snacks – 1 each of a lobster,crab,& shrimp roll of pure ocean delightness were all neatly tucked onto a crisply toasted-slightly buttered bun! These naked shellfish goodies were delicately dressed with a slight slather of butter.  My faves were the lobster & shrimp rolls. The lobster & shrimp meats melted in my mouth & were not disguised with gooey dressings or mayo.  The lobster roll meat I had on my mini-wich  were from the lobster claw.  It was pure ocean porn with a perfectly crisped toasted brown bun! Who’s your daddy? If you urbanites can’t make it to Maine for a lobster roll experience – Luke’s Lobster on the lower east side of Manahatty will be the 2nd in command! The sticker price might shock you(look below), but the new demographics & gentrification of LES is of a different beast nowadays $$  Cha ching!!

Luke’s Lobster
93 E 7th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009

Luke's Lobster

I had a tasty triple threat snack-wich from ‘Lukes Lobster’ @ the New Amsterdam Market which is located outside
of the old fulton fish market by South Street seaport.  The triple threat bite sized snacks – 1 each of a lobster,crab,& shrimp roll of pure ocean delightness were all neatly tucked onto a crisply toasted-slightly buttered bun! These naked shellfish goodies were delicately dressed with a slight slather of butter.  My faves were the lobster & shrimp rolls. The lobster & shrimp meats melted in my mouth & were not disguised with gooey dressings or mayo.  The lobster roll meat I had on my mini-wich  were from the lobster claw.  It was pure ocean porn with a perfectly crisped toasted brown bun! Who’s your daddy? If you urbanites can’t make it to Maine for a lobster roll experience – Luke’s Lobster on the lower east side of Manahatty will be the 2nd in command! The sticker price might shock you(look below), but the new demographics & gentrification of LES is of a different beast nowadays $$  Cha ching!!

Luke’s Lobster
93 E 7th St
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009

Panya Bakery

I’m stoked that one of my fave Japanese bakeries,Panya has re-opened again!  Panya has an even larger space now & in addition, they serve hot Japanese style breakfasts & lunch as well as cold foods from Sunrise Market! Their pastries,bread,& crustless style Japanese sandwiches are off the chain! I really thought that Panya closed up shop for good & were down for the eternal count especially when their next door neighbor, the great late night diner style haunt, “Around the Clock” shuttered it’s door. This is great, now I can really enjoy my cold & hot drinks from St. Alps & walk across the street to Panya for dessert or a bento box!  Now, if they can bring back Around the Clock, The Continental, Chick Pea, Underground Kim’s, & Coney Island High, the East village might resemble a shadow of what they once were! In the meantime, enjoy your Strawberry shortcakes & other Shinjuku delicacies in the east village!

Panya @ 8 Stuyvesant St
(between 11th St & 12th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-1930