Burgers from The Standing Room, back of Catalina Liquors, Redondo Beach. That’s right, the most delicious burgers are coming out of the back of a liquor store! The Chance burger is on the left, with jalapeños, habanero cole slaw, secret sauce and cheddar (extra spicy for Jeff, natch!), $8. The Naked burger is on the right, $7. 1/2 pound patties too. Take that Pat LaFreida!
We live on Thompson Street, 2 blocks from Dominique Ansel, but we had to go all the way to Italy to get our “cronut”. Here we are in Greve In Chianti at the local bakery for Cannoncino, a custard filled pastry similar (or so we imagine) to a cronut. There’s a line but for less than a euro a piece, we can wait all day. Ciao suckers!
New York’s hottest frozen dessert and Dominique Ansel’s further contribution to the decline of western civilization, it’s the frozen s’more! No time to wait in line for a cronut? Get a s’more torched to order!
Randazzo’s Clam Bar. Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. The combo with conch, mussels, shrimp and calamari and the deepest, spiciest red sauce you’ve ever tasted. And the steamed clams with white wine are pretty tasty too!
Tacos El Compita. Mid-City, LA. We’ve found it! The best al pastor in LA! Perfectly charred bits with just enough sauce and juicy pineapple for that spicy-sweet meat treat! Makes a mean quesadilla filling too.
May showers got you down? There’s no better way to cheer yourself up than hot dogs. We pulled out all the stops at 184 when it looked like there would be no break in the clouds.
Step one: the boil
Step two: the spread
Step three: Make your own!
I opted for the Chicago-style, the perfect delivery system for celery salt.
Jeff starts his off with a sauerkraut dog.
And finally, the chili dog…
Tacos al pastor, Tacos Leo truck, La Brea and Venice, LAX run. Some consider this the best al pastor in LA.
A while ago, we were watching “Man Vs. Food” and witnessed Adam take on the Phaal Curry Challenge at Brick Lane Curry House in the East Village. Apparently, the Phaal Curry is not just the hottest curry dish, but quite possibly hottest dish of any kind, available in the United States, and is comprised primarily of the Ghost Pepper, the hottest chili in the world, plus about 7 other mystery spices, ground into an excruciating tincture. Jeff has been wanting to tackle this challenge ever since, and this was his day. Finish the curry in 30 minutes or less and earn untold glory, a free beer and his photo in the Brick Lane Curry House “P’Haall” of Fame. This is the story of his quest…commence “Jeff Vs. Food”!
Step 1, use your naan as a delivery device. The bread softens the blow of the curry. Notice the jacket is still on.
The heat is indescribable. Can he do it?
Here comes the sweats! The jacket has been ditched bites ago.
Ten minutes in. Progress? Per the server, less than one in ten attempts are successful.
Mid-challenge interview. Q: ”How are you feeling?” A: ”Like a winner.”
Not even 20 minutes in and just like that…on the precipice of victory!
Victory is in hand…and so is his free beer!
Jeff is now an official “Phaal Curry Monster”! He has “demonstrated extraordinary courage (and rather dubious judgement) risking life, limb, & insurmountable Phaal, earning a free beer and the coveted title of PHAAL CURRY MONSTER!”. Thanks Brick Lane Curry House for the opportunity! And thank you Adam Richman for the inspiration.