New York City... ever since I was little this place has fascinated me. It's somewhere I've always seen myself living. Maybe not yet, but someday. I've lived in its little sister, Boston, and feel that next time I venture from my little corner of the Western Mass Countryside, it will be for a big city. LA still tops the list, but if it's meant to be NYC next, that would be just fine.
|Chinatown, where I may or may not have bought a purse|
of questionable origin
Plus, there are far more publishing opportunities in NYC than LA. Who knows... maybe that's where I'll end up. Working in food publishing in particular would be a dream come true!
|Me and my friends in a really random patch of grass outside Meatball Shop|
The first weekend was to visit my friend Tori, the next weekend I returned with my mom for a bus trip through her work. It was definitely an experience, to see NYC from a local's point of view (something that happens when I visit my friends these days) and then immediately after returning again to do the tourist things.
|Me and Tori, picture taken by a wicked cute bartender|
|Next time, I will sample jackfruit. It's too bizarre to not try.|
|My mom and I love getting the street-food noodles.|
I am aware of how gross they actually are.
|Cute bartender suggested this lovely, fruity beer.|
I seriously wish I'd been cool enough to leave my number on a napkin...
|Whiskey milkshake from Meatball Shop!|
|Fries we got at the cute bartender bar while waiting for a table at|
|Sliders from a random pub we found. The name is escaping me|
at the moment.
But by and far the best place I got to eat was The Meatball Shop. As my friend Eric described it: "it's kind of a foodie place. And I guess that's what you do now, foodie stuff. So I think you'll like it." He couldn't have been more right. I LOVED it. For one, the drinks are fan-freaking-tastic--WHISKEY MILKSHAKE, need I say more?? I am happy I chose to get a few meatball sliders, it was the best way to get a few different samples of meatball and sauce in on one trip. I got three sliders: beef with marinara sauce, chicken with parmesan sauce, and spicy pork with mushroom sauce. The chicken was a tad dry but the flavorful sauce made up for it. The beef and marinara was juicy and amped up the traditional meatball just a bit. And the spicy pork with mushroom sauce...
|Om nom nom...|
Holy (meat)balls was it good.
I was thrilled that on my way out I was handed a card with the recipe for the spicy pork meatballs. They are fantastically easy and equally delicious and I feel like they will be a new favorite in my house. I almost halved the recipe in order to just make 12, but after tasting them I knew I made the right decision making a full batch--next time I'll make double! I even was able to google a solid mushroom gravy recipe to re-create my delicious little slider.
You can be sure I'll be frequenting The Meatball Shop when I finally do make the move to the city. Whenever that may be. Not to mention I'm going to swipe up the first copy of The Meatball Shop Cookbook I see!
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 pounds pork shoulder, ground
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 jarred hot cherry peppers, minced
- ¼ cup hot cherry pepper pickling liquid
- 4 slices fresh white bread, minced
- 3 large eggs
Note: I served these with the Mushroom Gravy but I'm sure any number of sauces would be great!