Dining Desperado-The Good, The Bad and the YUMMY

Conquering the country one bite at a time. There are no foods I actually dislike, just foods I prefer. Bread, nuts, cheese, and dessert, are on the supremely awesome list.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Did it snow, or is it just me

I looked outside today and I saw...well I saw nothing. No front half of the Brooklyn Bridge! No back half of the Brooklyn Bridge! And no dumb cursed buiness office blocking the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge! No...it was just a blinding white. I hurried to the roof to get a better look. Turns out the roof was no better, white, white everywhere! I went down to the lobby to see what the snow pile up looked like in inches. Say WHAT!? There was about 12 inches of snow....on everything and it was still coming. There was more snow in the courtyard of our building then I wanted to see all winter. Dang, that's a lot of snow! What should I do? PLAAaaay in it of course! oooo virgin wonderland, everyone will want to stay snuggled up at home! I headed out to find there were...more people taking the subway then usual. "Crazy people,"I muttered "who would want to actually go out in THIS!"

So I went up to Times Square where the wind was blowing hard and the tourists are still a dime a dozen lugging their suitcases in the snow. I promtly stepped in a huge puddle and soaked my feet and the better portion of my pants..okay cold.

I'll jump on the subway and take a picture of the park and then jump back on. But when I got to the park I had to stay! It was gorgeous. I should have known, it is the rich people's playground after all. There were foreign accents, designer coats, small children being pulled in sleds with designer coats, cross country skiiers, and of course, dogs with designer coats. For some reason I didn't expect this little snow globe of joy...I thought it would be deserted and serene. The snow was still coming down, so it retained a beautiful and untainted coat of white, even as people played.

I wound my way through the park, following snips of laughter that broke through the snow laden branches. Kids and parents were carrying sleds and then whizzing down the hills. And I use the term "hill" loosely because it was more like an ant hill or blemish in the ground. Yet, these little bumps in the earth produced perpetual fun for all ages!! Haha...you people don't know hills..haha...but I guess I don't really know snow like this...so we're even. I walked across the park to the East side and realized I had no feet, or atleast not that I could feel. So I decided to call it quits.

Subway back to this plate of food. Juicy Gala apple from Jubilee. Sourdough toast with cinnamon raisin walnut cream cheese from zabar's, and the smooth operator peanut butter from peanut butter and co. Also, but hard to tell, plantains with mozzerella from the roomie's mom. Thank god for good mommy dominican food cookers! Also, handfuls of vanilla creme mini-wheats...but not pictured. Sorry not an exciting food day, but peanut butter is always a tummy pleaser.

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop

This was my first dining experience with a fellow NYC chowhound, Robyn, aka The Girl Who Ate Everything. Robyn is crazy into food and so we were bound to meet eventually, if not sharing food stories, then scraping through the yard sale bins at the polka dot bakery closing sale or bump into each other trying to steal extra marshmellows at the city bakery. Robyn had her eye on this sandwich shop in the East Village/LES at 129 Rivington. It was started to snow but we decided a little cold for a lot of food was shibby. As I stepped into Tiny's shop I was immediately happy, and not just because I was pumped about regaining circulation in my fingers. The shop has rich earthy colors on the walls that are very cozy and it has the perfect amount of seating (about 8 tables, big enough to breathe, small enough to be quaint). If I had to describe it in two words I would say "bear hug".

As for the food, we were presented with a two-sided menu. One side=salads, the other side=sandwiches. Robyn and I both quickly put down the salad side...it's cold and we want REAL food! The sandwiches all come with chips and in either half sizes or big sizes. The half sizes are about $3.75 and big are about $7.00. Turns out the half sizes don't jip you at all! They are just a ridiculously good value. We both got half sizes. I got the Silly Philly Cheese Steak Vegetarian Twist On a Classic made w/ Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, Sauteed Onions & Swiss On a Hero. And Robyn got the Buffalo Chicken Chicken Cutlet w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Tangy Red Devil Sauce & Blue Cheese Dressing On a Hero. Robyn is the best kind of eater, A SHARER. I totally have beef with people that don't share...you know who you are. Food is meant to be tried, sampled, and SHARED. So give someone a bite of your chicken marsala! DO IT! So we swapped halves to heighten the complexity and variety of our meal. First bite...of the silly philly...there are three distinct flavors: the melted swiss is soft, stringy and coats the caramelized onions and sweet portabella mushrooms. The bun is a good comforter for the melted trio, which is good until the last bite. Robyn's sandwich doesn't have as sharp of flavors but it is yummy in its own tangy way. The chicken is slightly breaded for extra goodness, but not greasy, and the buffalo sauce isn't spicy hot but has a nice 'tang' if you will. The mayo, lettece, and tomato are typical, but neccessary dance parties. And the bill...We left a $10 for both of us and that's leaving a generous tip. Rock on Tiny Giant. Touche Robyn. Another good day's work.