"Slashfood Bowl 2008" news and stories
Growing up in Portland, OR, there wasn't much in the way of street food available around the city. Sure, there were a select few carts located directly around the big downtown office buildings, but they had very limited hours and were spottily placed. One of the things I looked forward to experiencing each summer, during our annual trip to Philadelphia to visit family, was the all the food carts on the street. They scented the air, lending the aroma of hot dogs, pickle relish and frying beef to the air in their direct proximity.
I'm currently in New York right now, attending a conference and hanging out a bit with some family. When I was getting ready to leave her house this morning, my cousin Betsy asked me where I was going. When I gave her the address, she seemed to shuffle through an index file stored in the back of her brain. Then she said, "There's a terrific Halal food cart on 53rd Street, right off 6th Avenue, with great, cheap food." I was a little boggled at her ability to pinpoint a food cart in a city the size of New York, but as she's lived here for the last 30+ years, I believed that she knew of what she spoke.
By the time you read this post today, I'll be on a train bound for New York City. While this is not strictly an eating trip (although I am looking forward to getting some New York pizza) while I'm in New York (during a break from this conference), there's one stop I have to make. I have to go to the William Greenberg, Jr. Desserts. You see, they make some of the world's best Black and White Cookies. I happen to have a boyfriend who went to high school in Manhattan and craves, lusts, longs for these cookies.
There's no bakery in the New England area that engenders such raw food emotions as these cookies stir up in Scott. My dad lived in Boston while he was going to high school, and while he remembers some good eating, there's nothing that generates such passion. This is why New York food so obviously trumps that stuff available in New England!
Black and White Cookies(click thumbnails to view gallery)
This Sunday, fans from across the country will be glued to their televisions as the New York Giants and the New England Patriots face off in the Super Bowl. Here at Slashfood, we are approaching the Super Bowl from the snack table, facing off the tastes and treats from New York and New England. I'll be representing New York (it's particularly appropriate, since I'm spending the latter half of the week in Brooklyn) and our own Sarah J. Gim (a two-time veteran of the Slashfood Bowl) will be writing and eating on behalf of New England.
Will New York, with its mile-high cheesecake, chewy bagels and black and white cookies reign supreme? Or will New England trounce the Big Apple with creamy clam chowder, Boston Brown Bread and dark, molasses cookies? In the spirit of the Iron Chef, let the Bowl begin!
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