March 1, 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Xi’an Famous Foods

In this solo dining adventure, Gary visits the first Xi’an Famous Foods not located in a Chinatown.

Ever since I first saw the Xi’an Famous Foods stall in the basement of a Flushing mall, featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, I’ve occasionally visited them before and after Mets games. When they announced they were opening a location in Manhattan’s Chinatown, I was excited since that meant I could eat their food without having to first see the Mets lose (tough times, these past few seasons). Not long after, they opened up a location in the East Village and with my Eater internship located conveniently close by, it was only a matter of time before I’d wander over. […]

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December 10, 2010 ~ 1 Comment


In this solo dining adventure, Gary enjoys the sandwich stylings of Cutty’s in Brookline, MA.

The day after having lunch at Olecito, we had lunch at Cutty’s, a relatively new – at the time, anyway – sandwich shop, also in Brookline. Actually, we almost didn’t have lunch here because it was Saturday afternoon, we’d been watching the World Cup and just hanging out at casa de JP when we checked their website where it said that the place closed at 3 pm – we saw this at, oh, around 2:30 pm. With this knowledge in hand, we essentially raced out and walked as fast as our legs could get us there before the place closed which we did with just over five minutes to spare. […]

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November 19, 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Mile End

In this solo dining adventure, Gary gets his Montreal Jewish Delicatessen fix without actually going north by visiting Brooklyn’s Mile End.

We’re experiencing a bit of a slow influx of Montreal/Québécois food in New York City, which is kinda awesome since the food that’s uniquely them is great. Which is why I was excited when Mile End opened in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill well over a year ago. So excited that it pains me that it took so long for me to check the place out. How could I have passed up on the smoked meat, poutine, and Montreal bagels all this time when it was a 30-minute subway ride away? […]

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October 29, 2010 ~ 2 Comments

No. 7 Sub

In this solo dining adventure, Gary finally makes it to No. 7 Sub, only six months after he had planned to go the first time.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve essentially set up shop in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. Also having set up shop in the Ace Hotel is No. 7 Sub, a sandwich shop that Kate and I had actually intended on visiting during Foodie Call #8, only to be rebuffed by a “closed” sign shortly after 5 pm. This time around, I would not be rebuffed, opting instead to come here for lunch instead of a late afternoon meal. Getting there a little before 1 pm did indeed mean that the lunch rush would be in full swing so there’s the matter of whether a 15-20 minute wait for your order to be ready is worth it. […]

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October 15, 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Salumi Artisan Cured Meats

In this solo dining adventure, Gary visits Papa Batali’s Salumi Artisan Cured Meats in Seattle.

I think I first heard of Salumi Artisan Cured Meats place when I saw Anthony Bourdain come here for No Reservations. From what they showed on television, it looked like the kind of place I had to come to if I ever made it out to the Pacific Northwest. I mean, just look at the place – it’s practically porcine heaven as interpreted by the Italians. That it’s from Armandino Batali, the father of, yes, Mario, made it a no-brainer – no sense in coming to Seattle and not seeing how well the father follows his son’s footsteps. […]

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