The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Street and deli eats, NYC

After our dimsum lunch at Red Egg, we headed towards Little Italy in search of the nougat/torrone stall we encountered last time. When we couldn't see it anywhere (admittedly, we weren't looking very hard nor going very far to look for it), we decided to buy a cannoli. (Actually "cannolo" is the correct term for singular cannoli, but our NY foodie guru Michael said that most New Yorkers (even the Italian-Americans) would use cannoli/cannolis for both singular and multiple.) This one was chocolate covered cannolo (US$4) filled with a creamy cheese (which I think was mascarpone because it was too smooth and creamy to be ricotta). It was quite rich, and I'm glad we shared one between the two of us.

Chocolate-covered cannolo:

Other than the ubiquitous street carts all around NYC, delis are a popular place to grab breakfast and lunch. My last day in NYC saw me with an empty fridge, so I headed down to the nearby Champs Deli for a takeaway lunch. I got the Grilled Chicken & Fresh Mozzarella Panini (US$7.45) which also had arugula and tomatoes in foccacia bread. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that sandwiches at Champs came with a choice of either chips, coleslaw or baby carrots. The panini was delicious with generous amount of chicken breast, and the mozzarella, arugula and tomatoes were a great combination - I guess that's why those ingredients are a popular pizza topping! It was a very filling lunch.

Grilled Chicken & Fresh Mozzarella Panini from Champs Deli:

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