Got 5 On It - Jaysonic
This is almost impossible to answer, and I’m sure I’ll come up with something else immediately after, buttttttttt, in no order…
- Eddie and Son Diner – Providence, RI – In the unlikely event that you ever go to Providence (which probably has the best restaurants per capita of any US city) you should come to this Italian-American daytime diner. The menu has dozens of options but there are only two ways to go. One is Baked Macaroni (tube pasta with red meat sauce and melted white American cheese) with a meatball or sausage. The other is Baked Stuffed Eggplant which is a piece of eggplant stuffed with a meatball, again with the red sauce and white American melted on top. And then you can just get a side of the Baked Mac to go along with it, so you get to try both. http://www.yelp.com/biz/eddie-and-sons-diner-providence
- Cochon – New Orleans, LA – This place was doodoo stupid good. Paneed pork cheeks, mushroom salad, fried rabbit livers, homemade sausage with grits and pickled watermelon, artichoke-stuffed crab. You get it. www.cochonrestaurant.com
- Russ & Daughters – New York, NY- I never get tired of sitting on the benches out front, or in Tompkins Square Park with a plain bagel and whatever route I want to go on a given day with a cream cheese and smoked fish combo. I love their Sable. http://russanddaughters.com/
- Ida Davidsen – Copenhagen, Denmark – Smorrebrod is a Danish dish that is essentially an open-faced sandwich. It can be made with all sorts of toppings – meats, egg, potato, vegetables, caviar, anything. They have dozens of combinations. I liked crayfish and dill mayo one a lot. www.idadavidsen.dk
- Le Comptoir Charcuterie Et Vins – Montreal, QC, Canada – I guess we kind of lucked out that it was Formula One Weekend when we were in town and we couldn’t get a table at Pied Du Cochon, so we tried this place, and I gathered that it’s like Pied Du Cochon but younger and more eager to please. In a good way.
Top 5 Meals to cook for a special someone?
- Steak Au Poivre – My girlfriend makes this. It’s so good. She knows just how to shut me up. At first she just did it with filets, but now she switches it up with fattier cuts. Beef and Cognac. What’s not to like?
- Lobster, Steamers and Corn – If I’m steaming up a 2 ½ pounder for you, with some clams, farm-fresh corn on the cob, and drawn butter, you can be secure in the fact that I like you quite a bit.
- Pasta with shrimp and sausage – It’s super easy and obvious and can be made differently every time depending on what you have around. Saute sweet onion, garlic, your favorite sausage out of the casing into little balls, tomato, shrimp, butter, a little cream, salt and pepper. Mix it with a substantial pasta like Pappardelle.
- Eggs – If you’re still around when eggs are being cooked, you did something right. Low heat is the key.
- Herbal brownies - Self-explanatory.
Top 5 Jams to play while cooking for said special someone?
- “Cookin For One” by Jaysonic
- “What’s Beef?” by Biggie
- “Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken?” by Organized Konfusion
- “Roast Duck” by Lee Scratch Perry
- “Beautiful Food” by Edan
Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Food or Snack?
- Congee Village’s Sweet Potato Pancakes
- Carvel Ice Cream Cake
- Miami street Arepas
- NY System Hot Weiners, fries with vinegar and coffee milk (more Rhode Island shit)
- Hybrid fruits – Black Velvet Apricots are possibly the best things I’ve ever tasted, and Pluots ain’t so shabby either.
Top 5 slept on ingredients?
- Coriander – sprinkle it heavy on some chicken thighs
- Caviar – add it to anything and it becomes a different dish, like scrambled eggs for example
-Bechamel –it’s like steroid sauce – it turns a dish into a super-powered version of itself – a béchamel lasagna is the move
- Horseradish – Know when to use it, and how much to use, and it’s a great secret weapon. Mashed potatoes ain’t mashed potatoes without it.
- Soul – You can tell whether or not your food is prepared with care, pride and love.
Jack of several trades, master of none just yet, my college friend Jay likes cooking at home and not in a restaurant. Check out his photos (www.leisurecult.com) and music (http://www.myspace.com/timemachine) if you must.