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Soul Food in Union Square

2 Jun

It amuses me that there is a Union Square in NY and SF that are both great places to hang out, eat and shop. We drove to Union Sq. on Sunday and luckily found a parking spot. Parking is free on Sundays, which is great because it’s $3.50 an hour for metered parking and more for garages! We were hungry so we grabbed a snack. I treated myself to a Boudin jalapeno cheddar bread. They toasted it for me and it was really, really good.

mmm.. warm and crusty

I’m going to have to try to make these one day. So tasty. The jalapenos were pretty hot but manageable.

all the jalpaneos inside

I’m still looking for a bag but I’m being super picky. I might have to just buy online. Good thing Brian had a former co-worker to talk to while I shopped. One and a half hours was completely not enough time to shop for something specific though so I ended up not buying anything. I guess that’s a good thing. We had early reservations to have dinner at Farmer Brown’s. They feature organic soul food.

nifty entrance

I loved the ambiance and their service was excellent. The hostess had great fashion sense since she fit with the restaurant’s decor perfectly! Helps that she had a great body too! Okay, moving on… the menu was a glazed sheet metal clip board. As I said, this restaurant had great details.

the menu

They gave us delicious corn muffins that had bits of jalapenos in it. They were not spicy but had a great pepper flavor. These guys were addicting, especially with the apricot butter. At least I think it was apricot, it could have been peach or nectarines.

jalapeno corn muffins with apricot butter

I ordered the fried chicken because Brian’s friend recommended it. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it had a lot of flavor. The menu describes it as the “perfect” fried chicken. It was cooked perfectly with moist meat and crispy skin but it was lacking in flavor overall. It also wasn’t as salty as fried chicken should be? The collard greens were good with bits of bacon throughout. The macaroni and cheese was super rich. I ended up only eating the chicken and took the rest home for another meal.

fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and collard greens

Brian got the pulled pork sandwich. It had a lot more flavor than my dish but I didn’t like something in it. I’m not sure if it was the cole slaw or the bbq sauce. The chips looked flavorful but weren’t that strong in flavor either. Maybe I killed all my taste buds from that jalapeno bread before?? His friend got the catfish but I don’t know him well enough to take a picture of his food.

On Memorial Day, we went out to hunt for bikes and a bike rack. We ended up stopping by two walmarts because the bikes are really cheap there. Other than that, we normally hate shopping there because it’s so depressing (besides all the other issuse with walmart). We still haven’t bought anything yet because the bikes we liked were mountain bikes and had wide bars which don’t fit on normal trunk racks for sedans. I’ll have to do more research. We ended up meeting up with another friend who took us to a hole in the wall called House of Dumplings. It’s in a strip mall that has about 5 stores but it was really good home cooking. We got chow mein, 3-flavor dumplings and xiao long bao (soup dumplings). The chow mein was flavorful and had lots of beef and veggies but I don’t really like chow mein noodles. The 3-flavor dumplings had shrimp, pork and chives and were really good. The chives were strong and the skins of the dumplings were perfect. You could tell they’re handmade. The xiao long bao were okay. The flavor was strong in ginger and there was actually soup inside, which means they were pretty successful. The portions are big but cheap. If this place were closer, I would be going often. Sorry for lack of pictures, I was super hungry. =P

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

18 Apr

Delicious and simple pulled pork sandwich.

Pulled pork sandwiches are such an easy dinner when you use a slow cooker. All you need is a pork shoulder/butt and a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. You can make your own sauce if you want but for ease, bottled sauce saves a lot of time. Try to get one with the least amount of artificial colorings or sweeteners. I used a “honey hickory” sauce, which is key to getting a smoked or grilled flavor without the actual smoking or grilling. If your BBQ sauce doesn’t have that, there’s something called liquid smoke that would do the same thing.

Most recipes call for the whole bottle. I initially use about 1/2 a bottle with a cup of water for ~2 lb of pork in the slow cooker. Cook on high for a few hours then when it’s soft, turn to low until dinner (~6 hours total, time depends on your slow cooker!). About an hour before dinner, drain the liquid and pull the pork apart using a fork or tongs. The meat should fall off the bone and separate really easily. Discard the bone and fat. Return the meat back to the slow cooker, add ~ 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce, stir and leave on low until it’s time to eat!

The coleslaw is a simple mix of chopped cabbage (I used napa), shredded carrot, 1/4 of diced onion, ~3/4 cup good quality mayo (i used olive oil mayo), 1 tsp of Dijon mustard, 2 Tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tsp sugar, salt and pepper. Mix ahead of time and keep in the fridge so the flavors can meld.

Serve everything on toasted burger. Pickles and hot sauce optional.

My brother ate 3..