I ate like a king this week at some awesome New York spots..some new, some new to me. First off, while strolling to the bank near work I passed a new store "The Nutbox." Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for a cute name like that so I went in. Meh...a bulk food store trying to be more than a bulk food store if you ask me. They had a make your own trail mix section, but I didn't think the variety was that great. And my dried mango slice was tough. Things quickly got better later in the week when I had a pork sandwich from Porchetta. WOW! Buttery pork roast with cracklings served on a simple roll..totally worth the $10 price tag. This guy goes more in depth with more money-shot pictures. At a new park slope spot I tried out one of Michael Jackson's favorite beers as well as this yummy Dreamweaver wheat..nice and light and a little spicy.
I stopped into Butter Lane to pick up my friend a birthday cupcake and got a vanilla cupcake with coconut icing for myself. I love that you get to choose your own combo and the icing is applied fresh! The perfect cake to frosting ratio. On Saturday I hastily assembled some pigs in blankets from store bought stuff, but if you want a less trashy version for your happy hour this recipe looks good. And, to go with aforementioned beer, I discovered one of the best bar snacks ever : Splits Pretzels in Garlic and Onion.