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Nosh

2812 Erwin Rd, 
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-4747

When we told our friends we were going to Duke University to visit a friend, and would be staying there for 4 days, their first reactions were ‘but there’s nothing to do in Duke!!’ Yeah, we know, there’s absolutely nothing in Duke, but that’s not the point. We really wanted to visit a friend of A’s, who’s in Duke starting on her Masters, and we just wanted to chill out and relax for a while after soaking up the sun in Orlando.

They were all right. There is nothing to do in Duke. Absolutely nothing. The Duke chapel is quite pretty, but that just takes you half an hour at a stretch to visit. There’s a large-ish gift shop for Duke memorabilia, but that too takes not more than half an hour. We managed to entertain ourselves for a full day going shopping in their mall (which was absolutely empty because we went on a weekday so it was lovely being able to shop without throngs of crazy shoppers). 4 days in Duke is quite plenty to see everything, and that’s putting it mildly. However, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Duke, mostly due to the wonderful company we had. A’s friend CM was a great host, driving us around to explore the area, and introducing us to her friends, who were a really nice bunch of people to hang out with. We know she’s in good hands while she spends the rest of the academic year in a foreign land.

One of the places they brought us to was Nosh (nORsh is how we would say it, nAHsh as the Americans would). This is a cool little café that serves simple bites like sandwiches, breakfast items, and soups. We ordered our food and managed to find a table to sit the 6 of us. All around the dining room are a variety of games for customers to play with while they wait for their food. (Very good idea in fact, it frees up to kitchen to take their time with orders, so food can be prepared in a less stressful environment.) We took the scrabble set, and played Speed Scrabble! The game works like scrabble, but instead of all players working on one board, each player has his own board, and the first to use all their tiles to form words wins. It was a blast!

 

Back to the food. K had a breakfast burrito with eggs, cheese, and a side of potatoes. This was quite filling, very tasty, and the hint of curry in the potatoes was very nice. There were some egg shells embedded in the burrito unfortunately, which isn’t the most pleasant thing to bite into. They’re a pain to remove once you’ve bitten into them.

 

A had buttermilk pancakes. They were HUGE. Each pancake was the size of her face, and they were so thick and filling that one pancake would have been more than enough for her. Luckily, they were quite good. The pancakes were light and fluffy, but one still wonders how anyone would be able to finish a large stack of these things, as they start to become quite one-dimensional (read: boring) after a while. Bring me some bacon!!

Service: NA
Food: 6.5/10

Katz’s Delicatessen

205 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-2246
http://www.katzdeli.com/

Katz Delicatessen is known for its pastrami sandwiches, and has been made famous by the movie When Harry Met Sally, in that bizarre fake orgasm scene and the line ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ that followed. There’s a sign hanging from the ceiling that shows everyone the exact table where Meg Ryan sat, with the words ‘Where Harry met Sally, hope you have what she had, enjoy!’

So is the food at Katz’s Deli truly orgasmic? We ordered a pastrami sandwich to share, with very little mustard and some pickles. The sandwich came just stacked high with pastrami. Oh was it good. Oh yes it was very very good. Oh yes indeed. The pastrami was so moist and tender, and full of wonderful smoky flavor. The sides were beautifully charred, and burst with salty goodness with every bite. This was the ultimate simple sandwich, done absolutely perfectly, hitting all the spots (and yes, maybe that spot as well). The bread is just ordinary, the pickle is quite average, the mustard is nothing special, but the pastrami, oh the pastrami, absolutely to die for. When everything is put together, you get probably the most amazing pastrami sandwich on the planet.

Service: NA
Food: 8/10

‘wichcraft



http://wichcraftnyc.com/

 

It was our first (full) day in New York, and we wanted breakfast. Being huge fans of Top Chef, we decided to check out as many restaurants and eateries associated with the contestants or judges of Top Chef as we could, while we were in USA. ‘wichcraft is a sandwich take out owned by the head judge of Top Chef, Tom Colicchio. There are many branches found all around New York City (and around the country as well), and one of the closest to our hotel was the one at Bryant Park. (Technically not the closest to our hotel, but it was the closest one that served breakfast.)

We had the Stone Ground Grits and a Fried Egg Sandwich with a tall cup of lemonade. This was our first time having grits, and we became immediate fans. Kind of strange for us to like grits as much as we did, since we’re both not huge fans of porridge, or oats, and grits does have that kind of texture and appearance. It was the taste that won us over. It was mild and comforting, and the bacon and cheddar gave it a good punch of flavour. When people say everything tastes better with bacon, they really have a point there.

The fried egg sandwich was also really, really good. The gorgonzola was slightly pungent, but when combined with the other components in the sandwich, it brought everything together. We loved ‘wichcraft so much we went back the next day, and again the next day, and, well, for practically everyday we were in NYC we had ‘wichcraft for either breakfast, or an early lunch. The next time we went back to ‘wichcraft, A ordered the fried egg sandwich again, this time without gorgonzola, since she didn’t like the pungent flavour it brought. Well, the sandwich was still delicious without the gorgonzola, but there was definitely something missing, which A admitted herself as well. It is truly wonderful to see how every component in a well thought out dish, or in this case, sandwich, is important to the overall taste and presentation of the dish. By leaving one component out you deny yourself the full experience and taste that was intended by the chef.

Anyway, as we mentioned, we loved ‘wichcraft so much we kept going back. On our repeat visits we tried other sandwiches like the Roasted Turkey sandwich, which came with avocado, bacon and an onion relish and aioli on a ciabatta roll, which was also fantastic, and very generous with the avocado (in this case an unfortunate thing, since A doesn’t like avocado at all).

We also had the Slow Roasted Pork, with red cabbage, jalapeno and mustard. This is probably one of the best sandwiches ‘wichcraft has. The pork is incredibly flavourful, and would stand alone as a dish by itself in any decent restaurant. The inclusion of the jalapeno peppers gives it a good spicy kick with each bite, which we just loved to bits.

The Meatloaf sandwich, with cheddar, bacon, and a tomato relish was also really tasty. We also love their lemonade – really tangy and refreshing, perfect in that summer heat.

Service: N/A
Food: 8/10