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My Favorite Things – A Date with My Husband at City Sandwich, NYC

There’s nothing like having a Friday afternoon free to go on a date with your husband.  Do it in New York City and you’ll have no end of things to do, places to go and food to eat.  Ever since I heard about City Sandwich from both a colleague and one of my Portuguese relatives, I’ve been wanting to try it out.

In the busy Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, this tiny restaurant is unassuming but cheery from the outside.

City Sandwich in Hell's Kitchen, NYC; photo taken by Joana Miranda

Step inside, and you’re likely to find choosing just one sandwich off the board very difficult.  Coming from an Italian-born, New York-raised chef who fell in love with and worked in Portugal, the menu is a reflection of the best of these cuisines.  

Sandwich menu at City Sandwich, NYC; photo taken by Joana Miranda

(For a menu complete with pictures, take a look here.)

The servers at City Sandwich were very friendly and helpful; when I told them that I wanted one of the Portuguese sandwiches but had never tasted morcela, Chef Michael Guerrieri himself brought out a plate with two bite-sized sandwich samples for my husband and me to try.

The sample was delicious, and Chef Guerrieri and I were very happy to talk to each other in Portuguese, too!

Photo of City Sandwich Chef Guerrieri and Joana, photo taken by Andy

My husband and I ordered one “Nuno” sandwich (Portuguese Morcela, Broccoli Rabe, Tomato, Collard Greens, Melted Mozzarella, Garlic and Olive Oil) and the “Chef” sandwich (Soaked Codfish, Tomato, Seasonal Lettuce, Sauteed Onions, Capers, Black Olive Pesto, and Olive Oil). 

Photo of of the Nuno and the Chef sandwich at City Sandwich, NYC; taken by Joana Miranda

As we dug into our lunch, we asked Chef Guerrieri about his ties to Portugal.  He told us about his restaurant Mezzaluna in Lisbon, and graciously allowed us to peruse his cookbook.

Photo of Mezzaluna em Lisboa cookbook by Michael Guerrieri, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Elegant photos of the dishes are juxtaposed with the architecture and Portuguese scenery that inspired them.  (The photographer is Jean Marie del Moral.)

Two beautiful photos from Mezzaluna em Lisboa cookbook

And, how were the sandwiches?  Flavorful, totally fresh, surprisingly light and good to the last crumb.

Photo of sandwich crumbs, taken by Joana Miranda

We’ll be back!

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My Favorite Things – Eat Your Fruits and Veggies (Farm Stand Style)

When I visit my parents in NH, it seems that my mom goes almost every day to her favorite farm stand in Vermont for local, farm-fresh produce.  At a half hour drive from the cottage, Killdeer Farm Stand is not exactly convenient.  However, boil, saute, or merely eat these veggies and fruits raw in a salad, and you’ve got a gourmet meal in no time flat.

This summer, we ate…

Potatoes mashed up with salt cod (bacalhau) in a traditional Portuguese salt-cod fritters recipe (Pasteis de Bacalhau)…

Photo of green beans and potatoes at Killdeer Farm Stand, Vt, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Squash…

Squash at Killdeer Farm Stand, VT; photo taken by Joana Miranda

And zucchini finely julienned and sauteed with butter (divine!)…

Photo of fresh zucchini at Killdeer Farm Stand, VT; photo by Joana Miranda

Tomatoes atop a homemade pesto pizza…

Photo of cherry tomatoes at Killdeer Farm Stand, VT; photo taken by Joana Miranda

Corn on the cob (sans butter for us purists)…

Buckets of fresh farm-grown corn on the cob at Killdeer Farm Stand, VT; photo by Joana Miranda

And more fresh fruit than I’ve eaten all year in New York City!

Photo of peaches and blackberries at Killdeer Farm Stand, VT; photo taken by Joana Miranda

Who did all the cooking?  My Ma.  She’s also a very talented potter.  When she isn’t potting, cooking or being a hostess to all of us, she multi-tasks by swimming and gardening at the same time.

Photo of my mom swimming and watering one of her plants at the same time, taken by my sister, Marta.

(The above photo was taken by my sister, Marta.)

This is the life!

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