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The Three Little Pig Sandwich – A Re-post

Recently I was watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain‘s No Reservations:  Chicago.  At the Silver Palm Restaurant he was eating a sandwich called The Three Little Pigs and it completely peaked my foodie interest.

It looked sinful, fattening and delicious!  Oh, and it was big enough to choke a horse… I had to try it.

Smoked ham, a breaded pork cutlet, 2 strips of bacon, 2 fried eggs, covered in Gruyère and encased in a Brioche bun.  Truly a heart attack waiting to happen.  I mean, you’d blow your calorie allowance for an entire week by eating this mammoth fare.

So last night I made my own version of this mouth-watering goody.  I cooked everything on the grill (grill-griddle for eggs and bacon) because it’s too hot inside.   I took some chef’s liberties by substituting along the way – though I think it would have tasted even better using the original recipe.

2 boneless pork chops, butterflied
1 egg for dipping
panko
4 – 6 slices of smoked ham – I used applewood smoked ham
4 eggs
4 slices of Gruyère – I used Manchego
4 slices of bacon
2 brioche rolls – I used 2 hard rolls
salt & pepper to taste

Butterfly chops and sprinkle with salt and pepper .  Dip in egg and coat with panko – grill, bake, broil or pan-fry pork until cooked through.

Cook bacon until crispy & fry eggs (sprinkle with salt & pepper).  Just before eggs are done top with cheese and melt.
Warm smoked ham.  I threw it on the grill.

Assemble sandwich on roll:  pork cutlet, ham, eggs & cheese and bacon.

Serves 2.

I have to say that this was a great sandwich but I couldn’t finish it all.  I could feel my pressure going up from all the salty piggy, but once in a while won’t hurt.

This is definitely a must-try sandwich.  My version is smaller than the original.  Let me know what you think.

pigs

Enjoy!

© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.  Re-posted 2012.

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Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, New Jersey

Langosta Lounge 
1000 Ocean Avenue
732-455-3275 

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Asbury Park is an up and coming area that’s trying to restore itself to its past glory days.  They’re doing a great job cleaning up the waterfront and offering tons of restaurants and fun things to do all year round.

Langosta Lounge is a fun place to go for drinks or dinner.  It’s located right on the Atlantic Ocean on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.

After car shopping this week, my husband and I headed over to Asbury Park for a cocktail or two at Langosta Lounge.

After a couple of drinks we decided to try their prix fixe menu for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week.  The menu offers a 3-course meal for $30.11 per person.

We actually started out with their fabulous Picadillo Sliders that we ordered off the bar menu – pre-prix fixe decision.  I love their apps and the atmosphere.

John started with the Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad which he really liked.  He moved on to the Chorizo & Baby Spinach stuffed Chicken Breast with a fall herb risotto cake, roasted baby carrots & a chive mustard seed remoulade.  He said it was a little dry but tasty.

I started with the Asian Braised Pork Belly over mushu pancake with berry hoisin & snow pea shoots.  Basically it was crispy pancetta with a sweet kick.  Pretty good.  Then I moved on to the Frutti del Mar – Scallops, calamari & mussels in a sherry lobster broth over garganelli pasta with  a “fabulous garlic crostini” with spicy rouille.

Now here lies the problem.  There were no mussels in my Frutti del Mar, some of the pasta was a bit “cardboardy” and it had a slight fishy taste (not in a good way).  It wasn’t terrible but I would never order it again.

After my disappointing main fare John and I both enjoyed a deconstructed Oreo cheesecake served in a martini glass.  I must say that this dessert saved the day!  I don’t usually care for sweet but this had the perfect flavor and level of sweetness.

Overall we had a nice night.  Asbury Park is definitely a great place to dine.  Jersey Shore Restaurant Week will be back in April, so don’t forget to support your local businesses and sample some mouth-watering cuisine close to home.

© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille at the Borgata

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My husband and I do not gamble but we always manage to spend a mint in Atlantic City on food and drink.  Whether we’re snacking at The Sunroom or enjoying a meal at one of the Borgata‘s fine dining establishments, we always enjoy ourselves and leave very satisfied.

Wolfgang Puck‘s American Grille located in the Borgata Hotel is one my favorites.  The restaurant has 2 menus:  The Tavern and The Main Dining Room.  Both are fabulous but we tend to eat in the more casual Tavern area.  To start, try the Truffled Potato Chips with Maytag Blue, the Creamy Clam Chowder or the Spicy Tuna Tartare (my fave).  My favorite entrée is the Pork Wienerschnitzelwith Warm Potato Salad, Arugula and Pumpkin Seed Oil.  I’m never disappointed.

I also like the Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Peppercorn Sauce, Bleu Cheese Hollandaise or the Almond Crusted Salmon with Horseradish-Potato Purée and Red Wine Reduction.

If you’re eating in the main dining room start with the Agnolotti Pasta with Five Cheese Filling and as a main course try the BRAISED KUROBUTA PORK OSSO BUCO WITH SWEET PEPPER ROMESCO (and I’m not a fan of goat).

I prefer the Tavern menu but the food is good and the service, excellent.Although I thought our server was a little pushy on Monday.

So next time you’re in AC, check out Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille.  It will not disappoint.

© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.  Re-published.

Check out my other Atlantic City blogs:

https://culturechoc2010.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/the-sunroom-at-the-water-club-atlantic-city-nj/© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010

https://culturechoc2010.wordpress.com/dinner-at-the-bar-2/seablue-the-borgata-atlantic-city-nj/

Corso 98 – Montclair, New Jersey

Italian Long Hots

Corso 98
98 Walnut St
Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 746-0789

If you’re looking for good food in Montclair, New Jersey, look no further than Corso 98.

This BYOB Italian ristorante offers delicious fare, great service and an intimate and fabulous atmosphere.

I started with Italian Long Hots served with sausage and potatoes.  The hot peppers were nice and hot and everything on the plate was perfection.  The Fried Calamari was perfectly cooked and was served with 2 sauces – a green and red.  The sauces were not at all typical.  They were flavorful and succulent – a delight for the palate.

Another appetizer that I tried was Fried Tomatoes served with Goat Cheese.  Although I did not indulge in the Chèvre (not a fan of goat), the tomatoes were crunchy and delicious without being heavy or greasy.

When it was time for the main course, I chose a Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola

Filet Mignon

which was melt-in-your-mouth good.  I ordered it medium rare taking the advice of our server and although it was fab, I could have gone with the rare.  I enjoy a slight moo when I eat beef.
Dessert looked great but I was so full that I ordered an espresso for the long drive home.

My advice:  Get to Corso 98 immediately.  It’s worth it!

© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

Matisse in Belmar, NJ

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Matisse Restaurant
1300 Ocean Avenue
Belmar, New Jersey
732-681-7680  *BYOB

Last week I went to TD Bank’s kick-off party for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week.  I tasted so many local restaurants’ fare, so I was anxious to make the most of the week ahead.

Last night in the pouring rain we made it to Matisse on the ocean in Belmar.  They offered 2 three-course menus, one for $20.11 and one for $30.11.  Since our reservations were at 8pm we took advantage of the latter.

I started with the Thai Coconut Scallop Ceviche which was very tasty.  My husband had the Tuna Tartare and we both found it to be a little bland.  There was no depth of flavor that you would expect with a Tartare.

We both ordered the Pan Seared Angus Rib Eye Steak for our main course.  I ordered it rare and John ordered his medium.  Both were cooked to perfection and tasted wonderful.

Our last course was delicious as well.  I enjoyed a Double-Chocolate Brownie with Whipped Cream and Berries and John indulged in Crispy French Toast with Vanilla Ice Cream and Raspberry Coulis.

All in all it was a pretty good dinner.  The steak was my favorite.  I’m very picky about my food.  A food snob as such – so it’s very hard to totally please me.

We got a $10 gift certificate to boot for coming in during Restaurant Week, so that will give us incentive to go again and order off their regular menu.

Try out Matisse and let me know what you think, so we can compare notes.

Until then… enjoy the Jersey Shore and all it has to offer!

© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.


Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille – Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey by night

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My husband and I do not gamble but we always manage to spend a mint in Atlantic City on food and drink.  Whether we’re snacking at The Sunroom or enjoying a meal at one of the Borgata‘s fine dining establishments, we always enjoy ourselves and leave very satisfied.

Wolfgang Puck‘s American Grille located in the Borgata Hotel is one my favorites.  The restaurant has 2 menus:  The Tavern and The Main Dining Room.  Both are fabulous but we tend to eat in the more casual Tavern area.  To start, try the Truffled Potato Chips with Maytag Blue, the Creamy Clam Chowder or the Spicy Tuna Tartare (my fave).  My favorite entrée is the Pork Wienerschnitzel with Warm Potato Salad, Arugula and Pumpkin Seed Oil.  I’m never disappointed.

I also like the Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Peppercorn Sauce, Bleu Cheese Hollandaise or the Almond Crusted Salmon with Horseradish-Potato Purée and Red Wine Reduction.

If you’re eating in the main dining room start with the Agnolotti Pasta with Five Cheese Filling and as a main course try the BRAISED KUROBUTA PORK OSSO BUCO WITH SWEET PEPPER ROMESCO (and I’m not a fan of goat).

I prefer the Tavern menu but the food is good and the service, excellent. Although I thought our server was a little pushy on Monday.

So next time you’re in AC, check out Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille.  It will not disappoint.

© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010

Check out my other Atlantic City blogs:

https://culturechoc2010.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/the-sunroom-at-the-water-club-atlantic-city-nj/© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010

https://culturechoc2010.wordpress.com/dinner-at-the-bar-2/seablue-the-borgata-atlantic-city-nj/

Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese: A New Jersey Wonder

Whether you are from North, Central or South Jersey, Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese (or Taylor Ham for the northern part of the state) is the ultimate Jersey breakfast and late-night diner sandwich.

If you’re from North Jersey, you call it Taylor Ham, Egg & Cheese and if you’re from the Jersey Shore on down, it becomes Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese.  I’m not really sure what the Central Jersey peeps do.

From what I hear it’s almost impossible to get outside of the tri-state area – what will I do if I ever move?  It’s a heart attack on a plate that I prefer to enjoy (no matter the time of day) with a side of french fries and brown gravy (on the side, of course).

This morning was no exception.  I can’t figure out why I would snarf such a giant calorie fest when I have to put on a bikini in a little while.  I guess I’m just a masochist or a Jersey Girl – probably a little of both.  The extra side of sausage was just an unnecessary evil but I couldn’t resist – I’ll be stuffed until dinner.

Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese even tastes great at 4 am after a serious night of clubbing and drinking.  It takes the drunk edge off but can sometimes drive you to the porcelain god if you’re not careful.

I tried to make it at home many times but it NEVER tastes as good as the diner’s.  Maybe it’s the melted yellow, American cheese or maybe it’s the greasy griddle that it’s cooked on.  I don’t know but it’s one of my go-to food splurges.

If you’ve never indulged in this Jersey wonder, I recommend you do so as soon as possible.  It’s a little taste of Jersey that will probably stay with you all day!

What do you think?

Picture Courtesy of nj.com

© 2011 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

 

Anson Restaurant – Charleston, South Carolina

Anson Restaurant
12 Anson Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(phone) 843-577-0551 | (fax) 843-720-1955

Anson Restaurant

If you’re looking for upscale, authentic, great-tasting food in Charleston, look no further than Anson Restaurant. Located in Charleston’s Old City Market, Anson’s offers great service and superb low-country fare replete with culinary expertise.
Try the Shrimp & Grits to start.  The multiple layers of flavor are a total delight. The Pan Roasted Halibut or the Cashew Crusted Grouper will not disappoint.  Each dish is unique and flavorful, so anything you try will be an experience.
Choose from other dishes like Seven Layers of Heaven Pork Belly, Seared Scallops or Braised Beef Short Ribs.
© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

 

It’s The Weekend…

It’s the weekend, so check out some of my posts or pages that you haven’t seen!

Cooking In Stilettos; The Page, Not The Blog

Dinner At The Bar

Journal of A Dieting Diva

Shake It Like A Polaroid

Shoe Shock

Enjoy your weekend!

© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.

Ristorante Nicchio: Belmar, New Jersey

Ristorante Nicchio
100 Main Street
Belmar, NJ 07712
732-280-1132

I tried a new Italian restaurant (new to me) in Belmar last weekend.  My friends were raving about the food and I was finally glad to be giving it a try.   So my husband and I met B and J in Belmar after a very HAPPY hour at the Avenue in Long Branch.

As soon as you enter Nicchio you realize that it is an upscale atmosphere which totally appeals to me.  A Peach Bellini at the bar was a good way to start off the evening before moving to the dining area.

We started off with the Salumi platter including all the meats mentioned:  prosciutto, pancetta, bresaola and lardo.  I enjoyed the proscuitto (probably a typical Prosciutto di Parma) and the bresaola more than the other two.  Munching on pure fat isn’t my idea of culinary delight.

Next came the Primi.  I chose a half order of Rigatoni Bolognese because I consider myself a connoisseur of Bolognese – always searching for the perfect Ragu.  It wasn’t meaty like a traditional Bolognese sauce, was red in color and very tasty, though I found it to be a little oily.  J ordered Linguine in White Clam Sauce.  I had a forkful and thought it was tasty but J said it was too dry.  My husband ordered a trio of clams that he hoovered up without comment and B did the same with his half order of pasta.

I chose the Milanese as a main course.  This was a bone-in pork chop, pounded thin, breaded and served with baby arugula.  It was quite good but I found the meat to be overcooked in places, making it tough to cut.

We split a sundae layered with caramel, fudge and Nutella and much more.  Pretty yummy.

All in all, I would go back to Nicchio’s.  It was good, not great, but definitely worth another try even though the ditsy, blonde waitress was somewhat incompetent and not up to the quality of service that I’m accustomed to.

The bill was $250 for 4 people, including a bottle of Pinot Grigio, appetizers, pasta, main fare, dessert and coffee – quite reasonable for 4 people.  Frankly a bargain by our standards.

So next time you’re visiting the Jersey Shore, try Nicchio’s in Belmar and let me know what you think.

Buon Appetito!

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© 2010 J. H-M and CultureChoc2010.