Do you dig comfort foods like loaded potato skins or loaded baked potatoes? If so, then you might be intrigued to know that the Loaded Potato Pancake is a thing that exists. I discovered this decadent fried delight when I visited Junior’s Restaurant in Times Square with my friend Jamie last week for a post-theater snack, and I was blown away by its extreme tastiness. Seriously; I am going to be talking about it for the rest of my life.
If you are not fortunate enough to live near a Junior’s, and you would like to try and emulate the Loaded Potato Pancake at home, here is what I believe you must do. First, make a huge potato pancake with shredded potato and onions, and fry it until it is golden and crisp. For your potato pancake to taste as insanely delish as Junior’s, the onions will need to get very crispy, so that they add a sweet crunch when you bit into it. Next, top the pancake with a generous portion of cheddar cheese (guideline: there is no such thing as too much cheese), and, if needed, melt the cheese with a brief pass under a broiler. After that, you can sprinkle the cheesey goodness with crispy bacon, and top with a dollop sour cream and fresh chives. Et Voilà! Enjoy!
My memories of watching daytime TV Game Shows mostly involve being a kid who was home sick from school, or on summer vacation, because when else was I going watch them? What that means is that these memories of The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal are many decades in the past as this point, and yet they are quite clear and bring on a huge wave of fond nostalgia. This is probably why John Miller’s Here in the Real World, up now at the Mary Boone Gallery’s Chelsea location, resonated with me so strongly.
Here in the Real World features Miller’sGame Show Paintings (which he started painting in 1995) and his more recent series of reality TV personalities (started 2012), in which Miller selects images of people in purportedly uncontrived poses and paints them in a realist manner. Mary Boone’s cavernous room provides a perfect space for this show, which features many large scale canvases. Before I post more photos of the paintings however, I want to show you this:
Yes, that is a potato that was hanging out on the gallery’s front lobby carpet. Everybody wanted to know why there was a potato on the floor, and was it part of the show. And the answer is: I don’t know, but it is on a red carpet, so it must be important in some way.
A Funny Forum Happened on the Way to the Thing
Paintings like the one on the far right, above, made me feel five years old instantly.
How great is this? So great.
“A Brand New Car!”
This is like a still frame from a dream isn’t it?
What’s Behind the Door? It is a question for the ages.
The Worleygig highly recommends this exhibit.
John Miller’s Here in the Real World will be on Exhibit Through February 28th, 2015 at Mary Boone Gallery, Located at 541 West 24 Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Hey what’s up. Did you know that September is National Potato Month? Word.
To celebrate The Love of the Spud appropriately, let me tell you about an exciting offer from Potatopia, the all potato-concept restaurant, which I think you might be interested in. Because, Potatoes.
In honor of September being National Potato Month, customers can visit any of the three Potatopia locations in New York City, Staten Island or New Jersey throughout the month for $4 meals after 4:00PM. Meals for this deal include either a Build Your Own or Signature Meal. Both deals include a small fountain drink.
Potatopia Locations are listed below:
Edison, New Jersey: Menlo Park Mall
Manhattan: 378 6th Avenue – New York, NY
Staten Island, NY: The Staten Island Mall
You have just over 2 more weeks to take advantage of this offer, so head on out and get your Spud on at Potatopia!
Do you like chips? I sure do. One kind of chip I really enjoy is the Sweet Potato Chip, because they are so very delicious. I confess that when I see a bag or bowl of Terra Chips at a party, I hover around it and pick out all of the Sweet Potato Chips for myself. Because that is how I roll. I believe that is was at the recent Summer Fancy Food Show where I picked up a sample bag of One Potato Two Potato brand Sweet Potato Chips, and subsequently fell in love with this tasty and all natural snack.
In the above photo you can see these awesome Sweet Potato Chips, all crispy and delightful to the tongue, as they accompany a yummy Cheeseburger made by me for a meal I ate at home last Friday. I love these Chips!
Find out more about One Potato Two Potato Snacks at This Link!
Hey what’s up. Did you see that crazy rain storm last night here in Manhattan? It was just insane! Lisa and I safely watched the captivating Monsoon activity, including deep, swirling vortexes of water stretching up to six feet from the curb, from the cozy comfort of our storefront window table at Rickshaw Dumplings on 23rd Street, where we dined on a “Bacon Feast for 2” courtesy of Thrillist Rewards. Because, Lisa and I are all about the Bacon.
The Thrillist Bacon Feast features special items not regularly found on Rickshaw’s menu, so you can only taste these bacony delights if you subscribe to Thrillist(you can sign up at the link above) and buy the reward.
For $29, here is what you’ll get:
6 Potato & Bacon Dumplings. Richshaw’s dumplings – or at least these dumplings in particular – have a thicker skin and tasted more like pierogies than Chinatown style Chinese Dumplings, probably due to the non-traditionally Chinese potato filling. Served with a soy-sesame dipping sauce, the tasty mashed potato filling was studded with meaty, smoky bacon. Very delicious!
Bulgogi Bacon Buns and Bacon Sticky Rice
2 Bulgogi Bacon Buns. A Bulgogi is a tiny Asian meat sandwich on a soft round bun (usually a rice bun), traditionally served with a topping of picked slaw. We would like to note that Rickshaw’s Bulgogi was served on the freshest, most delicious bun! Chopped bacon accompanied the grilled beef filling, accented with an Asian BBQ sauce and finished with shredded carrots and sprouts, whose slightly tangy vinegar dressing moderated the sweetness of the BBQ sauce. Yummy!
2 Bacon n’ Sticky Rices. This may look like a tiny scoop of rice but, trust me, it was the perfect “tasting” size to accompany the other dishes. The rice was loaded with sliced fresh scallions and meaty bites of smoky bacon, for a nice mix of tastes.
2 Mini Miso Soups. This didn’t look like a mini size to me, but more like a full cup of delicious miso soup, loaded with crumbled bacon, tofu and scallions. I even put a bit of the sticky rice into the soup. Excellent!
The porky feast also includes 2 drinks, including beer, sake or a soft drink. Our choice: Rickshaw’s Watermelonade, which is just pressed watermelon juice in its own natural sweetness. Refreshing!
This offer, which is plenty for two average sized people to share, is available any time, any day at Richshaw’s Flatiron location (61 West 23rd Street, 5th & 6th, close the F Train), but only until September 30th, 2012, so you gotta act fast! The price works out to under $15 per person for good amount of food and it’s a great way to get acquainted with this vendor. Get your Bacon Feast reward now at This Link!