Monday, January 11, 2010

Chinese BBQ on a Hot Dog-Brillant!

Ginger Brew Ha-Ha
During my winter holiday break, I had the chance to judge the entrants in the Ginger Brew Ha-Ha competition. I would never have had the creativity to come up with some of the entries, and in all the event was great fun and held at least one big surprise for me.

Ginger Brew Ha-Ha
As a serious migraine sufferer, I'm always wary of one of my triggers, hot dogs and nitrates. Migraines that can last for days are the antithesis to everything good and holy, trust me. That said, I'd heard of Asia Dogs, but never sought them out which is a major fail on my part. During the Brew Ha-Ha, some friends asked Asia Dogs if they had nitrates, and they did not! I was pleasantly surprised, genuinely happy, and ready to have hot dogs and beer for dinner (it was the holidays, anything goes!)

The Wangding
Chinese BBQ pork? Yes, please. I chose the Wangding and it. was. awesome. Saucy, sweet, porcine topped beef, if they ever get a truck and move around Midtown, I'm in trouble. I'd rather be seeking this out during some massive craving, not facing the temptation every day at lunch.

The Ito
My vegetarian extraordinaire, Bez, was along and tried out The Ito (Japanese curry & homemade kimchi apple) on a veggie dog. "Very good. I like this kimchi stuff." The freshness and quality of the ingredients used really came through in the final products, and I hope to be able to try them out again soon, now that I know they won't knock me down for a few days.

Raspberry Bakeshop
I also got to try Raspberry Bakeshop's cupcakes for the first time! Roopa, one of our lovely readers, started this business last year, and if the mini cupcakes I tried were any indication, the girl's got talent. Minis are notoriously hard, dryness and bad taste abound, but hers were moist little sumptuous bites. I highly recommend.

Asia Dogs
Locations varies, check their Twitter
www.asiadognyc.com

Raspberry Bakeshop
www.raspberrybakeshop.com

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