Thursday, January 6, 2011

Travels with Blondie: Learn to Plan Your Eating

Cheeseburger & Fries
After the insanity known as Blizzard-pocalypse 2010, I attempted to board another flight out to the great state of Kansas. My plan was to make it to LaGuardia in enough time to enjoy a cheeseburger from Pat La Frieda. That delicious specimen above from my October attempt had two bites before being tossed-I can thank a flight cancellation for ruining that meal. This second time, a delayed bus and a lost wallet contributed to looking longingly across the aisle at hamburger deliciousness while waiting for a Port Authority cop to take my statement. Thank God Delta serves free peanuts.

Burnt End Sandwich
I'd been thinking about my Oklahoma Joe's burnt ends for months, but I didn't make a note that they're only served Wednesdays and Saturdays. Since New Year's Day feel on Saturday, that meant no burnt ends. What I didn't realize was that they're always closed on Sunday. No Oklahoma Joe's for me; I promise to make up for that next month.

Horchata @ Esquina
But I did find me some horchata at Esquina in Lawrence. Esquina sells a nice rice-based horchata with plenty of cinnamon added. It was the perfect accompaniment to the spice in their paella.

Oreo Cheesecake & Power Cat Crunch
Lastly, I did find two flavors from Sylas & Maddy's that won't be on my favorites list: Oreo Cheesecake, and Power Cat Crunch. I was underwhelmed by both, I'll just have to eat my way through their menu.

Esquina
801 Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS
(785) 856-1625
www.esquinalawrence.com

3 comments:

Eduo said...

Quick comment:

Rice-based Horchata is mexican in origin (the name, at least, the beverage itself is drunk with several names all along latin america, called "chicha" in Venezuela, for example).

Spanish Horchata, the one you'd have along a Paella (you'd get weird looks, as Horchata is never drunk with a meal, and most often is had very cold with dunk "fartons", a sort of puffy pastries) is made with an ugly milky nut called "chufa". The look is almost the same (probably the reason the mexican one is called that) but the flavour is unique (and ridiculously delicious and refreshing).

Rice-based horchata with cinammon (as it's drunk in Mexico, resembling "arroz con leche") is one of the most common "aguas frescas" in the country, and it's had in meals along with tacos.

Vittle me this... said...

the cheese on that burger looks a bit creepy!

Blondie said...

@Eduo: It's a primarily Mexican restaurant hence the Mexican Horchata. I chose to get their paella since I was unsure when I was eating again and, with it being New Year's Eve, I knew some serious imbibing was going to happen. The only horchata I've ever had is Mexican, but I'd love to try some of the other versions.

@Vittle me this: Yes, it's a cheese slice, but from the few bites I had, the burger was damn good. Much better than the one from the bar/restaurant also in the Delta terminal.