Had the chance with the ladies out of town for the weekend (visiting Cousin Laura in North Carolina) to head down to the Lower East Side on a culinary excursion. For some time now I have wanted to try the restaurant Porchetta, whose specialty is a roast pork sandwich - beautifully roasted natural pork on a tasty, crusty bun. Based on the recommendation in this New York Magazine review of the restaurant, I also had the crispy potatoes with baked ends (crusty stuff from the outside of the pork roast). All I can say is YOWZA! The food rocked and I suggest anyone who is a fan of sandwiches and/or pork head down to give the restaurant a try. The only downside worth mentioning is that the place is TINY - as in there is barely room for 6 stools and a narrow countertop. While I was at the restaurant I had the chance to check out Sara Jenkins' cookbook Olives and Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, and Beyond which looks tasty and has great customer reviews. The cookbook includes the recipe for the roast pork, which you can also find at Porchetta Two Ways.
After lunch I headed over to Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar for a cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate chip cookie. Since I was full from lunch I waited until much later to eat the cookie, but it was great. Here's a funny review of the spot from Yelp.
Good thing the spin class I will attend tomorrow is an extra-long session..... (75 minutes).