Friday, November 12, 2010

week 45: blue smoke

i hadn't the slightest idea that barbecue was such a gaga-inducer until i came to new york and met a ton of texas people.
it is like global guts up in here about who has the best barbecue.
my first exposure was at the beginning of my freshman year when i quickly learned that the percussion studio boys will only spend money on food stand and food that comes in enormous quantities. and the only place uptown that would fulfill the latter and that was good for a post-mock audition eat-fest was dinosaur barbecue up in harlem. 
which was sometimes not ok because above 125th street gives me the heebiejeebies. at least it used to.
whatever. the point is, this week was my friend maria's 21st birthday {she's the one in the top picture that looks a bit constipated about all of the ribs in front of her} and she chose to celebrate at 
because people says it's good barbecues. and because it was sure to accommodate our male friends with the bulk food requirements.
this is a picture of charlie+pulled pork:
and plep+jia+a burger:
 peter+one from his rib variety pack:
me+mac and cheese:
and it was a real good time because maria's our girl and also because she started celebrating her 21st at about 9am.
but then as i was digging into my kc ribs, peter started speculating about his meat, a la,
"i wonder why the texas ribs are so much bigger? you think they let the animal grow more before they slaughter it? also, how many dead animals do you think are at this table right now? well, molly, you've easily got a full one in front of you..."
nuh uh.
molly can't talk about meat while she's eating meat.
it's just one of those things.
it evoked an amplified version of the little hippie inside of me saying "don't eat dead! don't eat dead!"
but in his defense,
there was so much meat.
and this coming from the girl that once ate schnitzel every day for a month.
i enjoyed my ribs, but also couldn't completely handle the whole eating-off-the-bone-am-i-wilma-flintstone thing.
it's ok. i sought solace in the mac and cheese, which, although bread crumbless, was tangy and good. especially with texas pete's hot sauce squirted alllll over.
 it was a meat explosion. 
and then the cake came out. 
and maria wished she got a momofuku crack pie for her birthday! 
and then she did cause i gave her one.
i wished {wait, can i wish even though it's not my birthday?} that my upbringing had given me a broader knowledge of barbecue. 
but then the wish gods said, "well it's either that or deep dish pizza." 
and i said, "ok never mind."



blue smoke is on 27th between park and lex. and it is connected to the jazz standard, in case you're itching for some jazz with your bbq.


Jody said...

A crack pie...only a really good friend/kind person/lovely thoughtful person could have done that....

Ashley said...

mmmmmm ribs!! i love ribs.. but in the privacy of my own home. i like to keep my cheeks clean when i go out to restaurants. lol

the mac n' cheese looks yummy!

Brittany said...

You took the deep dish huh?


your blog always makes me ridiculously hungry..

How many times do you think Ive said that?

kid. said...

i also had barbecue last night in pilsen (pilsen of all places in chicago to have awesome barbecue!). i had rib tips and could also not get my head around the idea of eating things off the bone in public. i did it anyways though. and it was delicious, and also complete with mac & cheese topped with bread crumbies :D

Becca said...

Don't eat dead! Don't eat dead!

Ha ha ha

Oh Molly. How I've missed you.

Jude said...

It might've been a meat explosion, but you're sure making me crave it! That first pic says it all, love it. Haha, I could use some crack pie!

la petite coquine said...

Living with a Texan, I've learned that I know nothing about barbecue-it's a really good excuse to visit Dallas!

Kimbirdy said...

that first picture is priceless! i've never been into bbq... but then again, i'm vegetarian so it's not a big part of tofu dinners. :)

Meghan said...

RIBS! Oh my gosh, I die for BBQ ribs!

When you're back in the Chi, you need to go to the Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen! It's AMAZEBALLS!

Matthew said...

take me here please

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