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Chip butty: would you like meat with that?

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Having had this sandwich in York, England a few years ago on the side of a highway, I totally forgot about its existence. Shame on me. The chip butty is probably the most overlooked food coming from England.

You’re seeing correctly. No need to get your eyes checked Those are french fries, or more appropriate, chips, in that sandwich. The chip butty is made from a big bread roll smothered in butter with a heaping portion of french fries. It is recommended that you eat it on an empty stomach due to its size and the amount of carbs in one meal. But it tastes great with beer.

I was curious to know how the chip butty originated. According to wikipiedia,  it originated as a working class meal in the pubs of Northern England. It doesn’t specify a time frame, so what I’m about to say is only speculation. Throughout Europe’s long history, war, famine, and other hardships were common, depending on the era. Each country or region had its own coping strategy during hard times. I’m thinking that at one point, meat was scarce or too expensive for the common man at one point. Since hamburgers were hard to come by, the chip sandwich was born.

Someone from England may know more than me, but for now, that is my theory. But if my theory is correct in how the chip butty was invented, it just shows how important food is to a people and how even the simplest of foods can be such a big staple of survival and comfort from the worst of times to the best of times.

 

Ornella Trattoria

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Usually when I do extreme eating, I do it one thing at a time. It’s not that it’s all I can handle (although in the case of duck tongue), but it usually has to do with that’s the only thing the restaurant offered. In the case of tonight’s extreme awesomeness, I saw an event at Ornella Trattoria; I could not pass it up!

Although most extreme for me would be lamb’s head, there were other things served as well. This menu would make the nose to tail dining enthusiasts proud if they can only get past what they are eating. But at the end of the day, the whole concept of nose to tail is to not let any of the animal go to waste. I learned tonight that we really do let good things go to waste!

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Little Miss Saigon, Vietnamese in Brooklyn

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Flatbush is more known for its Jamaican food than Vietnamese in the same way that Vietnamese cuisine is mostly known for its Pho more than sandwiches. Groupon has a way of turning the tables a bit in order to bring things to the mainstream though. Little Miss Saigon is a little Vietnamese take away restaurant located on a quiet portion of Cortelyou Road in Flatbush that serves Vietnamese sandwiches and bubble tea.

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Himalayan Yak NYC

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On a search for goat curry on Yelp, I discovered Himalayan Yak in Jackson Heights, Queens. Seeing as how Jackson Heights is known for its sizeable desi population, I knew that Himalayan Yak had to be authentic. But not only is it authentic, there’s something extreme on the Himalayan Yak menu, yak.

I was there within twenty four hours!

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Nepalese Indian Restaurant in Ridgewood, Queens NYC

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Another restaurant gem at Seneca Avenue and Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens is Nepalese Indian Restaurant. Indian restaurants are a dime a dozen anymore, since Indian food has become so trendy. But since it had Nepalese in the name, I knew it would be different.
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