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I kept to my word about no food pictures as Shann and I had a pizza dinner at Rosario’s down in the LES last night, followed by a tiny truffle cookie at Something Sweet and warm black sesame drinks at Saint Alps. It felt strange, though nice, to enjoy food without photographing it. It also made me feel just a tad guilty, almost as if I was letting the food go to waste by not taking pictures, but rest assured, as none of the food went to waste…it went straight to my very content belly.

Today I did laundry at the laundromat down the street (a real laundromat, can you believe that?! hehe) and had my new dress tailored (our tailor lives right next door to the apartment!) And then I ate some really good $1 chow mein Shann brought back from Chinatown. As soon as she opened the noodles, I felt an urgent need to take a picture, but I stopped short of myself. After lunch we went to Whole Foods for the free wifi, as our internet won’t be installed until next week.

And then I checked this blog and read all your comments! You guys definitely had good points, and part of me still wants to take pictures. It’s like there’s a little mechanism in me that exists that goes, ‘must, must, must take PICTURES!!!!!!!” The funny part is that I totally have dinky, unprofessional pictures, so I’m surprised you guys like them that much! It makes me happy :)

And I thought, and thought, and went to Russ & Daughters for my most favorite chocolate babbka in the whole entire world (I am not kidding)……and then I made a mad dash to my apartment CAUSE I NEEDED THE CAMERA. Now I understand what an addiction feel like. It’s a good addiction I supposed, a strange one though. At least I’m not addicted to drugs or smoking…just food picture taking, bwhaahaha.

So I thought some more over babbka and kashi cereal with lots of honey on the side. And came to this conclusion: we’ll still have pictures, but not as many…do you think that’s fair? :)

Truth be told, pictures are half the fun of a food blog, and it made me just a little sad to see that last post with NO PICTURES. Let me know what you think :)

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With that said, check out these awesome grilled cheese sandwiches Shann and I made the other day for a post-lunch, pre-dinner sort of meal.

Canadian oat bread, tomatoes, and nectarines (for dessert!) – all bought by Shann from the Greenmarket. I picked up the wedge of port salut from Whole Foods later in the afternoon.

Then comes the fun part! We cut super big fat slices of the dense, hearty, very filling loaf, smeared on horseradish cream cheese from Russ & Daughters, a layer of slices tomatoes and soooo much cheeeeese. Holy moley, it was the most exciting grilled cheese in the world. We never planned to add in the cream cheese, but I just bought a half pound yesterday and well…we got a lot of high quality cream cheese! We burnt the bottom side of the bread, but all the better cause it was super crispy, the buttery soft cheese melting into the tomatoes and sealing it all together.

Our real dinner came around 10pm later that night, when we walked well over 30 blocks to indulged in a horrific-ly delicious Shake Shack craving.

A Shake Shack burger for Shann, of which I happily took a bite. It’s an awesome creation indeed, but my heart remains with In-N-Out, where a just as satisfying product is offered at a lower price. They also grill the buttery buns till it’s all nice and crisp, something which remains wanting at Shake Shack.

And of course, would be silly enough to eat burger without fries? Short, fat crinkle cut fries, hot, crisp and salty, just as you’d expect. I liked my fries doused in pepper and dunked in a wee bit of ketchup. We were in the mood for caloric indulgence that evening and opted to upgrade for cheese fries. Though I have to say, the cheese was a slight overkill, given how much of the port salut we had consumed just hours ago in the grilled cheese sandwiches.

The Concrete Jungle: a peanut butter-chocolate-banana concrete creation for Shann…

…and a Pie-Oh-My concrete for myself. Vanilla custard with an entire slice of fresh blueberry pie whipped in at high speed. The towering crown of whipped cream was delicious, though oh-so unnecessary…I have the most terrible weakness for whipped cream. And while I prefer ones of the freshly whipped sort, perhaps sweetened just a tad, I’ll easily admit to loving cream right out of the can. Sigh. The best part was that the entire concrete was spotted with so many fresh blueberries. There was at least half a pint of blueberries…rather generous, don’t you say?

Since we’re on the subject of custards, I was totally at Shake Shack a few days prior to that visit. I wish the place was open year round and had a million different custard flavors. We all dream. I dream food. I went alone at 10pm for a double scoop of vanilla and blackberry. Shake Shack custards have a lovely, full mouth feel and go down oh-so-nicely, but I found the blackberry way too sweet, and somewhat candy-tasting. I’ll be back soon to try the salted caramel and sweet corn! :)

We did a lot of damage to our arteries and cholesterol level that night. But I went to sleep very happy, and only woke up with a slight stomach hangover the next morning (often occurs after consuming anything deep fried (eg. Fries, Doughnuts, Tempura) within two hours of sleeping.

I’m using Shann’s computer right now, so I need to get off soon – we’re leaving to dinner! I’m off tomorrow to Chicago for two weeks of JOB TRAINING. woohoo. The company is going to give me a new comp, which is kinda cool cause my Vaio totally just DIED without warning on me. The thing is, we’ll be locked in a convention hotel in a tiny city hours outside the city. I’ll be having breakfast, lunch AND dinner in the EXACT SAME ROOM EVERYDAY FOR TWO WEEKS! What will they feed us? I don’t know. Pray for me. And feel free to pull me out of the hotel and fly me to a delicious city!

I hope you liked this picture-ful post, I really like pictures too!! And I will continue to take them…just not as many. I’ll make sure you guys get to see the important/delicious stuff!

P.S.
Sorry if there are a million spelling and/or grammar errors in the post. I’m writing it in quite a rush, I’m still responding to comments on the previous post, just give me a day or so – it’s so hard to blog with no computer or internet! :)

Shake Shack
nr. Madison Ave. at 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600

15 Comments
  • anonymous
    September 16, 2007

    LOVE IT !

  • anonymous
    September 17, 2007

    Honestly, I appreciate any efforts that you care to share with us. I have always enjoyed your writing but I must admit that the occasional photo does add a certain something.CHICAGO – Honestly, I can’t believe it! Even though I am from “Makiki” I actually live part time in both HNL and a far northern suburb of Chicago. I just try not to think about/mention the IL part. I am currently in IL and if you need something please let me know. I’ll send contact info via email.If you do get a chance to get away I might be able to suggest something – again just let me know.Aloha!Alan from Makiki

  • K & S
    September 17, 2007

    ditto. love it! hope the food is decent in your hotel. have a good trip!

  • anonymous
    September 17, 2007

    From one of the previous anons ;)It works well. :D Let the pictures do the VISUAL description, while you do the taste/thought/feeling/blahdeblah. It works out perfectly, and of course the photography makes me salivate appropriately.

  • anonymous
    September 17, 2007

    From a previous anon too :)LOVELY!!!beautiful as always and your blog is such a joy to read!!!!! Spelling mistakes u say?? dont worry..I wish I had half of your writing skills!!! :D :D

  • reid
    September 17, 2007

    Kathy,YAY! :)Seriously, if you are going to be in Chicago, there are just so many places that you have to eat at! Alinea! What I wouldn’t give for that experience.

  • elmomonster
    September 17, 2007

    I’m late to the conversation, but go with what you are comfortable with. I had dinner last Saturday, at one my favorite places, and I didn’t take pictures (because I had already taken pictures there before) but I could’ve if I wanted to. It was nice to take a break, but also nice to know that I’m fully in control. The blog works for me!Food blogging, writing, and picture taking is like crack, but not as bad for you, so don’t worry about this addiction, just enjoy it! And like Kirk said, we’ll be terminal visitors regardless!

  • OkiHwn
    September 18, 2007

    Glad you’re back with some pictures. Was gooing to delete your link!

  • Madam Chow
    September 18, 2007

    Kathy, I hope you will keep taking photos. I love them, especially the ones of Hawaii; those bring back so many memories for me.That being said, what makes the photos come alive is your writing. Maybe you can find a happy balance.

  • anonymous
    September 18, 2007

    it’s shann!okay, i’m at internship and have found out about new macaron place called madeline on 23rd st? have you heard? ok see you in under two weeks. p.s. did you get my message about the business? we’re in business with the business!p.p.s i’m sorry i should have totally given you my usb with your pictures on it! i’m so dumb. bah. if you have any idea which ones you want i can email them to you!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 20, 2007

    Hey Shar!hoooray!!! :) super awesome to read your emails and comments! :)Hey Alan!Wow, makiki and chicago – you’ve got it made! :) I wish I could make it out in the city, but the company has these whole two weeks planned out for us. Right now, I’m locked away in a convention hotel in St. Charles, which seems to be a million miles away from the city center! But thanks so much for the offer, so nice of you!! :) It’s just that we’ve got training everyday from 8am-7pm, with community service on the weekend…hee boy, they’re working us hard! :)Hey Kat!Thank you! The food is surprsingly good! lots of smoked salmon omelettes for breakfast, hush puppies, fried chicken, fried okra (sorry, so much fried stuff!), cookies and smoothies for snack, and marscapone cheesecake for dessert! :) lol, and I totally thought I was going to lose weight during these next two weeks!… :)Hey Anon!Glad you like it! When I get some downtime, I’ll have to improve on taking photos…I’m like the blogger with the shoddy pictures, lol! :)Hey Anon!Thanks for commenting again & all the nice words! :) I wish I could commit more time and effort to the blog, I enjoy writing it so much, but alas, we’ve also got real life jobs and bills to pay, lol! :) blogging really is like living in a fantasy world! :)Hey Reid!I wish I could go to Alinea – what I wouldn’t give! The company has us locked away in a convention hotel a few hours outside of central chicago…training all day and night, community service in the weekend! We’ve been eating b,l,d in the same room everyday! Luckily the food is pretty good :)Hey Elmo!At one point the picture taking got so out of control that I found myself ordering more, eating more, and going to certain places just b/c I wanted a picture! It was like binge food blogging disorder, lol! :) I like that sense of control you have – that’s what I aspire to do! :)Hey Okihwn!Noooo, don’t delete the link!! :) I’ll be back with more (delicious) pics! :) Hey Madam Chow!Food photos definitely are a key component to food blogging, I just don’t want the blog to be more about the pictures than it is about the writing…and I was worried that my writing was going downhill! Thanks for the encouragement – it means a lot to me! :)Super shann! lol, i’m going to call you super shann from now on. am super glad the business is finally in business – now we can get some real cooking done!! :) it will be sooooo awesome lol. will call you later tonight! p.s. many cute boys spotted at training! :)

  • Tina
    September 20, 2007

    Hey Kathy,Glad to know you’re still living with hotel food! But even if you did lose weight at Chicago, the pork butt will most likely make everyone gain at least a pound by the end of the night…See ya at the porcine binge.

  • anonymous
    September 20, 2007

    Hi Kathy, Glad that “prison” life is treating you well…;) wow they got you in for hard time..community service on the weekends too? no R&R? any word on the mail ?…Nice to hear that the fellow inmates are easy on the eyes !

  • J. Lo
    September 21, 2007

    i miss you and shann so badly. i will be going to the city soon, i promise!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 22, 2007

    Hey Tina!lol, I think I need to fast too…but, much easier said than done! I’m excited for the oysters too! That’s going to be my highlight meal of the month! :)Shannn!oh man, super hooray for internet connection in the apt! use up the cheese – do the egg thing, I can’t think of anything else. OR. stuff it in your backpack and just have it as snack, see you super later! :)Hey Shar!no mail yet :(…i think you’re right, may have gotten lost on it’s way over?as for my cute inmates? i never expected so many of them! teehee ;)Justin!You better come! I’ll let you know if I can make it to Yale that weekend, as soon as I find out my client schedule! :)

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