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Mr B’s Barbecue: Best Pulled Pork Sandwich at White Post VA ‘Cue Joint

A couple of years ago, we stumbled upon Mr. B’s Barbecue in White Post, VA. (See my earlier write-up.) The barbecue was terrific. So on a recent return visit to the area, we stopped in for another pork-infused lunch. This time, the pulled pork sandwich outshone the ribs. Situated in a square white cinder block [...]

Upper West Side: Recipe Roasts Pig in Alley and Neighbors Squeal

Pig Roasting on a spit in the alley behind your building?  Sound appealing…or ghastly?  Recipe, the New American restaurant at 452 Amsterdam Avenue off of 82nd Street, held a first anniversary celebration for its staff this week—and roasted a pig out back, a manager at the restaurant confirmed to the Westside Independent. But residents apparently squealed. The smell and [...]

Upper West Side: Fat or No Fat? Fairway Regulates Prosciutto Buyers

At Fairway, they take their prosciutto seriously.  So seriously, in fact, that if you dare to ask them to trim the fat-horrors!!-from this Italian delicacy, they’ll refuse to sell it to you. Read more in this Westside Independent story.  And take their poll to see how you stack up against your fellow Upper West Siders [...]

East Village: Porchetta for Fabulous Pork Sandwiches

When you walk into Porchetta, the diminutive sandwich shop on E. 7th street, you instantly know what the place is all about. Front and center looms a glass case displaying glistening slabs of just-roasted pork loin that’s been rubbed with fennel pollen imported from Italy. With subway tile on the walls and a simple counter [...]

Czech Republic: Cabbage, Potatoes, and Pork

After six days of hiking through the Czech Republic, I can say that I am intimately familiar with the potato. Our trip wound past tiny kitchen gardens growing as many as a dozen crops, ranging from peaches to corn, then through untouched Renaissance villages with squares surrounded by colorful painted buildings. The Czechs make lunch [...]