Last Night's Dinner: JAMBALAYA!
Jambalaya Night at Papper's (D between 2nd and 3rd, Loisaida, NYC) with aforementioned host, Newell and Sean Murphy.
Big Pappy's Jambalaya - Chock full of meaty goodness (chicken, ham and KIELBASA). Paps included some really nice, unexpected touches too. Like thin slices of white carrot. This is something I never would have thought of, but it soaked in the spices quite well. A great flavor medium. He also used sofrito to turn the heat factor up a notch. There was some other sort of spicy love going on in there, but understandably, he would not disclose to me what it was. We are, after all, competitors in the annual Super Bowl Chili Championship.
White Rice - Never touch the stuff, unless I am REALLY hungry.
French Fries - I requested these because I wanted starch, but not white rice.
Maduros (fried yellow plantains) - An inspired, spur-of-the-moment idea of Newell's. I liked throwing these into my bowl of jambalaya to really get some flava going.
To drink I had two Kronenbourg 1664's (when ordering this at a bar in France, one can simply say 'seize' for 'sixteen') and one Stella. Refreshing on an incredibly humid night in the Metrop.
Afterward we went to Winnie's (Bayard between Baxter and Mulberry) for some drinks and karaoke. We ran into a minor actor there named Matthew Goode. I've actually IMDBed him because he was in that Mandy Moore vehicle Chasing Liberty (the one where MARK HARMON plays the President of the United States of America!) and I thought he was cute. Not so cute in person though. He was in Match Point too. I haven't seen it - I've had my fill of ScarJo.