After a quick lunch, I headed over to Grand Central for their “Super Bowl Bash.” A bunch of vendors set up stations with samples and great food for Super Bowl Sunday. Luckily, I only had to walk like 6 blocks from Kati Roll, so I burned off some calories from that.
I walked in and sampled everything there was to be sampled. I start with food from Cafe Spice, an Indian Restaurant. I tried some saag paneer (a spinach based dish) and chicken tikka masala with some basmati rice. I wasn’t really feeling the saag paneer because it didn’t look really appetizing and really didn’t have much flavor (not even a little spicy). The chicken tikka masala though, was really good and mildly spicy.
Next was the Brother Jimmy’s BBQ station. They had stations set up with small bowls of shredded pork and chicken. I tried the pork with their own chipotle sauce and the chicken with their BBQ sauce. I could’ve done without the chipotle sauce but I fell in love with their BBQ sauce. It was slightly smokey, sweet, and just good. It was so good, I bought a jar of it!
Next on the way was Oliviers & Co, a French retail store specializing in olive oils from all around the Mediterranean. I tried a chile oil and wasn’t feeling it. I did try truffle oil on popcorn and loved it! Ultimately, I decided on smokey mild heat seasoning. It’s supposed to be used in place of a pepper. Hopefully I can show off my Italian cooking skills with this seasoning!
I also tried popcorn from Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse. They tossed regular popcorn with truffle oil, black pepper, onion and garlic powder. So good! I love popcorn and I think I’m going to have to toss truffle oil on my kernels from now on.
Manhattan Chili Company offered samples of their beef, turkey, and vegetable chili. I tried the beef and turkey and they really weren’t that good. They kind of tasted as if they were sitting there for hours (they probably were). The only way to go up from there was gelato from “Ciao Bella Gelateria.” I love frozen desserts, so I tried a tiny scoop of their espresso and blood orange gelato. The blood orange gelato was to die for! Apparently Oprah likes that flavor too. It was so good but I ran out of cash, so I couldn’t even pay for a scoop. That only means I have to go back and get a 3 scooper!
I tried a sample of anniversary coffee from Oren’s Daily Roast. It was alright. I probably will stick with my usual Starbucks vanilla latte.
The last stop was Murray’s cheese. They were giving out samples of salami and I believe Wisconsin cheddar cheese. They also had a weighing contest, where people had to guess how much the huge chunk of cheese on the bottom weighed. I guessed 1075 lbs but who knows. If I was able to cut a chunk to throw into cheese and broccoli soup, I would’ve been just as happy.