3 posts tagged alice gao
epic quest the search for the best fried chicken + waffles
I forget where I had my first fried chicken & waffles, but the experience stuck with me. Few dishes take your taste buds to such opposite extremes: Salty fried skin and juicy meat paired with a buttery, sweet breakfast dish. That is, when it’s made correctly.
It’s a common misconception that chicken and waffles originated in the South, Sweet Chick co-owner John Seymour tells me. In fact, he says, the combination of fried chicken and waffles started in Harlem when jazz musicians would find themselves hungry after their gig ended in the early morning. So they ordered fried chicken on waffles as a way to sate their cravings for a post-work meal – and breakfast.
At Sweet Chick, the signature dish is offered alongside variations that change frequently. Recent specials that have made their way to the blackboard include General Tso’s Chicken & Waffles made with rice flour and broccoli, and cheddar waffles and bacon. Their rendition of mac & cheese is made with fontina, gruyere and aged white cheddar and is large enough to share between friends. For dessert, get the “Cookie Jar” and classic cheesecake.
Calorie-wise, Sweet Chick is not somewhere I can justify going to weekly. Still, I get that craving for perfectly seasoned fried chicken and breakfast waffles often enough to know I’m lucky to live within walking distance of it.
Sweet Chick 164 bedford ave, brooklyn. (347) 725-4793
Photos by Alice Gao
give give give
Whenever I am sad I try to do something nice for someone. And whenever I am happy, I try to make someone else happy, too. These two scenarios usually end up with me writing greeting cards, getting back to long neglected emails, calling my old college roommates, making a beeline to my favorite Greenpoint restaurant, Manhattan Inn, for their cheeseburger and bourbon cocktails, or sending cookies to a friend for no reason at all, except that I’m either deliriously happy or sad.* Emotions are complicated.
I just returned from a week in Colombia; it was a hard trip. Chris and I argued a lot, which I am only sharing here because it makes sense to me to reveal both happy prosciutto-filled days and rocky spots that are essential, unavoidable aspects of any relationship. Love is complicated.
Which brings me to this — I am happier now after having been kind of mopey all day. I went to yoga and when I got home, I discovered that my friend, photographer Alice Gao, is selling a 2013 calendar featuring select photos from her insanely popular and beautiful Instagram feed. You may remember Alice shot my portrait this summer. I adore her blog and her work.
In the spirit of passing on good vibrations, I want to surprise a few of you guys with a calendar by Alice. Tell me what you do to feel better when you’re sad. To “enter,” you can reblog this post and add your comment in the post, you can leave a direct reply, send me a private Tumblr message or email me at amy [at] amyblogschow [dot] com.
And, as always, thank you for reading. I feel better already.
* I also feel better when I give this rapscallion a treat.
2013 Instagram photo calendars for sale on my blog // 25% of sales in November will be donated to local Sandy relief efforts.
a blogger love story / portraits by alice gao
A few months ago I came across a blog called Lingered Upon in a roundabout way. As it usually goes, I see a tweet that piques my interest, which leads me to visit a website that opens a portal to new people and new worlds…
This time, it was a tweet about the Kinfolk Dinner Series in Brooklyn, which, if you click the link, is where you’ll likely lose the next fifteen minutes of your life just browsing and being in awe and stealing inspiration for your next big dinner party.
Lastly, I told my friend and old Foodspotting colleague Chris Connolly that I found a bee-yoo-ti-ful blog and that the author and I should probably be friends. To which he replied, oh hey… I know Alice.
photos by alice gao