Grecian omelette. Belgian waffle. Two eggs over hard. Short stack with bacon, crisp. Disco fries.
Disco fries?! Yes, disco fries. In New York, brown gravy and Provolone heaped on waffle-cut potatoes is a birthright, day or night. Gotham’s diners have always catered to benevolently schizophrenic appetites; prepping the line for dinner service might happen at 10 a.m., when an order for scrod or souvlaki rolls in amid the tickets for pancakes and homefries. Even if they aren’t always open 24/7, New York’s diners are always on.
In modern American vernacular, “feasting like a queen” means putting your first post-payday Trader Joe’s groceries to good use, or better yet, being able to afford the bottomless brunch for once. We’re a monarch-less country, so starting our day the royal way is something we can’t fathom. But historically speaking, eating like royalty hasn’t been all unlimited mimosas and splurging on a second croissant. No, instead, think barley soup, stuffed pigeon, and eggplant.
“Le Doggy Café,” which translates to “The Doggy Café” in English, is Montreal’s best and only restaurant catering to both humans and dogs. It’s supposed to be a place where you can bring your dog and eat vegetarian food, but for dogless people like me it’s a place where you can live vicariously through strangers and their dogs. From the outside, the restaurant looks kind of sketchy, like an old daycare that was just evacuated because of asbestos, but inside it’s totally fine.
When I was growing up in Hong Kong, my parents would wake up early on Saturdays to snag us a prime table at the neighborhood dim sum parlor. The restaurant was always packed by the time we arrived. Patrons chatted noisily while trying to flag down one of the many roving pushcarts. These trolleys pedaled everything from slippery shrimp dumplings to thick slabs of pan-fried radish cakes. Most of the trolleys looked the same except for one type that stood out from the rest: the congee cart.
There’s a Cosmo article from 2014 that haunts me to this day. It wasn’t the one where Miley Cyrus offers sex advice or even the one about the notorious doughnut tip.