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Tio Wally Eats America: Thanksgiving Message

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America.

Greetings from … I don’t know where I am today yet. But when I find out, I’ll let y’all know.

I just wanted to wish the Me So Hungry universe a happy National Food-Coma Day. (The effects of Tryptophan, by the way, is an urban myth. It’s eating double or triple your normal caloric intake, exausting your poor body, that makes you sleepy. Still, “Tryptophan” is awfully fun to blame, not to mention, say.)

In that spirit, I’m posting a song I wrote, recorded, and performed by my lonesome about eating the “other” dark meat. It’s called “Mi Gato” (My Cat). It may not be genius, new or exciting, and I screwed up the translation a bit, but it’s a snappy little ditty nonetheless. It’s about making fajitas, or more accurately, gatitas.

In sum it’s a heartwarming, food-centric ditty. My way of wishing MSH readers worldwide a Happy Thanksgiving. And if you know any Spanish speakers, have them translate it for you.

If you’d like to hear more of my illustrious output, visit me at (I sent Jason a CD. He said it flew really well.)


And so we roll.

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.


Alex Kastanas: Singer Songwriter

I’ve posted snippets from the road, but now I’m ready to share our full-on adventures and photos from our Shonali Bhowmik 100 Oak’s Revival tour down South…

Day 2: In Charlotte, playing our first show of the tour at the Evening Muse. On the bill was young singer songwriter, Alex Kastanas. She has some awesome voice. I really like this song she wrote.

Bushwick Block Party 2011

Went to the Bushwick Block Party today in this crazy heat. It was actually enjoyable with mist sprayers and a hydrant cracked open. Some little 5 year old Dominican kid was dancing all thugged out to the heavy rock band, The Netherlands. His dad pulled him aside near me. Me and this other guy were looking at the kid like “yeah, rock on little buddy.” So the guy bends down to pat the kid and the little boy smacks him in the face. We both thought it was fucked up but funny as hell.

It looks like there are a couple of metal heads doing the pledge of allegiance.

FOOD: Free pizza generously provided by Roberta’s, unfortunately with an incredibly long line. A few other vendors selling meatless sloppy joes and ham sandwiches. There was a Arancini (Sicilian Rice Ball) Eating Contest brought to you by Arancini Bros in Bushwick. Some big guy ate 14 balls in 3 minutes. I went to go get a couple myself at the booth. I can’t believe that guy ate so many. One is pretty filling. But they were pretty good, so maybe it was worthwhile. I got Bacon & Broccoli Rabe and Ragu (sauce and cheese).

Ran into a bunch of friends which was cool. But Rusty and I eventually left early. Assholes were getting drunk and about to be stabbed for being a dick. Dang, giving hipsters a bad name. I don’t mess with Bushwick. Stefano took this nice photo of a Bushwick native taking away this dude’s watergun.

And speaking of drunk hipster assholes…

On our way back home to pick up some Grand Seafood, we saw this scary looking dentist office.

…and this flyer on a street pole that I really don’t get, pointing to two Indian restaurants in the area. The flyer’s disgusting. I don’t get it, unless it’s something lost in translation from someone who doesn’t speak English well?

Other photos from the day…

EMA and Minca Ramen

I met up with David who I met a few days ago at the 4Knots Music Festival. He got me into see EMA at Mercury Lounge tonight for her first NY concert. She’s got a lot of buzz going and the place was packed for this early evening show. She was pretty good, like a 90’s Alternative Rock combination of Portishead, Nirvana, Courtney Love, Sonic Youth and The Blow.

Then David, friends and I went for beer and Minca Ramen. Got the Toroniku Pork Belly Ramen. Three big blocks of delicious Pork Belly in my bowl. So good and big. I could only eat half. I’m working on my Captain America/Chris Evans figure, so half was plenty.

Minca – 536 E 5th St (btwn Avenue A & B) New York, NY 10009

On the way back home, I saw this guy Ben Simon play the craziest guitar (Guitar2D2) that he built himself. It sounded interesting (more so live than in this video).

I thought I learned a good lesson tonight that I was hoping to share with you guys —If the L train is running on one track during late-night construction, you might as well jump on even if it’s going the other way (and ride it back, securing a spot and standing in AC) …Because nothing sucks more than being on a packed platform and being the only one (seriously, the only person) to not get on the train. Lesson learned –I got on the next train going the opposite way 30mins later. There was even a cute girl that I was hoping to see on my way back and she’d be like “Whoa! How’d you do that? Let’s make out.” All was great, until I saw the another train going back into Brooklyn while I was still on the 8th Ave bound train at Union Square. So I got off at 6th Ave and waited another half hour on the sweaty hot platform to go back to Brooklyn. It took me 2 hours to get home only 4 stops away.

I’m trying to think what lesson I learned in all this. There’s always a lesson to learn in all of life’s struggles according to the self-help and development audio tapes I’ve been listening to these past 4 years. I couldn’t think of any lesson I learned out of this. It was just bullshit. I can’t believe the L train instantly fucked up all these years living optimistic and happy. FML …I get it.

Fuck everything, I decided I’m going to eat a balut.

4Knots Music Festival and RED Restaurant

I went back to the South Street Seaport the next day for the 4Knots Music Festival. Davilla 666 is one of the best live bands I’ve seen in a while. They are like the Puerto Rican Black Lips. Singing in Spanish makes it awesome.

Shonali got me on a boat that was handing out Jimmy Buffet beer, called Land Shark. I didn’t know Jimmy Buffet had a beer. Would be the perfect beer to serve at my restaurant concept, Jimmy Buffet’s Homestyle Buffet.

We were trying to pick a place to eat. I only knew of the Russian Bath House restaurant I went to the previous night. I’ve always thought the restaurants at the South Street Seaport looked pretty nice, although touristy. We ended up at RED Mexican restaurant. Yep, the food and drinks were very touristy. The flavors were very tomato-y. I felt very much at home …in Orlando.

RED – 19 Fulton St (btwn Front & Water St) New York 10038


Angelina Deli & Trattoria and Heavy Metal Under the BQE

Stopped by after to work to check out the Make Music NY metal show under the BQE. It was like Heavy Metal Parking Lot and Rusty and I were Beavis and Butthead. I didn’t realize there were Brooklyn metal bands. They were really good. Wizardry pulled out some double kick drums and a crazy stretched out fingered chord where the index finger slides up. Never seen that before.

On my way back home, I ordered the Godfather sandwich at the new Angelina Deli & Trattoria. New, but run by old school Brooklyn Italians. The sandwich wasn’t as gluttonous as the one from Graham Ave Deli, but more like if your mom made it for you. Clean cut and much less oily.

There’s some good looking food photos inside the menu. Not sure why they put that paper plate of fries on the back. That’s about all the shit talk I can say. I think Charlie the dog runs this place and he’ll probably bite my leg off.

Angelina Deli & Trattoria – 749 Metropolitan Ave (btwn Graham & Humboldt) Brooklyn, NY 11211 (CLOSED)

Dining with Dondero: The Dixie Grill (Wilmington, NC)

American singer-songwriter, David Dondero, is reporting in his meals from his current tour. He’s living my dream of playing music and eating on the road. Here is the Dixie Grill in Wilmington, NC.

“When I go to Wilmington, NC the first thing I think about is waking up the next morning and getting the Steak and Eggs at the Dixie Grill. By far the best I’ve ever had. The simple dish taken to the highest level. They serve up a substantial chunk of marinated beef shoulder tenderloin. Not the usual thin cut like so many other breakfast joints. They don’t skimp with the steak.. they go all out and at a fair price. $7.95.. You get 2 eggs, steak, grits or homefries and toast. I usually get the steak rare with the eggs over easy.

I always get the grits as well. They are a special form of grits like none other I’ve ever had…. The grittiest of grits. The “true grits” . ”. The grits are from Adleh Hills in South Carolina. A mixture of yellow and white corn. Stone ground for thicker texture.. The best grits I’ve ever had. I put butter, salt and pepper on them. They are the thick larger style.. farmer style.. which are an integral part of this beautiful display of breakfast perfection.

The ice tea is essential to wash it all down. I go half sweet/half unsweet with lemon. Slightly sweet. I like it like that….served in a plastic cup that says “Coca Cola”.

It’s hard to finish the whole dish. With patience and time I always manage. Gotta take it easy. Take it slow. Enjoy the morning. It’s always good to be back in the South.” —dd

Dixie Grill & Pool Room – 116 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28401

David Dondero is one of the hardest working touring folk singers in America. Once named one of the Best Living Songwriters by NPR, alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Paul McCartney. It’s a privilege to have him part of Me So Hungry.

Justice of the Unicorns – Animals Will Be Stoned

I’m proud to announce my band Justice of the Unicorns’ new album Animals Will Be Stoned hits store shelves today. The amazing cover was painted by the legendary Boris Vallejo. It’s available in physical and digital on Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, etc. You’ve been a part of the journey of this album through my food blog. I hope you enjoy it.