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The Hungry Man Eats Turns 1 This Week, Happy Birthday!

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On April 24th , The Hungry Man Eats will be a year old! Break out the bubbly and a cake!

It has been an interesting first year of writing and posting things, with a few surprises along the way.

So let’s do one of those ever so popular reviews of the year that was taking a look at some of the highlights and lowlights, starting from the beginning:

  • Although my first post was April 24th it was just an introduction with a promise of more exciting things to come, my first actual post about food was on April 29th when I talked all about the dinner I had at Medieval Times.
  • It didn’t take too long for things to get entertaining, on May 27th I posted my opinion on the Starbucks Chicken BLT Salad Sandwich, and that got people’s attention, it only took a few weeks for it to become my most popular post at that point in time.
  • On May 27th, I posted an awesome recipe for homemade hamburgers, grilling season is rapidly approaching and you should check it out even now…
  • On June 26th, I talked about blue cheese and have been told by people that it was one of my more entertaining posts as it had more of my writing voice come through, check it out for a chuckle or two.
  • On July 2nd, I delighted the internet when I posted my recipe for my version of the Starbucks Chicken BLT Salad Sandwich. I look at what draws people to my site and my first post about the chicken salad sandwich was the main draw at that point, but it offered little more than a review of the sandwich. I decided that perhaps people would be even more interested in a recipe that attempts to duplicate the Starbucks version. As it turns out, around 60% of the people who have visited my site since May 27th have been drawn to it because of my posts about the Chicken BLT Salad Sandwich. That’s the highlight and lowlight in one, a highlight because they are the most popular posts by far, but a bit of a lowlight as it appears that if it wasn’t for a Starbucks sandwich I wouldn’t have very many visitors…
  • On September 25th, I tried to catch lightning in a bottle again and wrote about a different Starbucks sandwich, their egg salad sandwich. On the popularity scale: chicken salad>>>>>egg salad.
  • Although it’s not a post, around this time I discovered the funniest search engine search that led somebody to my site even to the present: “thoughts while eating steak”
  • On October 9th I had my best title for a post: “I’ve Been Looking so Long at These Pictures of Food That I Almost Believe That They’re Real” If you can tell me why this title is as amusing as it is, then props to you, you are from my generation.
  • Around Thanksgiving I created another site at http://thehungrymaneats.wordpress.com/ The reason for doing so is boring and complicated and not worth going into here, but I have even more stuff I’ve written about over there.
  • Shortly after Christmas I wrote about Christmas Sticky Buns, AKA Monkey Bread and posted another delicious recipe.
  • On February 9th I presented my thoughts on Martinis, what made this one interesting was that I had nearly three Martinis, and then sat down to write the post. For a 988 word post with that much booze in me it went surprisingly well, the most egregious error that I made among the errors I needed to correct later was calling Glenfidditch a gin 🙁

So here we are in the present again, soon I will write about what I hope to do over the next year on this and my other site, until then, happy eating!

100 Montaditos: Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

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I am pleased to announce the arrival of a new restaurant near my work and even more pleased to have sampled some of their wares. The restaurant? 100 Montaditos! One of my co-workers who has a daughter attending the University of Miami had been to one of their numerous locations in Miami and loved the place. So last summer she heard that a location was to open not too far from our workplace and she kept an ear to the ground and an eye on the place and then lo and behold they finally opened this Monday. It took little convincing to make the trek and try them out…

 
So just what is a montadito? It’s most basic definition is: small sandwich. Expanding on the description a bit, it is a canapé style tapa consisting of a small sliced roll filled or topped with pork, ham, tuna, etc. The restaurants definition can be found here.

 
Why the name 100 Montaditos? Well, check out their menu, there are 100 sandwich varieties (5 of which are dessert style montaditos) offered not counting their other offerings like salads, appetizers and other platters. They also have some reasonably priced beer, wine and sangria offerings as well as some happy hour specials.

 
For my first trip there I had the good fortune to try these four montaditos:
• #22 Tuna, hard-boiled egg, piparra (mild pepper from Spain) and mayo
• #54 Garlic pork loin, brie cheese and bacon
• #65 Serrano ham, mozzarella and pesto
• #80 Anchovies, manchego cheese, piquillo pepper, arugula and mayo

 
#22 was a bit dry, they used a light hand with the mayo and the unadorned tuna was not the moistest I have had, but the peppers added a small bit of pep to the proceedings.
#54 was not very garlicky but the pork was tender and the bacon and brie were good compliments to the pork.
#65 had an excellent flavor with the ham and mozzarella combo, but they added so little pesto that its main contribution was its green color rather than any significant flavor.
#80 had exactly the flavor you would expect from a 3 ½ inch long sandwich than contained 4 anchovy fillets, a true salt and unami bomb and more than a little oil got out to coat my bread. The piquillo peppers were a good balance to the anchovies, but unless you are a true anchovy lover, this sandwich may be a bit much for you.
There are so many other options (96 more montaditos!) to try that I won’t be bothered at all if I happen to not like one as much, there will be dozens more waiting to be sampled.

 
I will definitely be back to try them out for happy hour to see how their sangria measures up.

 
Hungry Man Eats Score: 75/100

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100 Montaditos 1776 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22209 (703) 835-9232

 

 

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