Harlem, NYC | Growing up in Harlem, and with my dad's stellar cooking, it's safe to say most of by base culinary instincts are founded from these two sources. And many of my dishes, when being creative, at least attempt to incorporate both ideologies
As so was born my grilled macaroni an cheese sandwich. Surely not the first person to think of or make this, I did manage to make a version photogenic enough to grab the attention of Jelena, the owner of Harlem hot spot Harlem Shake. Impressed enough was she that she asked and offered to feature it on her knew menu. I happily obliged.
Working off as much of my original recipe I was willing to release, her and her husband Pedro, also executive chef at Harlem Shake, came up with a version that not only honors the integrity of the original—as well as of my father, the man who inspired the sandwich—it has flatteringly been a best-seller among the other delicious sandwiches on their menu.
And I am honored that they named the sandwich the Grilled Mac 'n' Cheeseboro, after me and, consequentially, the man who gave me the surname as well as my love for cooking.
And it pleases me to no end to be able to post about it again, on the two year anniversary of his unfortunate passing. I am glad and grateful to be able to honor him by having our name, his name, being on a dish that is bringing happiness to the grateful palates of the neighborhood where he raised me.
Daddy, you finally made it on to a NYC restaurant menu!
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