Deli Talk - Vintage Photo Friday
I keep up with my cousin, Sasha sporadically. He's a high-powered attorney living in San Diego. We both grew up in the same area of Los Angeles. We're two years apart in age, and one letter apart in our names. Ellen and Allen....Bloom. Sasha is the Russian nickname for Allen, Alex, Alexander, etc. We've been in contact lately because of the passing of many elders in our family.
Sasha and Ellen, Family Party, 1982
Sasha loves sending text messages. Being somewhat of a delicatessen aficionado, Sasha texted the following from Manhattan, where he was recently visiting:
"The World famous Katz Deli in New York. Let's review, on a scale from 1-10:
Rye Bread - a 6. Where are the rye seeds?
Pastrami - a 9. Moist, seasoned beautifully.
Cheese Blintzes - a 7. Homemade applesauce would've been nice.
Chopped Liver - a very disappointing 4. Not enuf onion. Did they use a food processor?
Split Pea Soup - a Solid 7.5.
Pickles - a 9. Free and tasty.
Kasha Knish - a 6. Nice flavor but overcooked. Made yesterday?
Kishka - a 4. Even less fresh than knish.
Egg Cream - 8. Nice
Ambiance and pix of "When Harry Met Sally" - priceless.
Overall not even as good as Sarges Deli on 3rd Ave., NY. I give Katz's a 5.5 bump to a 6.5 cuz of character."
Langer's Deli, #19 Sandwich...Pastrami, Swiss, Cole Slaw
Ellen and Sasha, Culver City, 2009
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!