- Jeremy Osner
I was really intrigued by Asimov's review of O Padeiro
on Wednesday. Has anyone around here eaten there?
I'll probably be going there a few times in January (it
sounds like great cold-weather food!), if anyone would
like to contact me we could set up a meeting.
It's worth eating there just to get the delicious bread
basket, which helps you pick a bread to bring home. I
had the sausage and bean and potato casserole which was
somewhat undercooked. The portion was enormous and I
brought a lot of it home, cooked it the next day with
some modifications and had a very tasty lunch.
I ate there last night -- I'm very much in agreement
about the fabulous bread basket. (I brought home a loaf
of Broa.) I was pretty drawn toward the bean casserole,
and wish I had gone with it -- instead I ordered
grilled sardines, a dish I've been interested in trying
for a couple of weeks now since I've seen it mentioned
in like three reviews of NY restaurants. But when it
was served I found myself in a familiar quandary -- how
do I eat fish with bones in it? Something I never
learned, I guess; I can't figure out how to take the
flesh off the bone with a fork and knife, without some
bones stubbornly clinging to what I put in my mouth,
and then I have to try (and fail miserably) to get the
bones out of my mouth quickly and discreetly. Does
anyone have advice? Whole fish is a common enough dish,
there must be some trick to it that I'm just not
re: Jeremy Osner
I figure if the bones from a sardine aren't big enough
for me to be able to see before I put it in my mouth,
they are small enough to swallow.
The large bones are halfway down, so what I do is lay
the sardine on its side and push the flesh away from
me, being careful not to force the knife downward too
hard. The result is that eventually the long bone is
exposed and can be easily eliminated with a knife
(although it's far easier to do so with your hands).
In practice, I do usually eat some bones, but never
had any problems swallowing them.