We had just come off a sushi/tapas family love fest the previous night so I figured why not continue showing the Valentine’s amore with a 2/15 lunch splurge at “ink.sack,” Season 6 Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio’s gourmet sandwich shop located a few doors down from his flagship “ink.” spot (get it? inkspot!) on Melrose.
The five sandwiches of choice in our black paper sack tagged with my name in neon silver marker were a banh mi (traditional Vietnamese sandwich comprised of pork butt, pork belly, chicharrones, pickled vegetables and onion spread) for banh-me(haha!), turkey melt for Troy, egg salad for Athena, pastrami for Xander and the Jose Andres (a.k.a. “The Spanish Godfather” with Serrano ham, chorizo and manchego) for Irene, which she promptly traded with Mr. X when he changed his mind about the pastrami. The swap segued into one of my favorite pasttimes: sampling each other’s choices (all very satisfying); between bites, the kiddies scrawled artwork on the chalkboard walls from their counter stools.
Most sandwiches range in price from $5-$7 and are nicely packed with their respective ingredients on a quality mini roll. We also grabbed a bag of house-made Maryland crab chips and the pork rinds ($3 each) making for a nice affordable bite out. We will definitely be heading back so we can try five more offerings, including the spicy tuna, cold fried chicken, gravlax, cubano and classic BLT sandwiches. Or will we be in the mood for the reuben, tuna, turkey club, corned beef & egg and tortilla espanola? Either way, the sampling will be savory!
Just when you thought he couldn’t top his previous high-larious little quips, X starts off the new year with a pair of quotables that begged to be shared.
JAN. X-ISM: This one took place at his weekly piano lesson, where the teacher (who looks like Santa Claus in street clothes) was trying to draw a parallel between the pitfalls of not practicing regularly and not remembering some of what you learned in school following the holiday break that was currently in its final week. “You’ll be shocked at how much you may have forgotten when you go back to school next week,” piano teacher Kris Kringle said. To which Mr. X replied, “I’m getting a shot tomorrow!” As I smiled, Mr. Kringle looked confused. He obviously had no idea that Mr. X would be getting a flu shot the next day and had simply fixated on the word “shocked.”
FEB. X-ISM: On the drive to school one recent morning, I announced that instead of going to the office I would be attending a trade show that day. “So you have to sing & dance?” asked X, who naturally equates all “shows” with the seasonal productions that we watch the kiddies in at their elementary school…
In the words of the hack stand-up comedian character Kenny Banya from “Seinfeld” — comedy gold!