Big night in Philly ! I was finally going to "MEAT-up" with David Sax , who wrote the new book, "SAVE THE DELI" !
He was going to be at a book signing at the Library on Vine St. Tuesday, Nov. 3rd.
David did a nice schmooze in the library auditorium, followed by a Q & A with the audience (about 150 people)
Free noshes were provided by Herschel's & also by Rachael's Nosherai ..
I follow David Sax the way some people follow U2 or the Rolling Stones!!
I even told him on his Facebook page that he reminds me of a Rock n Roller, with all his tour dates!
(he's on a whirlwind cross country and Canada tour, promoting his new book, and singlehandedly trying to Save the Deli...!! www.savethedeli.com
The book costs $24, and well worth it! It just came out a few weeks ago.
David is in Montreal tonight for another book signing ; wish I could be there, too, as I've never had that SMOKED MEAT that they are famous for..
("pastrami's bad-ass cousin", as David calls it)
Here's DAVID's name up in lights..
I warmed up with a PASTRAMI REUBEN from the FAMOUS 4th St. Deli before David's library event...
The deli's been around since 1923, and now owned by RUSS COWAN for over 4 years already, after being in the same family for decades..
I had my heart set on a PASTRAMI REUBEN.... this is HOMEMADE pastrami, which is SO hard to find nowadays... (most places are just "slicer joints"; BAAH BEN coined this term)
Believe it or NOT, this is just a REGULAR size , definitely enough for TWO.... $14.70
(or you can order one to START, cause you can always order another if you are both still hungry.... (unlikely)
The TOPs of this reuben were slightly burned , so I ordered new tops...(meanwhile, I combined the bottoms)
This sandwich was so much FUN to eat, and to play with! This next pic is BLURRY (warning!) , but you can get the feel of just how much MEAT there was...!
My final bill ....
I like what DAVID SAX had to say about Philly Deli's..that they have their OWN proud uniqueness, and do NOT call themselves
"NY style deli's"...(unlike what most deli's everywhere else in the nation seem to do !)
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