You wanna know a really good tip for instantly feeling better about yourself? Buy a leather jacket. I’m not even kidding. It truly works. This whole self-improvement thing came to me a few months ago when I was in Berlin. I keep seeing all these badass German babes (mainly my friend Vik that I wrote about a few months ago here) rocking leather jackets and I was like damn, there’s something SO COOL about these ladies. No matter what outfit they had on underneath, their leather jacket just gave this effortless sense of style that I was totes envious of. So you know what I did? Took my ass to Zara and bought the coolest one I could find.
Fast forward a few weeks when I got back to NYC and the coldness started creepin in. Boom! Out came the leather jacket along with a stream of confidence that was only once available with the help of some strong drinks and dive bars. The first night I wore it out, I had on skinny black jeans and a crappy Hawaiian shirt that was not only missing 2 buttons but was also studded with pink flamingos and technicolor palm trees. It’s normally a summer shirt reserved for eating Rockaway tacos at the beach, but not anymore. I probably got told “Whoa, you look so cool!” like 4 times. Which is a freaking lot in my life. Especially these days when I dress like like I’m one of the founders of cozy-core.
Anyways, since I got it, basically my whole life has changed for the better. And this isn’t just a me-thing. When I asked some of my buds about the benefits of buying leather jacket, this was all confirmed. My bestie and the main man behind Christian Torres Photo put it like this “When I got a leather jacket, I stopped giving even less fucks.” Which is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. So yeah, take it from me and the counltess other cool kids rocking leather jackets, go out and buy a one. It doesn’t even matter if it’s even real or not and actually you know what? You get even more points if you find a used/reclaimed/fake one that fits awesomely. It’s all about the vibe. And the leather jacket vibe is my new favorite thing of 2014 and probably the rest of eternity.
Ok, so anyways, let’s get on to another cool thing – THIS GRILLED CHEESE! It features everything that is beautiful in the world: farm fresh eggs, artisanal cheese, trendy NYC bagels, locally made hot sauce, and responsibly made breakfast meat. Basically this is a grilled cheese in a metaphorical leather jacket.
Ingredients (courtesy of Whole Foods Brooklyn)
- Blackseed bagel, I used a salt flavored one!
- Kinsman Ridge cheese by Jasper Hill Farm
- A&B American Style Pepper Sauce
- Farm Eggs, over easy
- Vincenza Pork Roll, pan-fried and grease reserved
Begin by cutting that bagel in half and flipping it inside out – so the interior is now the exterior! This genius tip can make almost any bun-shaped bread into a perfect grilled cheese vessel… just FYI! Oh, and don’t forget to add some of that delicious Kinsman Ridge cheese duh.
Now it’s time for the meaty all star of this dish. Taylor Pork roll has always had a quesetionalbe background… Mainly what the frick is a porkroll and is it safe to eat? Luckily for me, my dad’s from Jersey so the pork roll has always been a staple in our home… which isn’t necessarily the case across the country — until now! Some genius started making a pork roll that’s actually made with good organic ingredients! And if you’re still on the fence, I’d like you to know that Whole Foods even started carrying it, so if it stands up to their standards, it stands up to mine as well! Oh, and here’s a trick that i learned from my friends at Whole Foods – when you pan-fry your pork roll, put 4 little cuts equal distance apart on the edge of the pork roll. This will help is stay flat so you can evenly brown it!
Add the rest of the cheese and the top of the bagel. Now grab the pan that you used to fry up the taylor pork roll and plop your sandwich in. Turn the heat to medium and let that pork fat crisp up the bread.
After a few minutes, the cheese will be all melty and the bagel will have a beautiful crust – at this point, flip and repeat!
Now that it’s done, carefully open up the sandwich and add the fried eggs and however much hot sauce you want. Then close it up and slice it down the middle so that all the yolk-y goodness oozes all over your new sandwich baby.
I’d say your welcome but instead I’ll just be sitting over here doing this.