While we have just a day off (were out tomorrow), lucky Jets safety Kerry Rhodes doesnt have to report to training camp till July 29. When he's not preparing for two-a-days, Rhodes is working on his reel he played a police officer in Lady Gagas music video for Paparazzi. The Alabama native is enjoying our cool summer (Im not really a warm-weather guy, he says), but he misses his hometown food. See how teammates and friends like LL Cool J help him get acquainted with local restaurants in this weeks New York Diet. And well see you Monday!
Friday, June 26
I didnt eat breakfast because I was flying. I was coming back to New York from Atlanta. On the plane, I had a turkey sandwich with chips.
Then, when I landed in New York, I went to Subway. I always get either the Philly cheesesteak or regular ham and cheese.
For dinner, I went to my favorite spot, Ricardos in Harlem. LL Cool J told me about it a long time ago. Ive been going since I moved here. Its semi-low-key. I had some sauted shrimp for an appetizer. For my meal, I had a steak, potatoes, and string beans. To drink, I had a glass of sangria.
Saturday, June 27
For breakfast I had Honey Nut Cheerios with 2 percent milk, mandarin oranges, strawberries, and some orange juice.
I went to Pink Tea Cup in the city for lunch. Every once in a while I go there when I need my dose of southern food. I go either there, or to Tavern on Nostrand in Brooklyn. At Pink Tea Cup, I had the fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. The cornbread there is pretty good, too.
For a snack, I had a banana.
Saturday dinner I went to STK. I like to go there, but in general Im more of a stay-home guy. I went with my team my assistant, my publicist to talk about my foundation. I had the rib eye and string beans. Im a big string-bean guy. Probably because I like collard greens but they dont make them here much, and I need some source of greens. I had red wine to drink.
Sunday, June 28
I had waffles, two eggs, turkey sausage, and orange juice. I have a chef, but I cooked the breakfast myself. Im a southern boy; I can do something.
I went to Tavern on Nostrand for lunch on Sunday because I went to go play ball in Brooklyn as an extra workout, and was near there after. My assistant lives in Brooklyn and told me about it. For an appetizer, I had the plantains. Then I had jerk chicken with black beans and rice. I just had Sprite to drink.
I went to the Yankees and Mets game that night so I had game stuff at Citi Field. Im ashamed to say what I ate: I had nachos, Nathans fries ... I dont do hot dogs. I dont know why, but [between] the taste, whats in them ... Im not a believer. Everyone keeps telling me about the Shake Shack after I went. Is it good? I had an iced tea. No beer.
When I got home I went to a diner near my house and had chicken fingers and fries.
Monday, June 29
I had a banana, Cheerios, and orange juice.
Its not official training, but I work out every day with the team. After the workout, I had Subway again.
Dinner, I went to Redeye Grill with a couple of teammates. I had the shrimp cocktail, then lamb chops with mashed potatoes. Im not from New York, so my team is always giving me suggestions [about where to eat]. Im still learning. I like dessert, but I try to stay away from it. I never eat it when Im out. I had some Riesling to drink. Thats my favorite wine.
Tuesday, June 30
I had a plain bagel with cream cheese and cereal that morning, with orange juice.
Lunch, I did Ricardos again. This time I had the flank steak, green beans, and mashed potatoes. To start, I had empanadas, plain beef. I had water since it was lunchtime.
For dinner, I went to Houstons in the city with my parents. They come up for games and when theyre free. I had a Caesar salad to start. I had the filet with a baked potato, and a glass of Riesling to drink.
Wednesday, July 1
This morning I had the traditional cereal, orange juice, and mandarin oranges.
I havent had lunch yet, but Im hungry and I dont know where Im going to go yet. Suggestions?