When No One Is Watching / Bodega Breakfast Sandwich

Billed as a mix of Rear Window and Get Out, this slow-burn thriller by Alyssa Cole gives a haunting look at the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Sydney Green is watching as her neighborhood disappears before her eyes. The houses are being sold and remolded, her beloved bodega gets a face lift as a high-end grocer, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. In an attempt to hold on to what made her neighborhood unique, Sydney starts researching for a walking tour of her neighborhood, highlighting the past and the people who made it what it is.

But her deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.

In honor of Sydney’s neighborhood bodega that suddenly gets renovated and starts selling overpriced kombucha, I decided to make an old-school breakfast sandwich. There isn’t a real recipe to follow for this, but I highly recommend giving in to processed cheese to achieve the perfect melty sandwich. For this version, I used a ciabatta roll, bacon, and American cheese on top of scrambled eggs. What’s your favorite breakfast sandwich combo?

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