Feb. 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM ET
Sara's always up for a good adventure during her Sara in the City segments (riding shotgun in the Weinermobile, bell-hopping at the Plaza Hotel,being a singing telegram, to name a few) even if it involves a meat cleaver and bunch of hungry New Yorkers.
This week, she had the rare (sorry!) opportunity to visit Ottomanelli's, a legendary butcher shop and New York institution. Two generations of Ottomanelli meat men gave her a crash course in the chopping, slicing, trussing, and loading arts.
But it wasn't all beefy manual labor. Sara had to try her hand at customer relations. She also wrapped up a pair of steaks so they looked like a heart. Aw.
So how did she do? Luckily, Sara was a meat natural and was declared an honorary Ottomanelli. Good job, Haines! Not everybody can pull off a meat-stained apron.
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor. She's a filet mignon girl but will eat strip in a pinch.