May 29, 2010

Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles

Smoothies are one of my favorite breakfast dishes.  They're easy to make, we always have the ingredients on hand, and they're both tasty and healthy.  So with the hot weather here in NYC, I decided to turn my smoothies into popsicles!

May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Weekend!

Yay! The long weekend is here, which means Shake Shack has something special to offer!  For Memorial Day weekend, the corn dog ($4.50) is back on the menu at the UWS location.  We had it last Labor Day weekend and that deep-fried Vienna hot dog with sweet Rick's Picks corn relish was mighty tasty.

May 27, 2010

Wine and Gourmet Food Class at De Gustibus Cooking School in Macy's

Macy's in Herald's Square is known for many things: the Thanksgiving Day parade, hoards of shoppers, and Santa's workplace in A Miracle on 34th Street. But did you know that it also houses a cooking school?  Just beyond the swimsuits and coats on the 8th floor sits the De Gustibus Cooking School.

We recently won 2 tickets to a wine class by correctly answering a question via Twitter (they often have contest so follow them @degustibusnyc for your chance to win).  All we knew was that we would be treated to a few wine pairings of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards wines with food from igourmet.com.  We ended up thoroughly enjoying (and completely stuffed from) our tastings of 10 wines, multiple cheeses, cured meats, and pates.

May 25, 2010

Blogger Brunch at Northern Spy Food Co. (and a quick dessert at Momofuku Milk Bar)

Having started this food blog over a year ago, we have both met some wonderful, interesting people.  One of my first blogger friends was Mardi, who I had the good fortune to meet in person when we were both in San Francisco.  She's based in Toronto (my hometown) and came down this past weekend to NYC with her husband.  So, along with a few other bloggers (Lauren, Mary Ann, and eventually Christine), we headed down to the East Village to celebrate her 40th birthday visit at Northern Spy Food Co (a quaint country-style farm-to-table spot).

May 21, 2010

New Taste of the UWS Kicks Off with a Healthy Eating/School Lunch Program Roundtable

Remember that sneak-peak we had of the New Taste of the Upper West Side?  Well, the event all happens this weekend and started off today with a passionate panel (with proceeds going towards Wellness in the Schools) discussing school lunch programs and ways to get our children (and ourselves) to eat healthier foods.

Elizabeth Kaledin (NY 1, photo far right) moderated the discussion and started with a startling statistic:  Obesity-related diseases cost NY state over $6 billion dollars a year.  The all-star panel, which featured (photo, l-r) Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Nutritional Medicine Expert), Kate Krader (Food & Wine Magazine), John Fraser (Dovetail), Ellie Krieger (Food Network), Eric Goldstein (School Support Services), Bill Telepan (Telepan), and Steve Cuozzo (NY Post), had a lot to talk about!

May 20, 2010

Some Ideas on Visiting NYC

Whenever friends and family come to visit us in NYC, they often ask us for advice on what to do, where to go, and especially what to eat.  So we thought we would start this post (and update it every so often) as a reference for visitors (and a reminder for us).  There's so much to do in NYC and we know we have not captured everything (feel free to comment away on what else we should add!), but here's a starting primer on what to do (food-wise) in NYC.

May 18, 2010

Recap of 1st Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint

Last Sunday, we attended the first annual Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint - a food event to raise money for the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center.  Not only was it for a good cause, but the event was a great way for us to explore these two areas of Brooklyn all in one spot.

So along with my husband (aka my hand model), we tried as many foods as we could, talked to a variety of vendors, and learned about places we'd like to visit in Brooklyn.

May 17, 2010

$29 Lunch Deal at Del Posto

Dining at Del Posto is like transporting back to the classic New York City (think Mad Men era, but without the cigarette smoke).  The piano player is playing "As Time Goes By".  Crisp white linens adorn the tables.  

And the best part of this fine dining escape?  The bill was only a fraction of the normal cost because we ordered Del Posto's weekday fixed price lunch deal ($29 per person for a 3-course meal).  Like the lunch deal at Jean Georges, we enjoyed a wonderful meal with impeccable service.

May 14, 2010

Columbus Square event (or Preview of New Taste of the Upper West Side)

Once in a while, we like attending open houses.  In NYC, it's a great way to see how other people live as well as gain a decor tip or two.  But food-wise, open houses tend to disappoint.

So when we heard that a handful of restaurants (including Shake Shack!) from the upcoming New Taste of the Upper West Side would be catering Curbed's open house event, we were eager to check out the luxury rentals at Columbus Square.

May 13, 2010

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka Launch

With thoughts of summer hopefully coming soon, I often think of casual dinner parties and summery cocktails to make for friends and family.  So when I was invited to last night's launch of Belvedere vodka's Pink Grapefruit flavor, I was interested to get some entertaining ideas.

After braving the cold, rainy weather last night in NYC, I ended up enjoying the night of cocktails, food pairings, and learning about the making of Belvedere's naturally-flavored vodkas.

May 12, 2010

2 Taquerias in the East Village: La Lucha vs Zaragoza Mexican Deli & Grocery

taco platters
The weekend before Cinco de Mayo, we decided to go on a taco run in the East Village.  We were far from our favorite taqueria in the city (Tehuitzingo in Hell's Kitchen) and interested in seeing what the other side of town would offer.

We ended up trying two spots along Ave A that were less than five streets apart:  La Lucha and Zaragoza Mexican Deli & Grocery.  Between the two of us, we spent about $20 at each place.   La Lucha's small tacos seemed pricey at $4.50 each while Zaragoza's $2.50 tacos provided the best overall value, but was found in a hole in the wall place.

May 10, 2010

Popsicles in the City: People's Pops and Popbar

People's Pops and Pop Bar
Popsicles to us just scream summer on a stick:  bright, bold colors with fresh fruit flavors.  Here in NYC, a couple of stand-alone stores recently opened up devoted to this frozen treat.  We have cupcake shops, ice cream/gelato parlours, and now popsicle stores.  People's Pops was a familiar sight at the Brooklyn Flea markets and just last month, opened up a store in Chelsea Market.  Popbar, a new store in the village, just opened up a few days ago to sell gelato on a stick.

May 9, 2010

Queen of Sheba - Ethiopian restaurant

Queen of Sheba Ethiopean Restaurant
We love living in NYC because we get to visit so many different restaurants of various cultures.  Ethiopian food is one of our favorites and our go-to place is Queen of Sheba, a modest-sized restaurant in Hell's Kitchen.  Ethiopian food isn't the prettiest of foods, but eating it is a fun experience - we eat with our hands, taste different spicy flavors, and actually feel fairly full after the meal (we ordered enough for 4 people!)

May 8, 2010

Shake Shack Special: Ramp Dog and Red Velvet Custard

Shake Shack
In addition to today's (Saturday's) custard flavor (Red Velvet), the UWS Shake Shack location is offering another special (today only):  Ramp Dogs.   

May 7, 2010

The Meatball Shop

Drinks at Meatball Shop
Meatballs and Ice Cream sandwiches - we loved them as kids and they remain two of our favorite comfort foods.  So we were really excited to try out The Meatball Shop, a casual restaurant devoted to variations of meatball dishes and different combinations of ice cream sandwiches.

May 6, 2010

Upcoming Event: Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint May 16

With the warmer weather, we've been lucky to have so many farmers markets and street fairs pop up around NYC.  Next Sunday, May 16th, we'll be at the First Annual Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint event (tickets still available!).  It's an outdoor culinary celebration of North Brooklyn’s local food, beverage and community.

We are looking forward to trying samples from our favorite vendors like the Bedford Cheese Shop and Van Leeuwen ice cream and check out new (to us) ones like Fatty Cue and Diner.  (Click here to see all vendors and menu items).  There will also be live cooking demonstrations and live music.

All proceeds from the event benefit the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center to be housed in the converted historic former Engine Company 212 firehouse.

Date: Sunday May 16th, 2010
Time: 12 - 4 pm
Location: N 11th St. (btwn Berry St and Wythe Ave)
6 tastes: $35 (Advance), $40 (day of event)
10 tastes:  $55 (Advance), $60 (day of event)
18 tastes:  $95 (Advance), $100 (day of event)

May 3, 2010

Bar Carrera and Momofuku Milk Bar: Good Eats during Tribeca Film Festival

Tribecca Film Festival good eats
With the Tribeca Film Festival in town, dinner and a movie took on a whole new meaning.  We loved checking out the movies, seeing the red carpet, and listening to why the directors/producers created their movies.  But finding a nice spot for dinner proved a little more difficult as movie-goers (and the regular Momofuku fans) crowded into Momofuku Ssam.  Instead, we checked out Bar Carrera and unexpectedly found both the nicest server in NYC and a good selection of Basque-style tapas.

May 2, 2010

Gourmet Food Trucks at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

Food Trucks at Hells Kitchen flea market
Usually we follow food trucks' tweets on Twitter to find out where they are and what they're serving.  Sometimes it's easy, while other times we're on a wild goose chase as situations (e.g. traffic, police citations, weather, etc.) change these gourmet food trucks' locations.  So when we heard that at least 6 of them would be stationary in one spot, we were eager to check them out.  We headed out to the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market this morning to brave the crowd, soak in the sun, and eat our fill of Korean BBQ, BLT burgers, vegan doughnuts, and inspired ice cream.