Summertime. Food, drinks, friends, parties, rooftops, food trucks and bucket lists. Living in one of the greatest cities I have access to so much culture, music, and people. What better way to experience these cultures than via their food? What better way to do that then to check out the bazillion foodie events in NYC. Now there are so many I’d be here for years talking about them, so I’ve picked out my faves and future “need to get there” and compiled my summer food bucketlist, or bucketbites.
But where to start::rubs chin deep in thought::…….I need a platform that allows me to search by city and experience and get tickets if needed. EVENTBRITE! Now I’ve used them before and love that its one place to go to find events and get tickets for all these great things to do citywide. So with the help of this fantastic technology I can compile my list, get tickets and be happier than a hog in mud. BTW planning an event check out their sell tickets to events page to get started on organizing your own event. And um tell a girl if it involves food, I’d like to come you know……
So here is my list
- The vendy awards http://www.vendyawards.streetvendor.org/
- Blues BBQ http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/EVENTS/SERIES/BLUES-BBQ
- The Jerk Festival – http://www.jerkfestivalny.com/
- Smorgusboard http://www.smorgasburg.com/
- Ferragosto http://www.arthuravenuebronx.com/ferragosto/
- Broadway bites http://urbanspacenyc.com/broadway-bites/
Now I do the Broadway Bites once a week. I work around the corner so gotta get my fix. There are some killer things to try, like Korean style tacos anyone? I’m dying to try Palenque as I love me some arepas and they offer a fantastic line up. If I could afford it I’d try it all, but alas a girl has bills to pay.
So moving along..
Smorgasboard – what CAN I say? How dare you live in NYC (and surrounding areas) and not go! Well I haven’t and this makes my bucket list every year. This event alone has over 100+ vendors and is becoming one of the most do’s in NYC for summer time. I mean food. FOOD EVERYWHERE!
The Vendy Awards – THE annual festival that determines who really is the best taco cart out there…this festival can make a food truck be the place to eat. And it covers almost every cuisine out there (hello the movie chef?). I want to go just because often I’m out and about and want a quick snack that’s lighter on my wallet than say waistline? Enter food trucks or what NY’ers call it, street meat.
Blues BBQ – ok when talking about BBQ you have to mention blues and vice versa. And I love me some BBQ (big apple BBQ anyone? Missed it this year). Now this happens in August but is the best way to see some of the top blues performers and showcases the best in NYC “cue. What better way to spend a day than listening to music, eating and enjoying the sights along the pier.
The Jerk Festival – No not a gathering of idiots, but if you know anything about West Indian culture you know that Jerk is where it’s at. Served alongside rice n peas, stewed cabbage, mac n cheese and Johnny cakes (or festival cakes) washed down with sorrel, it just can’t be beat. Plus each vendor has the chance to compete to be declared the JERK CHAMPION! This is a great way to bring the family together and eat, I mean the above are to, but honestly this girl LOOOOVES her some jerk. It’s like my caviar. This happens in queens and showcases Caribbean cuisine, and there is more jerk than you can shake a stick at! I went last year and marked my calendar for this year (might become a tradition…)
Ferragosto – it’s the Bronx’s version of San Gennaro, just less people. Carbs, followed by carbs then maybe some protein in the form of sausage and peppers. This should be all delicious things Italian. Being that I just moved to the boogie down I will have to go.
So this is my list, and I love to eat (official fatass here). Of course NYC has festivals ALLLLLLL the time for various things and there is always food. But these are my tops picks to nosh on this year.
What about you? Did I miss anything? Let a girl know so I can go gets up on it…..
So the other weekend the bf and I meet you with a friend of the family to celebrate my recent graduation from FIT as Les Halles. Yes that’s right I am now the proud owner of an AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management….not sure what it will translate into but all I know is that I’m DONE with school.
So we went to the location on Park Ave and it was almost like stepping into Moulin Rogue. The premise of the restaurant is taking major components of French cuisine and culture to create and eatery. Dark woods, reproduction vintage posters, and turn of the century solid wood bar completed the look. The menu was straight forward and the brunch was $18 per person and included a drink of your choice. The coffee comes in a French press, and honestly could have been stepped a bit longer for my liking, but hey who am I? I got the veggie omelets(aka the Ratatouille) and my bf got the Florentine eggs. Food was good and just enough portion wise to fill you up. I think they used fake eggs for my omelet (boo) but the veggies were delish and cooked just right.
I would recommend this place for price and ambience alone. If your into vintagy old timey places this might be right up your alley. Overall 3 out of 5 forks.
PS was rocking that color code from Chloe+Isabel
So todays OOTD is brought to you by the desire to wear a skirt today. Was like hmmmm feel like a skirt, haven’t worn this in awhile, all black today yeeeeeaaaa. I got to work and my coworker told me I looked like I was ready for shul. I work in a really casual office but sometimes I feel like I need to step up my wardrobe game, its like that adage, dress for where you want to go not for where you are. So here are the deets
Skirt Banana Republic (old)
Top Banana Republic (old)
Shoes Coso Como
Stone bracelet Chloe+Isabel
Skirts take me back to 5 and I find myself swishing the skirt and then someone notices……and looks at me crazy like you a grown woman! Side mention, not sure who signed off on the cut for the skirt but I had to go up to a 16 just to get it to fit. And special mention to my other coworker for making an appearance while i was doing my bathroom photoshoot.
So last Friday was date night for me and the mans, and him being such a great bf he brought me flowers (prob helps that’s I’ve been harping about it) but anywhoooo he wanted to be surprised with where we would eat at. So after trolling Living Social I came across an offer for the Horus Cafe on ave A. The deal included two glasses of wine, two appetizers, two entrees and two deserts. I picked it because they have belly dancing shows on Fridays (which we missed).
So after picking me up from work we headed on down to Ave A in the LES and promptly got seated. Its your typical middle eastern décor, beige walls, Moroccan style lamps, and these awesome copper top tables. The café as has hookah service as well, being a former smoker I passed. So we got hummus (extra), Moroccan cigars and a Greek salad to share. Nom, nom, nom is all I can say. There was enough in appetizers we were kinda full by the time the food rolled around. For entrees the bf got lamp chops with a potato gratin and I got chicken royal. His chops were delish! The potato’s were so creamy and tasty and complimented well with grilled veggies. My chicken was moist and flavorful and served in what was an Alfredo sauce and a side of sautéed spinach with CHUNKS of garlic. I mean who DOESN’T love garlic? For desert we got baklava, which was eh. My bf was burnt and mines was kinda cooked, plus it was served with whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate (strange bedfellows). We did get coffee to wash it all down and MAN was it strong (which was nice and have the BF buzzing).
Overall great laid back ambiance with a noise level that makes it way to talk to your party without screaming. Most everything was good so I’d say like 3.5 out of 5 forks. So if your looking for something off the beaten path and a little different give it a try.
BTW I realize this photo makes it seem like I have no eyebrows………….
So in my desperate need for it to be spring I busted out my new skinny ankle pants thanks to loft. And mixing prints was a total after thought, had the shoes on the put on the top and was like hmmmmm
So here’s the details
Top Ann Taylor