Farewells 

Parting is such sweet sorrow….

Sunday I had brunch with some friends who are moving to LA at this spot called Maya.  The place is listed as modern Mexican and Tequileria that offers small plates and good food.  BUT they also offer a true unlimited brunch, so for $43 you can get two hours of all you can eat and drink. BAM!  My fatass was happy to know this and planned to go in (once I sat down of course).

We had everything from empanadas, lamb tacos, chicken enchiladas, salad, to caramel French toast with Nutella and crema fresca.  The coffee is great and I heard the drinks were as well.  My only real issue was the noise level, obviously after you have enough semi drunk people the music goes up and then of course so does the noise.  Overall 4 out of 5 forks.

Buen Provicho


  
  
  
  

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Bucket Bites for NYC

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

  1. The vendy awards http://www.vendyawards.streetvendor.org/
  2. Blues BBQ http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/EVENTS/SERIES/BLUES-BBQ
  3. The Jerk Festival – http://www.jerkfestivalny.com/
  4. Smorgusboard http://www.smorgasburg.com/
  5. Ferragosto http://www.arthuravenuebronx.com/ferragosto/
  6. 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…..

jerk

2014 Jerk Festival

Broadway Bites 2015

Broadway Bites 2015

Tavern on the Green

So last night the mans and I went to Tavern on the Green, its restaurant week here in NYC so that means dinner for $38 (plus tip and tax).  Being that tog is a historic NYC  landmark I felt that this was a great time to check it out.  As a mere mortal there is no way I could afford to eat there non-restaurant week.   As you’d guess it was opulent but refined in its elegance.   The building was built to house the sheep that grazed in the meadows (hear that ny’ers,  this area was open land at one point) and was converted into a restaurant in the 1930’s. 
So after depositing our coats and being escorted to our table, we went with the pre fix menu for NYC restaurant week.  My bf decided to add the wine pairing for an additional $20.   So he started with a Caesar  salad and I with a Atlantic char tartar.  I’ll tell you his salad was phenomenal!  My tartar was good, and the pickled beets served to offset the consistency of the fish.  For the main course he had the chicken with mushrooms and parsnips and I had the pasta carbonara.  To die! If I could have that everyday it would never be an issue for me.  They managed to toast the top without burning the macaroni (which if you’ve ever made a pasta dish in an oven know that’s a rare skill).   It was soooooooooooooo creamy and delish!  But it was not overpowering, which sometimes creamy dishes can be.  I think the noodles may have been homemade….
For desert we got the bosc pears with ice cream.  Originally it was supposed to be salted caramel, but by the time we got there all they had was vanilla.  Now here’s where it gets interesting, it was cooked with peppercorns!  It added  nice tang, but the vanilla did nothing against the peppercorns.  Salted caramel would have been just right.  
Overall I would give this place 4.5 our of 5 forks,  if you want to go a do fine dinning this is a great place plus its an icon in and of itself.  Even in winter its gorgeous. 

Rings With Style

So recently I discovered an online auction site called invaluable.com and came across their fantastic selection of ringsAfter scrolling for a bit through simple bands to antique art deco statement rings I came across a stunner. You can filter to stone, metal, and style to better determine what you might be looking for. Naturally having expensive taste (but not the $$ to support it), and being a September baby I’m drawn to sapphires and found this awesome geometric one with a diamond as an accent piece. I love the simplicity of the style as well as the fact that the sapphire is a triangle cut. Which is not your average setting.

I envision this ring in a classic edgy style like Olivia Palmero, with belted hi-waisted flannel pants, crisp white button down and a classic jacket. Now it can go either way classy or casual, so I gave you tow options on shoes. And being that I live in NYC you know it goes both ways. Maybe you’re out for an interview or on a girl’s night out. The ring transitions beautifully with either and becomes the focal point of the outfit with the pop of color from the sapphire. The grays are a pseudo neutral and let the ring do all your talking. I also loved the shape as I have a similar setting and love that it’s a conversation starter.
So the next time you’re struggling with where to get that “guuurl, where did you get that ring?” head over to invaluable.com and scoop up a one of a kind item.

 Check them out here! http://www.invaluable.com/


District tap house


So thanks to my job, I get to leave early on Fridays (wooo hooo).  After hitting up a sample sale I met with my friend and we went to the District Tap House, which is right on 38thbetween 7th and 8th avenues.   If you live in NYC you know it was a torrential downpour last night, but away we went.  She sold me on the place by mentioning the food, and you all know I love to eat.  After all “feed”  is in the blog name….  newho
It’s a fairly nondescript exterior, but like most things in NYUC don’t be fooled by outside appearances…the inside was spacious, with high ceilings.  They are a bar but they do have tables in the back of the place, we waited for about 7 minutes before one opened up.  I should also mention the FIFA world cup is going on so the sound level was redonculous.  We got one of the cozy corner booths, and our waitress was friendly and attentive.  Now here comes the food part…….the menu was simple and straight forward but the dishes were all about fusion and retakes on classics.  There was duck tacos, flatbread with pork belly, skirt steak with sweet potato fries, beef fat fries (that’s next time) and the beer menu, well that’s another blog post but it was extensive.
I ordered the bon vivant, which was a combo of gin, grapefruit, basil and a few other things.  It was a new taste palette but I loved the basil. Delish!  For food we got beef buns, cheese flatbread, vegetable sliders, and my homegirl ordered the skirt steak with fries.  The buns came in the steamer and were composed of cucumber, spicy mayo, a red beef.  It was a good combo of spice and cool.  The flatbread had three chesses and came with tomatoes and arguala.  The veggie sliders had a chipotle mayo on multi grain bun.  I loved all of it and was impressed with the fairly healthy options offered.  The skirt steak was marinated and glazed and served with field greens and sweet potato fries.  The fries were the sweet to the spice of the marinate on the steak.
The ambiance was nice and laid back, noisy (but that’s a bar for you) and the beer and food selection covered almost all tastes.  The place provided a great respite from the weather and it right between times square and the garment district.   So if you like beer and retakes on classics this is a good stop. 
I would give this 3.5 out of 5 forks.
 

El Cid

So I’ve come to realize that I must be la reina de gays, since they always find me. Hence how I ended up here at el Cid last night. I was looking for a bite to eat and reading the menu when the very gay host came out and encouraged me to come in. I orders the tapas (since that’s what this place was about) and a drink.  The service was impeccable but the food was ok. They start you out with a snack dish of green olives and potato salad (I ordered another plate it was so good).  The actual tapas dishes were ok, but I rounded out my meal with dessert. I ordered the house special, which was bread marinaded in a wine served with Ice cream and a raspberry sauce. Cray! All in all not bad if your in the Chelsea area and want a bite. 3 out of 5 forks. 

Less Bah more Humbug (holiday shopping guide 2013)

Looking for strange and unique gifts for the holidays? Then check out some of the sites I’ve found that just might make your holidays a bit more bearable and a little less humbug. Have an addition? let me know, I’m all about quirky gifts.
1. Headliner Shirts – from wacky to weird this site covers the best of them. Doesn’t everyone want a t-shirt with Henry VIII saying “its all in the execution” plus since their made in CA, you know everything is environmentally friendly.http://www.headlineshirts.net/
2. belovedshirts.com – another great site to find ridiculous prints. Who on your list wouldn’t love a sweatshirt with a photo of a cheeseburger on it.
3. The drom store – for all things that are quirky Asian (need I say more?)
4. uncommongoods.com – I think the name kinda sums it up right? you can find almost anything and everything random on this site.
5. Etsy.com – like really…….you know there are strange things lurking there
6. stupid.com – well like the site name implies, these are the stupidest and funniest gag gifts to get anyone who can take a joke this holiday. I mean farting butt ornaments????
of course coal is always the good old fashion standby for a Christmas prank.