Weekend Warrior

So the other day I wrote about going to dinner on Sunday with my peeps.  Well here is what I wore.  I know that I often just do posts about my work ensembles and want to switch it up a bit.  Casual and comfy is my weekend mantra as during the week I am usually in slack and blouses, I mean you see the blog posts.  BTW I  ❤ this tee from ASOS and I may just cry the day I have to retire it.  As a well endowed woman I find it challenging to get tops that fit my bust and are long enough to cover that little something extra I keep stashed around the middle.  It’s like cash in the mattress…W.E hahaha

Here are the deets

Top ASOS (old as ish)

Crops New York & Co (old as ish)

Jewelry Chloe+Isabel

Sneakers Zappos 

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Cajun

Thanks to the three day weekend I was able to meet up with some of the crew for seafood this Sunday.  Being that we live in NYC and there are a bevy of places to check out it took some time to narrow it down, but we decided on Cajun Sea Seafood & Oyster bar in midtown.  Part was location as many of us live in different boros and if you’ve ever been on the subway on a weekend you know how tedious it can be to get around thanks to all the track work.  So on Sunday we gathered…

Now the place is fairly non-descript and located on a street that doesn’t see much traffic, but that means less people.  Now the idea is that they offer Cajun style dining, and having grown up in the bayou I think I have a good grasp on Cajun food.  My whole reason for picking this place was that they offer crayfish (or crawdads) depending on how you get down.  I grew up on these little tasty morsels and are a summertime staple if I ever met one. Imagine miniature lobsters, nom nom nom.  Sadly they don’t carry etouffee..  Now the inside is heavy wood, and nautical nonsense, nets, lighthouse lights, brass, and that jazz.   I mean if you’ve been in a Joe’s Crab Shack you know what I mean.  The back wall with the menu has a giant lobster on it…

So because the crew and I get down we got appetizers, oysters on the half shell and mussels in a spice tomato sauce (say that with an Italian accent!) and for the main course I got the crab and crawfish boil (Cajun style), someone got the gumbo, another seafood pasta, and jambalaya.  And like most seafood places they bring bibs, trash cans, shell crackers, and even gloves.  I was too much of a fatass to deal with gloves or a bib and dove right in.  Spicy….Oh shit I wasn’t ready (Kevin Hart voice) like there was legit a kick to the Cajun seasoning even on mild.  Most places say Cajun and kill it in red pepper, no which is NOT how you do it.  Google Paul Prudhomme and you will learn about Cajun cooking.   The crab wasn’t over cooked and the shells were crackable, not soft and pliable.  Everything was well seasoned and just the right amount of heat and flavor.  Not sure about the other dishes as I was waaaaay to focused on mines to pay much attention to anything else.  But from the sounds and looks, it appeared that everyone else enjoyed their dishes as well.  And to round out the meal we naturally ordered dessert.  Also a friend just broke up so they wanted to go full kilt, and who am I to say no to dessert.  Crème brulee and beignets along with coffee is what we got and shared.  Coffee was eh, weak and the brulee was decent but slightly watery.  The crust was well done and the flavor was good, just that it didn’t seem to have set very well.  Now ive never had actually beignets, but these were reminiscent of say zeppole’s or loukoumades. Basically fried dough dusted with powered sugar.  Um yes please!

Overall we had a good time, much to the disdain of some of the other patrons (because we are a bit loud….) and the food was good.  Service was decent but wasn’t all that attentive.  Overall 3.5 out of 5 forks, and they have happy hour EVERY day.  Good for a quick whetting for Cajun, but now I want to go to New Orleans for the real deal….

Food Loves Tech

Food+Technology….two of my favorite things.  Thanks to the ‘gram I came across a sponsored post for this shindig and was like hmmmmm que es esto?  So to Google I went and found a press release with the below info  “Food Loves Tech will allow the public to taste and touch, and see and smell, how technology is transforming our food chain. And to understand what it means for our future,” says Brian Halweil, Editor in Chief of Edible Manhattan, as well as sister titles Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Long Island, all part of the national network of Edible magazines.

The premise is getting us to understand how pervasive technology really is becoming in our lives even when it comes to food production.  So there is also a competition and the layout walks you through a little tour showing the different areas impacted.  The event is from 6/10 to 6/12 with a special VIP event on 6/10.  The VIP is two parts, one that’s like an open gallery and the other a dinner.  Cant afford the $100, don’t sweat it as its open to the public on the 11th. Sounds like a good way to spend a summer weekend in NYC, right?

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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…..

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