• New York

    NYC Tasting Event March 25 – @VillageVoice @ChoiceEats

    Foodies (and lushes), it’s that time again… The Village Voice Choice Eats tasting event is taking place March 25, 2014!

    I’ve been a fan of  Choice Eats for years now and each year it keeps getting better! Imagine this: 80+ restaurants under one roof, plus complimentary beer garden and wine and liquor pairings, all for one price. I’ve always loved Village Voice’s tasting events for a few reasons: amazing food, great venue, music and a great crowd. Even in the years I’ve gone solo, there are always awesome people (all in jovial spirits, of course) to chop it up with, literally!

    This year I’ll be back to cover it and I wanted to make sure to get the word out about this not to be missed event. VIP tickets are sold out, but you can still purchase general admission tickets for $60 online or $70 at the door. This event is always sold out, so I would strongly suggest pre-purchasing unless you want to risk missing out.

    A plus is that while you’re stuffing your face, you’ll be supporting a great cause: Slow Food NYC, the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the culture of fast food.


    The Village Voice’s Seventh Annual Choice Eats
    Tuesday March 25, 2014 6:00 – 10:00pm
    Basketball City @ Pier 36 (299 South Street, New York, NY)

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    @VillageVoice #BKPour Craft Beer Fest

    The Village Voice’s second Brooklyn Pour took place at Skylight One Hanson. The craft beer extravaganza was fully packed, with two sessions to cater to the huge demand received much in part to the success of last year’s BK Pour. My guess is that Village Voice will probably have to make the event a two-day affair next year as more and more people learn about this Brooklyn secret.

    Even with the crowd, attendees could easily get a taste of all 100+ beers, assuming their stomach capacity and tolerance would allow for such a lofty endeavor. One thing I would suggest if you come next year is to make sure that you have a tasting buddy who drinks at about the same pace as you do! I came with a guy and a girl friend and he left us slow sippers in the dust to conquer the tasting floor on his own. Despite my snail’s pace, I did get so sample some great beers.

    Here are the highlights:


    First stop… grab a tasting glass and pencil to mark your beer list

    The scenic Skylight One Hanson, formerly  known as the Williamsburg Savings Bank

    Beers, beer and more beer

    From left to right:
    * Three Philosophers by Brewery Ommergang was probably the strongest beer at 9.80% ABV!
    * Love the Rastufa Rye label (Blue Point Brewery).
    * Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Aged Beers was the “Best Beer in Show” according to my unofficial survey of people standing next to me when I tasted it, and my very own taste buds.

    Barefoot wine added a little variety to the beer fest

    Another non-beer exhibitor was Greenhook Ginsmiths gin. The American Gin packs an over-proof zing. Beach Plum add some flavor to gin and is tasty either for sipping straight or adding to a cocktail. Owner, Steven DeAngelo, is pictured on the right.

    Had to take a pic of this young Richard Gere look alike 🙂

    Umm, these pickles–delish! And a perfect accompaniment to a cold, frost beer.

    Wine flavored cupcakes. I don’t need to elaborate here. Yum!

    Pretzel, anyone?

    Good old-fashioned chugging contest


    Gorgeous venue, huh?

    See you next year, BK Pour!

    For more info on BK Pour click here 

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    Coming Up: @VillageVoice #BKPour Craft Beer Fest

    Wow, time flies. It’s already time for Village Voice’s Brooklyn Pour! I covered it last year and had a ball while tantalizing my taste buds and learning a ton about beer. It literally changed my life (as related to beer).

    Before Brooklyn Pour
    Me: I’ll take a Corona with a lime

    After Brooklyn Pour
    Me: What kind of IPA (that’s Indian Pale Ale) do you have…or maybe I’ll go for a Belgian wheat ale…

    In case you don’t know what BK Pour is all about, it’s a craft beer festival featuring 60 brewers with over 100 beers to taste. It’s held at the historic, and absolutely breathtaking Hanson Place in downtown  Brooklyn. This year, BK Pour will give attendees the opportunity to amp up their beer knowledge while they sip, offering three Beer Talks and Demos per session–because knowing about what you’re drinking is way sexier than ignorant consumption.

    There will also be an outdoor food court with delicious eats that will make you wish you had an extra stomach on hand!

    BK Pour isn’t only about the booze, though–proceeds from the event are going to BK Pour’s charitable partner, Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC), a nonprofit organization looking to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals and to find permanent loving homes for them.

    VIP tickets for Session 1 have already sold out and I’m sure the remaining tickets will be gone soon, so don’t procrastinate if you want to attend!

    See you there!


  • New York,  WorldWide

    @VillageVoice’s #ChoiceStreets Recap

    The weather took a break from being completely crappy for just a bit to welcome The Village Voice’s Choice Streets last Tuesday. Thank goodness, because the event was slated to happen, rain or shine!

    We New Yorkers love our food trucks, and this was definitely a celebration of the food truck, with 20 trucks offering sample-sized items from their menus.

    It was held at the Intrepid Air & Sea Museum, which has a scenic location on a pier on the Hudson River. The museum is actually a retired aircraft carrier with fighter jets and other aircraft (and now the space shuttle Enterprise) perched on top and around it.

    Unique venues like this are one of the things I like most about Village Voice’s events. Previous events were held at an armory and an historic bank tower.

    DJ Finger on the Pulse provided the soundtrack for the night. For $30 general admission and $50 VIP, this sold out event was a great deal.

    Here are some of the highlights of Choice Streets.

    A line had already formed 10 minutes before the doors opened!

    From left: Bongo Brothers Cuban Food, Mexico Blvd, Solber Pupusas

    From left: Valducci’s Original Pizza, Red Hook Lobster Pound, The King Falafel & Shawarma

    Spicy Diablo hot dog from NYC Healthy Bites

    VVeev, the world’s first acai spirit. They donate 1% of their sales to rain orest preservation.

    Taim Mobile

    From the top: Frites ‘N’ Meats, Morris Grilled Cheese Truck


    Choice Eats under the NY skyline

    These tacos by Mexicue were especially tasty!


    Apparently I’m not the only one who love this place! (Wafels & Dinges)

    Yum, Pisco cocktails!

    Funky tights!

    This blew my mind! Bacon maple cupcake from Cupcake Crew. It was as good as it looks.

    Ewwy, gooey steak & cheese sandwich from Phil’s Steaks

    Shock Top Beer

    A beautiful night, but don’t let it fool you–it was cold and windy!

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    @VillageVoice’s #ChoiceStreets

    It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Village Voices’s extraordinary beverage and culinary events. I’ve sampled craft beers at Brooklyn Pour, and most recently, nearly munched myself into a blissful coma at Choice Eats.

    On Tuesday, I will be attending Choice Streets,Village Voice’s first annual food truck tasting event.

    Every New Yorker has her favorite food truck. You know, the one that you stand in line for 20 minutes at without a care in the world, the one you’ll stalk on Twitter to see where its parked so that you can hunt it down and satisfy that craving? Well, that one, plus 20 others (for a total of 21!) will be gathered at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Tuesday, April 24. This all means that next week, I am in for an unfathomably delicious experience!

    I would tell you to run out and buy your ticket, but the event sold out in a record 5 days! So, what I will say is, make sure you stay tuned for my post-event coverage, and next year, be sure to purchase you ticket ASAP!

    This year’s food trucks:

    Bongo Brothers
    Chinese Mirch
    Cupcake Crew
    The Cinnamon Snail
    Frites ‘N’ Meats
    Green Pirate Juice Truck
    Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
    King of Falafel & Shawarma
    Korilla BBQ
    Mexico Blvd
    Morris Grilled Cheese Truck
    NYC Healthy Bites
    Phil’s Steaks
    Red Hook Lobster Pound
    Solber Pupusas
    Souvlaki GR
    The Taim Mobile
    Valducci’s Original Pizza
    Wafels & Dinges*

    *Wafels & Dinges‘ de bacon + syrup wafel is my ultimate food truck obsession. So happy they are on the list!

  • New York,  WorldWide

    @VillageVoice’s @ChoiceEats = Delicious

    On Tuesday night I attended Village Voice’s sixth annual “Choice Eats” event.

    Just picture this…you walk into the 69th Armory, a huge, historic armory built in the early 1900s, filled with 83 restaurants from the five boroughs, serving tastings of their most delicious dishes. Let’s not forget the craft beer, spirits and wine companies, serving up cocktails and pours to accompany the eats. If you’re even the slightest bit of a foodie, you’d think you died and went to heaven–so imagine how it was for me (definitely, absolutely a foodie)!

    Each of the restaurants was hand-picked by Robert Sietsema, food critic for Village Voice.

    If you missed this year’s event, there’s always next year. But be sure you buy your tickets early because it sold out completely this year, and I’m sure it will be the same for next year. Also, keep an eye on Village Voice’s calendar of events. They have various festivals throughout the year, like the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival I attended in October, and the upcoming Choice Streets food truck tasting event in April.

    And the winner is…

    Allswell: Gentleman’s Relish with roasted garlic and anchovy spread on housemade sourdough and topped with soft boiled egg

    This was my absolute favorite dish in the entire event.

    My tasting glass

    The event was sold out!

     Juliette: Cured Arctic Char & Maine Diver Scallop Shooters


    From top left: Red Hook Lobster Pound~Shrimp Rolls, O Lavrador~Carne de Porco a Alentejana (pork tenderloin with clam and potatoes), Pataniscas de  Bacalhau com Molho Verde (codfish fritters with Portuguese vinaigrette sauce), Smorgas Chef~72 hour house cured aquavit gravlaks with creamy dill cucumbers and mustard sauce.

    The lox from Smorgas Chef were unbelievable!

    Red Hook Lobster Pound’s mascot!

    From left: Fay Da Baker~pork bun and honey bubble tea

    Best pork bun ever!

    Whole Foods had bags for everyone!

    Dirt Candy: Tomato chipotle cotton candy

    Mama’s Food Shop~Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Roasted Vegetables

    Such a simple description, but this had to one of the juiciest, most flavorful roasted pork dishes I have ever tasted!

    Vandaag~Gravlax Smorrebrod

    Surprised to see the neighborhood spot! I can’t even count how much Peppa’s Jerk Chicken I’ve had since moving to Brooklyn!


    Smuttynose~Let’s say I had the random and bizarre impulse to jump over the table to grab a beer or something–I would definitely NOT do it with this guy standing there!!

    Yummy cocktails by Bulldog Gin

    Goat Town: Goat Face Sangwich

    Gazela: makes delicious sangria

    Northern Spy Food Co~Savory Buttermilk Pannacotta with roasted carrots, almonds and licorice

    Sottocasa: Tiramisu

    EMVI Chocolate

    Doughnut Plant: P&J doughnuts

    One of my local favorites! Even though I was sooooo full, I managed to make room for this and it couldn’t have been better!

    This guy is so smart. While everyone else juggled their plate, glass, and event brochure, he was super smooth with his items laid out on a lavish platter, er, green tray!

    Blue Point: Craft beer

    Svedka, anyone?

    Ditch Plains: hot dogs covered with mac ‘n cheese

    Delicious…don’t judge me!

    Until next time!!