Tag Archives: New York

La Vie Lounge – VIP Bloggers Night

6 May

La Vie is an exotic space nestled in the East Village that offers a French-Moroccan aesthetic with a full dinner menu created by Executive Chef, Momo Terien.  With its beautifully intricate hanging lanterns and intoxicating ambiance, La Vie offers an escape for the après work and late night crowds alike.

Live entertainment including international music nights and belly dancers are featured throughout the week and the new dinner menu is now available for late night dining, offered until 3am, 7 days a week.  La Vie also offers one of the best happy hours in the neighborhood, including $4 sangria, $3 select beer, $6 well drinks, and $15 hookah that goes from 6pm-10pm, 7 days a week.

As a guest of the Grand Opening event, I was treated to an evening of open bar, hookah, select hors d’oeuvres based off of the new dinner menu and an impromptu belly dancing performance that stole the show.

The event was a lot of fun, and if I find myself in the Lower East Side, needing a little Middle-Eastern flare, I’ll definitely keep La Vie Lounge in mind.

Mother’s Day at Greensquare Tavern

29 Apr

(press release)

A MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION INSPIRED BY…MOM.

Chef John Marsh and his partners at Greensquare Tavern, the new farm-to-table restaurant at 5 West 21st Street, are offering Mother’s Day specials inspired by their own moms.

“My mother was an amazing gardener and a terrific home cook,” Chef John Marsh recalls.  “Local ingredients meant our back yard.”

Partners Larry McIntyre and Leon Bell also credit their mothers with inspiring a life-long love of food. For Leon’s mother, a Holocaust survivor, “food is life. Food is love.”

Along with its regular menu, Greensquare Tavern will feature a $45 Prix fixe menu with a choice of appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert including the Mother’s Day specials below:

* Jane Marsh’s delicious Pan-roasted Striped Bass with citrus herb sauce, caramelized onion mashed Yukon potato & sauteed swiss chard.

* Rita McIntyre’s famous Lasagna Bolognese with handmade pasta sheets, ground beef, veal & pork; three secret cheeses & homemade marinara served with sautéed broccoli rabe.

* Celia Bell’s Veal Scallopini with roasted shallot demi-glaze, risotto Milanese & sautéed spinach.

For reservations call 212-929-2468, or visit greensquaretavern.com.
Of course,  all moms will leave with a beautiful rose to cap their meal.
Small plates: $9 – $10
Medium plates: $13 – $19
Entrees: $23 – $26

The Spotted Pig — Big Burgers, Bigger Expectations

28 Apr

The West Village is one of those neighborhoods that’s so inexplicably enchanting, that even the most manly man can’t help but feel charmed by the rich architecture, European-esq streets, and affluent young couples content with their three-story walk-ups. One of the more popular eat-centric attractions in the West Village has been The Spotted Pig, a corner gastropub, which features a chipper mix of twenty or thirty-something adults, juicy hamburgers, and an inevitable twenty-five minute wait.

The Spotted Pig is a staple on most people’s “must try” list–including the plethora of European tourists that have increasingly crowded the already jam-packed name-list. Popular entrees like the Pan Seared Scallops with Ramps & Chili Pan and the Roasted Veal Chop with Baby Artichokes & Dandelion will run you $32 and $35, respectively, so the eatery is hardly as pedestrian as its interior suggests it should be. Instead, most people opt for their Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestrings, which is “modestly” priced at $17.  Continue reading

NYWCA Online Auction Press Release

28 Apr

If you like food and dig charities, then this event described in the below press release will be perfect for your pallet.

— 

NEW YORK WOMEN’S CULINARY ALLIANCE LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER    

ONLINE AUCTION TO PROMOTE A BID FOR HEALTHY EATING

 Proceeds Raised Will Be Directed to Charities Including Spoons Across America and Nourishing NYC

NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2011) – Join New York Women’s Culinary Alliance (NYWCA) members in support of healthy eating and nutrition for New Yorkers.  As chefs, cookbook authors, and culinary professionals, Alliance members understand that nothing is more vital to health than good food and nutrition.  In an effort to help New Yorkers achieve this, the NYWCA has launched its first-ever Bid for Healthy Eating Online Auction.  Live now through May 4th, 2011 at http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/NYWCA, the public has the rare opportunity to bid on a range of one-of-a-kind epicurean experiences.  Auction highlights include:

·      Dine with Celebrity Chef, Sara Moulton, with a Custom Wine-Paired Dinner for 4 at New York City’s Famed ilili Restaurant

·      Attend the “Oscars of the Food World” – James Beard Foundation Awards with Dinner and a Private Tour of the Media Room Beforehand

·      A Rare Test Kitchens Visit and Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Food Network with the Network’s Executive Chef, Robert Bleifer, Including a Show Taping

·      Lunch with Erica Duecy, Fodor’s Travel Restaurants & Hotels Editor

·      A Private Tour of the James Beard House (JBF) with JBF’s President, Susan Ungaro, Followed by an Incredible Chef’s-Themed Dinner for 2 at the House

“Raising funds for nonprofit organizations whose missions align with ours has long been a part of our charitable giving efforts,” said NYWCA President Liz Young. “And this year, we are excited to utilize our members’ skills and deep-rooted relationships in the food community to help two very worthwhile organizations.” One hundred percent of auction proceeds that the NYWCA receives will benefit the alliance’s charitable giving efforts, including donations to Spoons Across America – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating and Nourishing NYC – a not-for-profit organization with a mission to alleviate the strong correlation between low-income status and poor dietary health by providing nutritious meals and nutritional education without question and without criticism.

The NYWCA is a not-for-profit organization whose mission fosters networking, education and cooperation for women in the culinary and beverage fields in the New York City area.  The Alliance goals include assuming a dynamic role in community affairs, particularly through outreach programs and fundraising for women’s health and nutrition issues, as well as working with adults and children in need, to teach them the basics of nutrition, food buying and healthful meal preparation.

For additional information about the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, visit http://www.NYWCA.com.

###

 

About Spoons Across America

Spoons Across America is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the premise that it is essential to the health of children and society to bring the joys of the table to the children of America.  The organization works to influence the eating habits of children through hands-on education that celebrates the connection to local farmers and the important tradition of sharing meals around the family table.

 

About Nourishing NYC

Nourishing NYC was opened in 2008 to address poor nutrition and health while addressing the issue of food scarcity and hunger—large issues facing the poverty-stricken East Harlem community in New York City.  The organization strives to achieve the mission of “Nutrition for All” through a three-pronged approach of feed, educate and advocate.

Peanut Butter & Co. – Peanut Butter Flavors Review

26 Jan

As a frequent visitor of Peanut Butter & Co.’s storefront in the West Village, I am hardly new to the phenomenon that is Peanut Butter & Co. Their business plan might seem simple on the surface, but creating top-notch peanut butter is hardly easy. Their terrific flavors have found themselves on the shelves of Duane Reade and even pantries around the country. Essentially, their peanut butter is good–really good.

So when I received “samples” of their peanut butter in the mail, I couldn’t be more delighted. The opportunity to try ten–yes ten–of Peanut Butter & Co.’s special flavors has not only been a unique experience, but also a difficult one–ten jars of peanut butter is a lot (even for an addict like myself). Regardless, I pushed through, and gave each jar of peanut butter the attention it deserved.

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl is a great option since it already encompasses the necessary ingredients for making a top-notch sweet sandwich. Even for people who cringe at the site of raisins, there are honestly few spreads that taste better on a piece of toast than the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.

The Heat Is On: The Heat Is On is arguably Peanut Butter & Co.’s most interesting flavor since eater’s pallets might not be used to a spicy peanut butter sandwich. However, unlike the other options on this list, The Heat Is On serves as easily the best cooking option. Since peanut butter is a main ingredient in a lot of Asian-inspired dishes, the combination of peanut butter and heat go hand-in-hand–so make sure to keep a jar of The Heat Is On in your pantry.

White Chocolate Wonderful: In a world dominated by milk and dark chocolate, white chocolate doesn’t get as much love. But anyone who knows chocolate knows that white chocolate is the sweetest of them all. The combination of peanut butter and white chocolate creates one of the smoothest and sweetest combos–so stop hating, and start consuming.

Dark Chocolate Dreams: Dark Chocolate Dreams is my favorite flavor to eat straight-up in the bunch. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a winning mix, and each bite is reminiscent of a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup–or for Nutella fans out there, think of it as that spread you love with a peanut butter kick. Toast has finally met its match with Dark Chocolate Dreams.

The Bee’s Knees: With sugar, brown sugar, and all the artificials, it’s easy to forget about the best kind of sweetener–honey. Honey, in my opinion, is the most universal sweetener, so it’s no wonder it mixes with peanut butter beautifully. If not just eating this peanut butter flavor with a spoon, it is also a must for throwing into yogurt (especially Greek yogurt).

Mighty Maple: Not only is maple syrup an underrated sweetener, but it also unfortunately gets pigeonholed as a “pancakes/waffles-only” topping. Luckily for you, Peanut Butter & Co. has recognized this injustice, and created Mighty Maple, which marries smooth peanut butter and silky maple syrup. If you’re still locked-in on pancakes/waffles, at least substitute Might Maple for the regular syrup next time around.

Old Fashioned Smooth & Smooth Operator: Old Fashioned Smooth and Smooth Operator (as well as the Old Fashioned Crunchy and Crunch Time) are the only traditionally-flavored peanut butters that Peanut Butter & Co. offers–but “traditional” hardly means “boring.” The key difference between the Old Fashioned Smooth and Smooth Operator is that the latter has more ingredients than just “peanuts” and “salt.” That’s right, the Old Fashioned Smooth is about as bare bones as it gets, but there’s something in its simplicity that just makes it delicious.

Old Fashioned Crunchy & Crunch Time: Similar to above, Old Fashioned Crunchy and Crunch Time are separated by the fact that the Old Fashioned Crunchy only contains “peanuts” and “salt.” However, I also noticed that the Old Fashioned Crunchy was a heck of a lot more crunchy than Crunch Time. So if you really need that extra crunch, then opt for Old Fashioned Crunchy. In addition, if you ever make peanut butter cookies, Old Fashioned Crunchy, again, is the quintessential peanut butter to do so with (because of the ratio of crunchy to smooth).

CSNStores.com – Hamilton Beach Hand Blender (Coming Soon!)

24 Jan

Continuing with the New York City cramped kitchen theme, CSNStores.com has extended yet another lucky gift to FoodForFodder.com–this time to the tune of a $20 gift certificate to use anywhere on the site. As a reminder, CSNStores.com has over 200 online associated outlets where you can find anything you need from swingsets, to fitness equipment, or even insulated dog houses! CSNStores.com is really your one-stop destination for all your online shopping needs.

Similar to my review of the cast iron skillet, I really wanted to give readers some ideas about other useful kitchen gadgets that could really cut down on storage space and time. As I scoured the list of kitchen tools, the Hamilton Beach Turbo Twister 2 Speed Hand Blender almost popped off the screen. It is perfect for mixing cake batter, making pancake mix, creating homemade sauces and soups, or anything else that needs a good whip. Unlike bulky mixers that take up a ton of overhead storage space or can barely fit on your counter top when you need to use it, this hand blender is a slim item with multiple uses–and can actually fit in a drawer.

I am extremely excited to add the Hamilton Hand Blender to my kitchen gadgets. And of course, once I receive this generous gift from CSNStores.com, I will be sure to illustrate to you guys how helpful it has been in my cramped kitchen life.

Five NYC Restaurants from TV and Movies

12 Dec

Tom’s Restaurant
(“Seinfeld”)

New York City diners are a common, comfortable meeting place for old friends to congregate and talk about, well, nothing. Likewise, Tom’s Restaurant became the go-to for Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer in the long-running sitcom, “Seinfeld.” While the gang never verbally referred to it as “Tom’s,” its famous exterior should be permanently ingrained in any true fan’s brain.

visit NewYork.com to view the rest of the list…

CSN Stores, Crispin Cider, and Peanut Butter & Co. Reviews Coming Soon!

9 Dec

Hi all.

I know you guys have been eagerly awaiting my upcoming product reviews, so I thought I’d give you a little status update.

I have received my samples/products from CSN Stores, Crispin Cider, and Peanut Butter & Co., so the reviews are underway. Sometimes it takes a bit to actually use the products and then write a in-depth response–so bear with me!

I assure you, you won’t be disappointed (with my reviews or the products!).

Best regards,

Food For Fodder

Billy’s Bakery — Becoming a Cake Zombie

16 Nov

You’ve probably seen zombies in horror films, but its real roots are in West African voodoo. The belief behind zombies is that wicked magic takes over your body, and transforms you into a flesh-eating monster. As terrible as that sounds, there is an even stronger, and more dangerous type of zombie out there–a cake zombie.

If you’re ever within a two block radius of Billy’s Bakery, an unparalleled baked smell wafts into your nostrils, and transforms you into the above zombie. For those unfamiliar with the lore, a “cake zombie” is someone who, upon picking up the slightest baked goods scent, will become a drooling, groaning, and even violent person until they get their cake fix. I am a cake zombie through and through, and for me, Billy’s banana cake restores me to sanity.

Before you lose your cake zombie status however, you must wait on the inevitable Billy’s line. Cake zombie or not, the wait is one of the most intolerable life experiences. Red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, and a plethora of other love handle inducers laugh at you through the glass case as your stomach twitches in pain. There have been many times when the nice folks at Billy’s have told me to “keep the groaning down.” I try, I really do.

At $4.50 per slice, you might think it’s a bit on the expensive side for a piece of cake. Despite the unsettling price tag, the slice is huge (big enough to feed any zombie), and the quality is unmatched. The cake itself is incredibly moist, and the bananas shine through each bite. The best part is the cream cheese frosting. The words buttery, thick, and creamy instantly come to mind. In a nutshell, Billy’s banana cake is pure bliss. If you don’t indulge on your basic human impulses when you’re near Billy’s, then you might just be a regular zombie.

Note: if you’re ever in line in front of me, and you order the last slice of banana cake, expect a world of pain (or just a lot of me crying).

Contact:

184 9th Ave (between 21st St & 22nd St)
(212) 647-9956

75 Franklin St (between Church St & Avenue Of The Americas)
(212) 647-9958

billysbakerynyc.com

Artichoke Basilles Pizza – Decisions, Decisions

15 Nov

New York City has long been known for their pizza. Joints like Di Fara, Grimaldi’s, and countless others have been staples in the pizza scene for years, but in 2008, Artichoke Basilles Pizza threw their hat into the ring. Since opening their East Village shop, Artichoke has evolved into a city-wide favorite, and recently, has even opened a few new locations (in Chelsea and the Greenwich Village). Unlike the traditional pizza shop, however, Artichoke Basilles Pizza only offers four slices–artichoke, margarita, Sicilian, and crab.

You’d think only offering four slices would be limiting, but to be quite honest, it has the complete opposite effect. In fact, choosing between their slices is more stressful than being a Mets fan (which I unfortunately am). For me, the insufferable question is always: “artichoke or crab?” On the one hand, the artichoke slice is a creamy artichoke and cheese dip on a slice of pizza. If I’m at a restaurant, and they have artichoke dip, it’s one of those no-brainer orders. But don’t forget about the crab slice. This luscious slice features lumps of fresh crab, and is doused in a rich crab sauce. They’re both the same price ($4.50 or $5, depending on location), so you can’t use that as a deciding factor. It just becomes a coin toss. A stressful, potentially life-changing, and super delicious coin toss.

Regardless of which slice you end up with, Artichoke Basilles Pizza will not disappoint. Even though $4.50-5 seems like a lot of pay for a slice of pizza, the slices are huge, and the ingredients are unquestionably fresh and unique to any slice you’ll get in this city. Oh, I also forgot to mention they’re open until the wee house of the morning–making Artichoke Basilles Pizza one of the best late-night food stops too.

Note: they are cash-only, so make sure to remind your drunker friend to make a visit to the ATM, and that he/she “owes you.”

Contact:
328 E 14th St (between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave)
(212) 228-2004

111 MacDougal St
(646) 278-6100

114 W 17th St and 10th Ave
(212) 792-9200

artichokepizza.com

%d bloggers like this: