Forget Everything Else And Eat A Chocolate Cupcake

The good news just keeps on coming! Not only has Crumbs bakeshop officially reopened after closing in July, but National Chocolate Cupcake Day is right around the corner! On Saturday, October 18th, cupcake fans across the nation can pay tribute to this chocolatey goodness by indulging in a celebratory pastry. So, out of all of the bakeries in the USA, where will you be dining this year? One of the best, featured below, we hope. ________________________________________________________________________________________

It's Thursday And Free Vodka is Happening

Alas, you have almost made it to the weekend. It is Thursday at last and the excitement is real. So real in fact that 1200 Miles is celebrating with one of their Spirited Happy Hours tonight, where guests can enjoy complimentary cocktails featuring Snow Leopard Vodka.

Tonight’s event is part of the Modern Mediterranean restaurant’s effort to introduce guests to many different libations throughout the fall, including both cocktails and appetizers.

Snow Leopard Vodka donates 15% of its profits to snow leopard conservation profits in an effort to help prevent extinction. The vodka is made in Poland at one of the finest vodka distilleries in the world and is the first luxury vodka made from the rare spelt grain, which has a distinct nutty fresh taste and is distilled six times with natural spring water.

CULINARY OCCASIONS Local Flavors from Coast to Coast
Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars

For so many, the term "culinary occasion" is used loosley, thrown around in the presence of a decent brunch or dinner we partake in with family or friends. This past Friday night, all of that changed with the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars. The name alone is a mouthful. We’re talking about the Wrestlemania of the LA dining set; October 10th was an evening of superstar chefs coming together to prepare treats of all varieties for a fabulous few in the name of food itself.

Five Pumpkin Ales to Try This Fall

Amber Foliage, crisp air, the smell of warm cider on a lazy Sunday morning can only mean one thing : Fall. As we enter the season filled with all the the pumpkin best, we must not forget the most important one, pumpkin ale. While microbreweries and craft beers seem to be increasingly dominating the beer market in the past few years, pumpkin ales have held their ground as far back as colonial America. Today’s pumpkin ales tend to be made with a combination of spices including ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice in a time consuming process. They usually are available from September through November, which is why we should take advantage while we can.

Nine Halloween Cocktails to Die For

’Tis the season to be scary! What a better way is there to get into the Halloween spirit than with some holiday themed drinks? Not a pro behind the bar? That’s ok—we’re not judging. In fact, we’re here to help. We’ve traveled the world to find the best Halloween themed cocktails, and so thoughtfully provided you with the trusted recipes for each. Whether you prefer vodka, rum, tequila, or whisky, you’ll find the perfect holiday drink in our roundup. Easy to make, fun to drink, and tasty enough to make Dracula swoon, these cocktails add a festive element to any Halloween party or pregame festivity. We’re sure that after just one sip, you’ll be under their spell of wonder.

The Best Food Instagram Accounts Ever Created

Get out your cell phones and get ready to follow our favorite food Instagram accounts. Whether you're craving healthy, gluten-free, snacks, or fun creations; these food Instragram accounts will be ones you'll enjoy every week!

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A Day Aboard the I LOVE NY Fun Bus

In an effort to make the delights of Long Island even closer to NYC, The Hampton Jitney has teamed up with I LOVE NY to bring both economical and fun day trips from our wonderful city. These trips include round trip transportation from New York City, lunch, and all the tastings at each winery/brewery/distillery for only $169 per person. If you’re looking to make a long weekend out if it, Hampton Jitney additionally has multiple departure/return options so I would recommend making several trips out there this season to explore all the bounty that the island has to offer.

We set off on the luxury motorcoach and immediately were offered snacks and beverages. The seats were comfortable and wi-fi was complementary allowing me to get some work done on the trip out. After a quick 90 minutes, we were already pulling up to our first stop: Jamesport Vineyards.

#CevicheVsTiradito Declares a Winner After a Night of Peruvian Festivities

The race for the next uber-authentic cuisine is a never-ending one for NYC gastronomes. In the hunt for the next unique bite, New Yorkers flooded the Eventi Hotel this Tuesday, October 9th, for a tasting event that pitted nine of the best Peruvian restaurants in the city against one another. Each restaurant presented their best ceviche, tiradito, or both, for a satisfying and delicious sampling of Peru's finest flavors.

Ceviche and tiradito appear to be similar dishes, both characterized by raw fish topped with a light sauce and often citrus-based seasoning. Loosely, ceviche is the sushi to tiradito's sashimi — the former is more famous and the latter is more fish-forward. Ceviche will feature a variety of different seafood chopped into smaller pieces and mixed with other ingredients, while tiradito is usually larger thin slices of fish topped with a light sauce. Guests were invited to try many different variations on these dishes, representing the wide range of preparations they can involve.

One of the most exciting offerings came from Surfish, a Park Slope-based bistro that served seared salmon tiradito. This involved the chef taking a live flame to the fish, serving up both a show and a delectable bit of food. Warique, a Manhattan Valley neighborhood favorite, served one of the most satisfying ceviches, with generous portions and a perfect balance of fish, sweet potato, and citrus that made it easy to go back for seconds or thirds. However, the clear winner of the night, both by taste and by the judges' vote, was Raymi, who came out victorious in both their charred octopus ceviche and their scallop tiradito. Both stood out for their unique balance of ingredients and their flawless preparation. Plenty of drinks were on offer to help you balance the endless tastings, including Cusqueña beer, which is one of the most popular brews made in Peru, as well as a variety of pisco. For those unfamiliar with this South American liquor, which has grown in popularity with the cocktail renaissance, pisco is a type of brandy usually made from white grapes and clear in color. A booth offered a mini-pisco tasting, including Queirolo, the oldest pisco distiller in Peru, whose drink was robust yet easy to drink, and Picasso, a higher-end pisco that had such a delicate flavor it would almost taste like sake, were it not for the thick brandy finish. It was great fun to hop back and forth between so many different Peruvian delicacies, but the event was injured by the fact that they were obviously overbooked. Multiple restaurants ran out of plates, and discarded cups quickly piled up on the edge of every available table. The crowd around the bar, where they were mixing free Patron cocktails, easily topped the trendiest clubs in Manhattan. While this may have made the event a bit more hectic and disorganized than necessary, it was still a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the many underexposed Peruvian eateries in NYC.
The Perfect Fall Wines

Many wines can be enjoyed year round, but certain wines pair best with fall food and are more comforting in the colder seasons, like a strong cabernet rather than a light rosé in the summer.

As the weather gets cooler we look for our food and drink to comfort us. Pumpkin pies, soups and casseroles tend to pair well with robust red wines. Many wine experts recommend pinot noirs and burgundys to compliment many heavier dishes that we cook in the fall.

Just as we change our wardrobe to welcome the autumn months let’s not forget to switch up our wine selection to compliment the season.

Everything You Missed At The Emporium Of The Unusual

Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare to step into a world of the most unusual sorts. A sort of carnival where bookshelves move and paintings serve cocktails. This doesn’t make much sense, does it? Of course not, but what else could be expected from the Emporium of the Unusual?

Every year, Hendrick’s Gin opens up its Emporium of the Unusual in different cities throughout America, and last week, Chelsea Market was transformed just for this special occasion. The bazaar of libations offered two rooms for guests to visit various stations and exhibits, each offering a different cocktail prepared with the one and only, Hendrick’s Gin.

The Most Inconsiderate Foods To Eat In Public

You know that moment when you’re in a crowded room or small space, and it’s completely quiet and someone decides it’s the perfect time for a snack? We’ve all been there, and no one wants to be that inconsiderate person, so do yourself a favor and check out this round up of the worst foods to eat in quiet spaces!

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