Grilling Magic this Labor Day Weekend…with Peter Kaminsky

Take your palate on a delicious adventure this fall with a quintessential figure in the culinary world. Talented ‘award winning chef’ and author of the new The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook, Peter Kaminsky, is ready to start every urbanite and suburbanite off this season on a scrumptious note.

Joonbug has put together an elite list of Kaminsky’s grilling tips and wine pairings to celebrate this Labor Day Weekend…in mouthwatering style! It’s time to get your charcoal grill heated up, ready to prepare the juiciest fare in town with savory perfection.

  • When grilling, Kaminsky encourages all to use charcoal rather than gas or briquettes. The woody, smoky flavors the charcoal produces in your barbequed fare are truly unparalleled.
  • Use a frying pan or griddle. Kaminsky stated that when people grill in Argentina, they typically utilize a “plancha,” which is a kind of griddle. This made Kaminsky’s creativity flow, thinking of a new burger recipe to relish with Terrazas Malbec. When using a skillet, the chopped onions on the pork burger will have firsthand contact with the heat, soaking up that luscious, caramelized taste that pairs well with Terrazas Malbec wine.
  • For large cuts of meat, turn down the heat! Lowering the heat for bigger cuts of meat is crucial to cook your meat to its prime: a juicy product with tasty, flavorful crust.
  • Don’t forget to use a thermometer; avoid getting into those family kitchen arguments over whether the meat is done yet, or not.
  • To keep your dry cuts of meat juicy; brine. This can be done overnight, by marinating the meats in the brining solution and then placing them in the refrigerator. Or you can become a top-pitmaster for the day and use an injection briner.
This is Not a Drill: Snap Dog is Giving Away FREE Hot Dogs on Labor Day

Yes, you read correctly. On Monday, and for one day only, Snap Dog, a premier producer of natural-casing hot dogs in NYC, will be giving away free hotdogs and sausages from 12pm to 2pm at its 20th St. and 10th Ave location. Owner Keith Dorman, who has successfully expanded the brand to over 20 carts throughout Manhattan, is shaking things up on the hot dog front by introducing a new skinless variety of smoked, artisanal beef franks and hot sausages that will debut Labor Day weekend at all Snap Dog locations. Don't miss out!

An Evening of Wine and Culinary Adventures in Wine Country

Last Saturday, Dan's HARVEST EAST END returned for its fifth successful year, drawing a crowd of 1,300 to celebrate the delicious bounty of Long Island's agriculture by pairing local grapes with local cuisine. With nearly 40 wineries and 30 top East End chefs gathered, there were endless bites and sips to try while listening to industry tastemakers speak.

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York was in attendance and spoke about the development of New York's wine and craft beverage industry and the wine tourism that has emerged alongside it.

He presented Macari Vineyards with the coveted Governor's Cup "Winery of the Year" award as part of the New York Wine & Food Classic. He additionally made a huge announcement launching a $300,000 marketing campaign that will promote Long Island wine country to travelers both locally and abroad.

Other awards were given to: Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard’s Cheval Bleu (Best Dessert Wine), Wölffer Estate 2013 Grandioso Rosé (Best Rosé Wine), Martha Clara 2012 Chardonnay (Best White Wine), Sparkling Pointe 2005 Brut Selection (Best Sparkling Wine) and Macari 2010 Cabernet Franc (Best Red Wine). We sampled all of them and they were clearly a cut above the rest.

Now for the food- there was definitely some of the best of the best at the event. Chef's showcased samples of some of the best of their best. Here are our favorite four local tastes:

1. The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup from Love Lane Kitchen showcased the upscale flavors of the locally sourced ingredients.

The creamy tomato soup paired with the little grilled cheeses of perfectly melted cheese on lightly toasted bread went wonderfully with a sip of light sauvignon blanc.

Hearing about their relaxed environment and local regulars made this a spot that we will definitely make a point to go by when we find ourselves next out in Mattituck.

To Plan Your Visit: Love Lane Kitchen

Did Somebody Say TomatoFest?

If you’re a tomato fan, then you won’t want to miss out on Alobar’s annual TomatoFest happening Thursday, September 11th through Sunday, September 13th. It’s basically a giant tomato celebration for just $48 per person (involving tasty food) for a great cause!

Alobar will be offering a 5 course dinner tasting menu featuring ripe and red and ready tomatoes (if you couldn’t guess that). Dishes include: Heirloom Tomato Salad (avocado, basil, goat feta, charred onion vinaigrette); Fluke (tomato water jus, olives, and pesto); Hanger Steak (tomato Provencal, sauce Choron); Bone-In Berkshire Pork Chop (grilled radicchio, summer succotash, tarragon); the a la carte menu, and more!

The Taste of Tennis Takes Over NYC

The US Open is upon us, and in celebration, top tennis pros and New York City's most sought after chefs ate, drank and mingled last week at The Taste of Tennis. The event, which was held at the W Hotel NYC, invited guests to enjoy food from world class chefs, enjoy signature cocktails, rub elbows with the biggest names in tennis and much more. A live band and a DJ both provided music, while DASHA's Luxury Lifestyle Station provided guests with green apple cocktails and massages.

Central Perk is Coming to NYC in Real Life

We all know, whether you live in NYC or not, it has always secretly been your dream to sit down in a cafe with your best friends and live life just like the cast of Friends did for those ten incredible years. Well, thanks to Warner Bros. Television Group and Eight O’Clock Coffee, all those unfulfilled wishes and desires can finally come true starting this September!

For one month only, Friends fanatics can head to downtown NYC to enjoy free coffee, iconic photo-ops on the signature orange couch, or with the various props, and even some weekly musical performances, which will be sure to include a couple of Phoebe Buffet originals.

Don't Miss Your Last Chance to Grab a 5 Cent Cocktail

Got a nickel? Great. This Wednesday (as in tomorrow), head on over to BFB at 55 Gansevoort St. and use that nickel wisely. That's correct--just 5 little cents buys you your first cocktail at Owl's Hour at the Pub, and when you're done with that one, enjoy $8 specials to follow. This is the very last Owl's Hour, brought to you by Owl's Brew, of the season and you do not want to miss it. After all, when will you ever get the chance to enjoy a 5 cent cocktail in Manhattan ever ever again? Exactly.

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Doctor Who, The Restaurant

British television show “Doctor Who” is stepping out of the screen and into the scene — the restaurant scene, that is. While fans are going crazy for the introduction of the 12th Doctor, New Yorkers are exploring the new Doctor Who themed eatery of Beacon, NY, The Pandorica (165 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508).

Your Favorite Friends Pick Their Favorite NYC Restaurants

While the hit show Friends was cancelled quite some time ago, we thought we would try to revive the 6 vivacious characters just for the time being. So we asked ourselves, "If the Friends cast was still up and running today, “What would their favorite restaurants in NYC be?" A lot has changed since Monica and Chandler moved out of their Grove St. apartment above Central Perk, how would legendary group of pals react to the new wave of trendy eateries in the city?

1. Ross – Everybody knows Ross has a passion for academic brilliance and a soft spot for museums. What better place for him to enjoy his lunch then in a museum of modern art? A public school-turned-museum, MoMA PS1 Museum in Long Island City houses the M. Wells Dinette.(22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City) Perfect for families, this restaurant creates a unique menu daily, so proceed with an open mind. The layout of the eatery pays tribute to the fact that the building was once a school with a chalkboard and desk-inspired seating. After indulging in the creative menu, take the short walk to the large-scale museum exhibits. Ideal for both of Ross’s children, we aren’t sure
who will enjoy a trip here more, him or the kids.

10 Things to Look Forward to at the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

As die-hard beer lovers, we could not be more excited about the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival happening on September 27th. Insomuch, we've been stalking the event's page, eager to learn what to expect and prepare accordingly. And as it is our jobs, we also wanted to share this information, and so we present a list of our favorite beers that you'll be able to find and try at the festival. At the moment there are 39 breweries signed up (with more coming) for this day, so it will be easy enough to find your perfect brew!

August Presents: The Greatest Restaurant Openings Ever

As summer slowly winds down, and you’ve almost exhausted your list of restaurants to check out, remember you live in New York and new restaurants are opening each month. So while summer is still here, check out this roundup of several fun and delicious restaurants opening this August that are must try places for all food lovers and anyone looking for something new!

1. Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel (145 E 50th St.)-
Murray Hill’s popular Italian restaurant will be opening its third location on August 20th in the lobby of the Kimberly Hotel. Bistango has been around since 1988, and has become widely known for its popular Italian cuisine, specifically: Bistango Salad (Tuscan kale, arugula, shaved red onion, endive, avocado, drunken goat cheese, and lemon olive oil); Homemade Flatbreads with Imported Italian Gluten-Free Flour (prosciutto, arugula, chive blossoms, fresh ricotta); Stuffed Spinach Ravioli (with roasted garlic and crushed amoretti); and more since Bistango’s menus are updated seasonally. If you’re craving an intimate dining experience, or just delicious food, then Bistango is your place this August.