Co-owners Jon Agnello and Vincent Dardanello have been pals for years, and back in 2009 decided to give New York something it never had before: an unforgettable burger experience. Instead of the powers from on high making a burger in the back and allowing the customer to passively choose it from the menu, Jon and Vincent decided to let the patron take the wheel and design their own burger from start to finish. Forget the standard pickles, mayo, and cheddar cheese--you can get ten types of cheeses, including fried mozzarella, and ten toppings including pickles jalapenos or frizzled onions. With the choice of your own meat (lamb, shrimp, veggie, beef, turkey or chicken) bun (ranging from brioce to lettuce wrap), cheese and topping, there are literally two million varieties you can try, making the possibilities as endless as they are delicious. No wonder Burger Bistro was rated #2 burger in the city by Zagat.
The last season of HBO’s “Treme” has come to an end, but the celebration is just beginning. The show’s creator and executive producer David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, and story editor/ cookbook author Lolis Eric Elie presents: Talking “Treme”, a celebratory event held at 92Y. Matt Zoller Seitz of New York magazine is set to moderate the talk which aims to take a closer look at the role of New Orleans cuisine in the popular show. 92Y will stay true to the festive vibes of the Mardi Gras capital by setting up the room cabaret style, inviting a jazz pianist to play before the talk begins, and serving free food and cocktails from the cookbook, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans (written by Elie).
The phrase “authentic Italian” gets thrown around the NYC restaurant scene much more often than it should. However, at Hell’s Kitchen gem Tavola, located at 488 9th Avenue, authentic Italian only begins to scratch the surface of the gustatory delights to be found there. Restaurateur, owner, and Italian mastermind Nick Accardi opened Tavola about a year and a half ago in what was once a New York City landmark, Italian grocer, Manganaro’s. Originally opened in 1893, the grocery was family owned and operated until Accardi created the cozy yet innovative eatery that shares the same passion for Italian flavors. Accardi did a beautiful job of paying tribute to the building’s roots, maintaining many of Manganaro’s original features; the shelves and tile work were all original to the store.
On November 18th, 2013, guests were invited to meet Andaz 5th Avenue's new executive chef, the charming and tattooed Chad Minton. The mellow and intimate event was held at Apartment 2E of the swanky midtown Manhattan Hotel where guests sipped on drinks at the open bar while tasting Minton's new Fall/Winter menu.
If holiday shopping has you going crazy this year then we have a simple solution for you... chocolate! It makes the perfect holiday gift, especially for those on your list with a sweet tooth. So to make your holiday shopping a bit easier, we've picked out a few of our favorite chocolate treats this year to stuff in stockings and put under trees (and stuff in your mouth as well).
Listed as one of "Oprah's Favorite Things 2013", Sprinkles Cookie Dough has been making a splash in the world of sweets. Take a pointer from the big O and pick up some of these delicious cookie doughs for your favorite chocoholic. Choose between the classic chocolate chip, double chocolate, or peanut butter pretzel chip.
Getting a kid to eat his vegetables has been parents' battle cry for generations. It's a war where one would think the parents have the tactical advantage (like size, the ability to manipulate sliverware, bribing, punishing), but infants and toddlers have proven valiant in resisting their opponents' efforts. There may be a new development that could bring both sides together on this issue: Patatina and her citrus friends. The brainchild of Sabine Cassel, the mother of French actor Vincent Cassel and the former food editor of Elle, Cassel has written an e-book for children about called "Patatina and the Citrus". Patatina, a potato, learns more about a family of citrus neighbors. The e-book includes healthy recipes that are easy to understand and follow, and document the many fine qualities of Patatina's citrus gang which correlate with the benefits of healthy foods. With interactive features, bright colors, and a pleasing storyline, kids will learn about fruits and veggies in a way that doesn't force them to bend to anyone's will.
Are you the type of person that puts sriracha on your eggs every morning? Do you overload your pizza slices with red chili flakes, to the point where the cheese beneath it is difficult to spot with the naked eye? Do you go out of your way to order items on a take-out menu that has 1-3 chili peppers next to it? Look no further, because this collection of spicy herbs is for you. The Liquor and Heat line, brought to you by the innovative spice company TongueSpank, is sure to quell all of your spice-craving needs.
One of the best things about the change of seasons is, of course, the change in beverages. You'd be hardpressed to find someone who doesn't enjoy a steamy hot chocolate on a cold winter night, but we're looking to go a little bit harder than that here. With the recent explosion in craft brewing here in the states, every brewery, from the most micro to the international conglomorates, are trying their hand at creating the perfect seasonal drink. One of America's most enjoyed brewsmiths, Burlington, Vermont-based Magic Hat, has upped the ante in recent years, expanding their selection from the well-known #9 "Not Quite Pale Ale," and two other year-rounds, "Circus Boy Hefeweizen" and "Single Chair Ale Pilsner", to also include libations for every season. Magic Hat was kind enough to send out a sampler of a few bottles on this year's menu, including the Humdinger Series Graupel wheat wine ale, heart of Darkness stout, and G-Thing! ginger spice ale.
Devotion Spirits, Inc. is proud to announce that they are the first and only brand in the world to receive approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to have "Gluten Free" and "No Sugar Added" labels on their new line of gluten free and sugar free vodkas.
With the increase in gluten sensitivity, many Americans are finding themselves needing to change their diet. But gluten is not only found in foods that we consume it is also found in certain beverages. If you are currently in the market for gluten free alcohol you may be coming up short in your search. Now with Devotion's new line of gluten and sugar free vodkas, everyone can enjoy guiltless drinks!
Here at Joonbug, we pride ourselves on our adventurous spirit, our thirst for the unknown or the unfamiliar, and our celebration of all things American. The dinner we attended recently, hosted by the Richmond Region Tourism group, represents all three of these pillars of culinary exploration.
With cuisine featured by three prominent chefs from Richmond, and beer pairings from Richmond’s local Hardywood Brewery, we were delighted to be part of such a wonderful evening dedicated to showcasing food from a region that is often overlooked in the scope of the national culinary scene.
The holidays can get really expensive. If you’re not going to be home with family this year, sitting back and stuffing your face as your mom slaves over a hot stove- then you’re probably wondering… “what am I going to do?” That's when you look in your wallet and realize, you’re broke. We've all been there. But don’t fret, we’re here to help with our guide on how to celebrate Thanksgiving on a budget.
First, let’s start with the turkey. You probably have a huge, juicy turkey in mind. But if your bank account is saying other wise, there are alternatives--seriously. Here are some alternative, fun options to try with a twist on the traditional turkey.