DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Instant Cupcakes…From a Spray Can


We’ve all heard of the sinfully delicious ‘Microwave Mug Cake,’ or ‘5-minute cake’…but what about Spray Cake? This cake-batter-in-a-can fad is taking instant cake to an entire new level. When you’re in the mood for a freshly baked cupcake…expect it ASAP. An innovative way to prepare cupcakes and cakes by simply adding heat, Spray Cake utilizes ‘on-demand organic’ batter in an aerosolized can.

When using Spray Cake, your cupcakes will be popping out of the oven in less than a minute. And as far as freshness goes, this instant batter stays fresh for weeks (so you can splurge whenever you'd like)!

LIQUID COURAGE
Summer Cocktail Roundup

Tired of ordering vodka soda after gin and tonic because you aren’t creative enough to think of another clear colored liquor to get you to September? We thought so – and we’ve got you covered.

Check out our list of summer cocktails that will help these hot, humid weeks fly by comfortably, while keeping your gin intake to a bare minimum.

1.) The Woods – 48 S 4th Street, Williamsburg

Though in a far flung corner of Williamsburg, The Woods has recently added an outdoor space that boasts a laid-back, reggae themed vibe – perfect for anyone’s idea of summer imbibing. We recommend the Painkiller – frozen, sprinkled with nutmeg, and packing the heaviest punch you’ve ever received from an innocuous milkshake. The ginger Mai-Tai was a close second though, spicy and refreshing, with dark rum and the familiar picante kick that comes from fresh ginger. All of the Tiki cocktails are served in festive, island themed mugs (complete with mermaids!) and the bartenders are attentive, kind, and relaxed – exactly what you need to forget that you live in an 8,000 degree city.

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Celebrate National Tequila Day--Here's How!

Today is National Tequila Day. We don’t know why, exactly, but we do know that it’s a great excuse to bust out all of your favorite tequila cocktails, and try out some brand new ones, too! Here are all the exciting, tequila-themed ways to celebrate today.


Troy Liquor Bar (Downstairs, 675 Hudson St.) is serving a brand-new cocktail, the Forbidden Fruit, made with Don Julio Silver, Yellow Chartreuse, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup for an modern, herbaceous twist on the classic paloma.

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NYC Restaurant Week 2014, A User's Manual

From Monday, July 21st to Friday, August 15th a grand total of 314 restaurants will offer NYC their best prix fixe menus at $25 for lunch or $38 for dinner. With so many options to choose from, we’ve narrowed down your search by selecting a few favorites, old and new, which are sure to give you a great dining experience worth remembering.

Returning Spots

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DAILY BITES
NYC's Trendiest Go-To Cafe


Located within the quaintness and charm of the West Village, Presstea™ is a staple to this trendy neighborhood. Not only do coffee lovers willingly convert to tea fanatics at this café; Presstea™ completely revitalizes and changes the way we look, taste and think about tea. The unique signature tea drinks are made with a creative modern technique, comparable to an espresso machine: “it presses the tea leaves to release concentrated shots, extracting more of the tea’s flavor than traditional methods.” Say goodbye to bland teas and sugary coffee drinks from chain cafes…because once your taste buds meet Presstea™, you will never want to go back!

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NYC's Sexiest Hot Dogs

The age old saying goes, “Less is more,” but for one day, and one day only, we would like to challenge this. Wednesday, July 23rd marks National Hot Dog day and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the classic American treat in modern fashion. Eateries all over NYC are offering indulgent, savory takes on the old-time staple and all of them will leave your mouth watering. We’ve rounded up our top picks just for you, and with only a few days left till the big day, you better get to picking!


1. The Ditch Dog at Ditch Plains (29 Bedford St.)-

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Weekend Pick: The Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field

Is this what heaven looks like?

Baseball has long been one of America’s favorite pastimes. Add to the mix some bacon and beer, and well, you have pretty much any American’s best day ever.

Cannonball Productions is bringing the Bacon and Beer Classic to Citi Field on July 26th. Guests will have a chance to attend a brunch session from 12pm until 3pm, and/or an evening session from 7pm until 10pm. If attending both sessions, you will need an individual ticket for each one, and note, all VIP ticket holders will be admitted one hour earlier. Who wouldn’t want an extra hour for all the beer and bacon you can eat and drink?

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Boyz II Men Celebrates The Return of Wendy's Pretzel Bun

Boyz II Men is back again to celebrate Wendy’s Pretzel bun! They recently released their #PretzelLoveSongs video celebrating fan’s joy of being reunited with the pretzel bun, which Wendy’s announced is back this summer on both its Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken. Be sure to check out the video on Wendy’s Facebook and YouTube playlist

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French Fries: Fully Loaded

Who actually hates french fries? No one that's who!

French fries are the ultimate, indulgent snack food. A good old classic, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, tastes, and fun. And in more recent years, loaded fries are becoming a bigger staple in the food industry, as this model allows you to, quite literally, put anything on them. If you love fancy, unique fries as much as we do here at Joonbug.com, then check out this list of some of the best and most unique loaded French fry concoctions!


1. S’mores Fries at Sticky’s Finger Joint (484 3rd Ave.)-
We’ve told you about Sticky’s Finger Joint’s newest location before, but this fun restaurant is taking their menu to a new level (as hard as that is) with their loaded fries. Their fries are already delicious and loaded, but they are now offering S’mores Fries. Sweet and savory goodness are meeting crispy perfection with this mixture. These fries are topped with a homemade marshmallow sauce, homemade chocolate sauce, tiny marshmallows, and crushed graham crackers. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, then nothing will.


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Applebee's is Officially Possibly Enforcing "No Tech Tuesday," Maybe

Isn’t it annoying when the person you’re eating with is texting the entire time? Or, even worse, when there’s a loud telephone conversation happening at the table next to you? Well, it seems that Applebee’s has begun taking steps to prohibit cellphone use one day per week with their latest program: No Tech Tuesday!

Or… maybe they aren’t? The phrase is self explanatory — no technology on Tuesdays — but the company claims to have no plans to restrict tech usage at the present time. So far, Applebee's has only filed the trademark application, but with the family-forward movements they’ve been making as of late, this could potentially assist in drawing in an older crowd to dine during the week. For a short period of time, representatives refused to comment on the reasoning behind the trademarking of this phrase. Finally, spokesman Dan Smith stated that guests can use technology however they’d like, and the trademark is simply to protect themselves in the future. According to Mr. Smith, "There's absolutely zero percent linkage between No Tech Tuesday and anything in the restaurant."