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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.
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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!


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Chef Showdown in Chelsea: Classic Ceviche vs Modern Tiradito


Chelsea, NY -- A close cousin to Sashimi, the Tiradito pairs thin slices of raw fish with a delicate Peruvian sauce of aji amarillo (chili paste), ginger, lime juice, and salt. The absence of raw onions differentiates it from classic Ceviche (in addition to its cut), and its simplicity in preparation allows the fresh and intricate flavors of the fish to shine. The Peru Trade Commission and Raymi (famous for anticucho and their breathtaking ceviche bar) played host to a tasting of both Ceviche and Tiradito from a star-studded roster of the best Peruvian restaurants in the city.

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September Restaurant Openings Prove the Best is Yet to Come

August was nice, but for NYC restaurants, September is the month that everyone has been waiting for! As if it knew what was coming, summer flew by and made way for the early fall season which will be hosting dozens of new restaurant openings. In order to keep you posted on where to go in the next coming month, here are our Top 5 Best Restaurant Openings for September, 2014.

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1. Birds & Bubbles (100 Forsyth St.) - For months, the opening of this restaurant has been all the rage in the foodie news world. Finally, the time has come for Chef Sarah Simmons to open the doors to her new eatery. City Grit’s popular chef is releasing a menu which headlights an option not seen in other restaurants: fried chicken and champagne. Aside from this genius combination, the focus will be on “elevated southern cuisine” in their newly renovated space. Even some seasonal favorites from the City Grit tasting menu are set to be featured, which will leave customers, both new and loyal, full and satisfied at the end of their meals. For right now, no opening date has been released, but at least we know we'll be dining there soon!

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All Your Crawfish Problems, Solved

Photography by Shiri Lara

Crawfish. Boil.

Once those words were spoken, we were sold. At a recent press dinner at Claw Daddy, one of the Lower East Side’s newer dining establishments, Joonbug.com got down and dirty with some New Orlean’s inspired fare.

These days it seems like you can’t cross a garbage strewn Manhattan side street without tripping over a boutique shop or food truck advertising lobster rolls, and Claw Daddy is no different, with one exception – it was absolutely fantastic. The evening’s meal was portioned appropriately per person, so each guest only received half a roll, and it was not nearly enough to satisfy our intense longing for just one more scrumptious bite. Light on the mayo, generous with the fluffy lobster meat, this most certainly was the highlight of the evening. Furthering the wow factor was just a drizzle of truffle oil, which we would normally abhor, gleaming like a crown jewel in a tiara atop this fat, wonderful sandwich.

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The Williamsburg/Greenpoint TASTE 2014 is Coming!

Those hip to New York’s culinary scene know that some of the best, most innovative food in the city can be found in Brooklyn, specifically in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Whether you’re looking for whacky, delightful experimental fare, interesting riffs on old school traditions, or just good food prepared well with fresh ingredients, these North Brooklyn neighborhoods are key spots on the epicurean's map of New York.

For those who want to celebrate North BK food, an opportunity has presented itself: the Williamsburg Greenpoint TASTE is fast approaching, and it’s fixing to knock your food-loving socks off. The annual event will offer samples of food and drink from some of the best bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. Held outdoors at Williamsburg’s lovely East River State Park, Williamsburg Greenpoint TASTE is a great way to bid farewell to summer and greet the fall while treating yourself to some fabulous edibles.

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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

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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!

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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.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
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.

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10 Amazing Places to Take Your Tinder Date

Congratulations! After checking app after app, Tindering through your OkCupids, you’ve finally found a decently attractive person who didn’t make you want to swipe right. You’ve exchanged romantically witty messages for a whole two days and it’s finally time that you made plans to meet in person. Wondering where to take them? Well, we’ve got you covered with our guide for the best spots in NYC to bring your internet date! Now, all you have to do is think up ways to fill the horribly inevitable awkward-silences you two will have. The weather really is lovely, isn’t it?