We are already a week into August, and while we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Labor Day and the crisp fall chill will be here before you know it.
Bask in the glory of the remaining 80 degree, sun-filled days as they are fleeting, and head downtown to La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels to enjoy a fabulous Rose flight for $40. This fledgling wine bar, an offshoot of the Parisian flagship of the same name, has been open in New York since April, and is part of a broader restaurant group under the heading of Experimental Cocktail Club.
Andaz Wall Street is a beautiful hotel in Fi-Di and a haven for tourists, but they also strive to service the local community. They have recently launched a weekly farmer’s market which features some of the most unique artisanal produce from extremely passionate farms and vendors. Every Thursday, now through November you can head to 75 Wall Street and relax in Andaz’s cozy biergarten. Sip Pimm’s garnished with organic produce from the market and let the vendors give you a true lesson in the beauty of their unique production processes.
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
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."
Strip House has become a big player in the steakhouse game due to its unique combination of an elegant, modern aesthetic and unparalleled steak. They're known for the risque black-and-white photos of 1930s burlesque dancers that hang on their wall as well as their precise cuts of meat, which they carve by your table.
They partnered up with Schmidt Brothers Cutlery, known for constantly innovating their kitchenware designs, to create a brand new line of knives. These knives are perfect for cutting steak and are made to last, with every aspect of them expressing high quality. Their blades are German steel and their curve is the patented invention of Schmidt Brothers. Their aesthetics are equally top-notch, from their black ash wood handles to the red oak boxes that will be used as packaging.
Through all four seasons, and hosting all types of people, there is something truly magnificent and unique about a restaurant that time and again you walk away from thinking only one thing: wow!
Another sign you’ve found your soul-mate in a restaurant is that every time you go, you feel zero remorse ordering the same things. That voice in your head that says, “You should probably try something new” is quickly quieted by rapid-fire bites of epiphany inducing fideua, La Vara’s take on paella, made with noodles instead of traditional rice and delicately juxtaposed against a garlic aioli that will make you seriously consider moving to Spain. In fact, as you slurp the wilted noodles into your mouth, barely cognizant of the “mmm” noises you may or may not be making, you wonder aloud if you had food this good the drunken weekend you spent in Barcelona when you were 19 and “studying abroad”, a American term synonymous for “drinking a bottle of wine a day and stuffing your face with gelato”.
Wendy’s and actress/style icon Molly Sims hosted a private rooftop picnic event right in the heart of Rockefeller Center to celebrate Wendy’s new Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad, and rest assured, the entire event was just as good as the salad sounds (and tasted). With 11 different types of lettuce, sweet California strawberries, Applewood smoked bacon, red onion, chicken, and rich crumbled blue cheese, topped with bacon apple flavored vinaigrette, it's the perfect thing to eat this summer!
To get everyone in the mood for the premiere of the new seasonal salad, Wendy’s hosted a #NewSaladCollection contest with Polyvore. Molly Sims served as a judge for this contest and at her rooftop event, she showed guests how to create their own perfect summer styles using her own Polyvore board inspired by the new salad. At the event, we had a chance to sit down and chat with Molly about her partnership with Wendy’s, her thoughts about the new seasonal salad, and of course, important summer styles.
Intimidated by the "V word"? Want to make a change in your eating habits or treat your palate to something new? Talented author of Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle’s Plum Bistro, Makini Howell, truly makes the V word appealing to all. Even if you’re not accustomed to the vegan way of life, don’t fear it; willingly embrace it. Howell’s book even includes baby steps for those who want to dedicate one day of the week for eating Vegan. She makes it so easy with her awesome tips and mouthwatering recipes…turning this transitional step in your life to an easy, delectable one!
The micro farm looks vastly different than other small farms on Long Island. A field of crops is traded for a complex of greenhouses and elevated trays, each containing hundreds of microgreens. Tiny plants take far less soil and space than their full-grown counterparts. Micro-broccoli, for instance, has hundreds of micro versions of broccoli in the same space that one full-grown broccoli plant would use. Micros star as elevated garnishes in many restaurants and those grown at Good Water Farms in East Hampton, NY, are now available in Whole Foods locations throughout the city as part of their Whole Local program.
The culinary world has officially hit the big screen in a brand new way, bringing out the true side of restaurant and kitchen life with the movie, Chef. When a terrible review of Chef Carl Casper (John Favreau) goes viral, the now unemployed culinarian sets out to start up a food truck (El Jefe) and prepare the types of cuisine that he truly loves. Assisted only by his 10-year-old son and one very loyal line cook, Carl sets out from Miami to California on a road trip which, thanks to social media, provides him with fame, inspiration, and a better understanding of not only himself, but his broken family, as well.