CULINARY-OCCASIONS

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UrbanSpace Debuts New Outdoor Food Market

UrbanSpace has done it again! Grab your friends and your appetites and head to the month long food fest in New York’s famous Garment District. From 39th to 41st streets on Broadway you’ll find a creative blend of vendors that are taking part in this event that is part greenmarket and part country fair. But you’ll want to hurry because this pop-up only runs from September 15th – October 17th, 2014.

Since we went in-between lunch and dinner, we focused on the sweetness and the cheesy offerings. While it’s impossible to eat at all the amazing vendors in one go, here’s the few of the culinary delights we sampled and enjoyed.

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It All Happened at the Vendys


As we said before, we’ve been looking forward to the Vendy Awards--the annual food truck classic--for quite awhile, and this past weekend, the day finally arrived. We saddled up and headed across the river on the ferry to Governors Island, making our way to the fairground. We’ve got to say, even in spite of crappy weather (it was intermittently drizzling and raining pretty hard), the Vendy Awards was one of the best food events we’ve been to this year. After all, if anybody knows how to operate at the top of their game, rain or shine, it’s this crew. We left totally stuffed and totally happy.

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FREE COOKIE FRIDAY

You know those delicious cookies you get upon check-in at all DoubleTree Hotels? We’ve got good news. Tomorrow, September 19th, DoubleTree by Hilton is offering all Apple enthusiasts a special treat as they wait in line for the newest “it” gadgest at Apple’s 5th Avenue store. In order to be a part of this FREE COOKIE bonanza you must be in line between 6-9am.

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Cheeseburgers Worth a Road Trip For

1. Hodads (San Diego)

First up is the Guido Burger all the way from sunny California. This pastrami burger is served with ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and spicy brown mustard. Just because it's called The Guido Burger doesn't mean you have to be a guido to celebrate national cheeseburger day with this delectable cheeseburger.

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A Little Bit of Greece in NYC

Get ready New York, the uber trendy restaurant scene just got even trendier. The Greek restaurant/party spot Nammos-Mykonos is opening up in NYC in 2015. The new NY venue will go by the name Nammos by the Sea, will be found atop the Maritime Building. The Greek restaurant will feature Ibrahim Sammy as head chef of the new spot. With the success of the original Mykonos, this will surely prove to be a smart business move.

The restaurant is known for its authentic Greek dishes accompanied by a lively atmosphere unlike any other. The NYC location is sure to attract both tourists and natives alike as the food is delicious and the vibes are unmatched. The owner plans to import Greek fish and ingredients to increase the authenticity of the restaurant.

The date for the official opening of the restaurant has not been released, so stay tuned. We are sure the grand opening will be a lavish event for the books.

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Move Over, Rachel Ray: New York’s Immigrant Population is Taking Over



Do you love to cook? Or, is cuisine so far from your comfort zone that you normally wouldn’t consider turning on the stove, let alone make something called “chawli”? Either way, League of Kitchens can help to nudge you in the right direction. League of Kitchens is an immersive culinary adventure where New York City immigrants teach intimate workshops right in their own homes. We recommend, a "Taste Of" class for a shorter, more topline session that lasts 2.5 hours and yields 2-3 dishes. The environment is casual, yet instructive, and makes participants feel confident no matter what level “chef” they are. The "Immersion Workshops," which last 5+ hours, and produce several courses, are a bit more intense, but really allow you to hone your craft.

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Weekend Pick: Food Tank Tours Chicago

This weekend explore Chicago the right way with the Food Tank Tour! Experience the beautiful sight-seeing and eateries of the city all within one trip. Enjoy high-end Italian at Terzo Piano, classic American at Park Grill, high-class lunch at The Field Bistro (with their self-brewed beer) and seasonal food at The Hilton Chicago. Catch sights such as Buckingham Fountain, The Bean and The Art Institute along the way.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some friends and sign-up now! $65 - all inclusive!



What: Food Tank Tours Chicago

When: Saturday, September 20th , 11am (please arrive 30 minutes before departure)

Where: Departs from 159 E Monroe St., Chicago, IL


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Get Your Cheeseburger On

This Thursday, September 18th marks an essential holiday in America’s foodie heritage: National Cheeseburger Day. The question is, how do you plan to celebrate your juicy burger – garnished with blue cheese and crispy bacon, or topped with truffle aioli and Swiss cheese?

Joonbug has put together a mouthwateringly divine roundup for every Boston urbanite to commemorate this American classic. Now it’s time to prepare your eager taste buds to get their cheeseburger on…

Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

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Mark Your Calendar for Spain’s Great Match


On Wednesday October 8th, Spain’s Great Match will be held at the iconic IAC Building featuring an extensive offering of wine and tapas, as well as a Cava Bubble Lounge and displays of Spain's finest interior designs.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit New York Cares which is New York City’s largest volunteer organization helping people in need throughout the city.

It is exciting that the event is hosted at the renowned IAC Building, designed by Frank Gehry, because Spain’s Great Match will be the first wine event ever hosted in this iconic space. Tickets are available here but hurry - general admission will be $80 but early bird pricing is available for $65 until September 12th. There is also a VIP ticket for $140 which will include one hour (6-7pm) of exclusive access to all the wine, tapas and design.