The internet is a magical place, folks. It's filled with weird YouTube videos, scams, niche memes that only a few understand, and a boatload of awesome meatball recipes. Luckily for you, Joonbug.com sifted through the latter pile and found the most baller (see what we did there?) ways to celebrate National Meatball Day! If you're looking for a way to spice up drab spaghetti, are crazy for all things spherical, or just want to find a good vegetarian substitute, you've come to the right place.
Attention foodies! This month, be sure to check out the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival from March 28th-30th at Crystal Springs Resort. Hosted by Chef David Bouley, the sixth annual celebration gathers chefs and wine makers from all over the United States for a weekend of conversation and food, and, mostly likely, conversations about food.
On Friday, March 28th, the list of events include a Champagne Reception, Wine Cellar Dinner, and a Top Chefs and Top Wines Five Course Dinner. The following day, March 29th, will feature over 10 luxurious events filled with incredible gourmet food. The closing event is the fancy Sunday Champagne Brunch from 11am-2pm. If you want to taste exquisite food and wine then be sure to check out the festival-- our stomachs are rumbling already! To purchase tickets to one of the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival events click here.
If you’re a fan of food porn and cooking TV, you’ve probably already heard of Beat Bobby Flay. For the uninitiated, BBF is Flay’s most recent foray into food TV, where chefs compete to battle him in the kitchen and put their dish up against his before a panel of judges. Pretty cool, right? But even better is the fact that NYC foodies will soon have a chance to see one of our own kick Bobby Flay’s but. Chef Brian Tsao (of Mira Sushi and Izakaya) will appear on the episode “Old Dog, New Tricks”, which will air on the Food Network at 10PM on Thursday, March 13th. Chef Tsao is a fifteen-year veteran of NYC sushi restaurants (including Nobu 57 and Momoya), so he’s a perfect representative of our fantastic food scene.
Recently, New York's beloved bottomless brunches got some serious news time when a little known state law prohibited "selling, serving, delivering or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price.” Luckily for New Yorkers everywhere, the State Liquor Association found a loophole, so bottomless brunches are back on, bitches! Along with the rest of the city, The Windsor, a high end sports bar, is celebrating the good news. The upscale bar launches their new series of bottomless brunches this weekend!
Irish Whiskey has become something of an overlooked middle child to serious, respectable older brother Scotch and cool, easy-going baby brother Bourbon, but don't be mistaken -- there is just as much depth and variety within the Irish waters as anywhere else.The first course is ash crusted elk carpaccio with 2 Gingers Irish whiskey, followed by a Scotch egg and bacon served with Kilbeggan. 2 Gingers and Kilbeggan are great introductions to Irish whiskey for people who are familiar with the mainstays like Bushmills and Jameson. They're both at a relatively low 80 proof and have young age statements of 3-4 years, making them approachable sippers but with enough distinction to be interesting. The third course is seared scallops served with Greenore whiskey, the only single grain Irish whiskey in production. That's followed by a main course of dry aged sirloin and Tyrconnell. Tyrconnell is amongst the very few single malt whiskies that come from Ireland, which will present a unique, luxurious tasting. Finally, there is a coconut profiterole dessert with Connemara peated malt whiskey, another unusual Irish, as Irish whiskeys are known for being unpeated. If you're eager for a night of incredible food and a tour of the world of Irish whiskey, reservations can be made by calling (212) 754-1300. Slàinte! What: David Burke Irish Whiskey Tasting Dinner When: Thursday, March 13th, 7pm Where: David Burke Fromagerie i 26, Ridge Rd. Rumson, NJ
LUCKYRICE is all about bringing Asian cuisine and culture to people all over the world, because "After all, if we are what we eat, we're all part-Asian".
Their annual NYC Feast will celebrate all different types of Asian cuisine, such asstreet food from Night Market, Asian fine dining concepts from Grand Feast, and cocktails from Cocktail Feast. For one night only the fusion of Asian cuisines will come together at Mandarin Oriental New York on Friday, May 2nd.
“Our wish is to bring Asian culture to life through the lens of food and drink, and celebrating key dates in the Asian calendar allows us to do just that,“ said LUCKYRICE Founder Danielle Chang.
Bigger and better than ever, the third annual sweet: New York tasting event is a food occasion you do not want to miss! Presented by The Doe Fund, an organization known for their dedication to helping the homeless in New York, the night showcases savory and sweet bites by students from their culinary employment training program, as well as chefs from some of the city's top restaurants. Enjoy delectable sweets and you sip on tempting cocktails and dance to the music of celebrity DJ Chelsea Leyland.
On Monday, March 7th, a day known as Fat Tuesday, Joonbug.com was honored to sit at Chef Dave Santos’s table in his West Village restaurant, Louro, where we had the privilege of experiencing his Mardi Gras-themed “supper club” dinner. Consisting of 7 fabulous cocktail-paired courses inspired by authentic New Orleans cuisine, the dinner lived up to every expectation, and the inviting atmosphere kept us warm on the cold winter night.
Every Monday, Santos creates a dinner menu tailored to a theme he is inspired by. This fabulous idea revolutionizes the restaurant experience and stems from the success of his Um Segredo supper club, which he originally held in his home in Roosevelt Island. When Santos wanted to bring his Nossa Mesa supper club dinners to Manhattan, he considered the weekend, but rethought it after seeing the dinner rush it typically entailed, and eventually decided on Monday nights. He also decided he would feature 5 to 7 courses, inspired by everything from specific ingredients like uni, to cultural touchstones such as Game of Thrones, Captain America, and Mad Men. The dinners are BYO and typically range in price from $65 to $75. On this particular Monday night, in honor of Mardi Gras, Santos chose a menu that consisted of traditional New Orleans flavors, and paired it with fantastic cocktails designed by his talented mixologist, Mayur Subbarao.
The Vegetarian Food Festival took over the Metropolitan Pavilion last weekend. Dozens of vendors and hundreds of vegans swarmed the space to sample everything from soul food to fast food, sans animal products of course. The event also had healthy living talks, recipe demonstrations, and product promotions. The main draw, however, was the delicious cruelty-free food. For any vegetarian or meat eater, the event did not disappoint! With too many vendors to name, our resident writers and vegetarians took the opportunity to eat as many things as possible so as to better point out their favorites to you; our loyal readers.
This past Saturday night, we headed down to the Lexington Avenue Armory to check out the event that capped off all the festivities of NYC Craft Beer Week: namely, the Spring Seasonals expo. Brewers from all reaches of the NY and national craft beer scene came down and displayed their wares, offering us a seriously exciting sneak peek into what we have to look forward to in the spring. Here are our top five favorite debuts: