The weather is finally warming up after one of the longest winters we've seen in years, and just in time for National Picnic Day! On Wednesday, April 23rd, people all across the country are encouraged to venture into nature and enjoy a meal with friends, family, or any combination of the two. Depending on who you’re with, you might need to bring unique supplies on your spring outing, and that’s why Joonbug.com is here to provide you with a survival guide for the perfect picnic — fitting for every occasion!
Family, friends, and loved ones - First of all, it is perfectly fine to go out and picnic by yourself; however, this kind of venture is always more fun with company! Gather up your close friends, significant other, and even your pets for some outdoor fun! We can all use a mini-vacation, even if it is just spreading out on the grass and enjoying each other’s company. Kids always have fun playing outside, and when you finally join in, you’ll let out your own inner-child, as well.
All next week, the Belgian chocolatiers at Neuhaus will teach classes on how to best decorate and enjoy chocolate eggs. And all this time you never realized you were doing it wrong! Neuhaus will provide each guest with a hand-made chocolate egg, which they can decorate with gianduja, a luxury hazelnut paste, and fill with one of Neuhaus' famous pralines, including black currant, coffee, and fleur de sel.
Guests will also be invited to learn about the history of Neuhaus, and then taste some of their best-selling chocolates. Bubbly will also be provided to wash down the delectables. Those who fall in love with the products can also pick up their many Easter-themed packages at a discount.
What: Egg Decorating at Neuhaus
When: Wednesday, April 16th, Thursday, April 17th, and Friday, April 18th from 7-9pm, and Saturday, April 19th from 12-2pm
Where: Neuhaus, 500 Madison Ave., New York, NY
The resources to create authentic southern barbecue are officially available to New Yorkers! Virgil’s Real Barbecue, established in 1994 and located in Times Square at 152 W. 44th Street, has just released its official guide to southern cuisine, “Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook”. Available for $29.95, this publication is described as containing “The Best Barbecue from Around the Country Without Ever Leaving Your Backyard,” drawing inspiration from 14 different states here in the USA, specifically Tennessee (Memphis), the Carolinas, Missouri (Kansas City), and Texas. Inside, you’ll find everything from rubs and sides to drinks and sweets, all brought together by the ever important chapters on meat, poultry, and fish.
A box shows up at your door with a single portion of flank steak, an onion, quinoa, peas, carrots, scallions, Thai basil, garlic, portioned soy sauce and sriracha, honey, and a lime. It’s not a weird care package from mom. It is a new take on cooking at home from Plated.com
While New Yorkers have latched onto websites like Seemless for quick and easy food delivery, Plated lets the user back into the equation. Boxes are delivered to your door with almost everything you need to make the recipe included, making dinner prepared at home accessible to even the busiest of lifestyles.
Happy National Grilled Cheese Month, everyone!
The month of April, already admired for its warmer temperatures and promising showers, also plays host to a very notable month long holiday—National Grilled Cheese Month. And whether you’re a fan of white American, brie, or even the traditional cheddar, you’ll be amazed by the many ways restaurants across NYC are dishing out in order to provide customers with the best grilled cheese sandwiches possible. Here are our top restaurants which are serving up grilled cheese spin-offs for you to visit and enjoy this month:
March 26th is National Spinach Day, you say? Why, yes! It is!
Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly the first food which you would think to create a holiday for (unless you’re Popeye the Sailor Man, in which case, go for it), but this holiday has taken foodies by storm, sparking a huge event featuring recipe exchanges and culinary creations all across America! As we speak, the internet is being flooded with unique combinations of this famous (or to some, infamous) leafy green and other delicious ingredients, all in the spirit of recognizing this superfood and raising awareness about healthy living! Foodies and culinarians are encouraged to step out of the box and create new dishes which feature spinach and new methods of preparing the classics, such as the ever-popular "spinach salads" and "spinach dips". Now this is something which could really spark some great ideas.
When we were done our totally awesome bar crawl on St. Patrick’s Day, we adventured through the brutal cold to the mecca of the most delicious food on the entire planet, Philadelphia. For what? The Philly Cheesesteak, of course.
If you are super deprived and don't know what we are blathering on about, let us enlighten you. A cheesesteak is a sandwich made from thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll. It is also known as – ah-maz-ing.
The weather has been nuts lately — one minute it’s warm enough that you can actually go outside and not freeze to death, and the next minute you’re back to bundling up in so many layers that you look like a colorful human marshmallow. Luckily, this just means that spring is fighting hard to push its way through the cold and grace us with its long-awaited, much-loved (unless you have allergies) presence!
Now, we here at Joonbug.com like to think ahead and be prepared for the future, and what comes after spring? That’s right, summer; which means it’s time to crawl out of hibernation and work on getting back that beach body which might have flown south for the winter, leaving you alone and searching for comfort in the form of cookies, pies, and fast-food delivery (we all have a special place in our hearts for Seamless).
The most difficult part of shedding a little extra weight can sometimes be eating healthy, and those cravings for fatty foods just seem to never end. These desires are actually fueled by our bodies craving natural chemicals, which can be found in tons of healthier alternatives to fatty, sugary, or salty snacks. Therefore, we’re here to help you out and get you back on track with eating right! Here’s our guide to substituting foods: if you’re craving one thing, try something else instead!
Chocolate or Sweets
You need: Magnesium, Chromium, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, or Tryptophan
Try eating: raw nuts, legumes (like beans), fresh fruits, broccoli, grapes, poultry, cranberries, horseradish, kale, cheese, sweet potatoes, or spinach
Oily snacks, fried foods, fatty food, salty food
You need: Calcium or Chloride
Try eating: bitter greens (mustard or turnip), broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, fish, sea salt, or sesame
Coffee or Soda
You need: Phosphorus, Sulfur, Salt, Calcium, or Iron
Try eating: nuts, legumes, poultry, fish, red peppers, onions, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, bitter greens, kale, broccoli, cheese, sesame, or black cherries
Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
You need: Protein, Avenin, Calcium, Glutamine, Potassium, Silicon, or Tyrosine
Try eating: meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts, granola, oatmeal, bitter greens, kale, supplements (for glutamine), black olives, seaweed, nuts, oranges
Lack of appetite
You need: Vitamins B1 and B3, Manganese, or Chloride
Try eating: nutes, seafood, meat, poultry, pineapple, blueberries, goat milk, or sea salt
If you’re looking for a meal that can encompass a lot of these at once, sushi is a great idea. You can also try making a full dinner with roasted chicken, some kind of grain salad (try quinoa with almonds), and sautéed spinach. The variety of ingredients which you have at your disposal really provides you with a lot of cooking flexibility. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, try this recipe for Baked Kale Chips:
1 bunch fresh Kale
We've heard all the old adages about curing hangovers (think "hair of the dog") and tricks for pacing yourself (match one glass of water for every drink you have) when preparing for a night of binge drinking. We've even heard that the best thing for a hangover is a greasy breakfast at the local diner. However, what about the food you eat before you go out for the night? St. Paddy's Day is around the corner, and we decided we'd give you some culinary suggestions for that bar crawl we know you're planning. Here are some appropriately festive recipes, featuring all of the calorie-laden goodness you need to line that tummy for our nation's best drinking holiday.
Every good meal ends with dessert. Many believe that making a dessert is a challenging engagement in the kitchen, but It does not have to be that way. Any dessert novice can step into the spotlight and have conquered them the first time round. It's a liberating experience. Any dessert will be a piece of cake (pardon the pun) So here are a couple of recipes to lose that fear of dessert preparation and to become acquainted with your sweet tooth.
To start off with, how about making some cupcakes, a great combination is lemon and raspberries and here is an easy recipe for you.