New York Events: @McDonalds Celebrity Chef Event

New York Events: McDonalds Celebrity Chef Event

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Last week BLOGGERS, media, and press were treated to a once in a lifetime experience as McDonald’s held a special dinner to highlight their food and quality ingredients.  McDonald’s Chef Jessica Foust collaborated with 4 nationally acclaimed chef’s from around the country (Dale Talde, James Tahhan, Aaron McCargo, Jr.) to create gourmet meals around items on the current McDonald’s menu.  Upon receiving the invite for this event, I had no clue what to expect.  I randomly thought to myself were they going to add truffles to the big macs, or exotic dipping sauces for the Chicken Nuggets?!  What the other guest and myself got was so much more…. for starters we were served “Bacon and Bourbon” and “Mango Pineapple Mojitos”.  That was just the precursor to the 5 course meal we were about to be served.  Check out the below pictures and menu.

 

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 McDonalds Celebrity Chef Event Menu

Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres

(Chef Jessica Foust, RD)
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Mango Pineapple Mojito
Featuring McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie Base
Old Fashioned with Applewood Smoked Bacon
Featuring McDonald’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, Maraschino Cherry
McDonald’s World Famous French Fries

Appetizer

(Chef Dale Talde)
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Kung Pao Chicken
Featuring McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets®, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Peanuts, Iceberg Lettuce

Entrée One

(Chef James Tahhan)
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Tortilla Española with Garlic and Saffron Aioli
Featuring McDonald’s Hashbrowns, Eggs, Onions
Apple and Cucumber Chipotle Salad
Featuring McDonald’s Apple Slices, Cucumbers, Red Onions, Chili Lime Tortilla Strips, Fresh Limes, Spring Mix, Chipotle BBQ and Honey Mustard Sauces

Entrée Two

(Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.)
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BOLD BBQ Chicken
Featuring McDonald’s Crispy Chicken, Hashbrowns, Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Espresso, Cheddar Jack Cheese, Onions, Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon
Salad includes Cucumbers, Red Onions, Tomato, Fresh Lime, Cilantro Lime Glaze, Grill Seasoning

Entrée Three

(Chef Jessica Foust, RD)
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Slow-Cooked Beef with Blueberry Pomegranate Sauce and Mac Fry Gnocchi
Featuring McDonald’s French Fries, Eggs, Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie Base, Carrots and the 100% beef ground for our hamburger patties

Dessert

(Chef Jessica Foust, RD)
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Pumpkin Spice Biznut (Biscuit-Donut)
Featuring McDonald’s Biscuit Mix, Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup, Praline Topping, Cream

The above food was amazing, and I feel very fortunate to have been invited.  Thank You McDonald’s :)
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NYC Restaurants: Carribbean Spanish Fusion at Corlette

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a tasting at Corlette Restaurant in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.  Corlette is a Caribbean- Spanish fusion eatery that is best known for their tacos and sangrias.  I must admit, I was blown completely away by their fish tacos that are some of the best that I have tasted in Brooklyn.  They were quite tasty, that I decided to take an order home, lolll.  Before I go head first into the awesomeness which is their tacos…. let me first describe the scene.  This restaurant is what you refer to as an anomaly of sorts, in the sense that I wouldn’t have expected this restaurant on that particular block.  I am not saying that it was located in the hood or anything…. but Corlette could easily fit into a block filled with hipster restaurants.  I do understand that the neighborhood is changing, so I guess you could say Corlette is a pioneer when it comes to new establishments in the area.  During my walk to the restaurant, I took note of the businesses around Corlette which consisted of Dunken Donuts, a Bodega, and Home Depot.  I think residents of the neighborhood that encompasses Corlette are extremely fortunate.  I wish I had a place like this on my block.

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Speaking of the residents, while I was ordering a drink at the bar I had the chance to speak with one of Corlette’s patrons.  A retired police officer, and resident of the neighborhood… he spoke enthusiastically about the restaurant and talked about how he often stopped in.  I think that if Corlette continues to garner the support of the residents, they will be around for a long, long time.  Corlette has outdoor dinning in the back that gives dinners a lounge feel.  In addition to dinning, Corlette also host events.  I was told by PR that they had just hosted an event the week prior for the Mayweather fight.

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Now in regards to the food and cocktails.  I had 1 curry shrimp taco, 1 fish taco, and the Seared Salmon as an entree.  I think that Corlette’s menu has something for everyone.  With that being said, everyone at the event had their own personal favorite dish.  Everyone in attendance raved about one item or another.  While I thought the curry shrimp was just ok, another person fell truly-madly-deeply in love with it.  I went crazy over the fish tacos, while someone thought it was just so-so.  I suggest that anyone reading this go in and discover what their personal favorite.  As I stated before there is something for everyone.
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In regards to the drinks… the cocktails were exceptional.  I had two different types of Sangria, and a Rum Punch.  There are so many different reason’s to visit Corlette…. the food, weekend brunch, the drinks, the atmosphere and events.  If I am ever back in the area, I will definitely stop back in.
 
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Corlette

This Friday May 10th, 7pm – 9pm
193A Nostrand Ave (Btwn Hart & Pulaski)
(G Train to Bedford/Nostrand then a short 3-block walk)
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New York/ LA Event: McDonalds McWraps… @McDNYTriState

 

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McDonalds McWraps…

So you wanna wrap! I had the pleasure of attending the McDonalds Premium Wrap Launch Party a little over a week ago on the Paramount Pictures Studio Lot.  McDonalds rolled out the green carpet and rolled in a massive green food truck to handle the invited McDiners (Celebrities & Bloggers). The famous Paramount Water Tower glowed above in the night light and had been McWrapped for the event as well.

 

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The Party was to introduce three new wraps on the menu Chicken & Bacon, Chicken & Ranch and Sweet Chili Chicken. The entry was a sea of freshness, veggie stands loaded with all the new healthy ingredients that you’ll find nestled inside the warm tortilla wrap with piping hot chicken of your choice crispy or grilled.

 I tried the Crispy Sweet Chili Wrap and found it to have the right amount of hot, spicy, sweet flavor. I paired my wrap with the piping hot fries that their known for…..which is my Mickey D’s drug of choice, the aroma of hot fries floated through the crowd all night long.

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The open bar and photo booth seem to be the perfect mix with the live entertainment. As for me I took a seat and sipped on the McCafe Cherry Berry Chiller. While listening to DJ Mia and Violinist Caitlin. They had the joint jumpin, and for a minute there I could have sworn I saw fire or at least smoke coming from Caitlin’s bow.  Later the party was turned up when John Martian took the stage and Tyga turned it out by rockin the house until the party ended around 1:00 am. Nice way to kick off the holiday weekend.

I have to say I’m impressed with the conscious discussion that McDonalds has made to continue to increase the amount of healthy items on their menu. Not to be cliché but I’m Lovin It!

 

In addition to the festivities in Los Angeles… McDonalds also hosted a smaller scale launch in New York with New York Knicks basketball star Steve Novak.  Steve mingled with guest in the “Sweet Chili Chill Out Lounge,” complete with a DJ playing music and a rap competition to find NYC’s freshest MC, with a cash prize for the winner. Unfortunately, Team Kitty Bradshaw was unable to attend this one… but we heard it was quite an event.  Please, go down to your local McDOnalds to try out any one of their new McWraps.

McWrap Packaging

 

  • Combining fresh vegetables, tasty sauces and juicy chicken in a warm tortilla, McDonald’s new Premium McWrap is the perfect meal for anyone looking to unwrap a fresh new flavor experience.

 

  • With an abundance of ingredients and flavors including Sweet Chili Chicken, Chicken & Bacon, or Chicken & Ranch, Premium McWrap is a meal-size wrap in a convenient, hand-held package that’s sure to satisfy for the busy, on-the-go customer.

 

  • The introduction of Premium McWrap is part of McDonald’s broader effort to enhance and expand our menu offerings in response to customers’ evolving needs and taste preferences.
  • Follow McDonald’s local Twitter handle @McDNYTriState to receive information about our local products, news and promotions.

 

Here are the Nutritional Facts about the McWraps…

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NYC Food Porn: Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

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 Bourbon Street Bar & Grill

In my quest to find new and exciting food in New York, I stumbled upon Bourbon Street Bar & Grille by way of Phaon of LuxuriousPrototype.com.  Phaon hosted a get together during Mardi Gras last year, and I didn’t read the invitation until after the fact.  I was so intrigued by this New Orleans/ French Quarter themed restaurant, I put it in my mind that I would eventually go visit.  Fast forward a year later…. I finally got the chance to visit Bourbon Street Bar & Grille with my friend @Raijean of SwaraiBlog.com while she was in town for New York Fashion Week.

Before visiting, I looked Bourbon Street Bar & Grille up on Yelp! to see what the natives thought.  It was mixed reviews, but everyone agreed that the drinks were good.  Based on that fact, I was sold.  Note: I broke my review up into two separate post… one for the food, and the second for the drinks.

So the first course was an appetizer sampler platter that consisted of Alligator in a Blanket, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings.  The second course was the Corn and Crawfish Chowder with Applewood Bacon.  The final course was the Oyster Po’ Boy with a Garden Salad.  Note:  It is not really called Alligator in the Blanket…. but in my mind that is a much better name, lolll.

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I honestly have to say that the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille served some of the best bar food I have eaten in New York.  Most of the bars I have been to serve frozen, warmed over food.  I guess in all fairness, bars are supposed to be known for their drinks and ambiance with the food being an afterthought.  Bourbon Street Bar & Grille stands out as a triple threat.  Below are my thoughts on the individual dishes.

I have had alligator before in New Orleans… I remember it being chewy, but tasting like chicken.  Being the somewhat adventurous spirit that I am, I decided to give it a go.  “Alligator in a Blanket” was a total surprise to me; It came in sausage form.  I know that is said sausage on the menu, but it is overshadowed by type which is alligator.  Honestly, a person wouldn’t know it was alligator had it not been stated on the menu.  It was so completely tasty, I highly recommend that you try it upon visiting the restaurant.  I really can’t describe the taste… it reminds me of a really good blend of sausage.  Basically… if you like sausage, you will love this!

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On a scale of 1 to 10, the Spinach and Artichoke Dip was a 7. What made this dish a strong 9 was the home made chips that were a cross between pita and middle eastern mountain bread.  The chips were cut into triangles, toasted, then served alongside the dip.  I think additionally they infused herbs and spices into the bread to make it extra tasty.  The chips complemented the dip perfectly.  I have been to Bourbon Street Bar & Grille twice with two different sets of people…. both times we all completely wiped the bowl clean.  It’s a no brainer… order this or become a failure in life, loll.

The chicken wings were some kind of AWESOME!  I mean I don’t have enough time to break down the science of a good chicken wing.  On my first visit to the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, we ordered the wings with the sauce on the side.  Upon my second visit, we ordered it with the sauce.  They fry the wings, then dip them into this Honey Bourbon Sauce.  They also have Hot Sauce, but I am not a fan of spicy hot foodWings and a strong drink are the secret to happiness.  Bourbon Street Bar & Grille allows patrons to experience pure bliss through a plate of poultry.

 

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Ok so I completely forgot to snap a picture of the soup…. probably because I was feeling festive from all of the drinks set in front of me.  I did however manage to snap a picture of Oyster Po’ Boy sandwich.  Ok, so I have had some amazing Po’ Boys in my lifetime.  Most of them were served in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.  On a scale of 1-10… I give this one a 7.  The oysters were fried perfectly!  Not too hard or soft.  The french bread was perfect…. very fresh.  The tomatoes and lettuce were fresh.  I think what was missing was a sauce to pull it all together.  It had sauce on it, but it did marry the flavors.  However, this Oyster Po’ Boy was a personal best for New York as a whole.  I seriously doubt I will find a better Po’ Boy in NYC.

Please be sure to visit when in the mood for comfort good, good drinks, and a festive ambiance.  I forgot to mention that the Bourbon Street Bar & Grille is perfect for large groups.  Enjoy :)

 

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

346 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-2030

 

 

Moments in NYC 5x with @CapitolOne

 

 

Hey House Cats-

The Kitty Bradshaw has teamed up with Capitol One to talk about 5 things I love to do in NYC.  This task came just in time for my 5th Anniversary of living in New York.  There are so many things to love about living here; it will be extremely difficult to narrow it down to just 5 things.  Since, I am a lifestyle Blogger I will cover Food, Shopping, Tourism, Recreation, and Giving Back.  With over 60 Capitol One branches in New York, you are certain to find a location within spitting distance of all the below activities.

 

Food- Bodhi Tree NYC

This is my new favorite Thai Food restaurant in New York.  Actually, I don’t think I had a favorite until now.  I discovered this little gem a few weeks back and refuse to eat Thai food from any other place.  I took full advantage of their lunch special that served up this incredible Prawns in Pumpkin Curry.  It was the most amazing thing I have ever tasted.  The Bodhi Tree is located in the East Village. 58 3rd Ave- New York, NY 10003

 

2. Shopping- Macy’s 34th

 

Macy’s 34th Harold Square is now boasting the largest Shoe Department in the world.  The newly renovated shoe salon boast over 200 designers.  I had the pleasure of attending the 1st ever Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Macy’s Lounge.  They had a room dedicated to all the newest shoe not available for sale yet.  It was amazing!  It was sorta like how I picture Heaven to be, but on a much larger scale.  Below are L.A.M.B. shoes I fell in love with.  I will definitely be going back to purchase these.  151 West 34th Street  New York, NY 10001

 

 

3. Tourism- The Statue of Liberty

You can’t visit New York without paying homage to The Queen.  Liberty means different things to different people.  I think Liberty means more to people who are not native to the United States and/ or New York; we appreciate her more.  To me, she represents a new life.  A distant dream that almost seemed unattainable. You spend your whole life reading about the Stature of Liberty and seeing her on TV.  Nothing beats meeting her for the first time.  Below is a picture of her the last time we had lunch together.  Please, excuse the construction she was in the process of getting botox injections in her knees (from all of the standing) :)

 

 

4. Recreation- The Hudson River

There are so many recreational activities to do along the Hudson River- from sailing and boating, to bowling, bicycling, golfing, and much, much, more.  In the pictures below, I was at two different rooftop events overlooking the river.  I am so happy that I can share the moments with you all.  The Hudson provides some awesome photo opps.

 

5. Giving Back

Regardless if you are a resident or a visitor… always give back.  New York is a life force… a major source of energy.  If you are fortunate enough to experience NYC, please show your appreciation by giving back.  This can be through community and service, making the environment around you better, or being a resource to someone.  The universe rewards those who play it forward.  New York is kind to those who are kind to it.  This is the greatest city in the world…

 

 

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Disclosure of Compensation

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Taste of Project Enterprise: New York Food Tasting

 

 

Join Project Enterprise next Monday, June 25th as they host, “A Taste of Project Enterprise: New York Food and Soul Festival”.

Food vendors from all 5 boroughs will be on hand to celebrate, promote great food, and build on the true entrepreneurial spirit of New York City.  The events attendees will be composed of Project Enterprises‘ Board, donors, members and new friends of PE.  A Taste of Project Enterprise also exposes members of the food and catering affinity to a different mix of individuals and organizations.

This event is for people who are looking to get involved in the communities, make New York City a better place to live, work and raise a family, have some fun and make new friends all at the same time.

I had the pleasure of attending last year and I had such a wonderful experience.  I got to meet with the owners of various “new” catering business around New York, and sample their signature dishes.  Due to the fact that I host a lot of events… I made connections with the owners to use for catering on future projects.  This truly was a very unique networking experience.  Ticket sales from the tasting go back into the organization, to help aid future entrepreneurs with legal, licensing, and business plan services.

Please see details below:

 

Type: Various food tastings from all 5 boroughs with a short program
Host: Project Enterprise
Venue Host: Colors Restaurant
Date: Monday, June 25, 2012
Time of event: 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Total duration: 3 hours
Cost: $15.00
Guests: 75+
Menu: African, Caribbean, Mexican, and Soul to name a few…

incognito Celebrates Gay Pride @incognitobistro

 

 

Our friends over at incognito are celebrating NYC Pride weekend by offering a special prefix menu for their customers.  See below for details…

 

 

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                               Italian Bistro 
           30 W18st (bet 5+6 Ave)

              NYC - 212 414 1231  FACEBOOK   TWITTER

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               Happy Pride Menu

            Mon 18th June – Sat 23rd June

  4pm – 10pm at the Bar and Bar Tables

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                  2 Course $15           

                                 (Choice of Appetizer)

                                        Meatballs 

                         rich marinara w garlic bread

                                  Vegetable Plate                     

                     eggplant caponata, roasted fennel, 

                       sweet corn & butternut squash

                                    Caesar Salad

                romaine, anchovie dressing , croutons

                                   Calamari Fritti

                                     tartare sauce

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                                   (Choice of Main)

                                   Penne Piccante

                           crumbled sweet sausage, 

                        rich marinara, chilies, ricotta

                             Grilled Chicken Salad

                      spinach, avocado, apple, stilton, 

                                 toasted walnuts

                         Fennel & Mushroom Pizza

                   roasted tomato, mozzarella, basil

                             Lemon Sole Goujons

                       breaded, frites, tartare sauce

                                     Cannelloni                          

                            stuffed w beef & spinach

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incognito
Italian Bistro 
30 W18st (bet 5+6 Ave)
NY NY 10011

The New Yorker and her McDonald’s

 

 

Last week McDonald’s hosted 2 events last week: (1) A private event with a few handpicked Bloggers flown in from across the country, and (2) A launch event for the new Cherry Berry Blast and Blue Berry and Banana Oatmeal.  During the course of this two-day event, I listened to reps from the brand speak about their commitment to providing healthy selections for their customers.  In all honesty, the majority of Americans are not complaining about McDonald’s… but there are certain groups that blame McDonald’s for being a big factor in the obesity problem in America.  Now there are tons of fast food choices out on the market, but since this particular brand is #1, it has to take the fall… or as they say, “Heavy is the head, that wears the crown”.  

 So, I live in New York… the epicenter… the hub… the beginning…. possibly the Garden of Eden, loll?!  Like it all starts here.  As New Yorkers, we are always on the run.  New Yorkers know nothing of the word, “patience”.  So when it comes to our Monday through Friday regimen, we try to cut down on time as much as possible.  How about a fast lunch in order to make time for an hour dinner?!  Some of us miss meals all together in order to meet some other demand.  So what it all boils down to is McDonald’s is not the enemy, time is our enemy.  No one person or organization will ever take down this giant. The point when McDonald’s should be concerned is when people start focusing on quality time, and/or a slower pace of life.

I am writing this article to say that as someone who has attended McDonald’s events, and has heard what the brand has to say; this company is not trying to fight, or trying to ignore people’s concerns.  McDonald’s is attempting to try and meet the critics halfway by adding healthy options to their menu.  Are they going to stop selling their signature burgers?  NO!  Are they going to give us healthy alternatives? YES!

At this point for every negative on the McDonald’s menu, there is also a positive.  Egg McMuffin or Oatmeal?  Big Mac or Grilled Chicken Salad?  Apple Pie or Yogurt? McDonald’s is what you make of it.  People can’t blame the brand for their own personal over-indulgent ways.  Currently, my only complaint with the brand is how when I go into a location a lot of times they are out of salads. Like it happens often enough to the point where it’s annoying.  I am not sure if the workers are being lazy, and do not want to make me a salad… or if the salads are so popular they sell out.  Either way, I enjoy their salads and it is hard to track one down.  The thing about McDonald’s is… if I were annoyed enough, I could easily reach out to one of their readily available team members online and get an immediate response.

So below are my Top 10 Things to Order From McDonalds:

  1. Chicken McNuggets- I don’t care where the chicken comes from… #teammcnugget
  2. Cherry Berry Blast- I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!!
  3. Filet o’ Fish- I am a fan… but I wish they would update this.
  4. Southwest Chicken Salad- *sighs* Whenever it is available…
  5. Country Chicken Sandwich- This is quite tasty
  6. French Fries- I limit my fry servings… but there are so damn good!
  7. Strawberry Lemonade- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
  8. Cheese Burger- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
  9. Carmel Frappaccino- It’s rare that I order this, but I occasionally buy it
  10. Sweet Tea- I no longer order this… it is too addictive, loll

 Again, in full disclosure, I have worked with McDonald’s on a few campaigns. I promise you that my opinions are my own.  For those of you who follow my tweets, I am blatantly honest when it comes to the McDonald’s brand.  Instead of shying away from me and working with a more dormant type Blogger; McDonald’s invites me out to present their side.  In addition, unlike other brands… they NEVER force me to write, tweet, or mention their brand.  The process is they extend an invite, I attend, I listen to what they have to say, then I leave.  The only follow-up that I receive is, “Thank you for attending, let us know if you have any questions”. 

*thinkin* Maybe I should reach out to McDonald’s and ask them to consider “Grilled Chicken Bites” as an alternative to the McNuggets that are fried. *shrugs* It’s worth a try, loll.

Fifth Annual Village Voice’s “Choice Eats”

 

 

The Fifth Annual Village Voice’s “Choice Eats” event is fast approaching. The massive event will be held on Tuesday, March 16 at the 69th on Lexington Avenue Armory from 6:30 – 9:30. As of today, Choice Eats will feature over 75 invited restaurants from around New York to offer guests samples of their menu gems — Despana, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Jimmy’s No. 43, Nunu Chocolates, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken, Ample Hills Creamery, Culture: An American Yogurt Company, Del Posto, Dirt Candy, Ditch Plains, Doughnut Plant, Emvi Chocolate, Fatty ‘Cue, Goat Town, Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna, Luke’s Lobster, Maima’s Liberian Bistro & Bar, Mama’s Food Shop, Max, Mexico Lindo, Mile End Sandwich, Mooncake Foods, Murray’s Cheese, Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches, No. 7, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Northeast Kingdom, Northern Spy Food Co., O Lavrador, Ovelia Psistaria Bar, Patacon Pisao, Porchetta, Quinto Quarto, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicelli’s, SCRATCHbread, Sheep Station, Singh’s Roti Shop, Smorgas Chef, Sottocasa, Sparrow Tavern, Spicy Bampa, Tanoreen, Tenpenny, Testaccio, The Blue Stove –to name quite a few.

 

“Choice Eats” also offers libations to wash down the delectable bites provided by 2012 sponsors including: Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Whole Foods Market, Zagat, Slow Food NY, Zagat, Southern Wines and Spirits, Great Brewers, Abita Beer, Blue Point Brewing Company, Ommegang Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Six Point Brewery, Troegs, Asahi Beer, Gazela, Ramazzoti, Barenjager, Jagermeister, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, Prairie Organic Vodka, Svedka, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands Vineyards, Red Diamond, Santa Christina, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Superior Design Associates, Kind Bars, Hot 97 FM, Matted, Brooklyn Museum, Kind Bars, WetPaint, smartwater® and Benchmarc Events.

 

VIP guests will be allowed in at 5:30 for tasting and special demonstrations including one by Ty-Lor Boring of Top Chef Texas. “Choice Eats” is a ticketed event. VIP tickets are already sold out and a limited number of General Admission tickets are still available.  All guest must 21 or older. Visit the Village Voice’s Choice Eats home page  for tickets and information.

 

This year the Village Voice will also hold it’s first annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck tasting event on Tuesday, April 24 from 7:00 to 10:00pm. Can’t track down your favorite meal-on-wheels? Choice Streets will feature over 25 food trucks on Pier 86, New York City landmark, The Intrepid in the backdrop. Choice Eats tickets go on sale on March 7th.

 

 

 

 

–Abigail Ekue

The Joys of Food Poisoning by Kitty Bradshaw

 

I was once told that Black People don’t get sun burn… I got it.I was told that Black People don’t get Food Poisoning… I got it.

…I am starting to suspect I am not Black, loll.

 

This weekend, while fraternizing with my courtly friends, we took part in what we affectionately call, “Drunk Brunch”.   We had so much fun during Drunk Brunch, we decided to go to the bar next door and continue to drink.  During which time, we tried the raw oysters.  Our skin glistened, and our grins widened as we partook in the libations and tasty sea creatures on the half shell… *sighs* life was all so simple back then… last Saturday night. 

Sunday went by… I was good.

Monday came through, no different from any other Monday.  I got up to….

*inserts vomiting profusely here*

 Saturday night returned with vengeance!!!!!

 

I, The Kitty Bradshaw, didn’t see that one coming.  I ran to the bathroom and *sighs* let’s just say every which way it could come out… it did. *holds head down and blushes*

I took a shower, called out from work, then returned to my bed as the fever kicked in full swing.  I was so hot (during the middle of winter mind you), beads of sweat fell from my hair.  I was so weak from the fever, and running back and forth to the litter box… I just couldn’t think straight.  I knew I was severely dehydrated, exhausted, and sea-sick all at the same time.  The TV played in the background and I remember a Rachel Ray commercial came on previewing a dish that she would be making on the upcoming show… next thing I know I was running to the bathroom to throw up the water I had just consumed.  From that point on I turned off the TV, because the mere mention of food made me nauseous.

 

Finally I was so hot from the fever, it finally dawned on me to take two fever reducing Tylenol. The fever finally broke and I called my aunt to get her opinion.  She told me I had the “Stomach Flu”, and to ride it out.  I had believed I had the stomach flu up until later the next day.

Tuesday was more of the same with the exception of the fever… couldn’t hold down anything (and frankly didn’t want to).  I was extremely dehydrated, so I kept drinking water even though I couldn’t hold it down.  I ordered rice from the local Chinese Food Restaurant and sprite to try to try to bring peace to the purgatory which was my stomach.  The fever didn’t return, but the vomiting persisted.

Later Tuesday night, by chance one of my friends who participated during Saturday night’s festivities sent me a text asking if I was watching Glee.  I responded back stating I was so sick, and scared to see food on the TV.  He then informed me that everyone else was sick with the same symptoms’.  I guess I didn’t think about the oysters being a factor because a full day had passed before I became sick.  I, now know through research that the symptoms related to Food Poisoning can occur up to 48 hours after consumption.  Additionally, Food Poisoning last 4-5 days.  Soooo I am currently on day 4.  The vomiting stopped on Day 2, and I returned back to work on Day 3.  Currently, I am still feeling dizzy/ light-headed… I am guessing it is mostly from me not eating.  The Gatorade seems to be helping.  According to the Food Poisoning website, I need to drink lemon and warm water to get rid of the toxins in my system.  I am still very sensitive to food… but again I am no longer running to the bathroom, loll smh.

In the meantime, Tre of The New Jersey, has called the restaurant on our group’s behalf (while battling his own bout with Food Poisoning) to inform them of this major opprobrium.  The only thing I know for sure is that I will never patronize that restaurant again.  Outside of that, I am not sure what the final outcome will be. 

The End!

Have any of you ever gotten sick after dinning at a restaurant?