Friday, June 12, 2009

Meat Me in the Park

Madison Square Park, that is.

This weekend, the Big Apple BBQ Block Party takes over the outdoor space, offering fantastic BBQ goods from the nation's top pitmasters. Some regional 'cue hounds will be representing as well, including the grillers behind Blue Smoke and Dinosaur BBQ. Go NYC!

Entrance is free, and plates cost just $8 a pop. Live blues can also be heard both days around 1pm.

Check back with me on Monday for a full recap of the festivities.

Sat & Sun, 11am-7pm

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Perfect Mint Julep

They say that nobody's perfect. But you can make the perfect mint julep to sip this summer--
no frilly hats required.
The Perfect Mint Julep
4 cups bourbon
2 bunches fresh mint
1 cup distilled water
1 cup powdered sugar
Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

And Another One Bites the Dust: Black Betty to Close

Photo from Brooklyn Vegan

Tenant - landlord disputes are such a drag. Especially when they involve super-chill party spots, like our favorite Williamsburg boite, Black Betty.
We're sad to report that June 15th will be the last opportunity you'll have to dance the night away at this lovely little bar.
Oh, Black Betty! You will be sorely missed. Especially the nights when you featured early 90s music. SIGH.
This bar--famous for its bumping dance parties--may be a sinking ship, but it plans to go down in style!
The owners are plotting a blow-out party on June 15th that will feature Rev. Vince Anderson and His Love Choir scheduled to perform a rockin' set that evening.
According to Brooklyn Vegan, "the kitchen and bar, offering North African and Mediterranean dishes and extended happy hours, will be in full swing until close". Hallelujah!
To read the juicy gossip behind the closing, check out:

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

We Predict...

...a pepper in your future.
And a flamboyantly dressed, over-excited gourmand who gets experts like fortune tellers, actors, and Parliament members to aide in his decision-making about haute cuisine.
Alright, we admit it. We're obsessed with all things Iron Chef Japan. And we thank the heavens every day for the fact that Fine Living brought back our fave show.
But we wondered, what ever happened to Iron Chef's cantankerous judge, our fave fortune teller, Kazuko Hosoki?

After some extensive research, we learned that Hosoki is now reportedly the world's top seller of fortune telling books, with over 100 titles to her name. Additionally, she was host of several related TV shows in Japan, including "Zubari Wa Yo (I will say it straight)” , a show where Hosoki made outrageous psychic predictions and often told disbelievers that they would "go to hell".
Awww....we love you Hosoki!
Although Hosoki was like the original Simon Cowell (albeit with psychic powers), the show, sadly, is now off the air.
But we wondered, what if Food Network asks her to be a guest judge on Top Chef America? We're just would make for some great TV.
Iron Chef Japan is on 10pm E/P time weekdays on Fine Living Network.

Hungry Hungry Hipsters Love Tuk Tuk

Sometimes after a delicious Thai meal, you just want to lay down on the couch. At Tuk Tuk in LIC, you can do exactly that. (Although some people choose to use the couch while waiting for pick up...strange).

This weekend while cruising around LIC, we discovered something: hipsters have to eat too.
And we saw plenty chowin' down at Tuk Tuk, LIC's top Thai spot on Vernon Blvd. So much for squeezing into those skinny jeans...Formerlly located on Smith St in the BK, this Thai spot made the jump to Queens, and brought a crowd of designer diners with it.

The best part about Tuk Tuk is perhaps its affordability, with most dishes well under $10 a pop. The menu features tons of fresh, flavorful dishes that hit the spot, like scrumptious shrimp spring rolls stuffed with crisp veggies and a light, basil-flecked papaya salad--perfect for light a summery meal in the L.I.C. No bad haircuts required.

49-06 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, ny 11101 [google local map] 718-472-5598