Weekend Whets 7/18

Giglio Festival, through July 20, 2014, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  Festival celebrating Italian tradition of the giglio.

124th Annual Fest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, through July 20, 2014, Newark, NJ:  Italian religious and cultural festival with food, music and fun.

Annual Ice Cream Bonanza, Saturday (Fort Greene) and Sunday (Williamsburg), July 19 and 20, 2014, Brooklyn Flea, Fort Greene and Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  Over 10 NYC ice cream vendors with over 50 flavors.

Butcher Paper Dinner: Summer Eats with Momo Sushi Shack, Sunday, July 20, 2014, 5 p.m., Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, LIC, Queens:  Asian cuisine made from the farm’s seasonal and fresh ingredients.

NYC Restaurant Week, July 21 through August 15, 2014:  3-course lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants.  Reservations open July 9.

Korea’s Taste of Summer, Tuesday, July 22, 2o14, 6 p.m., Korea Society, Midtown, Manhattan:  Cooking demonstration and hands-on workshop in Korean summer foods.

St. Ann’s Italian Festival, July 23 through July 27, 2014, Hoboken, NJ:  Italian religious and cultural festival with food, music, games and more.

The Street Foods of India:  A Benefit for Just Food, Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7 to 9 p.m., Bowery Culinary Center at Whole Foods Market, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  Demonstration and tasting of popular Indian street foods.

New Nordic Meets Copenhagen Street Food, Saturday, July 26, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m., The Copenhagen, Tribeca, Manhattan:  Revolving Dansk (R/DK) serves the classic Danish pølse (Denmark’s old world hot dog) with fried onions, remoulade and Danish sweet pickles.

A Taste of Italy, Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Queens:  Enjoy the culture of Italy and a historical trip to the World’s Fair.

My Cousin to be Honored

Today is the visitation for my cousin, Officer Melvin Santiago.  He will be honored with the U.S. Honor Flag–a flag that flew over the World Trade Center ruins on 9/11–and that is now used to honor fallen soldiersHe will also be posthumously honored by a promotion to detective and a Medal of Honor at a special ceremony tonight.  So far, over 51,000 people on Facebook have pledged to leave their lights on this Friday to remember him–and the numbers grow by the minute.  Thank you for all your love and support.

5-Year Blogiversary Contest Winner

The winner of the Hunting for the Very Best 5-Year Blogiversary giveaway is Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake!  Congratulations, Liz!  I hope you enjoy baking some New York City favorites.

Shine Your Porch Light on Friday in Honor of Fallen Officer

My cousin, Officer Melvin Santiago, was killed in the line of duty this past weekend and will be laid to rest tomorrow, Friday, July 18.  Would you please join the nation in honoring him and other fallen officers by turning on your porch lights this Friday evening?  This event was established by 53 Hours, a nonprofit organization created to honor fallen officers.  You can get an Officer Melvin Santiago memorial bracelet here.

Thank you to everyone who has written me with their condolences.  All the love I see for my cousin on Facebook and in the community shows that good does conquer evil.  While a tragedy like this can shake our faith, I think of Anne Frank’s words and I still believe that people are really good at heart.

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July Love With Food Box

I got the July Love with Food box.  It has a lot of things I want to try.

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I ate the golden lentils, and I love this high-protein snack.  I most look forward to the lentil crackers and the white cheddar Beanitos puffs.  There are also cookies, a marshmallow, a granola bar and fruit chews.

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Tragic News

A cousin of mine was killed in the line of duty, Officer Melvin Santiago of Jersey City, NJ.  His murder is a horrible crime of hate.  I’m so sad for him and his mom and family.

Weekend Whets 7/11

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Giglio Festival, through July 20, 2014, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  Festival celebrating Italian tradition of the giglio.

Homemade Ice Cream Class, Saturday, July 12, 2014, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Brooklyn Brainery, Brooklyn:  Demo, lecture and samples.

Astoria 4th Annual Pie Eating Contest, Sunday, July 13, 2014, 3 p.m., Astor Bake Shop, Queens:  Pie-eating contest.

Bastille Day on 60th Street, Sunday, July 13, 2014, Noon to 5 p.m., between Fifth and Lexington Avenues, Manhattan:  Enjoy French food, music and culture in this outdoor festival.

A Taste of Germany, Sunday, July 13, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Queens:  Enjoy the culture of Germany and a historical trip to the World’s Fair.

Annual Ice Cream Bonanza, Saturday (Fort Greene) and Sunday (Williamsburg), July 19 and 20, 2014, Brooklyn Flea, Fort Greene and Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  Over 10 NYC ice cream vendors with over 50 flavors.

Butcher Paper Dinner: Summer Eats with Momo Sushi Shack, Sunday, July 20, 2014, 5 p.m., Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, LIC, Queens:  Asian cuisine made from the farm’s seasonal and fresh ingredients.

NYC Restaurant Week, July 21 through August 15, 2014:  3-course lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants.  Reservations open July 9.

Korea’s Taste of Summer, Tuesday, July 22, 2o14, 6 p.m., Korea Society, Midtown, Manhattan:  Cooking demonstration and hands-on workshop in Korean summer foods.

The Street Foods of India:  A Benefit for Just Food, Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7 to 9 p.m., Bowery Culinary Center at Whole Foods Market, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  Demonstration and tasting of popular Indian street foods.

New Nordic Meets Copenhagen Street Food, Saturday, July 26, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m., The Copenhagen, Tribeca, Manhattan:  Revolving Dansk (R/DK) serves the classic Danish pølse (Denmark’s old world hot dog) with fried onions, remoulade and Danish sweet pickles.

A Taste of Italy, Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Queens:  Enjoy the culture of Italy and a historical trip to the World’s Fair.