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Weekend Whets 7/25

NYC Restaurant Week, July 21 through August 15, 2014:  3-course lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants.  Reservations open July 9.
St. Ann’s Italian Festival, July 23 through July 27, 2014, Hoboken, NJ:  Italian religious and cultural festival with food, music, games and more.
Bacon and Beer Classic, Saturday, July 26, 2014, Citi Field Ballpark, Queens:  Sample foods featuring bacon and craft beers with music, games and more.

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.

Ice Cream Takedown, Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2 to 4 p.m., Bell House, Brooklyn

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.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, July 28 through August 8, 2014:  Discounted meals at popular Hudson County restaurants.

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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Weekend Whets 7/11

Click here to enter the Hunting for the Very Best 5-Year Blogiversary + Giveaway!

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.

Weekend Whets 7/4–Happy 4th of July!

Click here to enter the Hunting for the Very Best 5-Year Blogiversary + Giveaway!

The Oyster Bar Herring Event, from June 16, 2014 for about three weeks, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Grand Central Station, Manhattan:  Experience prime herring shipped in from the Netherlands.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5-Year Blogiversary + A Giveaway

Contest closed.

Happy 5-year blogiversary to Hunting for the Very Best!  I started this blog on July 3, 2009 not knowing where it was going.  I love writing and I love food and I love New York City and all those things intersect here.  To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of Molly O’Neill’s New York Cookbook.  Yes, this cookbook is old, out in 1992, but I think it’s the most comprehensive cookbook on New York City, and it makes me nostalgic for 1990s New York.  And I think it was the very first cookbook that I personally owned.

I love this cookbook because, being a New York cookbook, it has plenty of Chinese, Irish, Italian and Jewish recipes.  It also represents New York City’s history with recipes from the early Dutch settlers as well as articles and recipes on historical food trends like Saratoga chips and oysters, Horn and Hardart’s automat macaroni and cheese and Sirio Maccioni’s pasta primavera.  In addition to food history, it is a diverse cookbook showcasing recipes from a variety of cultures and countries.  There are also recipes for New York classics like Junior’s and Lindy’s cheesecake and Zabar’s black and white cookies.

This cookbook has my favorite recipe for Irish soda bread from Pat Burns that I make every year.  It also has my go-to chocolate blackout cake recipe.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering What is your favorite NYC food?  For additional entries, like Hunting for the Very Best on Facebook here and leave me a separate comment telling me you did.  For another entry, follow me on Twitter here and leave a separate comment telling me you did.  For another entry, tweet about the giveaway and leave me a comment.  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).

Contest closes on July 16, 2014, at 12 Noon EST.  One winner will be chosen randomly.  Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 17, 2014.  Open to residents of continental US only.  Winner will be mailed a copy of Molly O’Neill’s New York Cookbook.  Not responsible for lost mail.  If New York Cookbook is not available, Hunting for the Very Best will choose a book of comparable value as a substitute.

Good luck and thank you for following me as I go hunting for the very best!

New York Post Article on NYC’s Oyster History

This past week, the New York Post had an article on NYC’s oyster history.  For more information, check out my Gotham Blotter article on The Oyster in New York.