OK, this post isn’t about food, but it’s about a NYC institution. One that I love and have been participating in for 16 years: the Village Halloween parade. This year is the parade’s 40th year, but it may not happen if it doesn’t get the funds to survive. You can help: donate!
This was my costume in 2001 as a tribute to firefighters after 9/11, and it landed me on the news.
This was my costume in 2003 as a tribute to the troops overseas.
Probably my most popular costume with the crowd was head-to-toe pink in 2002.
I went to Paper magazine’s Super Duper Market in Nolita today. The second annual pop-up shop features food vendors from New York and across the country. My favorite yummy ice cream Humphry Slocombe from San Francisco was there again, and of course, I got secret breakfast again. I swear this is soooo good!
There were a lot of interesting food vendors with anything from jams, salsa, ice cream, popcorn, pies and pickles to blintzes. I got a taste of a maple bacon corn bread at Jack’s Chedbred. This was out-of-this-world good, and I want to try other flavors.
Jack (on right) of Jack’s Chedbred
I also got a free Super Duper Market/American Express tote bag and a strawberry fruit strip and a box of raisins from Target. Tomorrow is the final day of the market, so be sure to check it out.
Celebrate Epiphany tomorrow, January 8, at the French Institute with a Galette des Rois, the French cake served plain or with frangipane (almond-paste filling). Each cake has a feve, or charm, and if you find it, you are crowned king or queen! Tickets are $30.
I have two dates set for my NYC brunch/dinner club. I’m trying Barraca in the West Village (chef is Jesus Nunez, formerly of Gastroarte) and Yunnan Kitchen on the Lower East Side. I have one spot left for Barraca and two left for Yunnan Kitchen, if anyone is interested in joining us!
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Tagged brunch, club, dinner, NYC
I finally made it to Smorgasburg, a weekly outdoor food festival on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Smorgasburg is not exactly what I thought it would be. I thought there would be food purveyors more like the market near South Street Seaport with foods and goods that you take home, but it’s more like a food court with stands of Indian street food, ramen, banh mi, smoked meats, grilled cheese and more. I got a Bolivian pork sandwich and soda from La Casa de Camba.
Bolivian pork sandwich
The colorful stand was a fun spot with lively music playing and a bar on the side for patrons to sit. The pork sandwich was very good. I got mine mild, as I’m not a fan of spice, but it came in mild, medium and spicy. The soda was refreshing.
A gruyere grilled cheese from Milk Truck:
Milk Truck grilled cheese
I did pick up some creative jam, grapefruit with smoked salt, from Anarchy in a Jar:
jam and marmalade
Fishs Eddy launched its line of designer Lotta Jansdotter‘s porcelain today. Bright shades of blue with shapes that resemble flowers. I met the designer today at the Fishs Eddy shop on Broadway today. She is as bright as her playful creations.
creamer and coffee mug
Union Square Wines & Spirits recently hosted a wine tasting of NYU alums. There were some trays of Murray’s cheese (standard at a NYC party) and Italian meats, pates and other finger foods. The event was for the NYU Women’s Initiative and the wines of the evening were all produced by female-owned wineries. We were given some info on the wines and the women who make them. Then the sampling began, from white to red: Lini 910 NV Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy); Shinn Estate Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island); Heidi Schroeck 2009 Ried Vogelsang (Burgenland, Austria); DeMorgenzon 2011 Garden Vineyards Rose (Stellenbosch, South Africa); Foradori 2009 Teroldego Vignetti delle Dolomiti (Trentino, Italy); Herdade do Esporao 2010 Quatro Castas (Alentejano, Portugal); and Dominio de Atauta 2009 Parada de Atauta (Ribera del Duero, Spain).
My favorite of the evening was the Austrian wine. It had a crisp, clean taste that appealed to me. I enjoyed learning about wineries run by women. This was a perfectly planned event for a women’s group.
In addition to hosting private events, Union Square Wines & Spirits also hosts its own tastings. Some upcoming ones include vodka, gin and a tapas party.