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5 years, 2 months ago 0

Post July 4th Celebrations

By Ming Hu

Independence Day has passed, with all it’s BBQ fanfare and fireworks displays becoming a distant memory, but there are even more reasons to celebrate the next 7 days in so many delicious ways.

July 6: National Fried Chicken Day

July 7: National Strawberry Sundae Day

 July 8: National Chocolate with Almonds Day

 July 9: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Omelette Day/National Sugar Cookie Day

 July 10: National Piña Colada Day

 July 11: National Blueberry Muffin Day

July 12: National Pecan Pie Day

 

5 years, 2 months ago 0

Krispy Kreme Recipes

By Ming Hu

Last week, LivingSocial went viral with almost two thousand people in Philadelphia buying the 50% off two dozen Krispy Kreme doughnut deal. I jumped on that so quickly when I realized the bang I’d get for my money, but I didn’t think about how I’d actually consume 24 doughnuts on my own. My family won’t even be able to consume all 24 doughnuts before they go stale! I went to googling and found some pretty interesting and artery clogging ways to dispose of my doughnuts. Even if you didn’t purchase the deal, try some of my favorite ideas below, in no particular order:

Paula Deen’s Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding uses all 24 doughnuts!

Paula Deen’s The Lady’s Brunch Burger

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Croque Madame

The “Just Trust Me” Fried Bologna Breakfast Doughnutwich

Kripsy Kreme Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Cake. This recipe involves doughnut holes, but improvise by slicing your donuts into blocks.

Krispy Kreme Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Krispy Kreme Fried Chicken Sandwich

Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Cupcake. Basically, just top your cupcake with your doughnut. It’s so simple, but brilliant!

Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich. This is pretty genius. Slice your doughnut in half and pick any ice cream of your liking.

Grilled Doughnut Watermelon Sandwiches. For some reason, I think this is the most bizarre thing on the list. Fruit on your doughnut!? That’s bonkers! Looks refreshing though.

Krispy Kreme with your choice of toppings! Cereal, fudge, bacon bits, jam, whatever! Play mad scientist!

What I find missing here is a Krispy Kreme Sandwich with fried spam. I don’t know why the internet hasn’t exploded with this concept yet.

What are some of your crazy krispy kreme creations?

5 years, 3 months ago 0

5 Greatest Comedy Clips About Food

By Ming Hu

Here are the 5 best stand-up comedy clips about food perpetually repeating on my YouTube playlist. These 5 comedians share hilarious insight into our food culture. If you’re in the office, you might want to put on your headphones. I like to listen while working on my spreadsheets. (Warning: Politically incorrect and NSFW, but they’ll give those abs a much needed workout after all those summer food indulgences)

 

Chris Rock on the abundance of food

 

Dave Chappelle on the division of our foods

 

Aziz Ansari’s grapefruit story

 

Jessica Kirson on dieting

 

Godfrey on Indian food

 

Feel free to share your favorites with us!

5 years, 3 months ago 0

Fashion Tips For The Foodie Wardrobe

By Ming Hu

Foodies are probably the most stylish people on the planet. Maybe it’s the sophisticated palates that help our eye for sophisticated style.

However, style usually translates to uncomfortable clothing especially after a feast.

I have to admit I’ve been known to loosen my belt or unbutton my pants after a tasting menu at some bouchey restaurant.  Sometimes I dine in sweats, however that ensemble is always a problem post meal when I’d have to partake in activities like hitting up a club or going to a lounge. I’ve since grown up and have become a little more fashion forward for the sake of my dining partners.

Every foodie should have a set of default “eating clothes” that they entrust for any serious food session from weddings, to food festivals, to company parties, to business dinners. There is no reason for our clothing to feel like sausage casing.

Here are the key pieces for the male and lady foodie closet. You can finally eat in comfort and look great for work, play, and feasting.

The Male Foodie

For the guys, a pair of great dress pants fit any occassion, but how about a pair of dress pants made from sweat pants!? They’re so comfortable you can sleep in them which means your belly is free to expand in them without restriction.  These Dress Pant Sweatpants by BetaBrand should rid the muffin top look. No more spilling over!

The Lady Foodie

Lady foodies got it good. Dresses are the best way to allow for limitless belly expansion without sacrificing style. Go for high-waist or empire-waist dresses. Make sure they pull away from the body. Anything body hugging is a no no! You’ll definitely look like sausage casing. Darker colors are better because they’re slimming. The examples below are from Old Navy and Nordstrom.

Eating in comfort is key to experiencing all that food can offer. No need to thank me. Really, not seeing any more walking sausage casings is enough for me.

5 years, 3 months ago 0

30 Delicious Reasons to Celebrate June

By Ming Hu

Let’s face it. June is one of the saddest months of the year. There aren’t any federal holidays to free you from the chains of your cubicles, which mean no reason to take a three day weekend out of town and no reason to drink like it’s the end of the world…

After Memorial Day weekend, you just face palm thinking how far away 4th of July is. Rather than wallowing in your own misery, let’s look at June in a different way this year. Instead of 30 uneventful days, here’s 30 delicious food holidays. Celebrate every day this month with something different!

June 1   National Doughnut Day/National Hazelnut Cake Day

  

June 2   National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day

June 3   National Egg Day

June 4  National Cheese Day/National Frozen Yogurt Day/National Cognac Day

June 5   National Gingerbread Day

June 6   National Applesauce Cake Day

June 7   National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 8   Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

June 9   National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

June 10 Herbs & Spice Day/Nation Iced Tea Day/National Black Cow Day

June 11 National German Chocolate Cake Day

June 12 National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

June 13 Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

June 14 National Strawberry Shortcake Day

June 15 National Lobster Day

June 16 National Fudge Day

June 17 Eat All Your Veggies Day/National Apple Strudel Day

June 18 National Cherry Tart Day/International Picnic Day/International Sushi Day

June 19 National Dry Martini Day

June 20 National Vanilla Milkshake Day

June 21 National Peaches and Cream Day

June 22 National Chocolate Éclair Day/National Onion Rings Day

June 23 National Pecan Sandy Day

June 24 National Pralines Day

June 25 National Strawberry Parfait Day/National Catfish Day

June 26 National Chocolate Pudding Day

June 27 National Indian Pudding Day/National Orange Blossom Day

June 28 National Tapioca Day

June 29 National Almond Butter Crunch Day

June 30 National Ice Cream Soda Day

5 years, 3 months ago 0

Dating & Dining For Foodies

By Ming Hu

As foodies, finding a lover who can keep up with our culinary adventures is a bit of a feat. Understanding a potential partner’s foodiewin and foodiefail patterns really reveal pivotal things about a person that you would never uncover while watching a movie, bowling, or whatever people do on dates nowadays. For instance, I had a Korean-American friend who went on a few dates with a woman who is a vegetarian.  He was head over heels for her, but there was a huge lifestyle and cultural disparity. His cultural palate consists mostly of beef and she’d never touch that.  He had to think long and hard about what to do. They finally went separate ways because culture and lifestyle were just too important to him, and understandably so.

Most of the time apples go with apples. A vegan is less likely to date a fervent carnivore. I’m not saying it’ll never happen – I do believe love is blind and incredibly stupid sometimes – I’m just saying my odds of dating a vegan are probably next to nil because I doubt he’d want to kiss my red meat stained lips and I’m disinterested in his broccoli breath.  Besides, he’d never be able to give me a bouquet of bacon roses. That’s a relationship fail for me. I know you vegans want to barf right now – I apologize if the below picture offends you.

Regardless of your food affiliations and preferences, food is a lifestyle.  As foodies, we want a partner in crime who jives with that lifestyle and catapults our palates to leaps and bounds. As cliche as this sounds, there is no denying that the foodie mantra is “Live to eat, not eat to live”. Life will be more enjoyable with someone who just understands our taste buds.

When I think of love and food, Disney Pixar’s movie Ratatouille always comes to mind. There is a scene in which Remy explains the joy, pleasure, and experience of savoring the unlikely, but surprisingly complementary and complex combination of flavors. As he chews, Remy is surrounded by vibrant colors and fireworks, while his brother chomps on garbage. I don’t want a man who chomps on garbage. I prefer to see blinding, epileptic colors with my lover over foods Andrew Zimmern would devour. Am I right fellow foodies?

 ”How do I find my future food monster soul mate?”, you ask. There are many channels available online to help you find foodie love. In no particular order, here are a few I suggest trying:

1 HowAboutWe - The profile is an easy one to fill out. It’s quick and painless. Once you’re done, you can immediately post a date idea. You can post any restaurant you’d like or a cuisine and it’ll be broadcasted to the HowAboutWe community. It’s also known as Eater Dating. They also have a mobile app to keep yourself up to date with your broadcasts.

HowAboutWe

Here’s one for an example:

If you’re a little bashful about broadcasting, you can also search for other peoples’ broadcasts and pick and choose a date idea you like:

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OkCupid also has a similar feature allowing you to broadcast a date or meet-up idea. First you set your location then you can freely broadcast to the universe of users around you. You can also see broadcasts people have posted and respond to them asap. The feature is fun to use on your smartphone because it pings you when someone has responded to your request, so you can freely text in real time.

3 Another way to meet a potential date is Grubwithus. It’s actually a group dining experience, so, although you’re not on a one on one date, who knows who you’ll meet. A member of the community broadcasts a potential dining experience. Interested parties join the meal by booking individual reservations and prepaying for the meal, but you won’t be charged until 4 or more people join. Like the sites above, you can also create a meal you like if nothing strikes your fancy, but no one ever gets charged until enough people join. The meal price, tax and gratuity are included, so you just show up to the meal, enjoy the food, have a blast, and leave with new friends or a potential lover. Here’s a disclaimer though, meal prices increase per reservation, so the earlier you book, the cheaper it is.

4 Speed Plating isn’t exactly up and running yet, but you get the idea. Speed dating and fooding all at once. I like the idea. If your 4 minute date is a definite turn off, you can, at least, focus on your food. For more details you can check out this Esquire article.

No matter which site you decide to try, just have fun! Expand your taste buds and have a great time! If you have success stories, we’d love for you to share! Mortifying, awkward dating experiences? We love those too!

5 years, 4 months ago 0

The Great GoogaMooga Festival, Brooklyn

By Ming Hu

It’s a beautiful weekend and the sun is out. What to do, what to do…

Well, there’s THE GREAT GOOGAMOOGA FESTIVAL in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park going on today and tomorrow (May 19 & 20). Tickets are actually sold out, but there are extra tickets available at the gate.

Why should you partake in this GoogaMooga Fest? Well, in addition to having a ridiculously fun event name, there are also 75 food vendors, 35 brewers, 30 winemakers, and 20 live music performers in attendance.  I’d like to think of it as Woodstock for the foodies.

Source: Gothamist

Your foodie orgy includes, but not limited to:

Arancini Bros • Baked • Baohaus • The Big Banana • Big Gay Ice Cream • Blue Ribbon • Brindle Room • Brooklyn Soda Works • The Burger Joint • Calexico • Char No. 4 • Co. • Cookin’ With Coolio • Colicchio & Sons • Craft • Crawfish Monica • Crif Dogs • DBGB Kitchen and Bar • Dickson’s Farmstand Meats • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que • Dirty Bird To Go • Do or Dine • DuMont Burger • Frankies 457 Spuntino • Eat Me Sweetly • Free Bread • Gatherer’s Granola • Georgia’s Eastside BBQ • Hill Country Barbecue Market • James • Joe • Joe’s Pizza • Joseph Leonard • Juice Press • Kasadela • Katzie Guy-Hamilton of New York Central • Kombucha Brooklyn • Kutsher’s Tribeca • The Lobster Place • Landhaus • La New Yorkina • Liddabit Sweets • Little Muenster • Luke’s Lobster • Maharlika • M. Wells • The Meat Hook • Melt Bakery • Mile End • Millefeuille Bakery Cafe • Momofuku Milk Bar • Mother-In-Law’s Kimchi • Num Pang Sandwich Shop • people’s pops • Porchetta • Red Hook’s El Olomega Pupusas • Red Rooster Harlem • Roberta’s • Russ & Daughters • Saxelby Cheesemongers • Seersucker • Simply Chicken by Jean-Georges • South Brooklyn Pizza • Souvlaki GR • The Spotted Pig • Sugarbuilt Cookies • Sullivan St Bakery • Third Rail Coffee • Tia Pol • Vinegar Hill House • Variety Cafe • Wooly’s

Amazing? I know.

The music line-up is pretty impressive too. You can sway to the beats while you recover from your food coma.

SATURDAY MAY 19

The Roots • Holy Ghost! • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • The Pedrito Martinez Group • Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens • Bear Hands • Unknown Mortal Orchestra • Unchained “the Mighty Van Halen Tribute” • Fort Lean

SUNDAY MAY 20

Daryl Hall & John Oates • Fitz & the Tantrums • Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires • Escort • Lez Zeppelin • Peelander-Z • We Barbarians • Lucius

GoogaMooga Festival

Why are you still here reading this? Go go go!!!

 

5 years, 4 months ago 0

Madison Square Eats Spring 2012

By Ming Hu

April showers bring May Madison Square Eats…food avalanche. Any other time Worth Square is just a tiny, forgettable pedestrian space on 24th and 5th, but from May 4th to June 1st, it’s an impressive display of some of the city’s most popular eateries.  I admit, I’m not one for food festivals as the crowds and lines for food make me angry and lose my appetite, but the energy at Madison Square Eats is euphoric and mouthwatering.

Madison Square Eats 2012

Most of the vendors serve fancy wine and beer too – total foodiewin. You’d think that in such a small space, these eateries would have limited and boring menus, but then you’d be terribly, terribly wrong. The selection and variety are so eclectic and vast that you’ll find yourself circling tiny Worth Square a few times while the paradox of choice kills you internally. Once you’ve grudgingly made a decision and paid for your food at one stand, you’ll see something someone else is eating and cry with buyer’s remorse. Luckily, Madison Square Eats will be around every day from 11am to 9pm, so you can try anything and everything a few times over.

Madison Square Eats 2012

Members of Madison Square Eats Team 2012:

Antica Focacceria
Arancini Bros.
ASIADOG
Bar Suzette
Birch Coffee
Calexico
Eataly
Graffiti | Mehtaphor
Gravy
Hong Kong Street Cart
Hot Blondies Bakery
ililli
La Sonrísa
Macaron Parlour
Mayhem & Stout
Mexicue
Mighty Balls
Mile End
Momofuku Milk Bar
Nunu Chocolates
People’s pops
Quartino
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Resto/Cannibal
Roberta’s Pizza
Sigmund’s
Snowflower Ice
Stuffed Artisan Cannolis

I often venture to Madison Square Eats for a second lunch, coffee break, pre-dinner snack, and a post dinner bite. Most recently, I tried the Pork Belly Buns from Hong Kong Street Cart which were really 50% fat, but I wasn’t complaining. The fatter, the better. It was moist, savory, and smoky.

Hong Kong Street Cart Pork Belly

The Shaved Ice from Sunflower Ice was very different from any shaved ice I’ve had before. Instead of a pile of snow, I found sheets of smooth, soft, and creamy ice. The ice resembled so much like sheets that I almost returned it to the food stand because I thought they mistakenly put wet napkins in my dessert.  I almost had an “OMG, EW” moment, but I came to my delicious senses. I don’t know how they do it, but it was really good.

Shaved Ice

Next, I dived into the Nero di Seppia from Arancini Brothers, a deep fried, lightly breaded squid ink risotto ball with spicy shrimp filling. The filling wasn’t at all spicy, but it was perfectly cooked inside – moist, flavorful, and chewy. Nothing was missing. It was perfect as is. It kind of tasted like a familiar Chinese dish, but I can’t put my finger on it.

Nero di Seppia Arancini Bros.

I can’t wait to try all the other goodies during the next few weeks! That’s right, I said weeks. If you see a woman gorging on food, with her pants looking slightly tighter each day, that’s probably me.  Come say hi and tell me what’s your favorite thing from the menus.

5 years, 4 months ago 0

Beyond Takeout, 215 Centre Street

Source: MOCA

Source: MOCA

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and likely everyone will be out enjoying the annual Mexican fanfare. However, if you’re thinking of doing something different this year and dodging the drunken debauchery, join the Young Professionals of MOCA for “Beyond Takeout: A Culinary History Of Chinatown.”  Not only will the event highlight food, but it will also highlight many of the stories of Chinatown.

Source: The Bowery Boys

Source: The Bowery Boys

As described on MOCA‘s website, “there are stories of legacy: Chinatown’s sons and daughters who grow up to be entrepreneurs and restaurateurs. Stories of diversity: the flavors of China’s regional cuisines converging in New York City. And stories of evolution: a constant weaving between the classic and modern, the old and the new”.

In addition to an engaging history lesson while touring Manhattan Chinatown, you’ll also be able to indulge in tasty foods from popular eateries, partake in some wine tasting, and mingle with other foodies.

Luckily, the foodie party doesn’t stop on the day of the tour. You’ll leave with a special VIP-like card with exclusive offers for the entire month of May, in celebration of Asian American Heritage month.

Source: Newsday

Perks include a free admission to MOCA for the month of May, a chance to enter a raffle for two tickets to the Museum’s First Annual Celebration of Community Heroes dinner on   May 16 (total value: $300), and discounts from May 5 through May 31 at the following establishments:

Hong Kong Station (45 Bayard & 45 Division Street)
Red Egg (202 Centre Street)
Nom Wah (13 Doyers Street)
Quickly (11 Pell Street)
Won Ton Garden (79 Mulberry Street)
Kung Fu Tea (234 Canal Street)
Harney & Sons (433 Broome Street)

Reserve your spot here and applaud yourself for thinking outside the burrito this Cinco de Mayo.

By Ming Hu

5 years, 4 months ago 0

Hester Street Fair, Hester & Essex Streets

By Ming Hu

Don’t miss the OPENING DAY CELEBRATION of the Hester Street Fair on SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH! This isn’t your ordinary flea market – this is your flea market on steroids. While taking a stroll in good ol’ LES, checking out the vintage goods and classic crafts, mingling with the designers and artists, you can also indulge on the fantastic foodie line-up. It’s said that the third season of the Hester Street Fair will be bigger and better than ever and that is obvious by the menus! Food vendors from all over Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn will be at your disposal. It’s your New York food tour without traveling all over the boroughs. No matter if you’re a fervent vegan, proud omnivore, or a sugar addict, you will find your niche.

Hester Street Fair, Hester & Essex Streets (NYC)

Saturday Foodie Team includes Pies ‘n’ Thighs, La Sonrisa, Luke’s Lobster, Mighty Balls, Sour Puss Pickles, We Rub You, White Belly Pizza, and many more.

The Hester Street Fair will be open every Saturday from 10am-6pm from APRIL 28th to OCTOBER 27th, so if you can’t make it this weekend, don’t fret my fellow foodies!