10 years 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

10 years, 1 month 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.


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


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!!!


10 years, 1 month 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.
Bar Suzette
Birch Coffee
Graffiti | Mehtaphor
Hong Kong Street Cart
Hot Blondies Bakery
La Sonrísa
Macaron Parlour
Mayhem & Stout
Mighty Balls
Mile End
Momofuku Milk Bar
Nunu Chocolates
People’s pops
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Roberta’s Pizza
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.

10 years, 2 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!