And we're back! Sort of. After a glorious holiday break, we were eager to return and give you a rundown of the best and most inexpensive happenings around town. And then this blizzard happened. But, wait, you're in luck! The entire city has not shut down. There's still plenty of cool events going on ... More >>
After a week spent traveling, eating, and drinking more than you really need to, we don't blame you if your weekend plan consists of lying on a couch with a remote control. If you're game to go out, though, here's a selection of happenings around town you can squeeze in before the end of 2013.
Roast the planet with comedy, not global warming
Roast the planet with comedy, not global warming
Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda collected lots of art. They bought the works using the country's public funds. Many decorated the presidential palace in Manila. Others hung in the Philippines consulate in New York City or in Imelda's Upper East Side town house. By the time ... More >>
A torturous battle in the New York courts for the torture victims of the Philippines
Jeremy Bautista noticed a parallel between colonialism and drug addiction: a outside force sweeps into lives. Appealing at first, then feels essential over time. Soon the force is in control. Reshapes philosophies and priorities. Strip identities. Bautista, who lives in downtown Brooklyn and goes ... More >>
The common cicada, as it looks just before you eat it Unless you've been hiding underground for the last few months, you probably already know that New York City is due for a cicada invasion. Indeed, the cicadas themselves have been concealed deep in the dirt as they've undergone their 17-year lif ... More >>
The drag star died a few days ago, to the horror of her fans and loved ones. Here are Andrew Werner's photo recollections of the glamour.
And it's by the guy who wrote "Psycho Killer"! Here's the official description of Here Lies Love, coming to the Public next April: "Within a throbbing dance club atmosphere, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim desconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos and her meteoric rise ... More >>
Now you can play the ponies and eat dim sum at the same place—Aqueduct
This week in the Voice, out today: Camille Dodero explores the fallout from a bike accident in Greenpoint that happened in October. A Brooklyn couple, James Paz and Michelle Matson, were hit by a car on McGuiness Boulevard, and Michelle was severely injured. They've learned that if you get in ... More >>
Filipino cuisine returns to the East Village
Hit the ultimate beach party
Leggy Manila Luzon is all lacquered and freshened and killing them on RuPaul's Drag Race. I recently chatted with the Twin Cities-born Manila about her choices and her chances.
How about some eels for Christmas dinner? Get 'em on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. You think fruitcake and eggnog are strange? You think houses made of gingerbread are weird? Read on about some even more off-the-wall Christmas dining habits.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob. Every cuisine has its odd passion, and Philippine has its balut. The word refers to the gestated egg of a chicken or duck, which has been incubated for 10 to 19 days, depending on how funky you want it to get inside. Eati ... More >>
• Half a billion eggs are now being recalled in 17 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin) due to a salmonella outbreak traced back to two Iowa egg producers, Hi ... More >>
Okoy, fried vegetable patties with shrimpAt eight-month-old Johnny Air Mart, you can send packages to the Philippines via Johnny Air Cargo, shop for Filipino groceries, or pick up any number of ready-made Filipino dishes brought in daily from restaurants like Cafe Filipina and Casa Victoria i ... More >>
So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
It looks so innocuous sitting on the plate, doesn't it? Southeast Asians have their durian, Scandinavians sometimes love lutefisk (especially at Christmastide), but the Taiwanese insist on stinky tofu when it comes to scarfing something really fetid.
Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin -- and now Avec Eric -- fame, and his sommelier, Aldo Sohm, who was named "Best Sommelier in the World" last year, have launched a wine club. Avec Eric Perfect Pairings affords you two bottles along with recipes for $59.99 per month, plus shipping and handling. [Gr ... More >>
The Philippine Daily InquirerPurple Yam's Chef Romy DorotanIt looks like Ditmas Park will have to wait a little longer for Purple Yam, the eagerly anticipated new Filipino restaurant from the folks behind Cendrillon. According to a message that owners Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan posted on their ... More >>
Raising money to aid Filipinos affected by Typhoon Ondoy
The landing of Jollibee, a Filipino fast food chain, in Woodside, Queens, practically inspired riots of joy. In the first few weeks, lines snaked around the block, as documented on Serious Eats. Jollibee is apparently wildly popular in the Philippines, where there are about a thousand branches (the ... More >>
A pig, not Tony's, not lechonThe search is over. Last night on No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain had what he called the "best pig ever," and, thankfully, it wasn't a continuation of his meal at Momofuku Ssam last week. Visiting the Philippines for the first time, Tony feasted on lechon, a whole roas ... More >>
Don't touch that monitor! Those wild purple and lavender hues are not the result of some defect in your computer, but a color that occurs in nature, believe it or not. Purple is the color of ube (pronounced "ooooo--beeee"), the national root vegetable of the Philippines. "Ube" is Tagalog f ... More >>
Located on a dark stretch of Church Street west of Chinatown, Macao Trading Company is unheralded by any sign, except for a door screened over by an usual metal grate, and a red lamp that appears to be hanging upside down over the entrance. The menu seeks to evoke the twin cuisines of Portu ... More >>
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