On Sunday afternoon, a pop-up in the small storefront of Pelzer's Pretzels (724 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, 718-552-2998) was buzzing. A large punch bowl, an overflowing basket of crisp lye-cured pretzel bites, and a zine display lined the wall, and event-attendees talked about the snacks, about the z ... More >>
With the last few weeks of summer upon us, the pressures to plan a coastal getaway are as rampant as ever. But when funds and scheduling keep the bay at bay, a quick and close escape on the water is as good as any. Fortunately, Kelli Farwell and Sue Walsh had both adventure and convenience in mind w ... More >>
Flying out of LaGuardia airport requires a level of steadfastness that few can muster without the help of medication, booze, or certifiable insanity. Besides the crumbling buildings and surly security staff, intrepid travelers often face a dearth of options for decent sustenance: woe betide the hung ... More >>
The Bacon Takedown is back
A judge has blocked Mayor Bloomberg's measure to ban large sodas at theaters and other establishments. This may be seen by some as a terrible blow against solving the obesity problem.
Two weeks from today, Mayor Bloomberg's citywide ban on the sale of soda pop beverages above the 16 oz. size will take full effect. Once that occurs, all establishments regulated by the City's Health Department are expected to toss their fizzy beverages into the trash. Expect rioting from the New Yo ... More >>
Nobody tell Mike Bloomberg, but hurricane-ravaged New Yorkers are drinking free Mountain Dew right now -- and probably more than the allotted 16 ounces of which he approves.Wal-Mart and Pepsi Co. are amongst the first big-time corporations to donate a large amount of supplies to aid in the Hurricane ... More >>
Better Than: Watching Titanic while "I'm sailing away / Set an open course for the virgin seas..." (sung by South Park's Cartman, of course) runs through your head. Setting sail for a metal show on the not-so-open seas, concessions must be made. Booze du nuit: Seven (Seagram's) and Seven's (7-up), ... More >>
If you ever accidentally ordered a chicken empanada from the pink and yellow house at Smorgasburg, you surely won't be doing it again. However, you might walk away newly pinned with a colorful anti-empanada button and a hefty Bolivian pastry called a salteña, stuffed with your choice of richly mari ... More >>
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed soda ban has been a recent source of controversy that has generated a lot of community backlash. Mountain Dew, in partnership with the New York Art Department, has challenged the recent discussion with a series of prohibition posters that have been installed on var ... More >>
Malbec and eyeliner
What was that thing Mayor Mike Bloomberg said about eating in "moderation?" If we're not mistaken, it went a little something like this: the mayor's proposed ban on big-boy cups for sugary drinks like soda is just "encouragement to do things in moderation."That said, food-bully Bloomberg this mornin ... More >>
The Times has a story today about Mayor Mike Bloomberg's battle with supersized sodas and how his fight is playing out in New York's poorest borough, the Bronx. Part of Bloomberg's move, the article explains, stems from the persistence of obesity in the Bronx. Though anti-obesity measures have bee ... More >>
Robert Sietsema shares with us a list for his five favorite breakfast tacos: "Sadly, breakfast tacos are few and far between in Gotham, and you have to behave like a ferret to find them." What's the story behind Sichuan mapo tofu? The dish features bean curd, ground meat, fermented bean paste, chi ... More >>
Although you may have heard that the Stone Street restaurant the Growler Bites and Brews is geared toward dog owners, don't be surprised when man's best friend isn't allowed inside. Sure, you can tie Buddy up to a post outside and sit in the cold to eat with him, but it's not as dog-friendly as the ... More >>
To reenact this scene, you'd have to travel 1,360.1 miles from the Empire State Building. With his developer-friendly real estate policies, Bloomberg has opened the floodgates to fast-food franchises. Ten years ago we had a fraction of what we have now, and ma-and-pa eateries prevailed at ... More >>
Girls, go drink your diet sodaSeems like just the other day women were getting their panties in a bunch about Chick Beer, the brew whose six-pack has been fashioned to look like a purse and which is low-cal and low-carb because it was a beer that was "exclusively for the ladies." Well, now c ... More >>
Elevator Repair Service toast the author and then some
The marvelous site called Thenewgay.net just posted an interview with me, conducted by Chris Robinson, and I have to say I'm prouder of this one than the usual. Even though it was done on the phone--not by email, the way so many of these things are conducted--I'm way more articulate than usu ... More >>
Yesterday, The Atlantic Food Channel posted a recipe for "a really horrible beverage" that is sort of supposed to mirror the flavor profile of Four Loko. A valiant effort, but here's a much simpler homemade version.
An egg cream at Hinsch's. Petey Freeman moved to Carroll Gardens from Hawaii to open the Brooklyn Farmacy back in June. The Farmacy gained plenty of attention before it opened, thanks to its previous incarnation as the historic, long-shuttered Vermont Pharmacy and a boost from the Discovery ... More >>
Following the call for a hot dog redesign to prevent kids from choking, the food inventor responsible for popcorn chicken has patented a device that cuts eight slits into a frank, breaking it up into smaller pieces when consumed. [Wall Street Journal] The Coca-Cola Freestyle is a new soda ma ... More >>
Flavors used in the grilling traditions of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries are becoming popular in American barbecue joints. [Wall Street Journal] Heinz ketchup is changing its 40-year-old recipe to lower the salt content. Fans of the original recipe fear the ch ... More >>
On Saturday, the Alliance for a Healthier New York and SEIU 1199's Healthcare Education Project held a soda buyback event at Richard R. Green Middle School in the Bronx to support the soda tax. "We will be disposing any of the sodas we get," said Andy King, an AHNY organizer. "We are not re ... More >>
Now here's a surprise: Despite widespread negative reaction among politicians and YouTube videomakers, a new poll suggests New York City folk favor a soda tax like the one Governor Paterson proposed in 2008 (and has vacillated on, in both directions, in response to criticism) to balance the c ... More >>
Bar Henry (90 West Houston Street), the purported "American sister" of the West Village's Cafe Henri, opened last night. This wine-centric American bistro, housed in the space formerly occupied by Zinc Bar, is serving up Pat LaFrieda and Niman Ranch-sourced meats prepared by chefs Christian O ... More >>
Ass bombs have long been a problem in the club scene. You're standing next to someone, having a perfectly lovely conversation over diet sodas, and they suddenly detonate a gaseous substance out their butt that could make you plotz.
It looks like the writers of AMC's Mad Men have learned their lesson following the first season's inaccurate portrayal of Fielding beer, which eagle-eyed viewers noticed did not exist at the time during which the show was set. This season, the fictional Sterling Cooper ad agency lands a new ... More >>
Sixties icon and boot-wearer Nancy Sinatra is timelessly relevant to me, but she's even more so with this remixed version of her hit "Sugartown," using the clip from her groundbreaking TV special Movin' With Nancy. Have no idea what the fuck I'm talking about? Well, blithe, blonde Nancy had a succ ... More >>
In order to avoid high-fructose corn syrup and other preservatives found in soda, some people stalk purveyors of cane sugar-sweetened Mexican Coke. Others make their own. This video from Make magazine demonstrates how to create carbonated drinks at home without the use of expensive soda-making mac ... More >>
A man in his twenties died this morning after being smothered in a vat of molten chocolate into which he had apparently fallen. He was pronounced dead at 11 a.m. after being pulled from the vat by a buddy. The accident occurred at Lyons and Company, a manufacturer of food products on spec for other ... More >>
The Brooklyn duo giddily save their beloved borough's soul, just in time
Monday is Saint Patrick's Day—start planning your debauchery now. Gridskipper has a round-up of places along the parade route to get reuben sandwiches (including a blasphemous vegetarian version) to soak up all the beer: Irish-ish Heart Attack Plus, for "agoraphobics," Serious Eats provides a ... More >>
Creative beer receptacles and futile after-party searches after a long day at Coney Island
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