With the Olympics fast approaching, it seemed appropriate to profile NYC's very own celebrity titleholder of sorts: the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion -- as in brewed coffee -- Erin McCarthy lives amongst us. McCarthy is on Counter Culture's wholesale technical support staff. Our conversation began ... More >>
For those of you who received Starbucks gift cards this past holiday (how thoughtful! how unique!) but prefer to make your coffee at home rather than step through icy ponds at every street crossing to caffeinate, you have an alternative.
Joey Bada$$ is the face of new New York rap. The 18-year-old Brooklyn native flipped Internet fame into real-life buzz with his debut mixtape 1999 last year and became one of the city's most prodigious rhymers. His tender age belies his mature lyricism and Joey has already received cosigns from the ... More >>
Not on their latte shmatte chai barista cocoa java lala hotchacha stuff, mind you. I'm talking about their prepackaged coffees.
Three of New York's best talents sit down with the Voice to talk Edward Albee, bad actor traits, and why Shaw will have to wait
While we're still mourning over the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte shortage, other chain stores have given us a reason to celebrate -- more pumpkin-flavored treats. IHOP is debuting pumpkin, carrot cake, and New York cheesecake pancakes today and the Krispy Kreme brand is rolling out pumpkin spice ... More >>
Well, this is awfully depressing. According to the Wall Street Journal, there has been a shortage of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. The seasonal drink debuted on September 4, but the craze has already drained supplies across the country. Apparently baristas are hitting the street to search for ... More >>
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Yesterday I urged you to go to a Starbucks today to show support for a place that's pro-same-sex marriage. It pained me to beg people to patronize a business that's gentrified formerly interesting neighborhoods with overpriced lattes. But they have positive views on this particular topic, and a ra ... More >>
Great news for Starbucks aficionados -- and there's a lot of you out there. To kick off the summer season, Starbucks is bringing back their Frappuccino Happy Hour. The deal starts today. Customers who frequent the coffee shop from 3-5pm from May 4th to the 13th will get 50% off their Frappuccinos.
The New York Public Library has been working double time to boost positive P.R. about $300-million in planned renovations to its lion-fronted flagship on Fifth Avenue. Indeed, NYPL President Anthony Marx, in addition to penning many pro-change op-eds, has also agreed to field the public's question ... More >>
See what we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: We've got our 10 picks for Middle Eastern restaurants in the city. Following his review of John Brown Smokehouse, Robert Sietsema runs down the five best barbecue dishes he had at the restaurant.
If you are too poor to buy food but have always dreamed of visiting the South Pacific, don't worry: You can pay for your groceries -- and your next Hawaiian vacation -- with food stamps. Actually, that's not true -- not even close to being true -- but Newt Gingrich, who wants to rep the GOP in the ... More >>
Michael Gallina, of Blue Hill New York, will take the place of Greg Baxtrom, and head Blue Hill at Stone Barns' kitchen. [Grubstreet] Baxtrom won't be out of work long. Turns out he will put in a stint at Floyd Cardoz's soon-to-open North End Grill. [Eater NY]
The great Starbucks bathroom scandal of 2011 finally has its Next Media Animation treatment. Even though it was never really a story to begin with and we can all continue to use Starbucks bathrooms at will.
Daniel Boulud will indeed be opening a new restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, as previously rumored. [Toronto Star] More on those in-flight American Airlines meals designed by Richard Sandoval and Marcus Samuelsson. [Chicago Tribune] Occupy Wall Street protesters are sitting o ... More >>
Art in Odd Places is an annual New York City exhibit featuring artists, doing, well, art in odd places. This year (the sixth in New York), the theme focuses on ritual, with 70 artists taking over 14th street from October 1st through the 10th to do hour-long projects on that theme each day. The goal ... More >>
Penned by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, and published by Rodale Press, Eat This Not That looks like a knock-off of the celebrated website and coffee-table book This Is Why You're Fat. This square paperbound volume abounds in pictures of fattening foods printed in breathtaking color, wit ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanA group of six girls have become the celebrities within the encampment of Harry Potter fans awaiting tonight's premiere of the final film, across the street from Lincoln Center in Manhattan. They do not go to Hogwarts -- in fact, they hail from Florida, New Jersey and upstate ... More >>
Fast-food frappeHoly Grande! Starbucks is now the country's third largest restaurant chain, based on domestic sales, having surpassed both Burger King and Wendy's, according to USA Today.
Eddie Huang divulges his favorite picks for Chinatown eats, including Shanghai Cuisine on Bayard and Oriental Garden on Elizabeth. [NY Post] Cupcake Stop, Taco Truck, and Desserts Truck are among food trucks getting permanent addresses at brick-and-mortar locations. [NY Post] Taco Bell has ... More >>
Clarence and Virginia Thomas• Virginia Thomas, Clarence's wife, left a voicemail asking for an apology from Anita Hill after nearly 20 years. Hill had testified at Thomas' 1991 Senate confirmation hearing that "he made repeated crude sexual comments" when he was her boss. Flash forward to 2 ... More >>
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. thespeakista.comThe Cortado: caffeinated for your drinking pleasure.The drink: The Cortado The bar: Death & Company, 433 East 6th Street The price: $13 The ingredients: Pampero Aniversario Rum, Lemon ... More >>
Emeril Lagasse sold his Midtown Manhattan loft for $4.6 million, after reducing the price six different times from $7.65 million last year. [Wall Street Journal] A food truck war has broken out between the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck and the Frites 'N' Meats truck after the former parked too clo ... More >>
Via Westside Independent. Click to enlarge.The Great War of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal rages on as absurdly over-compensatory advertisements continue to be placed around New York, and, uh, that's it. Except for this, with which the New York Times gets to declare victory ov ... More >>
More thoughts on Broadway and the state of theater in New York
So The Onion's got this elaborate scheme where they get 25 bands to cover 25 specific songs, their pick, first come first served, introduced by Onion staffers casually holding Starbucks cups, with the poor 25th band stuck with whatever's left. Ted Leo bats leadoff and selects, wisely as always, Te ... More >>
The owner of the Santa Monica restaurant that was the target of a sting operation conducted by the team from the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove has been arrested for serving whale meat. [AP] Chris Santos of Stanton Social shops for alternatives to traditional wooden knife blocks, which c ... More >>
S. Diddy/flickrIs this spice nice or a nasty habit? First they had a problem with our English breakfasts being too healthy (by "healthy," they meant lacking in deep-fried toast). Then they complained that all of New York had gone soft because we have a Whole Foods on The Bowery. The latest fo ... More >>
Popchips and other snack food brands, such as Flat Earth baked veggie crisps, Stacy's pita chips, and Terra Chips, are peddling "junkless" junk food with slogans like "Love. Without the handles," and "Regret. Nothing." Even traditional brands are trying to get in on the act, like Lay's potato chips ... More >>
Before you drop a dollar in that busker's open guitar case, be forewarned: Dunkin' Donuts has hired a dozen street musicians to play around Manhattan. The faux buskers are making $20 per hour in the "Breakfast NOT Brokefast" campaign, which promotes eating a Dunkin' Donuts breakfast instead of donat ... More >>
A new fruit cart located in what is known as a Bronx "food desert" has already become quite popular. The cart is part of a citywide effort to encourage fruit stand vendors to open up shop in low-income neighborhoods where fast-food chains reign. [NY Times] Obama Foodorama, the blog by Eddie Gehman ... More >>
Wired has the inside scoop on some popular food chains' secret menus: In-N-Out Burger's The Flying Dutchman (two beef patties, two cheese slices, no bun), Jamba Juice's extras of white gummi bears and strawberry shortcake, and Starbucks' Black Eye (a Red Eye with an extra shot of espresso). [Wired] ... More >>
The national unemployment rate went to 8.1 percent last month as 651,000 jobs were lost. The losses are attributable not only to collapsing Wall Street giants, but also to corner-cutting by "healthy" companies like IBM, who in January announced a strong 4th quarter and said that "most importantly, w ... More >>
Al Capone's great nephew is marketing "Capone's Family Secret," a pasta sauce he claims is based on an 80-year-old recipe he found in his great gangster uncle's hidden archives.[NY Post/Page Six]Yes, today is the day we've all been waiting for: Starbucks begins serving its new "value" breakfasts as ... More >>
A Chinatown buffet so cheap it's practically free.
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