This week's feature story details a heist: three men, dressed as cops, stole $200,000 from a check-cashing outlet in three minutes on Valentines Day 2012. They carried guns and doused the doors and counters with bleach to erase any DNA trace. They wore masks so realistic that the witnesses didn't re ... More >>
Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, and writes this weekly column about his life and times. 3:20 p.m.: Today I am chaperoning our school's Valentine's Day dance. A line of about 100 kids is already wa ... More >>
New Yorkers are over Valentine's Day. They're over Valentine's parties and "anti-Valentine's" parties and buying crumbly, last-minute, guilt-trip chocolate from Duane Reade on their way home and mostly-frozen flowers from the bodega. They're too sophisticated for that dreck. Wait, sorry, that was ... More >>
Valentine's Day is upon us, and perhaps you and/or the love of your life (or love of your week) are considering taking in one of the many concerts happening in and around the city on Feb. 14. Let us help you figure out which gigs offer the best chance for romance. See also: Valentine's Day Special: ... More >>
When the novelty of grabbing a pint at her local bodega wore off, MilkMade founder Diana Hardeman decided to take matters into her own hands. "It wasn't natural, it wasn't local, pints had shrunk, and I was still paying the same for them," she explains. A modest series of at-home batches for friends ... More >>
In case you've missed the memo, Valentine's Day is on Friday, and that night, every couple in the city will hit the town to dine out. Before cupid descends on the Big Apple, hit a tasty event -- whether you're sharing an experience with a loved one or flying solo.
Being single on Valentine's Day is secretly awesome. You have to spend exactly $0 on someone else. You can buy a crappy box of chocolates without wondering if it's good enough for a significant other -- it's good enough for you! And you don't even have to think about sky-high prix-fixe menus for two ... More >>
Sam Ziar tends the bar at Orient Express, one of the West Village's most romantic spots. Today, on Valentine's Day, he expects to be one busy man, but he took some time out to talk to Fork in the Road about his favorite winter ingredients and what makes a great Valentine's Day drink.
The Valentine's Day balloons go up at Caliente Cab Company. Despite our collective cynicism about the so-called greeting-card holidays, the staff of FiTR have thrown themselves into the upcoming holiday. We've told you where to buy red-colored foodie cooking gifts (including fetishistic aprons for ... More >>
If you're in the food-journalism biz, you get bombarded on a daily basis with press releases, often as many as 30 per day. Some are faintly rational, but others immediately provoke guffaws with their wild assertions. Here's the best one I've received so far today. According to the National Restaura ... More >>
What we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: Lauren Shockey chooses the 10 best restaurants for a Valentine's Day date, and asks Jonathan Waxman for his VDay picks. Lauren Bloomberg shows the advantages of being a homebody on Valentine's Day and plans some takeout feasts. Robert Sietsema com ... More >>
Williamsburg's taciturn Mast Brothers know just what I'm talking about. This time of year always presents a dilemma for straight boys and gay girls: how to celebrate Valentine's Day -- the only holiday focused on carnal love and desire -- with your significant other? Taking her out to dinner is t ... More >>
While browsing online for Valentine's Day cookie options, I stumbled upon a Serious Eats post from 2010 in which Roasting Plant's cookies were crowned as the best chocolate chip cookies in New York City. I was skeptical. In fact, with Levain Bakery, Blue Ribbon Bakery Market, Milk & Cookies ... More >>
viaValentine's Day can elicit strong emotions. For a holiday purporting to celebrate the sweetest of emotions, vitriol seems just as common as saccharine. MyBlockNYC, an interactive mapping website" that encourages users to post videos corresponding to certain NYC blocks, is hosting a Valenti ... More >>
Yesterday we spoke with Landmarc and Ditch Plains chef Marc Murphy about what it's like being a judge on Chopped. Today romance is in the air as we look ahead toward Valentine's Day and Marc reveals to Fork in the Road what he'd cook to woo someone. I just learned that you're auctioning off a home- ... More >>
We're hereby declaring a start to the Valentine's Day mayhem, and hope to give you some decent advice as to where to eat cheaply and well in a romantic atmosphere, and what kind of foodie gifts are available in a Cupidian theme.
As we look towards a blessedly long weekend, we pause to take a look back at the regular-sized week: Our 10 Great Food Moments in Literature. In honor of Presidents' Day, eat at some presidentially-themed restaurants. Angelo Sosa ruminates on Social Eatz and his naked soul. The Early Word on the ... More >>
The Daily News spins this story as a "Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong," and maybe it is, or maybe there are lines to be read between the otherwise innocent sentences of the very brief article, but suffice it to say: If your "girlfriend" locks you out on Valentine's Day, don't climb up her ... More >>
doobybrain.comHappy Valentine's Day! And especially to all the candy and chocolate retailers out there--this year, people will be spending more on the holiday this year than last year.
Enjoy a romantic meal of the Peruvian cow heart kebabs called anticuchos at Lima Limon. Let's face it. The tried-and-true methods of celebrating Valentine's Day have outlived their usefulness. A romantic restaurant? Forget it. The prices have been jacked up for awful prix fixe dinners, featur ... More >>
Tomorrow, millions of unoriginal people will give and receive chocolates, flowers and diamonds for the elaborate courting ritual of Valentine's Day. Women will wear red or black lace lingerie and men will take them out to dinner at expensive restaurants with prix fixe specials for V-Day, and ... More >>
Once again, we have made it to Friday afternoon. And so it is time to look back at the week that preceded it. Our 10 Best Restaurants for a Break-Up. The Early Word on Yuba. On Valentine's Day, drink Cienfuegos' Fuego de Pasion.
Jersey Shore star Snooki has been voted by Yahoo users as the worst Valentine's date. The New York Daily News News reports that she "got 41 percent of votes in a poll of omg! Yahoo readers on the woman with whom they would least like to spend Valentine's Day." This is so wrong: Snooki would b ... More >>
When the Doughnut Plant announced yesterday that it would open its Chelsea Hotel store on Valentine's Day, our thoughts turned to Kim Ima, who told us last September that she was hoping to open her Treats Truck bakery in Carroll Gardens "around Valentine's Day."
This could be yours.This year could mark the most dramatic rose Valentine's Day gift-giving ceremony yet! Why? Because girl/boy/person, you are going to get the good stuff. And by good stuff, we mean the money stuff. A National Retail Federation survey has revealed that Americans will spend ... More >>
yummyinthetummyblog/FlickrAfter stringing along area sweet-tooths for months, Mark Israel has finally settled on an opening date for the Doughnut Plant's Chelsea Hotel location. Befitting the amorous feelings his titular treats often inspire, the new shop will open on Valentine's Day. Per D ... More >>
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Photo courtesy of Liddabit SweetsLiddabit Sweets' Snacker.Earlier this week, Lauren offered advice on procuring good Valentine's Day chocolate. Thanks to the New Amsterdam Market, there will soon be another seasonal source for the cacao-fixated.
It's Valentine's Day weekend. I'm not one to buy into Hallmark holidays (publicly, at least), so we'll treat this weekend like any other. Excuse the cleverly named soirees and sexual innuendo. On Friday, lonely singles and teenagers unite at the One Night Stand warehouse party in Brooklyn. E ... More >>
SimonDoggett/flickrIt arguably tastes better at home. Andrew Knowlton's list of the top five reasons why you shouldn't eat out on Valentine's Day is an utterly sensible one. There's nothing to disagree with, but the uncanny thing is that if you substitute "brunch" for "Valentine's Day," almos ... More >>
If you're really in love, you shouldn't have any problem making your feelings known on Valentine's Day. But you might anyway. Because commerce, advertising, and social panic conspire to bamboozle us into bad choices. The market is now saturated with "unique" Valentine's gifts. These are alm ... More >>
Click to enlarge! Fork in the Road wishes you a happy Valentine's Day, and wishes we could deliver one of these grisly, heart-shaped lard cakes from the Dominican bakery on East 116th Street right to your door.
Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and our friends in PR seem to have saved their best V-Day flackery for today. Did you know global manufacturer Philips makes weird, podlike his 'n' her vibrators called "Intimate Massagers"? To promote their use on Valentine's Day, Philips suggests decorating oneself wit ... More >>
Whatever you feelings toward Valentine's Day, it's as good an excuse as any to eat some oysters, whether or not you're celebrating. We recently chatted up Bryan Calvert, chef and co-owner of James' (605 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn), on the subject of V day cooking. Calvert says he's pretty traditional ... More >>
I honor of Valentine's Day, we're featuring our very first interview with a porn star! Meet Demi Delia, star of such titles as MILF Invaders 6 , and Mom's Cream Pie 2. Delia is also starring in a new web-based series from Sony called Mommy XXX, chronicling Delia's adventures juggling motherhood and ... More >>
Valentine's Day, like all holidays (and all other days), is a good excuse for politicking, as these RNC Valentines show. Councilman Jimmy Vacca (above center) engaged in a more charming sort of outreach, sponsoring a Valentine's Day party at RAIN Middletown Plaza Senior Center in the Bronx this week ... More >>
photo by: by Michael Harlan TurkellYes, like it or not, a certain red and pink holiday is on the horizon this weekend. Should you be avoiding the restaurant crowds and trying to cook a special meal at home for your beloved (or just yourself), we've got some advice for doing so from some of the city' ... More >>
It's never too early to worry about Valentine's Day. An alarming number of releases we've received take a recessionary angle. For example, from February 10 through February 15, participants in T.G.I. Friday's "Give Me More Stripes" promotion will receive free Spiced Up Cupcakes with the purchase of ... More >>
Valentine's Day isn't just a Hallmark Holiday, it's also a special day for restaurants to offer special menus at special higher prices. But some local spots (and a national chain), have found some pretty amusing ways of hawking the Hallmark-i-day, and we've got to appreciate their creativity. A few ... More >>
First they roasted a pig for Obama's inauguration, and now they're throwing another piggie on the barbie for Valentine's Day. The General Greene (229 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn) is doing a Valentine's Day pig roast. In addition to their normal menu, they'll be offering the following:Suckling Pig with J ... More >>
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