I am probably the exact type of person Trader Joe’s tries to market to: likes to try new products and is easily swayed by free samples and meals of convenience. And that’s how I purchased a bunch of pumpkin themed products. They lured me in with with free samples of Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli served with a pumpkin butter cream sauce. By the way, Trader Joe’s has corned the market on pumpkin flavored…everything. It’s like a sea of orange in that place.
This picture below looks horribly unappetizing (I really need to stop using my cell phone and break out the nice camera) but man that stuff is good. The ravioli is stuffed with real pumpkin (not some imitation garbage) mozzarella, ricotta, brown sugar, and honey. It’s sweeter than regular ravioli but what else do you expect from honey roasted pumpkin ravioli? I ran out of heavy cream so I sautéed some Bird’s Eye Recipe Ready Vegetables (because I’m too last to chop) with olive oil, butter and pumpkin butter and made a sauce togo over the ravioli. I never measure things but gradually add pumpkin butter and taste as you go so you don’t end up with an overly sweet sauce. Pumpkin butter and pumpkin ravioli is only available during fall and winter so if you’re going to get it, go now. I’ve also learned not to go to Trader Joe’s between 5-8 in NYC. I once had to wait in line for 20 minutes just to enter the store.
* For the record, Trader Joe’s and Birds Eye have no idea who I am. I just think the products are neat.
Last weekend was the New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) and it was a blast. The festival is in its seventh year and is put on to raise funds for Food Bank for New York City. I attended two events, The Burger Bash hosted by Rachel Ray, and Tacos and Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay. The Burger Bash was definitely my favorite of the two, and next year I hope to attend a brunch event and one of the intimate dinners. Oh and I want to go to a dessert event too. Basically next year I want an all access pass. I was quite lazy with snapping pics. In fact I have zero pictures from Tacos and Tequila except for a video on my Instagram. I just wanted to eat all the food guys.
This was my favorite burger at the Burger Bash from Hudson Commons. The peppercorn aioli made the burger taste great.
Ramen Co, one of my New York burger faves was there. They served ramen burgers topped with pork belly. I had two.
This Lamb- Marc burger won the judges choice award. This was my first taste of lamb and now I know I don’t like it. That’s all I have to say about that.
This was the neatest burger themed dessert from Ilili. It was a toasted sesame macaron with almond and cardamon butter, a slice of strawberry, orange blossom marzipan and micro basil. And the waffle fries are were made from funnel cake. I had two of these as well.
Some of my favorites from the Tacos and Tequila were the Peking Duck taco from Buddakan, and white chocolate margarita truffles from El Toro Blanco. They oozed margarita when you bit into them. I had quite a few more than two truffles.
The New York City Wine and Food Festival is definitely an event worth splurging for, and it’s for a good cause. I met a couple who flew in from Wisconsin just for the festival.
Did anyone watch Bug Juice on the Disney Channel in the 90’s? Every episode is on youtube and I fell down a rabbit hole watching the first season this weekend. I remember being jealous of the kids camp experiences and I thought they were all mature (LOL). It’s funny to re-watch the episodes now because the romantic entanglements are innocent and awkward and hilarious. Praise the Lord my middle school years aren’t memorialized on VHS. It was neat to see how the kids worked out their issues with one another and I loved how tuned into the camp experience they were. There was no Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to distract them. And wow the boys counselor Rhett was attractive. Here’s part 1 of the first season if you want a trip down memory lane. Man the 90’s were so pure.
And some inquisitive (or stalkery) person tracked down most the kids and counselors from the first season and a where are they now video. Rhett has aged nicely and he’s a television producer.
The Disney channel used to rock. I wonder if I can track down my favorite Disney channel original movies. Smart House, Zenon, Brink anyone? But that’s a project for another day.
Broadway Bites is the same thing as Madison Square Eats but in a different location, (33rd Street and Broadway) which makes sense because it’s all run by the same organization; UrbanSpace.
You know the drill, it’s market in Greeley Square where a bunch of restaurants converge so we can all sample tons of food.
This is pumpkin spice lemonade from Mayhem and Stout. I’m sick of seeing pumpkin spice everything but this is a great product. It’s mild, and not sickeningly sweet like a pumpkin spice latte. Though like the pumpkin spice latte, I doubt there’s any actual pumpkin in the drink.
Check out the full Mayhem and Stout menu here.
The last thing I bought was a warm truffle cheddar pretzel from Sigmund’s. Side note: is truffle decadent anymore now that it’s added to everything? I fear it’s become so common that McDonald’s will start offering truffle fries at the drive thru. Nevertheless, the truffle is a nice touch. I wish I’d tried the Gruyere paprika pretzel too. I’ve also heard good things about the pretzel Benedict served at brunch. It’s been too long since I’ve made time for brunch.
Check out the full Sigmund’s menu here.
Broadway Bites runs until November 14 from 11 a.m. -9 p.m. I see some lobster mac and cheese from Red Hook Lobster Pound in my future.
I just contributed to my first Kickstarter campaign! Carla Hall, one of my favorite Top Chef’s because of her positive attitude, is attempting to bring a Nashville style hot chicken restaurant to NYC.
I contributed $10 which gets me one free whoopie pie a month for a year once the restaurant opens in early 2015. That sounds like a steal to me. Click here if you want to donate. Right now the Kickstarter has raised $77,000 but the goal is $250,000 and there are 13 days left to donate.
P.S here are some other Kickstarters that I’m considering making donations to:
- The Wedding Week, a children’s book by Chimaechi Allan. It’s about 7 weddings around the world and will be translated into 4 languages.
*For the record, Carla and Kickstarter have no idea who I am. I just think the products are neat.
Donut (or doughnut), macaron, and ice cream clutches by Serpui Marie. Buy these and a million other items from ShopBop and use code FAMILY25 to get 25% off from now until October 16th.
*For the record, Serpui Marie has no idea who I am. I just think the products are neat.
Sorry I can’t jump on the La Esquina bandwagon. Everything I ate was mediocre. I think sometimes when restaurants get super popular they stop trying because they know tourists will show up anyway. The salsa on both tacos had zero heat. The top is steak (which was salty) and the bottom was rotisserie chicken (which was dry). There is better Mexican food in the city. Go seek it out.
Oh yeah I had corn too. It was blah also.
Check out the full La Esquina menu here.
I got an email from a dating company called Love Begins At . They set up secret underground dinner events for single foodies over the age of 40 in the New York area. No, I’m not over 40 and no, I’m not in the market for a sugar daddy. They invited me to the next diner event on Tuesday October 21st to test the food, and I never turn down a free meal. Especially one that sounds as great as this:
- Smoked Trout Guacamole blue corn chips, coconut, lemon
- Jerked Pork Empanadas caramelized onion, marjoram, pumpkin
- Grilled Sweet Shrimp apaya, mango, cucumber, jalapeño, pumpkin seeds
- Hoisin Glazed Short Ribs jasmine rice, kaffir lime, cilantro, peanuts
- Black Pepper and Plum Panna Cotta plum sauce, pickled plums, crème anglaise
Everyone says the New York City dating scene is rough. I guess that’s why so many have chosen to use Tinder, Match, whatever. But honestly this sounds like a lot more fun than Tinder, and a lot less awkward than speed dating.
The best part is Love Begins At offered to give away a free ticket to the October 21st underground dinner event to one reader. To enter, write in the comments below what is the worst pick up line someone has ever used on you.
- You must enter by Friday October 17th
- You must be single and 40 or older
- You must live in the New York/New Jersey area because no one is paying for you to fly to NYC
I’ll pick a winner at random. The worst pick up line I’ve ever received was” I knew you were from Georgia because you’re so dark.” Then he tried to give me advice about being a lawyer. Quit while you’re behind dude.
If you do not win a ticket to the event they only cost $40, and that’s a steal because these dinners usually cost $150. You can purchase a ticket here.
As for the location, the only thing I know is that the dinner will be held in the East Village. The exact location will be revealed later.
*Thanks Love Begins At for hosting this giveaway!
I’m finding dessert themed clothing everywhere.
Purple is my favorite color. I want this embroidered cupcake dress.
And this pink one is embroidered with donuts (doughnuts).
*For the record, Nishe has no idea who I am. I just think the products are neat.