Who does BBQ in the Winter?!? We do! Welcome to 2018 people! I wanted to kick this one off welcoming you to the new year with a comfort series like we did at the kick off of 2017. Hometown BBQ is one of those spots that I have been trying to get to for some time now. Frank recently mentioned it to me and I was all like Hell Yeah! and junk. [Read more…]
After a great start to our Foolinary journey in 2016, we began 2017 with a trip to the highly touted Michelin-level burger spot: JG Melon. To me, JG Melon sounds like the name for a multinational banking corporation specializing in loan discrimination, insider trading, and tax-sheltering ponzi schemes. But, in reality, JG Melon’s expertise lies in the all-American classic: Hamburgers. Hamburgers might seem like a simple food with little room for artistry but mentions during Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show interview of Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner’s Teen Vogue interview, and write-ups in every relevant food blog give JG Melon a layer of celebrity street cred to legitimize our reason for hosting a meetup there. But, while JG Melon is ‘on the up & up’, planning a trip there wasn’t as straightforward as one would assume… [Read more…]
Poké, no not that gaming phenomena currently sweeping the world in which you capture cutesy hybrid monsters in monetized virtual balls to enslave them sweat shop style for virtual gym ownership. But Poké; the outstanding hybrid dish that is sweeping the world as the latest fast food trend.
In New York we have such an amazing diversity of cultural food. A sprinkle of this and that from almost every nation is represented here but Poké (Pronounced Poe-Kay) is a hybrid of Japanese Chirashizushi dishes and Hawaiian fresh seafood dishes. The Poké bowl is truly a hybrid of Japanese sushi culture incorporating fresh fish; often Big Eye Tuna (Called Ahi in Hawaii) and/or Salmon marinated in a lite soy/ponzu sauce. The rest follows with a combo of white/brown rice, seaweed, and fresh veggies topped with flavorful condiments including sesame seed, Japanese mayo, wasabi/spicy mayo etc.
While cruising the city; almost as if overnight more and more Poké restaurants have been opening up lately. Some using the standard “Chipotle formula” (which totally works for this cuisine) have begun the assault on the senses of New Yorkers craving that quick lunch and/or dinner. For my first foray into NYC Poké I chose Wisefish. [Read more…]
I kinda consider myself a taco snob. That is, I prefer to go to places that are intrinsically and authentically Mexican in execution. My tacos typically need to be based on a corn soft tortilla; some form of amazingly flavored/marinated protein with onions; (red or white) cilantro and condiments on the side. I realize as a culinarian one can’t be conformed to base standards of food which is why this snobby hobby gets easily broken when it comes to Goa Taco. I’ve had some magic moments strolling around the LES and finding Goa open during the wee hours of the AM. It has been that late night life saver for those bender nights after $5 shochu pours and margarita induced hazes. For those not in the know, Goa magically blends two of my favorite cuisines; Indian and Mexican. Its creator; Duvaldi Marneweck creates this passionate ode to the taco using Indian style paratha bread in place of a tortilla shell. Adding amazing ingredients like silky soft pork belly, a chicharron crisp, pickled red cabbage and chipotle mayo creates a combination worthy of any meat eater’s mouth. While Goa is a relatively new small joint on Delancy Street it perfectly blends into that old semi-broken down exterior of the LES. The interior architecture still houses the old marble walls and columns from what I can only imagine used to be a stately bank during the early 1900’s. Marneweck also combines flavors from other cultures like the Greek influenced Recado Rojo which includes a succulent lamb shoulder with a chunky tzatziki sauce and eggplant salsa. A combination that totally works with the flaky buttery paratha tortilla. Sadly my personal favorite, the 5 spice duck confit has been 86’d from the menu due to the growing cost to make it. If you had it in its hay day, man; you know what I am talking about. The price ranges for tacos are anywhere from $6.43 to $8.27 for each taco. Trust me you are getting a huge taco packed with lots of goodness equaling in size of 2–3 traditional tacos. There are also non-meat varieties for the vegan/vegetarian out there that wants in on the action. I would say if you are in the neighborhood you should stop by Goa but I wouldn’t leave that to be the excuse or reasoning. Go there now and experience this amazing and unique creation. Outside of the store front on Delancy Street Goa also has a booth on Saturdays in Williamsburg on Kent Avenue and Sundays in Dumbo. Check them out and tell em DeRM sent ya. They may give you a fading look of confusion but they know. 😉
The bar crawl began at Jerome’s at Rivington F+B. Neon Modelo lights in the front window, shitty graffiti’d doors, and a semi-artistic chalkboard “Happy Hour till 10p” sign were the clear proof that this was a total dive. I’m not judging negatively here. I was ecstatic about the locale. Dive bars are where legendary nights can begin (& end); especially in the Lower East Side. [Read more…]
Xi’an Famous Foods; A name of legend in NYC captivating the hearts, minds and mouths of many since it opened 11 years ago. Eponymous of the Xi’an (pronounced Shee Aan) province in North West China Xi’an Famous Foods has sought to give you a taste of the fabulous street foods from this part of China which cultivates some uncommon flavors not found in your local varieties of the overdone Americanized Chinese food “bodegas”. [Read more…]
During the first part of our “Sunday Funday”, DeRM and I traveled to Dominique Ansel Kitchen for the KFD (Korean French Dip) sandwich. After finishing that $22 sandwich in three bites (I’m still bitter about the price), we embarked on a journey out to Williamsburg-Brooklyn to the Counting Room to celebrate the website launch of a fellow Meetup group: Travel By Beer. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon that included complimentary beer by Big Alice Brewing, passionate Jenga, and a dope live performance by Goodbye Tiger. [Read more…]
Some of the best times occur on a whim. A friend of yours lightly mentions the idea of embarking on an adventure and you tentatively make a plan. When the day arrives, you follow through on your word and that barely organized event turns into an amazing trip filled with moments of splendor. That’s exactly how this past Sunday went; here’s the details: [Read more…]
Our Greek Grub meetup was a success! We rolled through Souvlaki GR with a team of five hungry peeps ready to devour anything in their path.
Since I’m Puerto Rican, one might assume that our second meetup is a move in the selfish direction as we are going to sample various Puerto Rican fried dishes at La Isla Cuchifritos. This small hole in the wall spot is exactly what you expect to find in an area littered with crackheads and pawn shops. According to DeRM, it’s been a staple in the area for over two decades. One would assume that a place like this would’ve met its demise somewhere along that time but greasy Bronx Latino grub is undeniable. [Read more…]