Vote for NYC’s Best Grilled Cheese

Taste your way through some of New York City’s top grilled cheese sandwiches this weekend at the 5th annual Big Cheesy Grilled Cheese Challenge. This event brings six different restaurants from across New York City together to compete as hungry attendees vote for their favorite grilled cheese. The event is this weekend, April 18th and 19th, and costs $30 per person, which includes six grilled cheese tastings and two beers from Goose Island.

The Big Cheesy Grilled Cheese Event

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon! This year’s competitors are:

  • Twist ’n Smash’d – The Twisted Grilled Cheese has cheddar cheese, fried Chicken, chipotle mayonnaise and avocado spread
  • La Maison de Croque Monsieur – Smoked Mozzarella, Bresaola (dried meat), Béchamel sauce & truffle oil
  • Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen – GUAC AND BACON: Cheddar, avocado, diced onions, jalapeño, tomato and bacon
  • Depanneur Brooklyn – Hangover Grilled Cheese – cheddar, avo, sriracha, buttered sourdough, ***served with McClure’s Blood Mary Chips & Mexican Coke***
  • The Wheelhouse Brooklyn
  • Artisanal – Artisanal Grilled Cheese: Consisting of our special Five cheese blend, Toasted Country Bread with Artisanal Signature Sauce

Evolution Fresh and Dannon Bring Greek Yogurt to Starbucks

You’re running late to work and don’t have time to eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day, before sprinting out the door. While grabbing your morning coffee at, of course, Starbucks, new Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurt and Greek Yogurt Parfaits catch your eye. Success!

Evolution Fresh and Dannon Greek Yogurts

Evolution Fresh and Dannon have teamed up to bring healthy, fresh Greek yogurt products to Starbucks stores near you. The three products – Evolution Fresh Smoothies, Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt Parfaits, Inspired by Dannon and Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts – are made with simple ingredients that highlight the delicious taste of fruits and vegetables, as well as thick, creamy Greek yogurt.

Evolution Fresh Smoothies

I had the chance to check out these new yogurt products and damn, they were good! The yogurt was extremely thick and creamy, and best of all contained no fat. Fresh fruit ranging from blueberry to black cherry to pineapple passion fruit delivered some delicious flavors.

The smoothies were equally as good. Made from cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, they’re free from added sweeteners, preservatives, colors and flavors. The three different varieties (Sweet Greens, Strawberry, Mango Carrot) are very refreshing.

Evolution Fresh and Dannon Greek Yogurt Parfaits

I was most surprised by the prices. The Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts retail at $1.69 – similar to what you’ll pay for good Greek yogurt at a grocery store. Even better, smoothies are $5.95. Move over boutique juice bars and your $11 juices. Evolution Fresh just won that game.

Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt Parfaits, Inspired by Dannon will debut in 6,000 Starbucks stores nationwide in May. Additionally, the Fruit on the Bottom Greek Yogurts will begin to roll out in select locations in May, including Albertsons/Safeway and Kroger, and are expected to be on shelves nationwide in July.

For the quality these products deliver, they’re easy on your wallet, healthy for you and sure to help get you going in the mornings!

Want to Have More Sex? Eat More Grilled Cheese

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day! From our friends at Skout, a leading social platform for meeting new people, we decided to have some fun with the holiday. From a survey of its users, it turns out loving grilled cheese helps you out in more ways than one.

Did you know that people who love grilled cheese sandwiches have more sex, are more charitable, and more adventurous than those who don’t?

Grilled cheese sandwich lovers get more action in the bedroom!

  • 73% of people who love grilled cheese sandwiches have sex at least once a month vs. 68% of those who don’t care for the sandwich.
  • 32% of grilled cheese sandwich lovers have sex at least six times a month vs. 27% who pass on the melted goodness.

People who love grilled cheese sandwiches are more charitable.

  • 81% of people who love grilled cheese sandwiches say they have donated their time, money or food to those in need. Only 66% of people who dislike grilled cheese say they are as generous.

Grilled cheese sandwich lovers are more adventurous and more likely to travel.

  • While a grilled cheese sandwich may seem like a safe, all-American meal, 88% of grilled cheese fans say they are “fairly” or “very” adventurous. Only 75% of people who dislike grilled cheese sandwiches say the same.
  • 84% of grilled cheese sandwich fans love to travel, compared to 78% of people who dislike the sandwich.

Favorite grilled cheese sandwich ingredients? It’s a mix.

  • The most popular cheese is American (41%) followed by Cheddar (33%), Mozzarella (10%), Swiss (8%), Provolone (6%) and Brie (2%).
  • White bread is by far the most popular choice (51%) followed by wheat (29%), sourdough (13%), rye (4%) and a baguette (3%).

Skout National Grilled Cheese Day

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese Showdown

A couple weeks ago a mac and cheese champion was crowned at the Mac Daddy—the ultimate mac and cheese showdown.

Mac Daddy

I checked out this event with my friend, Laura, of 89th and Broke and we left stuffed to the brim with delicious mac and cheese. Held at the Openhouse event space, the event consisted of six different restaurants featuring their cheesiest mac and cheese creations, vying for the chance to be crowned New York City’s best mac and cheese. A punch card ensured you’re only allowed one dish from each restaurant and it also helps cut down on lines.

This year’s contestants were:

Mac Daddy

All the dishes were incredibly good. But then again, how can you go wrong with mac and cheese? This was a high-energy, awesome experience and I highly recommend checking it out next year.

5 Lessons I Learned at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival

A few weeks ago I was down in Atlantic City for the 10th annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. What is this magical event you ask? We’re talking more than 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries across the country.

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival

Here are five lessons I quickly learned from wandering around drinking endless amounts of beer with a few thousand of my closest friends.

  1. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear pretzels around your neck – they make a great snack.
  2. You can get your haircut between beers, because why not?
  3. Head to the bathroom 15 minutes before you really need to go because you’ll be waiting in line for at least that long.
  4. You may end up wearing a skin-tight tank top and dancing at a silent disco.
  5. Don’t let the small glass throw you off – be sure to pay attention to the alcohol percentages because after mixing and matching beers for a couple hours they really start to add up.

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival

This event was one of the highlights of 2015 so far. I highly recommend checking it out next year and if you go, I’ll see you there. Just don’t forget to bring a pretzel necklace!

The Mac Daddy – A Mac and Cheese Showdown

I’m pretty excited for this upcoming event. It combines two things I love – mac and cheese and competition.

Join the folks behind the Big Cheesy grilled-cheese competition for the Mac Daddy—the ultimate mac-and-cheese showdown featuring six of NYC’s top cheesy macs selected by Time Out New York from their favorite local restaurants, with chefs vying for the chance to be crowned NYC’s best mac and cheese.

Goose Island beer will be on-site to help wash down plenty of samples. Similar to the Big Cheesy grilled-cheese showdown, as you chow down you can cast your vote for the Time Out–curated contender you want crowned as New York’s top macaroni.

Reserve your spot today! Tickets are available in one-hour time slots from 11am-6pm on March 29 at Openhouse Gallery, and include tastings from six Time Out-curated mac and cheese contenders, plus two beers compliments of Goose Island.

Time Out New York Mac Daddy Mac and Cheese Event