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

4th Annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Event!

The Village Voice will hold its fourth annual Choice Streets food truck event on Tuesday, May 5th. Pre-sale tickets are on sale through Tuesday, March 24th using the exclusive pre-sale code: STREETSPR. I recommend you snatch them up before tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 25th.

This event is always a favorite, with more than 20 handpicked food trucks from all five New York City boroughs. Details are below.

  • DATE: Tuesday May 5th, 2015 (Raindate: Friday May 8th, 2015)
  • VENUE: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Avenue, Manhattan, NY
  • TICKETS: Pre-Sale Code: STREETSPR
  • General Admission Ticket – $55 | Early Entry Ticket – $65 | VIP Ticket – $85
  • TIME: VIP Hour: 7:00PM – 8:00PM, Early Entry Preview: 7:30PM – 8:00PM, General Admission: 8:00PM – 11:00PM

Village Voice Fourth Annual Choice Streets Food Truck Event

Woodchuck Hard Cider

I rarely drink hard cider, but when I do it’s something I want to have a crisp, refreshing taste. Thanks to Woodchuck for sending me a few samples of their Winter Chill seasonal cider, I had the opportunity to give them a try.

For those of you in New York City, this past Sunday winter reminded us she hasn’t left yet. With temperatures in the 30s and winds whipping, I popped open a bottle of Woodchuck. In one word – ahh. This cider is aged in premium French and traditional American oak barrels and brings a rich depth of apple flavor with hints of vanilla and oak. It’s winter in a bottle and for the cider drinkers out there, I recommend you give Woodchuck a try.

Woodchuck Winter Chill Hard Cider

Choice Eats: The Year of the Sweets

This year’s epic food coma-inducing Choice Eats tasting event featured more than 65 participants from across New York City’s dining scene. I checked it out with Laura of 89thandBroke.com and we were both rolling out of the building, stuffed to the brim.

Luke's Lobster

Of course, you have some of your perennial favorites, such as Luke’s Lobster and Mable’s Smokehouse. Luke’s was serving up their usual shrimp rolls. These are nowhere near as good as the lobster rolls, but by the middle of the night Luke’s always has a line snaking throughout the crowds with people anxious to get their hands on these little guys. Word to the wise for future Choice Eats events – hit up this booth first.

Mable's SmokehouseThis year, Mable’s went with jalapeno corn cakes topped with BBQ pulled pork and a maple-Maker’s Mark drizzle with a side of collard greens. If this doesn’t sound good to you, I don’t know what will. The meat was good (I’m not an enormous pulled pork fan), but I really liked the jalapeno corn cakes hiding underneath. This dish is on their brunch menu and I’d recommend checking out the super-sized version of it if you pay them a visit.

I had a big sweet tooth this year and have to tip my hat to Robicelli’s Bakery for bringing Nutellasagna to Choice Eats.

Nutellasagna

Layers of buttery lasagna noodles, cannoli custard, crunchy roasted hazelnuts, chopped Belgian chocolate and thick swirls of Nutella make up this delicious treat. There’s nothing else like it and I’m so glad I finally had the chance to give it a try.

I can’t forget Ample Hills Creamery and their delicious ice cream. This year’s flavors were salted crack caramel, chocolate milk and cookies, and snap mallow pop.

Ample Hills CreamerySnap mallow pop took the show. This deconstructed Rice Krispies Treats ice cream was unbelievably good. The taste brought me back to making homemade Rice Krispies Treats for school. (Only this time we were combining them with ice cream.) If you’re in Brooklyn stop by and check them out. No matter what the flavor, you really can’t go wrong here.

Ample Hills CreameryAnother Choice Eats in the books! Don’t forget – there’s only so much time before we’re stuffing our faces again at Choice Streets on Tuesday, May 4th!

Move Over Chipotle, There’s a New Game in Town – Oxido Grand Opening Today

Oxido – 18 West 23rd Street, Manhattan, New York

Watch out Chipotle! Oxido opens today in the Flatiron District and it’s the latest fast casual restaurant in New York City featuring authentic flavors of modern Mexican cuisine.

I checked it out last night during the pre-opening festivities and dare I say this place has fresher and more flavorful ingredients than Chipotle, with a few additions outside Chipotle’s wheelhouse.

Pictures of some of the delicious food are below. I highly recommend the grass-fed grilled garlic steak and queso sauce. Order off the secret menu and get the “Make it Dirty” nachos. You can’t go wrong.

If you aren’t convinced yet, during today’s grand opening 1/2 of all proceeds will benefit Food Bank For New York City! Don’t miss it!

Oxido Fast Casual Mexican in New York City

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Food Event: Nutella Pancake Cone Giveaway!

To celebrate International Pancake Tuesday, chef Dominique Ansel (that’s right, the creator of the Cronut) and Nutella are teaming up to give away free Nutella pancake cones.

From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. today, visit Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central to get yours! I recommend you get there early because these are sure to go very fast.

Nutella Pancake Tuesday

Travel the World Without Leaving Your Kitchen

I have to give a shout out to Try The World, a food subscription box service that delivers a curated box of authentic gourmet foods from a different country every two months. With boxes from Paris, Tokyo, Rio and Venice, to name a few, you can now sample food from across the country without ever leaving your kitchen. Prices range from $33 – $39/box depending on how many you order.

This sounds exactly like Blue Apron and similar services, but more culturally-focused. Not only do you get food, but many of the boxes also contain culture guides with music, movies and more.

Check them out and if you do order, let me know what you think!

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