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Taste the Best of Italy This Weekend

Looking for something free to do this weekend? Head to Tutti Matti, a new restaurant in Long Island City, for a free tasting of homemade pasta, pizza and original cocktails.

Details are below – see you there!

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

Where: Tutti Matti – 47-30 Vernon Boulevard, NY 11101


Hometown Bar-B-Que

Arguably the best BBQ in New York City, the picture below speaks for itself. Hometown BBQ in Red Hook, Brooklyn is doing things right. Yes, it’s a little bit of a trek to get there (for all you Manhattanites), but it’s worth the journey. The menu is filled with brisket, pulled pork and lamb belly, as well as artery-clogging sides like mac and cheese. Top it all off with a brunch Bloody Mary with candied bacon and you’ve got yourself quite the meal.

Tip – check them out on weekends when there is live country music, but get there early or you’ll be stuck waiting in a VERY long line.

Hometown BBQ

Hometown Bar-B-Que Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


No, I’m not screaming at you. That’s the name. A bunch of us at work devoured some delicious Go!Go!Curry! the other day. Below, say hello to the “home run” – sausage, pork or chicken, shrimp and egg. Kudos all around to this delicious treat. It clearly wasn’t the healthiest thing I could have eaten for lunch, but shout out to Andrea for the tip! Go go there today!

Go!Go!Curry! Home Run

Go!Go!Curry! Menu

Happy Pi Day! Now about about this gem of a pizza from MOD Pizza, a fast-casual build-your-own pizza restaurant where you pick the toppings and they whip up a custom pizza – in a matter of minutes. Mozzarella, gorgonzola, chicken, jalapenos, buffalo and marinara sauce equal a spicy pizza.

MOD Pizza Calexico Willow Grove, PA

Bluestone Bistro

Delicious lunch at Bluestone BistroPan seared salmon was to die for as was the Crown Maple pot de creme dessert. Check them out in Poughkeepsie! 

Bluestone Bistro, Poughkeepsie, NY

Bluestone Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Two Thumbs Down for Tacuba Cantina Mexicana

On Friday, Hailey and I decided on a little dinner and movie date night. We settled on Tacuba and, well, hindsight is 20/20. If you ever want to see what a restaurant that’s truly overwhelmed looks like, Tacuba was a perfect case study.

After grabbing a table and waiting 15 minutes for a waiter to appear, we ordered some guacamole and margaritas. An hour and a half later, we were scraping the guacamole bowl and wondering where our entrees were. In talking with our neighboring diners, they lamented that they had been waiting more than two hours for entrees. The excuse the waiter provided, the kitchen prioritizes easy dishes and harder dishes get deprioritized. Moral of the story, don’t order hard dishes to make?

We decided to cut our meal short and get out of there. Looking back at it, we paid around $50 for two margaritas and avocados. Restaurant fail. We won’t be going back.

PS – We saw Deadpool and it was awesome. Go see it. Now.

Tacuba Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

3 Super Bowl Recipes to Get Game Day Ready

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and the big game won’t be complete without fantastic food. As you start planning your Sunday menu, below are some delicious recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Ham and Jam SlidersHam and Jam Sliders from Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ

Cheddar Biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbs. buttermilk
  • 5 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion, including tender green tops


  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, black pepper and kosher salt until well mixed.
  • Mix in butter until pea sized. Add cheddar cheese and green onion and stir and toss lightly to combine.
  • Stir in 1 cup buttermilk until the mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky ball.
  • With lightly floured hands, divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Form each portion into a rough ball and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Space the balls about 1-inch apart. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
  • Bake at 350˚F for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Red Pepper Jelly (Yields 2 1/8 quarts)


  • 3 large red peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 3/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 package Certo liquid pectin


  • Place peppers in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, but not pureed.
  • Place chopped peppers in a large bowl with cider vinegar, sugar, salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well.
  • Put mixture in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add Certo and continue to cook at a slow rolling boil for 35 to 40 minutes, until you can “drag” a spoon around edges of pan or until it passes the jelly test coating the back of the spoon or dripping from spoon very slowly.

Snake River Farms American Bone in Ham 


  • 1 large Snake River Farms American Bone-in Ham


  • Heat oven to 275˚F. Place ham in a roasting pan and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Heat for approximately for 12-15 min. per pound. When center of ham reaches 125˚F allow the ham to rest for 15-30 min. Keep covered with foil while resting.


  • Slice biscuits in half and rub with a generous portion of red pepper jelly. Slice ham thinly and place in between biscuit halves. Enjoy!

Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs

Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs from Executive Chef Caleb Lara, Harbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard

To prepare Chipotle BBQ Ribs:

  • 10 lbs. of pork ribs
  • Rub the racks with prepared seasoning rub and refrigerate for 6-8 hours, or overnight
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and roast the pork rib racks slowly for three hours until done
  • Glaze with Chipotle BBQ sauce during the last hour

BBQ Pork Rub


  • ½ tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ tablespoon ground onion
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • Whisk together all the ingredients and store in an airtight container

Chipotle BBQ Sauce


  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 4 Cups ketchup
  • 1 1/3 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Cup lemon juice
  • 6 Chipotles in Adobo
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • Kosher salt, to taste


  • In a sauce pan, sauté garlic in butter until soft
  • Add all other ingredients and simmer until thickened
  • Puree and season with salt and pepper

Crispy Rock Shrimp With Sriracha Aioli

Crispy Rock Shrimp With Sriracha Aioli from Executive Sous Chef Richard Pelliccia, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa


  • Rock Shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • Buttermilk – as needed
  • All-purpose flour- as needed

Sriracha Aioli


  • 4 Cups Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Champagne vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • ¾ Cup Sriracha
  • 5 each Scallions, fine dice
  • 1.5 Tsp Cayenne pepper
  • ½ Tsp Celery salt
  • ¼ Tsp Coriander, ground
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat fryer to 350 degrees
  • For the aioli sauce, combine all items together with a whisk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place aioli in cooler for use later.
  • Place shrimp in a separate bowl. Add buttermilk to shrimp, just enough to coat the shrimp.
  • Add a small amount of salt and pepper to the shrimp and thoroughly mix until coated
  • Add shrimp slowly to the bowl of flour
  • Mix shrimp with hands until coated with flour and no longer feels wet
  • Place shrimp in fryer basket and lower into the fryer
  • Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove shrimp from fry basket and drain off excess oil
  • In a separate bowl, add shrimp and small amounts of sriracha aioli to taste
  • Place in a serving dish and enjoy




Hot Chocolate Festival 2016

February is here and it’s the annual Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery! Check out the calendar and indulge in a rotating menu of delicious liquid chocolate.

2016 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival Calendar

Dominique Bistro

A cute, artisanal French Cafe located in the heart of the West Village, Dominique Bistro is a showcase to the rich history of French food.

Dominique Bistro opened late last year and I was invited in to check out what head chef and namesake, Dominick Pepe, was dishing out. 

The restaurant is a Parisian-style cafe on the corner of Christopher and Gay Streets. The front of the restaurant has an enormous floor to ceiling window looking out onto Christopher Street and I was lucky enough to be seated in an ideal spot to take advantage of the view. The interior features an open kitchen with pops of French cultural flare scattered throughout. The vibe is classy and modern, and welcoming and inviting. It’s the kind of place I’d like to spend an afternoon sipping on wine.

The food exiting the open kitchen is comforting French fare. You have your classics such as Croque-monsieur, as well as authentic countryside dishes such as beef bouillabaisse.

I sampled a range of dishes. To start I tasted the ahi tuna tartare, pear salad and tomato soup. The highlights however were the main courses – beef bourguignon with braised beef, carrots, onions, mushrooms, potatoes and a red wine demi, and fettuccine with chanterelles, burgundy truffles in brown butter.

The bourguignon was my favorite dish. It hit the spot and helped warm me up on a cold January night. This hearty beef stew had a gracious serving of beef and seemingly dissolved after a few bites. Delicious.

Let’s not forget about dessert! I opted for the chocolate mousse and a heaping serving of sweetness came out. We’re not talking about any prim and proper chocolate mousse in a dish. This is a large hunk of chocolate mousse plopped down on a plate and decorated with strawberries.

Dominique Bistro has gained a spot on my list of recommended restaurants in NYC. It’s the perfect quaint West Village cafe where you can sit and enjoy a casual glass (or bottle) of wine or treat yourself to some heartier French fare.

Dominique Bistro  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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