Take a voyage to Pig Island Sept 6 in Brooklyn NY!

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Fifth Annual Pig Island Returns to Red Hook September 6th!

Now here is an event that I will be happy to attend as it fits in quite nicely with my penchant for all things pig, beer, and music related! If interested and in the NYC area that weekend I would suggest getting tickets quickly as it will probably sell out. Let’s go whole hog and feast on great eats and cold libations!

Food Karma Projects is happy to announce the 5th Annual Pig Island, returning to the beautiful Erie Basin Park in Red Hook on Saturday, September 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Showcasing the best of New York State local farmers, chefs, brewers, “real”cider makers and vintners all dedicated to bringing home the bacon, Pig Island returns with 20+ chefs from all five boroughs cooking up 80+ hogs sourced from Flying Pigs Farm.

Already, several chefs have lined up to make the most of their pork presence at our annual hogfest! Returning and new chefs include:

  • Peter Giannakas (Ovelia)
  • Bill Fletcher (Fletcher’s BBQ)
  • Joe Dobias (Joe and Mrs. Doe)
  • Justin Brunwasser (Friedman’s Lunch) returns with Jon Bratton of NYC Hot Sauce (this was one of the most popular stations last year, so get in line early)
  • Bob Devine, pitmaster, with the Jimmy’s No. 43 Summer Rig BBQ Smoker
  • Sam Barbieri from Waterfront Ale House/Fuhgeddaboutit BBQ
  • Patti Jackson (Delaware and Hudson)
  • Chef Shanna Pacifico (Boteco)
  • Chef Evan Hanczor (Egg)
  • Jacqueline Brooks (Southern Belle BBQ Sauce)
  • Randall’s BBQ
  • Fort Defiance/The Good Fork, with more TBA

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Cooperstown Diner – where you get a meatloaf as a burger!

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I’m a diner kind of guy and to me there is nothing wrong with an occasional trek into one to have some filling sloppy comfort food. The Cooperstown Diner was a recent find that totally satiated my lunch cravings for something big to chow down on.

Of course, when we were in Cooperstown recently and walked by this tiny looking brick faced diner I was enticed to venture in by the chalkboard proclaiming their famous burgers. I love old school joints like this that seem to be disappearing across the land. It’s a shame as these places scream “Americana” and deserve to be preserved for all to enjoy.

OK, I will admit the place is a bit grimy looking and could use a coat of paint but it’s also charming in it’s own way. A bit narrow and tight with some tables and counter seating so it can be a bit of a wait when crowded as it was when we walked in. Literally, it seats about 20 people tops. Seemed like a bunch of regulars were there, the townies, mixed in with a few of us tourist folk. Signage on the walls listing the daily dinner specials and breakfast is served all day which is a win in my book. 

We both ordered the burger with curly fries and tater tots. Good God Man! What the heck is that thing? It looked like a meatloaf between two buns! This beast was a massive hunk of meat that actually scared me a bit. With nervous laughter we dug in and were surprised at how juicy and tasty the burger was. Curly fries were decent but I wish I had ordered the tater tots. Always order the tots. We rolled out of there and had to take a walk to digest a bit after that meat attack. Plus, I had to drive back to Manhattan and needed to wake myself from the coma before I passed out and swerved off the road.  Continue reading

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The Penrose – a bit of downtown cocktail vibe on the UES.

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Photo credit – The Penrose

Ok, to me it’s more like 3.5 stars, and I’m not all goo goo gushy about The Penrose as most are who seem to rave about the place, yet I’ll bump it to 4 stars for the cocktails! Sure, it’s a wonderful addition to the exploding UES/Yorkville bar and foodie scene but there is something about this place that baffles me. It’s as if The Penrose is trying too hard to be trendy and cool, along with a lot of the clientele here. It’s filled with the trust fund popped collar crowd on the weekends and the type of women you’d find in sororities and Gossip Girl type shows. Mainly, it is a 20-something gathering spot which fills with the type of clientele one can expect from the UES. Trendy, fashionable, but casual too. Not really frat boy but not too far removed either. That being said, The Penrose is helping to elevate the bar scene up here which is a terrific thing. Continue reading

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Beer, Whiskey, Bacon, Music & Moonshine! Mosey on down to the East Ville Hoedown at Webster Hall NYC August 16!

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WEBSTER HALL BRINGING A LITTLE COUNTRY TO THE CITY

EAST VILLE HOEDOWN ON SATURDAY, August 16, 2014

Hot damn I know where I will be at this Saturday! That’s right folks, they are doing it AGAIN!  Not too long ago there was a rompin’ stompin’ good time at East Ville de Folies and East Ville des Carnivale events. After the rip-roaring success of the last East Ville event, Webster Hall will host its 1st annual Beer, Whiskey, Moonshine, Bacon and BBQ event – called East Ville Hoedown. The countrified event is scheduled to take place on August 16, 2014 encompassing all four floors of Webster Hall!

YEE-HAW!

Now, I am the type of guy that enjoys a cold beer. Listens to live bands. Kicks back with a tasty whiskey now and then. Has partaken in a shot of moonshine or two. Of course, I love my bacon and BBQ! Yet, who has time to stroll out to the country? So, these good folks decided to bring the country to the city! It will feature your favorite Americana beers, the best whiskeys, bourbons and white lightning Kentucky and Tennessee has to offer. The event will also enable consumers to taste bacon in ways you never imagined along with mouthwatering BBQ. Hot dang! I am already drooling as I am typing this! Bacon! Continue reading

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From the Madness of NYC comes 300 Blog Posts.

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So, how did this actually happen? I’m far from being a writer, and would not even attempt to place that label on myself. At times I find it hard to put together proper sentence structure. Heck, I can barely speak English. More like a babbling idiot that somehow scribbles his thoughts onto paper. There is no possible way that this barely brain functioning individual could have written 300 posts already. Yup, 300 blog posts. I don’t even believe it. Maybe it’s a testament to my dogged persistence which thinks I can actually write. What’s even more amazing is that there are people out there who really read my sometimes indecipherable ramblings. Boy, are you all gluttons for punishment! You could be reading a novel by a professional writer, or a well known news website, or even a newspaper. Why would you read my blog when Judge Judy is on, or the bat shit crazy “Housewives of Whatever City” can be your guilty pleasure? Now, don’t get me wrong as I’m very appreciative to anyone who follows this blog and my weekly demented meanderings. I just hope that one day you all don’t see through my charade! Continue reading

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Buffalo Wing battle in upstate NY! Duff’s vs Anchor Bar.

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In the battle of the Buffalo Wings Duff’s Famous Wings totally blows Anchor Bar away!

At least that’s my opinion, but you know what they say about a-holes and opinions. Also, my a-hole had nothing to do with my taste buds during this trip to upstate NY. I had a chance to try them both while in town for a few days recently. Both spots could not be anymore different. Much has been said regarding the Buffalo Wing supremacy when it comes to these two iconic bastions of wing debauchery. My vote goes to Duff’s!

Anchor bar is where you go as a tourist to say you ate wings at the place that invented them. It’s an old bar with great memorabilia and old motorcycles hanging on the walls. The dining area is straight out of some old Catskills looking joint and looks it’s age. 

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“Does This Rag Smell Like Chloroform” Blog Party in My Pants!

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Welcome Welcome Welcome! Come on in. Let me take that coat. Saunter up to the bar and have a cocktail. Mix and mingle. What’s that you say? Why yes, this soiree is pants optional. I would have it no other way. Have some chips and dip. I made it myself with my special sauce. Secret ingredient that adds a little kick to it. Don’t even ask. So glad you could all cum, and not too early either. No one wants to be arrive prematurely. Kind of spoils the fun, and your underwear. Yet, this is a way to get a good seat for all the action. Relax! Spread your legs, enjoy, and let many sordid tales be told. I even wore my studded assless leather chaps for this one. Yes, I dress to impress.

Just wanted to offer a big shout out to all my guests! Thanks for dropping in. I see some of you even dressed for the occasion. Oh honey, you shouldn’t have worn that. Dude, does your mommy dress you in the dark. You purposely trying not to get laid? Oh, I kid, I kid. No really. Yes, I do. No. So glad you could all make it to my first ever virtual blog party where you get to take over my abode of a twisted blog. Don’t mind some of the creepers lurking around here. I’m sure by the end of the night anyway you’ll all be half naked in the bathroom doing strange things with my loofah to each other. All I ask is that you clean up after your nasty selves, and if some of you pervs end up in my bedroom be prepared to enter the world of internet porn. Not saying I have cameras hidden around my place. Oh, did you remember to sign the waiver and bring it with you? Just want to be protected in case some of you do damage to yourselves playing with the sex swing and assorted toys laying about. They are just for display purposes only. Wink Wink. Oh, don’t mind that little red light in the bookcase and behind the mirror. It’s nothing. Really. Continue reading

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Maoz Vegetarian NYC. When my body needs a healthy break!

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I finally popped my Maoz cherry! So many times I walked by this place down in Union Square NYC, saw all the rave reviews on Yelp, but did not drop in to try it out. It was my first time yesterday for lunch and discovered a terrific falafel sandwich and sweet potato fries! Hot damn this was good. My taste buds approved of this healthier option that I was putting into my mouth. Yummers!

Sure, it’s not too often that I write about the healthier eats in and around NYC but at times I need to give my overtaxed digestive system a break. A meatless lunch. No bacon. No nitrates. Nothing that moos or oinks. Consider it a sort of cleansing. My body thanks me. My intestinal tract thanks me. My butthole thanks me.

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