Come get your cheesy Mac Daddy on in NYC March 29th!

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If there is one thing that many of us crave it’s a mouth watering cheesy gooey mac and cheese! Even those who are lactose intolerant will suffer through the cramps and pain to indulge in this classic comfort food staple. Along with a few cold beers to help wash it down makes for a tasty meal any time of day! Now along comes a cheesy good event right here in NYC this weekend for those mac and cheese aficionados that can’t get enough of this culinary delight! 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 from our favorite local restaurants, with chefs vying for the chance to be crowned NYC’s best mac and cheese.

Glug down Goose Island beer as you sample your way through this competition, featuring masterful mac-and-cheese riffs from the city’s top comfort-food purveyors. Just like the winter’s Big Cheesy grilled-cheese showdown, indulge in these delectable dishes and cast your vote for the Time Out–curated contender you want crowned as New York’s top macaroni. The big gooey cheese king! Continue reading

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I’m at it again! Make A Wish & Urban Mudder in NYC July 25!

 

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The kid just can’t stop himself.

Seems like I just can’t give up doing stupid stuff to my body and putting it through some sort of hellish physical ordeal each year now. Well, after I swore off doing these obstacle course and mud runs after a Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder I am now entered to participate in an Urban Mudder happening right here in NYC on July 25th!

Yup, throwing caution to the wind I am participating in the Urban Mudder in NYC at Randall’s Island and running this for charity. Very cool that it’s right in my own backyard playground. The charity I chose is the terrific Make A Wish foundation. I hope that you can support me as I put my body on the line again, and it doesn’t matter how big or small a donation you can make. It all helps support this wonderful organization’s efforts. After all, it’s for the kids!

From the folks that brought us Tough Mudder –

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“The city that never sleeps has another reason to keep moving. We’re taking over Randall’s Island on July 25th with brand new, innovative obstacles, music on course, and an all-day festival. This is not your climb a net, do a burpee BS. Up until now, the only way to experience obstacles of this size, scale and pure awesomeness was at a Tough Mudder. Now you have them right here in NYC. Course details – About 5 miles, 12-15 obstacles, 3 water stations.” Sounds like a great time! I am already in training for this with my gym workouts, and now that the arctic weather and ice covered roads have melted away my running regimen will begin. Yeah, I have a love/hate relationship with running but it needs to be done. Time to man up and put away my skirt again. Link to the NYC event page to see what it’s all about – http://urbanmudder.com/events/2015-new-york

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Urban Mudder is honored to support Make-A-Wish® in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A Make-A-Wish experience can help kids cope with – or even overcome – their illnesses. At every Urban Mudder, participants will have the opportunity to raise funds for local wish kids. Urban Mudder doesn’t just create life-changing experiences for participants – it helps create life-changing experience for wish kids.

Here is the link to my donation page. Any amount will be greatly appreciated to help support such a fine cause!

https://www.crowdrise.com/Philip-Holtberg—Urban-Mudder-New-York-2016/fundraiser/philipholtberg

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Again, thanks to all who have supported me in the past, and to those who support my future efforts here with this event. You all rock!

 

 

 

 

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A Milestone Birthday for this NYC Kid!

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Even the Pope joined for my birthday dinner! Quite the audience I must say. He’s a big fan of Buca di Beppo’s meatballs. Too bad we all cursed so much. Hope he blessed us.

It sounds like an age-old cliché but time sure does go by fast when you’re having fun! Never did I think I would be sitting here at this point in my life reflecting back and yet still looking to the future. Age is a funny thing for sure. The young relish in their youth. The old wish they had more time. We look forward to celebrating the day of our birth, and yet many also dread that day when hitting a certain age plateau signifies what is perceived as past their prime. I never thought of age as something to fear or even be aware of. Seems like it’s more on the mind of those around me who keep bringing it up. Yes, it’s my birthday today, and as I prepare to party it up at the casino in Atlantic City I’m staying at with my loved ones all I want to do is gamble hard, eat with gluttonous abandon, booze it up, and enjoy life! Blackjack, craps, cocktails, high limit slots, cigars, a good whiskey, cold beer, and a tasty meal are all on the agenda. All. Week. Long. This Regular NYC Guy has come here to experience all the vices I can. Boom!

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Get your sweet tooth at The Sweet Shop in NYC!

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Accidentally found this place while out for a run. Needless to say I took an ice cream and candy break! What a terrific little store. Oh well – there went my run! How could I resist not taking a break to peruse the shelves at The Sweet Shop in my hood of the Upper East Side in NYC when all this candy goodness was beckoning me? It’s like I had the good and bad angels sitting on my shoulders, and the bad angel whispered evil thoughts and sweet nothings into my ear. Guess which one won out? The good angel was kicked to the curb as I headed inside this tiny pocket of candy wonderland.

I was greeted with shelves lined along each wall showcasing all kinds of candies from the old-timey style to the newest sugary treats on the market. Family owned and run they are very friendly and knowledgeable. Even handed me some samples to try just for walking in and saying hello. Now that’s a welcoming perk. Get me all wired up on candy why don’t you even before I buy anything? I wasn’t refusing! My evil angel was smirking in delight. Continue reading

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The Great Big Bacon Picnic in NYC. Pork it up in Brooklyn!

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There is nothing like a warm Spring day in NYC. Sunny skies. Warm breeze. Birds chirping. The smell of bacon in the air. Bacon you say? Yes, BACON! I’ll gladly throw down a blanket and kick back with copious amounts of crispy sweet bacon and unlimited drinks. I just so happens there is a new event being planning to take over Brooklyn on May 16th and 17th for all those pork loving aficionados out there. The Great Big Bacon Picnic is an indoor/outdoor gourmet bacon festival with over 100 chefs, brew masters, and mixologists showering you with unlimited bacon, extraordinary cocktails, and local craft beers!

I think I just had a bacon and booze foodgasm! This is like a party in my mouth, and you’re all invited! Wait, what? Whatever, just make sure to keep this one on your Spring hit list if in town. If you love, or even like bacon, and enjoy a cold beer or quenching libation on a warm afternoon surrounded by like-minded peeps this is a must go to event!

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Dining with Polish royalty in Brooklyn NYC!

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The Polish plate – bring on the food baby!

Delicious gut busting Polish food at very affordable prices! Located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, Krolewskie Jadlo offers a taste of European delight in this long surviving Polish enclave. It’s one of those cultural and ethnic communities that help make up the fabric of NYC’s diversity. Plus, if you’re the type that appreciates the heavier high caloric comfort food of which our ancestors enjoyed that warms the belly then a visit here is a must.

How can you not be lured into the royalty of Polish kings and queens while knights in shining armor are standing at watch outside while you feast? Walk on in and take a spot at a booth, and hope you have enough room to unbuckle your pants while your midsection expands with a food baby over the course of your meal. We had heard so many good things about this restaurant, and so many of our friends had raved about it, that we knew it would have to be on our list of must eats. We finally made a very worthwhile pilgrimage and were not let down. In fact, I am already looking forward to a return visit as long as I remember to wear some sort of maternity pants that can expand enough to hold me all in. Maybe I should borrow the pair Joey wore on Friends during the Thanksgiving episode?

Might be a good look on me too. At least I will be able to eat more!

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Del Frisco’s in NYC. A sleek and sexy manly man meatfest.

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Damn good filet mignon to go along with a wonderful sazerac cocktail. Classy boisterous joint to feed your inner carnivore. On my recent visit to this sleek and sexy haven of meat deliciousness and quality libations Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in NYC did not disappoint.

Definitely a touch of fancy bulked up on testosterone in midtown that attracts a mix of tourists and locals alike. Even an occasional celebrity. Large sprawling restaurant with plenty of seating, thick dark woods, marble floors and stairs, high ceilings, and a huge bar anchoring this spot. Even on the rainy midweek late night that a friend brought me here the joint was jumping and amped up. Many people were still in business suits dining away on plates of meat while closing that deal or meeting up with their mistresses. Maybe even a paramour or two. Groups happily engaged in conversation. Women in designer dresses having a drink at the bar. The smell of finely cooked meat wafting through the air when brought about by a waiter. A lively manly man scene, but sexy enough to draw in plenty of ladies too. Continue reading

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