Au Revoir…. Je suis hors de France!

* translation: Safe Trip…. I’m off to France*

*Najac*

*Najac*

For the second summer in a row…I’m headed to France for my August vacation (let’s hope this becomes an annual thing!). But unlike last year, when I went fancy and hit up St. Tropez, Provence and Cannes, I’m heading to the Aveyron region of Southern France (close to where Spain and France meet) to a small town called Najac with the boyfriend.

For the next eight days I’ll be off the grid (ok, not totally off the grid) forgoing blogging, checking my email ten times a day and tweeting/instagramming my life with food in NYC to relaxing and celebrating a friends 60th birthday and enjoying some much needed peace and quiet (the summer of weddings has been a doozy!).

Of course I’ll be documenting my journey as I did last year…. so stay tuned for an updated “France in Ten Bites” post. We were told that the town butcher is preparing a special feast for this party and there was talk of 180 magnums of rosé being ordered for this five-day party so I’m sure to come back with some good stories 🙂

Au revoir!

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Deal of the Week: JBird Cocktails Happy Hour!!!

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JBird Cocktails, on the Upper East Side, recently launched an every night happy hour with $8 cocktails, $6 glasses of wine and bar snacks like Korean fried chicken, savory popcorn and nacho tater tots!

Enjoy this great deal Monday-Saturday from 5:30-7:30pm and on Sundays  from 5:30-12:30am!!!

JBird Cocktails

339 East 75th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

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Check it Out: Marlow & Sons Summer Fair!!!

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Head to Williamsburg (specifically the corner of Broadway and Berry) this Saturday, August 11th from 6-10pm for Marlow & Sons Summer Fair benefiting Cayuga Pure Organics!

Tickets can be purchased in advance ($35 for 4 people) or you can buy day of for just $10! Each ticket gets you beer, sausages, snow cones, shandies, rosé, corn, watermelon, and much much more!

For those not familiar with Cayuga Pure Organics, they are a small farm near Ithaca, New York that grows organic, non-GMO dry beans and grains,. On May 30, 2013, a devastating fire destroyed the barn that housed all of their cleaning and packaging equipment and a considerable amount of inventory. Please join Marlow & Sons this weekend in raising funds so Cayuga Pure Organics can rebuild!

 

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McKenzies Recommenzies: Smorgasbar!!!

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In an effort to revitalize the South Street Seaport area following the devastating damage resulting from Hurricane Sandy, the Brooklyn Flea Organization (consisting of Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Flea, Central Park Summerstage, Smorgasburg at Whole Foods Bowery and Dumbo Flea) curated a dozen food and beverage vendors to set up on Front Street in the pedestrian-only area of South Street Seaport every day, from 11am-10pm through October!

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photo via DNAInfo.com

Food vendors include Asia DogBlue Marble Ice CreamBrooklyn Oyster Party, Brooklyn Soda WorksFondaKelvin Slush CompanyLandhausMilk Truck Grilled CheesePizza Moto and Red Hook Lobster Pound as well as a full bar inside a shipping container serving beer, wine and spirits.

It’s a great place whether you work nearby and want a lunch option that is a little different from Chipotle and Chop’t or if you (like me) want to spend an afternoon or early evening eating and drinking with friends outdoors!

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Deal of the Week: Prune’s Burger & Bloody Deal!!!

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Enjoy a Burger and Bloody Mary for just $20 at Prune restaurant Sunday-Thursday from 5:30-7pm!

Prune

54 East 1st Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

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My Latest Obsession: Andre’s Cafe Strudel!

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My Hungarian friend Gabriella has been bugging me to check out Andre’s Cafe in Yorkville for authentic Hungarian eats but it wasn’t until last week that I walked through the doors and realized how I should listen to Gabriella more!

It’s teeny tiny of a place, that serves lunch, dinner and desserts of all kinds. But I was here for one thing and one thing only… strudels. Walking by its almost impossible not to want to look and drool over the pastries in the windowsill and stare at the giant poster that simply says….STRUDELICIOUS. They offer nearly a dozen sweet and six savory strudels served warm or at room temperature.

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*Spinach and Potato Strudel*

I ordered the spinach and potato strudel to go as I was running late to work. When I finally got the chance to sit down was able to see what I had just paid nearly $8.00 for. Before taking a bite, you’ve gotta take it all in….a heaping portion of cut strudel with spinach and potato narrowly flowing out. The light flaky pastry manages to somehow keep it all together but with each bite or cut of the knife, it starts to get a little messy….in a good way.

The savory strudel was so good that I fear for the time I try one of their sweet strudels. If it’s even half as good as the spinach and potato strudel… then I may find myself eating more than a few 😉

Andre’s Cafe

1631 2nd Avenue (between 84th and 85th Streets)

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Run…Don’t Walk to Speedy Romeo!!!!

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Shame on me….I lived just a five-minute bike ride from Speedy Romeo for 15 months and never, EVER ate there. It wasn’t until last week (and four months of living in Tribeca) that my dear friends Ed and Daphne (owners of one of my fave burger joints in Brooklyn: 67 Burger)  finally managed to escort me to Speedy Romeo after months of trying to do so.

Since its opening (in January 2012) Speedy Romeo has been constantly busy. Located on a corner that some call Clinton Hill and some call Bedford Stuyvesant (brokers probably), it stands out amongst the neighborhood because of the auto parts signage that blankets most of the building it lives in, is usually filled with every Brooklyn resident stereotype, blasts great tunes like live blues jazz when I was there last week, and the crowd of people usually standing outside waiting for their name to be called.

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I arrived a bit early and so sat at the bar with the recent issue of New York Magazine waiting for Ed and Daphne to arrive. I had one eye on the page and one eye on the scene…. the open kitchen has a large wood-fired oven which emits and carries the most amazing smells around the restaurant, the people seated at tables and the bar are hip and beautiful, and the staff has huge infectious smiles on their faces while they are taking care of everyone’s needs.

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(Clockwise Left to Right)

(Mozzarella Crostini with Cucumber/Mint Salad, Rib Special, Giardiniera, Oven Fried Egg with Corn and Tomatoes, and Ol’ Smokey Pizza)

The food is simple, fresh, and delicious and boasts awesome specials like their monthly chef collaboration pizza series and rotating seasonal items. I let Daphne and Ed take the reins on ordering and they did not disappoint. I found myself eating forkfuls of the complimentary giardiniera they bring at the start of your meal, slyly grabbing for another piece of pizza just after devouring a slice, reminiscing about my favorite hometown bbq in Kansas City while licking my fingers after eating the ribs (the rib special had a great nod to Gates in the addition of white bread), marveling at the simplicity and deliciousness of the egg dish, and piling my crostini high with fresh mozzarella.

Speedy Romeo is just wonderful and a great representation of Brooklyn dining. It’s well-priced, sports a warm and friendly vibe in both the decor and the service and most of all… has kick ass food.

Speedy Romeo 

376 Classon Avenue (at Greene Avenue) *Clinton Hill*

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