We've been known to poke fun at GoogaMooga over here, sure. But given the strenuous efforts on the part of the festival's parent company, Superfly, to make amends for all the things that went wrong at last year's inaugural event—refunding the cost of tickets to disappointed VIPs, adding more booths and an overall tighter ordering system to streamline things at this year's event—we were all really rooting for things to go right this time around.
So, ready to give it another go?
For all the people who are feverishly excited about the return this year of the Great Googa Mooga, there are plenty of other people who are just kind of happy to turn the whole thing into a punching bag. And admittedly, aspects of last year's festival were, well, sort of a disaster. But, this time around, no one can say that organizers aren't making a major, good faith effort to ensure that things at this weekend's event are better for everyone involved.
Some of the best news we've heard in a while: following a major fire that more or less ravaged the place back in January, the Bedford Avenue location of Oslo is officially back open for business, starting today. And with free coffee, no less.
Everyone needs a little good news on a Monday, don't they? And, ideally, the promise of a stiff drink. This weekend, the New York Times provided both, with the welcome announcement (via the lovely Rosie Schapp) that gin? Gin is back.
I realize it's not for everyone—different strokes for different folks, some of whom are cold-blooded murderers and some of whom are not—but around here, we have a certain amount of respect for fake meat. Or at least, respect for the fact that few things in this world are grosser or more disconcerting than slowly (or retroactively) realizing that something you've been eating wasn't... exactly what you thought it was.
On Tuesday night the Village Voice held its second annual Choice Streets event, where dozens of New York City's food trucks set up shop on Pier 86 of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. Those in attendance were treated to a wide variety of food, from vendors like Coolhaus, Phil's Steaks, The French Quarter, Miami Food Machine and many more. Plus, there were some very, very nice views, captured here by photographer Robert Caputo.
This Thursday, renowned chef Dale Talde (of Pork Slope, Thistle Hill Tavern, and Talde) will be speaking at the Brooklyn Museum as part of its "Connecting Cultures" program which highlights the intersectional aspects of different artistic mediums, including, in this case the culinary arts.
As we've already discussed, Cinco de Mayo is this weekend. The greatest of spring holidays! Even if you're just sort of blindly using it as an excuse to booze and snack, like, a little more than you normally would.
There are plenty of places in the borough to drink margaritas, Coronas and sangrias, eat guacamole and chips, and pretend you know why you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo this Sunday. And Williamsburg’s recently opened Dos Toros, a relaxed, Cali-Mex taqueria with branches throughout Manhattan, is one of them. Leo and Oliver Kremer, two brothers from the San Francisco Bay Area, offer carne asada, carnitas, and rice and bean-stuffed burritos, tacos, quesadillas and salads, all for wallet-friendly prices. But since celebrating at home is even cheaper, they were kind enough to share their top, “Cinco de Toro” tips, to ensure that your Mexican-themed Sunday supper is a rousing success.
If what excites you most about the upcoming Kentucky Derby is horseracing and oversized hats, well, you’ve come to the wrong place. For us, the annual event is nothing less than an unabashed celebration of the mint julep, one of our favorite, seasonal cocktails. Considered the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby for over 70 years, the standard julep is made with bourbon, sugar, water, and mint, and traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup. But this in NYC, not the Deep South. And our cocktail scene is infinitely more exciting — so why limit yourself to sipping a single rendition of the centuries old tipple all night?
Hey, Brooklyn food, you heard of it? A lot of people seem to think it's good! Some even take it far too seriously. None of those people, however, seem to have had anything to do with the just-released 2013 "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list, which, while the expanded 100-restaurant list includes 9 New York institutions — a totally impressive ratio! — includes exactly zero from Brooklyn.
Granted, food trucks are never not hugely popular, but as the weather (we hope) gets warmer by the day, well, we're headed into the season where it's not only sanctionable but generally encouraged to eat every single one of our meals from a truck. Meaning, the Village Voice's 2nd annual "Choice Streets" event couldn't be coming at a better time.
Hey, somebody, anybody! Well, anybody, with $60,000. That's got to be at least one of you out there? Anyway, I'm politely insisting that you purchase the Endless Summer taco truck — which is now up for auction on Ebay — devote your life to the serving of tacos, and prevent one more beloved institution from disappearing from this world forever. As far as these things go, it's actually a pretty good deal.
Living in Bushwick, it can start to feel like a new bar opens up at least once a week. It's not a problem, exactly, but a little variety wouldn't necessarily hurt. You can't drink (or eat brunch) at all hours of the day. Or at least, you probably shouldn't. Francisco Garcia, owner and operator of Evergreen Ice Cream co., apparently felt the same way. "I saw an opening," Garcia explained of the shop, which opens to the public on Saturday. "I wanted to do something that anyone could enjoy, and the neighborhood doesn't have anything like this. And when my girlfriend and I get dinner in the area, the question's always been, 'Where are we going for dessert?'"
Just in time for the spring thaw and the gradual arrival of outdoor drinking weather, local canned beer offerings from Brooklyn and Sixpoint will be joined on store shelves by another local product: For the first time since they began operations in 2011, The Bronx Brewery will be selling its flagship beer, Bronx Pale Ale, in 16oz cans. It's the brewery's first foray into the world of retail; their beers were previously available exclusively on draft.
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