#SCBDExclusive Last Minute Guide to #CincoDeMayo

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Don’t feel like celebrating #CincoDeMayo at home this year? Here are some great options if you plan on going out!

Galli (45 Mercer St, NY) will be having $5 Margherita, Lili’s Curves:

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Ingredients:

  • two ounces of Esplon Silver
  • one ounce fresh lime
  • one ounce black pepper infused simple syrup
  • spoonful of purated strawberries
  • two dashes of orange bitters

Combine, mix, serve, and enjoy!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or better yet Cinco de Derby at Jacques 1534 and enjoy $10 select cocktails including Fishermans Julep, El Diablo Loco, or Uptown at The Pitch & Fork with $10 Mint Juleps and Margaritas!

Come sit, relax, and sip on the rooftop at Social Bar & Grill they will have $20 Corona buckets & $5 Margaritas to celebrate.

Upper West side restaurant Amigos (2888 Broadway) is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with  your amigos! And there are more than enough options for every taste and mood: the Bull Dog, a frozen margarita with a Corona; the Mexi-Cali Lunazul tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice; a Hot Tamale with Corralejo Reposado tequila, fresh jalepeno, lime juice, mango, and a chili salt rim; Los Amigos with El Mayor Plata tequila, Barenjager honey liqueur, and cinnamon orange garnish; and the El Gallo Avion Plata tequila, passion fruit liqueur, and lime juice.

Crystal Springs Resort (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ) is celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Sunday May 5 with a free tequila tasting, a special Mexican-inspired menu and signature cocktails at Crystal Tavern.

From 1pm – 4pm, representatives from Patron tequila will be pouring free samples of Patron Silver, Reposado, Anejo, XO Café and Citronge, and giving away free gifts

All day, Crystal Tavern will serve special cocktails and a menu of Mexican favorites in addition to the regular a la carte menu. Cocktails ($12) include  Cilantro Julep Patron Anejo, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, amber agave nectar and cilantro leaves; Ginger Lemon Spice Patron Silver, Patron Citronge, simple syrup, fresh ginger, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice; Mexican Espresso Martini Patron XO Café Dark, Patron XO Café, espresso; Sweet Orange Patron Reposado, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, bitters; Pina Coronado Patron Silver, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, elderflower liqueur, vanilla/cinnamon syrup.

Cheers! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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Elizabeth’s City Pizza Overnight Review

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Last Thursday I placed my order for pizza delivery from City Pizza Overnight– and Friday afternoon, as promised, I came home to a huge, brown box at my doorstep.  City Pizza Overnight is a Chicago-based company that specializes in NYC-style pizza delivered overnight. It comes to you cooled and packed in ice, ready to crisp up in your oven and eat in 6-7 minutes. The ordering process is simple and straightforward, and their FedEx shipping process is seamless. They send you a confirmation and tracking number so you know exactly where your order is and when it arrives. Definitely easy and definitely convenient.

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For my pizzas, I tried a regular plain pizza, a gluten-free plain pizza, and a gluten-free pizza topped with onions, and peppers. Once out of the box, all you have to do in unwrap each pie and put them right on the rack in your pre-heated oven. The pizzas made my kitchen smell fantastic; a nice perk you don’t usually get to enjoy when you order pizza. I found it helpful to keep the cardboard circles from under the pizza- that way you can just pull them right out of the oven onto those and serve.

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How did they taste? The gluten-free options are a real accomplishment. They have a tender and crispy crust like you’d expect from a regular pizza, the sauce and cheese are in good proportion, and the vegetable toppings on one gave it a welcomed boost of flavor. For anyone with a gluten allergy who’s craving a pizza fix- this would surely hit the spot. The regular plain pizza for me tasted a little plain, for lack of a better word. It didn’t have the cheesy, crusty, unctuousness I’ve come to expect from plain pizza. But if you live in a part of the country where good pizza is far and few between, this might be right up your alley. And as I said before, the gluten-free options are a smart and delicious option even for those without a gluten allergy. You can even order up a bunch of pizzas and keep them in your freezer, ready to heat and eat at a moments notice.

Curvy is Bella Tips: Spiced Shrimp with Veggies over Jasmine Rice Recipe

Hi everyone I am Fay I am owner of Curvy is Bella a fitness blog for girls and I am designated  health and fitness guru for Small Chick Big Deals! I figured it was about time I posted and shared my tips and tricks with everyone and today’s healthy lunch came out to good not to share. I would say once a week I go to Columbus Market in NJ for fresh fruits and veggies and Bottom Dollar Food for everything else. Of course, sometimes I treat myself to items from Trader Joes, Wegmans and Acme but I like to save money and eat as healthy as possible and I have found you can do that at Bottom Dollar Food as long as you know what you are looking for! The Spiced Shrimp with Veggies over Jasmine Rice recipe I am going to share is quick, easy and is great to eat after a nice workout at the gym.

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Spiced Shrimp with Veggies over Jasmine Rice

Ingredients:

  • Jasmine rice (or any rice of your choice)
  • One fresh tomato
  • Half of an avocado
  • shelled shrimp
  • coconut shreds
  •  normal household spices

Instructions:

  1. To start cook rice to brand specifications, I use jasmine rice from a local asian market and it takes about 15 minutes to make. 
  2. While the rice is cooking in a small pan put a little water, 7 shelled shrimp and spice them to your taste. I put cayenne pepper, regular pepper and a dash of Mrs. Dash (salt free)
  3. During the cooking of the rice and shrimp get out your tomato and chop it as small as you’d like. While on the cutting board spice the tomatoes (again this is to your taste but I used cayenne pepper again and a little garlic salt)
  4. Once shrimp are red and cooked clean them off and peel them (if you don’t it will give an unwanted fishy taste to your meal)
  5. Rinse out your shrimp pan and put tomatoes, coconut shreds and pealed shrimp and cook for five minutes. 
  6. After that is done mix rice (there will be left over so I just put it in a container for another lunch) tomato mix and shrimp together and top with sliced fresh avocado and enjoy!

All of these things I used today were left overs from salads throughout the week! Getting creative with your meals helps save time, money and wasted food from having to be thrown away. Hope you enjoyed this quick meal once I get more comfortable I plan on submitting at least once a week to Small Chick Big Deals and feel free to check me out on Curvy is Bella  🙂

-Fay

#SCBD Places to Celebrate Halloween in NJ & NYC!

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are tons of parties throughout New York & New Jersey starting this weekend. If I were you I’d grab your costume & an appetite for night of fun.

Here are some the hottest parties in Jersey:

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe (Englewood & Wyckoff locations) will be holding an Adult Halloween Costume Party on this Friday 10/26! It will be a night filled with live Bands, a costume contest and a Patron XO Dark Promo Party with fun giveaways.   First place winner of the costume contest will win a $200 BMMC gift card and $100 BMMC gift card for runner up.

Also, On Halloween, they have their annual family contest – all children who dine at the Blue Moon in costume are entered to win one of 3 prizes $100 to Toy Store, $50 to Toy Store or Dinner for 4 to BMMC.

Village Pourhouse in Hoboken will be holding a carnival on Halloween night. Drink specials include $4 Sailor Jerry Redrums, Sailor Jerry RIP Rum Punch, Devil’s Cut shots & cocktails,  and Vision Vodka Blood Bath Cocktails. $3 Coor Light drafts, & $6 pumpkin pie cocktails & pumpkin bombs! Cheers!

If you plan on celebrating in the city, here are some places to go:

Maxwell’s Bar in Tribeca is hosting their Halloween Party this Saturday, October 27th starting at 9PM. Cover is $10 at the door but proceeds go directly to the LGS foundation. They will have a Dj and drink specials throughout the evening– costumes are a must! Insiders note– they will also be serving a special Halloween menu on Halloween including a Blood Orange Margarita, The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary, or The Killer Transfusion for $10.

Maxwell’s Halloween decor!

Love bakeries as much as I do? Then you are in for a treat Halloween night at Ivy Bakery in SoHo! Make sure you attend the Halloween “Truck or Treat” EventCelebrate some of Divine’s darkest flavors at the “Truck or Treat” Food Pop Up Event during New York City’s Halloween Parade on October 31st. Presented by Ivy Bakery and Farm2Me, in conjunction with NYC Food Truck Association and Cheap Eats, the fun kicks-off at Ivy Bakery138 West Houston St (between MacDougal and Sullivan) at 5pm.

From 5-8 pm, Divine Chocolate’s Trick or Treat station at Ivy Bakery will feature wicked samples of our 70% Dark, 70% Dark with Raspberries and our Limited Edition bars, including Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle and Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Cranberries. They have samples for Milk Chocolate lovers, too!

Now the question is where to celebrate– in Jersey or the city?

Decisions, decisions– maybe I’ll see you at one of the parties mentioned above!

Cheers! 😀

The Best of Bergen Made An Appearance at #Bergenfest 2012!

If you checked out my fall event round up, you know that Bergenfest  held by Bergen Health & Life was last week and it was an event not to be missed! It took place last Thursday, September 27th at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel from 5-9 PM. I went along with three of my main girls– Lauren, Leah & Nicole.  Lauren is a foodie & a photographer, she took just about all the pictures I will be featuring in this post unless I mention otherwise, Nicole also has a food/nightlife blog– Rockland 411 and Leah, who is one my roommates and is an adventurous eater, she also hails from Canada originally! Bergenfest was a great night, so let me tell you why!

The ladies & I taking a picture by the Step & Repeat!
Photo Credit: Lauren Kelly

“This event is an amazing chance to experience the best of Bergen County—and to have a great time and find treasure too,” says Andy Shane, publisher of Bergen Health & Life.

Bergenfest was an event not to miss, the people of Bergen county were dressed in their very best and prepared to meet some of the counties best vendors. Tables of vendors filled the lobby showcasing their resources to residents from hair salons to dentists you could find it at the festival.

The moment you stepped into the main room, the smell of food filled the air. I know my senses were taunted by the smell and astonished by the variety of food vendors that were present. They were all fully prepared for the huge crowd that awaited. I knew some of the vendors and have written about two: Mr Cupcakes & Blue Moon Mexican Cafe. I also came across a few vendors I’d love to visit in the near future like MK Valencia, Broadway Joe’s Bagels, and the renown Biggie’s Clam Bar.

At the MK Valencia table, getting ready to dig in!

The girls & I in the photo booth NYC photo had provided. Hair & makeup by the Moxie Salon in Ridgedale, NJ!

The night would not have been complete without a performance from Bergen’s own Janice Robinson who performed her hit, “Dreamer” which engaged the whole crowd. There was also a fashion show that followed soon after. Of course the night ended with the celebrity sighting of RHONJ own, Jacqueline Laurita. See more pictures below:

It was definitely a night to remember and I can’t wait to check out the restaurants that were present at the event! Looks like I’ll have more local deals to cover! If you live in Bergen county it’s an event you won’t want to miss! I know the ladies & I had a great night! 😀

Be back with more event coverage from this past weekend before you know it!!! 😀

Upcoming Fall & Fun Food Events: The #SCBD Edition

It’s official– food event season has begun and is going strong at least until November. I already had the pleasure of attending the Vendy Awards & Food Truck Rally. So in honor of the event season, check out this line-up of upcoming food events, starting with Bergenfest tomorrow night:

Bergen Health & Life Bergenfest 2012:

BERGEN COUNTY’S BIGGEST CELEBRATION!
No one knows the best go-to destinations in Bergen County better than the people who live here. You voted for your favorites and now we are bringing them all together for the 5th annual Bergenfest Party & Expo. at a New and Bigger Venue–with Great Parking.

Where: Sheraton Mahwah, 5-9 PM
The 411:
VIP Ticket Admittance – Don’t miss a thing! Enjoy EARLY admission and the chance to win great prizes, and special gifts. 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | $50 | $65 at the door
General Ticket Admittance – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. | $35 | $50 at the door
*VIP tote bag will be given to the first 500 attendees!Order tickets here: http://www.bergenhealthandlife.com/Bergenfest2012/Sponsors:
Bergen Health & Life, Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, The Fountain Spa, Devon Fine Jewelry, Atlas, & Montvale Health Associates.

NYC Wingfest 2012:

The 411: WingFest returns, with some new challengers to try and de-throne back to back champion, Dukes NYC’s title. Join us for all you can drink drafts, and all you can eat wings from the city’s best BBQ joints.

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When: Saturday, September 29th

Time: Noon to 7 PM (divided into two sessions)

Session 1: Noon to 3 PM

Session 2: 4 PM to 7 PM

Where: Center 548- 548 West 22nd Street, NY, NY

Robert Irvine Live:

When: Friday, October 5th 2012

Time: 8-11 PM

Where: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

The 411: Robert Irvine Live 2012” is Irvine’s first theatrical tour and he’s not taking the show lightly. “This is not just me cooking on stage for two hours because that has been done before. I wanted to do something totally different that makes cooking a vehicle for being able to create a theatrical event,” says Irvine. If his premiere performances in Florida are any indication, Irvine has truly taken the idea of theatrics to heart. Those performances found him rappelling down balconies and being challenged to feed members of the audience with no knowledge of the ingredients while a timer counted down. Of course, these challenges are nothing new to Irvine, whose Food Network shows “Dinner: Impossible” and “Restaurant: Impossible” often find him challenged both physically and creatively with deadlines that often seem nothing short of insurmountable let alone impossible.

Look out for my pre-show interview with Chef Robert Irvine on Jersey Bites & post show coverage coming up soon!

Fairway Foodie Programs:

FOODIE FRIENDS HALLOWEEN THEMED COOKING CLASS FOR KIDS

WHEN:   WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012
TIME: 4-5 PM (AGES 4-6), 5-6PM (AGES 7-11)
WHERE: FAIRWAY MARKET WOODLAND PARK, 1570 US 46 WEST
THE 411: Hannah Netter, Children’s Culinary Instructor at Fairway Woodland Park, has over a decade of experience working in childcare and currently manages and teaches children’s cookingclasses as partof a NYC-based company.  The Fairway “Foodie Friends Class” will inspire kids to be independent with their food choices and with small responsibilities like preparing their own simple meals. Each participant will take home a Fairway lunch box that they will have time to decorate during the class; a coupon for their guardians to come back and shop; the food they prepared during the class; a Fairway grocery pad and pen; and a fun recap of what they accomplished for the day. Tickets are $5 per class and parents are welcomed but not required to attend as each class will be supervised. For more information, call or inquire within the store or email info@fairwaymarket.com. Purchase tickets at the Woodland Park store or online at www.fairwaymarket.com/foodie-friends-class.

6th Annual NYC Food  Film Festival: 

What: Where Guests Taste What They See on the Screen

When: October 17 – 21, 2012

Venues:

The 411: Returning to New York City for its 6th consecutive year offering a unique series of events where food and film lovers return to taste what they see on the screen, the NYC Food Film Festival is the only festival in the world that serves the food that is seen in the films. Produced in association with the James Beard Foundation and benefiting the Food Bank For New York City, the 2012 NYC Food Film Festival runs from October 17 through October 21 in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The NYC Food Film Festival has grown from an intimate food-nerd date-night destination to one of New York City’s most beloved festivals, and the largest of its kind in the world. Last year, the Food Film Festival made its 2nd trip to Chicago, where it will return this year from November 15th – 17th for the Chicago Food Film Festival. The NYC Food Film Festival was created by George Motz, the documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning Hamburger America film, book, and mobile app, and host of Travel Channel’s Burger Land, along with Harry Hawk. Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival presents the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite and exotic foods on the big screen…and then serves them to the guests. The NYC Food Film Festival is co-produced by Grease Bomb LLC and Food Films America.

TICKETS ARE FOR ON-SALE ONLINE AT:  www.thefoodfilmfestival.com

Hope to see some of you readers at these events! Let me know if you plan on coming! Look out for another event round up in the works closer to November. Comment me if you plan on coming out!

‘Til next time, happy Eating! 😀