Marisa Churchill, contestant on Top Chef, is all about nutrition. In her cookbook, Sweet & Skinny ($24), she has a plethora of sweet treats that won't leave you with a stomachache. So nix those sugary Halloween candies and whip up a batch of these scrumptious PB&J Cookies instead!
PB&J Cookies - Makes 16 cookies
Per cookie: 130 calories, 6 grams of fat
The Northern Italian restaurant staple in St. Mark's, Paprika, is offering a deal that food-lovers won't be able to resist. Chef and owner Egidio Donagrandi has introduced a special Mushroom Festival menu that is available now until October 28th. The menu plays homage to Egidio's childhood in Valtellina, where he frequently would forage for fresh shrooms. The dishes will include fresh seasonal mushrooms in classic Italian dishes and can be order a la carte or as part of a four-course meal for $52. Best of all, these are the kind of shrooms you won't be in trouble for eating! Check out the dishes being served below.
Don't let the kiddies have all the fun this Halloween - adults, err, foodies know how to get down, too. This one's for you! Luckily, Pounds & Ounces in Chelsea is hosting a 'Disturbingly Divine' Halloween dinner party on October 31st. There will be plenty of tricks and treats at this fiesta. Not only will DJ Jimmy Prada be mixing spooky tunes all evening long, but there will be specialty Halloween cocktails and a tasting menu built around The Seven Deadly Sins created by Chef Cipollone. You can see the full menu below.
Calling all ghouls and gremlins...Halloween season is here and it's time to celebrate the best way we know how - with drinks! There are plenty of fun and fiendish recipes for you to test out before All Hallow's Eve arrives. And for you New Yorkers, there's a couple of spots serving spooking servings of devilishly delicious concoctions.
Pumkin Patch (Served at 230 Fifth)
1 oz. Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice
½ oz. coffee liqueur
Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.
Surely most foodie fiends know about Roger Mooking, the Trinidadian-Canadian chef who hosts Everyday Exotic on the Cooking Channel, stars on the Food Network's Heat Seekers with Aaron Sanchez, and most recently, aired his latest show, Man Fire Food, on the Cooking Channel, which debuted in September. In the show, Roger travels the country to discover intentive ways in which others cook with fire. We got to chat with the chef about his favorite cuisine, why he likes to grill, and what he's up to right now.
This past weekend, Manhattan Fashion Directory presented the Queen of the Downtown Scene, Patti Astor's first book at Clic Gallery. Patti Astor, famed performer, is known for her time as a ballerina, actress, and gallery owner. Her book, FUN Gallery...The True Story, is a memoir documenting her experiences as a dancer turned anti-Vietnam revolutionary who went on to open the most famous art gallery in the world, Fun Gallery.
Her memoir delves into the downtown days of the East Village, where Patti had adventures in her gallery with some of the most noted artists Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Leo Castelli, and Fab 5 Freddy.
The book was edited by celebrity stylist, Angelique Max of Manhattan Fashion Directory and is currently being sold at Clic Gallery in SoHo.
The world is divided into skeptics and believers. I have always been a skeptic, yet intrigued by these things that most cannot understand. Thomas John has made a true believer out of me. Medium and psychic, Thomas has been blessed with a gift that he's utilized since the age of four. He currently has a full-time private practice in which he helps others connect with loved ones and gives psychic advice. Not only is he a published author and life coach, but he is also known for providing his services to high-profile celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Cox, and Sean Young. But even that won't convince many of true psychic existence. I went to Thomas's office to conduct an interview, but I left with a lot more than just that. Thomas John began by giving me a full reading, in which he said some truly unbelievable things. He relayed messages to me from my grandmother (who recently passed) knowing details about her life, some of which even I didn't know about until I told my mother what had happened afterwards. It was utterly astonishing to hear what he had to say and I will always remember that experience. But wouldn't you like to know a little bit more about the man behind the medium? Read the interview below!
Halloween is a child's dream holiday - playing dress-up, eating candy, and telling ghost stories - it can't get better than that. But adults want in on the fun, too! Now is your chance to relive Halloween as you never have before, adult style. We've got some fun tricks and treats up our sleeves. Check them out!
Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House: This controversial haunted house is a must-see this Halloween. Steering away from traditional haunted houses, this one plays homage to both real and fictional serial killers. You won't get scary monsters popping out at you at every turn, but you'll get something much more frightening -- a look into the world of real-life killers. Patrons weave their way through trials, executions, feasts, and bloody hallways, interacting with the actors the whole way through. Brave souls can have a bloody X painted on their forehead to indicate they want to be touched by the actors. We recommend doing so to take advantage of the whole experience. The sets and special effects are remarkable, completely immersing you into the lives of Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, and even Dexter. As you wait to enter, check out the exhibit of paraphernalia from noted serial killers, including yearbook photos, drawings, and execution letters. This is one haunted house that will leave you shaking in your boots.
BevBucks.com, a website that is the Groupon equivalent to boozy deals, has recently partnered with Narragansett Lager. In honor of the promotion, BevBucks is offering special deals that can be redeemed at participating bars in NYC and CT until October 10th. Some of the deals being offered include 50% off a pitcher of beer, plus two burgers at Allie Way, 50% off a pitcher and appetizer platter at Recovery Room, 50% off a growler at Top Hops, and more!
This new way to try new brands is a great way to sample new products without high costs. Narragansett is a New England classic that will now be available for New Yorkers to try, probably for the first time. Take advantage of the great deals offered on BevBucks to try new bars and new brews now!
SoHo's Italian alcove Principessa is now offering Happy Hour specials every Tuesday through Friday from 5-7 pm. The happy hour will feature half-price specialty cocktails and select wines and all drinks will be served along with complimentary goat cheese fritters. Yum!
Principessa is located at
199 Prince St (between MacDougal and Sullivan)
Starting today, October 8th, newly opened Tre Stelle will be serving up a seven-course meal paired with Italian wines every Monday evening at 8:30pm. Each course will be a surprise to the diner, so no need to stress about what to pick from the menu. Buon appetito!