Weekend Picks

It’s a weekend of first annual everything. Sail across the NY Harbor while noshing on oysters and sipping bubbly, eat Francophile style the cities best French restos, take in a charitable concert featuring headliners like Neil Young and Band of Horses at Central Park and get your pickle on at the lollapalooza of cucumbers dear cousin. It’s all happening this weekend starting tonight!

Tonight, oyster (ahem, aphrodisiac lovers) will delight in copious amounts of this sexy shellfish, “oystertinis” by ZYR Vodka and bubbly by flipflop wines. It’s the First Annual Harbor Oyster Cruise as part of New York Oyster Week. Sail the harbor either at sunset (6 – 7:30 p.m.) or twilight (8 – 9:30) while enjoying the food and drink, taking in the city views from the seaside and meeting celebrity chef, Rob McCue from Chef Roble & Co., who will be performing his Spherification technique - form of molecular gastronomy that creates tiny balls of flavor similar in size, shape or color to pearls of fish eggs using delectable spirits such ZYR as pearl garnishes for the yummy raw oysters on the half shell that guests will be enjoying tonight. There’s still room on both boats so if interested visit http://www.harboroystercruises.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $125 per person.

Urban Zen

Fashion designer, Donna Karan isn't just about delivering celebs and socialites seasonally cool and stylish apparel collections. Karan has been touted for her positive contributions to her community in NYC and also around the globe.

Did you know that Karen founded the Urban Zen Foundation that creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children in mind, body and spirit.

Urban Zen designs forums, partners with existing organizations and brings together experts to define solutions and implement action.

The End-Of Send Off

This Saturday, September 29th from 2- 6p.m., hit Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club at South Street Seaport for a complimentary concert brought to you by Bud Light Lime showcasing the city’s hottest DJs like DJ Kiss, Jermaine Dupri and headliner, Swizz Beats.

Guess will not only enjoy ill beats under the NY sky but also overflowing cups of Bud Light Lime and food truck eats by Lukes Lobster and Roberta’s Pizza.

Space is extremely limited. So, it being FREE definitely RSVP. Arrive early and get ready to deny the onset of fall.


The best part is that the video (and sound if you choose) switches between cameras during the songs, to give you multiple perspectives of the same concert. That might just give you a better view of the concert than if you were actually there.

The Green Cheapskate's Guide to Buying Used Bikes

Fall in New York provides the perfect temperature for biking through the city, across bridges and to your favorite neighborhood resto. Autumn also offers the perfect time of year to purchase a bicycle. If you're looking for a brand-new two-wheeled ride, most bike shops often discount their inventory to make room for new year models.

And, with many-a avid bike riders upgrading their wheels, cheapskates can find real deals on used bikes at thrift stores to boot. We're talking bikes for $25-$50 a pop that might've cost between $250-$500 at original retail cost. Of course many of them are vintage bikes from the 1970’s and 80’s, the likes of which you can’t buy today at any price. One major plus next to their modest priced satisfaction and green appeal is their typically ultra stylish too.

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Pig and Khao

The Fatty Crew group unveils another awesome restaurant, this time partnering with Top Chef contestant, Leah Cohen to open their first Lower East Side, Pig and Khao. Sounds semi-fatty and seriously delicious to us! Pig and Khao will offer an innovative take on Southeast Asian cuisine in a cozy setting. The eatery opens today, September 25th.

Pig and Khao’s casual decor incorporates elements of Southeast Asian design, including a hand carved Filipino bike that hangs above the dining room and a few personal touches such as treasured photographs from chef Leah Cohen's travels throughout the Far East. Out back picnic-style communal tables offer a relaxing neighborhood hangout year round with beer from a self-serve bottomless tap. The shared plates menu will pay homage to traditional Southeast Asian fare, such as pork and rice, infused with Thai and Filipino flavors. Stand out dishes include crispy pata pork shank served with pickled mango salad, sizzling sisig with pork head, liver, chili and a whole egg, grilled pork jowl and watermelon salad with chili lime fish sauce, shallot, chicharon, herbs and toasted rice and crispy quail adobo with Szechuan peppercorn, coconut vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves, crispy garlic, scallion and a soft-boiled quail egg.


A vacation in Japan inspired, budding entrepreneur, Alexa Andrzejewski with an idea: a field guide to global food. To learn about bootstrapping her book project, she joined Women 2.0 and started aggressively networking and talking about her plan to catalog restaurant dishes.

Tech start-up veteran programmer, Ted Grubb met her at a happy hour at Adaptive Path, where Andrzejewski was a consultant, and advised she steer her 20th-Century project into the smart phone era.

The idea soon morphed into a photo-sharing location-aware app that amplified a phenomenon they'd already observed happening: "people love to photograph their food, and share their great meals with friends." The app idea soon became known as Foodspotting.

Grubb refined his tech know-how from top to bottom along with the basics of iPhone programming himself and he created a prototype Foodspotting app. The duo soon added New York media darling Soraya Darabi—a former social media manager for The New York Times and current digital strategist for ABC News—to their founder roster, and scored $3 million in angel funding.

Dassara Brooklyn Ramen

Carroll Gardens debuts yet another foodie gem. Located on Smith Street, Dassara Ramen specializes in serving up the staple Asian-influenced dish with a Brooklyn twist.

By taking New York ritualistic combined with forward-thinking concepts and applying them to Japan’s sense of playfulness with food, owner, Josh Kaplan and Chef Marc Giroux have conjured up a ramen menu including items like the Dassara’s Deli Ramen that’s made with chicken broth, matzo balls, Canadian-style smoked meat and poached egg. The deli version of the noodle soup is by far one of Dassara’s best sellers but other takes that have gained slurping traction too are the mushroom ramen and the white clam mazemen which combines Manila clams, parsley, oil cured chilis and scallion pancakes. Even the chicken ramen that you’d suspect would be less adventurous mixes together chicken broth with braised pork belly, rainbow chard and poached egg.

Are They or Aren't They?

Are they or aren’t they? On and off-again couple, 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive, Bradley Cooper and the

modelesque, Zoe Saldana were spotted leaving the ArcLight Dome Theater in Hollywood on Saturday night. Saldana in a rare for her, casual ensemble with Cooper’s arm wrapped tightly around the actress.

Cooper, 37, and Saldana, 33, were first spotted together back in January after co-starring with one another in The Words.