CULINARY OCCASIONS
Weekend Pick: The Second Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo

There are some people who live for that tastebud-annihilating, lip-burning, sweat-inducing rush that comes after eating incredibly spicy food. For all who prefer to swim in the high end of the Scoville scale, this weekend is your national holiday.

With almost 50 different hot sauce vendors, there’s sure to be one that’ll make you tear up. Come try the bevy of food, beer, and of course endless hot sauce varieties so and spend the whole day experimenting in mouth-numbing bliss.It’s the second annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, two days dedicated to everything spicy and tasty. Doors are at 10am with events running all day Saturday and Sunday, including a Lollipop Lick-A-Thon, a Bloody Mary Mix Down Championship, and the official Screaming Mi Mi Awards Ceremony on Saturday at 4pm. The truly brave amongst you can even participate in the eating competitions yourselves.

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 29th- 30th, 10am

Where: Penn Plaza Pavillion, 401 7th Ave., New York, NY

WEEKEND PICKS
Philly Weekend Roundup: September 27-29 2013

Friday, September 27

This Friday, come experience the international dance music festival LIFE IN COLOR. Selling out over 500 shows worldwide, this event is sure to induce a mind blowing experience for dance music fans. Get your head bumping and your heart pumping from 6pm-1am at the Festival Pier (at Penn's Landing). This event is for 16+. Get tickets here.

WEEKEND PICKS
New Jersey Weekend Roundup: Sept 13-15 2013

Friday, September 13


Fergie Presented by Revel Nightlife

Dance all night long to DJ Fergie. The party goes from 10pm - 4am and costs $20 to enter. Nightclub goers are restricted to 21+.

500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Check out Gary Pine at The Pool After Dark-Harrah's Resort this Friday night! Enjoy partying from 9pm - 4am at this 21+ event. Remember, dress is strictly enforced,

777 Harrah's Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401

DAILY BITES
Summer Sign-Off: Hit Up These Places

These last few days of summer are precious so take advantage and do all things summer: enjoy the outdoors, bqq, and cool off with something cool 'n' sweet. Check out all of these New York City restaurants offering up just what you need!

Folks who want to relax in Washington Square Park should order pizza picnic boxes from Pizza Roma on Bleecker Street in the West Village. These clever carryout containers, named after parks in Rome, are filled with the restaurant’s signature Roman-style pizza al taglio (square pizza by the cut), Paninis, fresh summer salads, and more.

To host a barbecue feast near the East River Esplanade or in your own backyard, turn to Neely’s Barbecue Parlor on the Upper East Side. The restaurant offers hefty picnic baskets to feed three ($89) and an even larger option to feed five ($149), both of which come with items like chopped beef brisket sandwiches, spicy pinto beans with burnt ends and warm peach crisp.

THRILLS & DEALS
Indulge for Independence Day at Gansevoort

Fourth of July is right around the corner and there's no better way to treat yourself than with a fun getaway to NYC...or a staycation if you're already here! Gansevoort Meatpacking and Gansevoort Park Avenue are offering up a couple of exclusive Independence Day specials that are sure to get you into the USA-spirit.

Get Lit on the Park Package - offered at Gansevoort Park Avenue, starting at $536 per night - Includes a NYC map, continental breakfast for two at Asellina, $20 Metro pass, two Gansevoort baseball caps, BBQ lunch for two served on the rooftop, half price parking, 30-minute fusion massage at Exhale Spa, 30-minute facial at Exhale Spa, and Exhale gift bag with suncreen and SPF lip balm.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Party-A-Day: NYC

We know many of you are getting your Independence Day celebration started early, so we've added some additional revelry for Friday through Sunday. It's going to be a wild week in NYC. Enjoy!

When: 7-11pm

Where: The Darby, 246 West 14th Street.

When: 5-11pm

Where: Tammany Hall Tavern, 218 East 53rd St.

When: 9pm-3am

Where: Highland Park, 206 East 34th Street

When: 10pm-4am

Where: Sway, 305 Spring St. Manhattan

When: 10pm-4am

Where: Gansevoort Park Avenue, 420 park Ave South

When: 11pm

HOW-TO
How to Throw a Tasty Vegetarian BBQ

Morningstar Grillers Prime are a good choice in terms of a very general-tasting veggie burger. They are made primarily of wheat gluten and soy protein, rather than vegetables. The patties can be dressed up with basic sauces like ketchup, hot sauce or barbecue sauce, and taste best on a roll with lettuce.

The Gardenburger Original is another veggie-burger classic. These small patties are low in calories and fat, and made up of mushrooms, onions, cooked brown rice and some cheeses. These taste good on a roll with sliced avocado and alfalfa sprouts.

HOW-TO
Lean, Mean, Grilling Machine

Summer is no longer on its way—it's already here. Hello bathing suits, welcome back air conditioners, and all hail grill masters! The only thing worse than a 95-degree day is a 95-degree day and a charred steak. Do not get discouraged. There are plenty of helpful tips you can follow to keep your summer flavorful.

This may be the most important rule for you to follow to enjoy flavorful food off the grill: marinate your meat! At least a day before you grill you should marinate the meat you plan to cook to pack in flavor. This also minimizes the presence of cancer causing bacteria. Also, the leaner the cut of meat you choose the less likely fat drips into your grill further igniting flames. This will eliminate flames directly touching your meats and burning them on the outside. Don’t shy away from vegetables on the grill. A ripe vegetable brushed with some EVOO will be packed with flavor.

BEST OF
Lush Brunch: 5 All-You-Can-Drink Spots You'll Love


The best way to avoid a hangover is simply to drink earlier in the day. You’ll get a great buzz going and can be sober before bedtime. Fortunately, there are plenty of places in New York City where you can have your brunch and drink too! A trip to any of these places will provide not only higher spirits, but a bit of a cultural experience as well.

Enjoy eggs benedict topped with a jalapeno hollandaise sauce with your choice of unlimited Sangria, Mimosa and Bloody Marys at this tapas spot on Hudson Street in Manhattan. At $25 you can pair you unlimited indulgence with anything on the menu.

V.I.P: VERY IMPORTANT PARTY
Put Some South in Yo' Mouth: Brother Jimmy's Celebrates New Cook Book

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ has the taste and atmosphere of those memorable summer weekend barbeques that endures through every generation.

An original menu with the blessing of a southern kitchen, and cocktails to amplify any occasion, Brother Jimmy’s owner, Josh Lebowitz has had mouth-watering success with his Manhattan and Caribbean locations.

This past Tuesday, at Brother Jimmy’s Murray Hill restaurant, Lebowtiz and friends celebrated the publishing of Brother Jimmy’s BBQ cookbook. With the help of Bro Jimmy’s Executive Chef, Eva Pesantez, nightlife writer Sean Evans and the slightest bit of ghost writing by yours truly, this impressive handbook covers all the southern essentials.