Today (November 14th) is National Guacamole Day, which means you can end your work week with a kick.
Guacamole has stood the test of time: it originated with the Aztecs in the 16th century (the word guacamole comes from the Nahuatl āhuacamolli, meaning “avocado sauce”), and is still popular to this day. But what makes spicy guacamole so good? The answer lies in the science of taste. Virtually all spicy foods contain capsaicin (pronounced cap-say-a-sin), a natural irritant produced by the seeds of plants in the genus Capsicum. All the fire and heat that spicy food aficionados love comes from capsaicin. In nature, the compound acts as a defense mechanism against being eaten, but, as if often the case, nature didn’t count on the strange proclivities of humans. When we eat spicy foods, the capsaicin binds to the thousands of tiny pain receptors on our tongue (called VR1 receptors), which triggers the brain to signal a burning reaction. So, interestingly, the burn we get from spicy food is actually all in our head: while we may feel like our tongue is on fire, no physical damage has actually been done.
Matt Levine, the entrepreneur behind NYC hotspots The Eldridge and Sons of Essex is at it again. The Cocktail Bodega, set to open in late July, will offer liquor infused smoothies and fresh squeezed juices.
It can’t get any better, right? Wrong!
Chef Roblé, reality star and chef responsible for Avenue New York, is set to provide a menu of tropical themed dishes to complement the specialty drink creations.
Its home at 205 Chrystie Street will definitely leave guests impressed. We also have no doubt that celebrities will pop in every so often, as Levine’s Sons of Essex has hosted the Twilight Breaking Dawn cast party, and is rumored to have hosted Justin Bieber’s newest album release.
(For you Beliebers, OMG!)
This spot will surely be a summer treasure from the minute doors open.
Long ago, the Lower East Side was a haven for pushcart markets. Fruit stands, handmade goods, and local artisans would line the streets calling out to the denizens of New York to buy their product.
This June, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District wants you to re-live that excitement at the Daylife three-block festival.
On Sunday, June 3rd, from Noon to 5pm, head down to Orchard St. between Houston and Delancey for food, fashion, music, and a comfortable layer of astro-turf.
While famous for their most authentic cheesesteaks, we’re just as excited to have a new low-key bar around Times Square. With that said we still think you should arrive, belly’s grumbling, mouths salivating over melted cheese and the smell of seasoned steak, because if you do, you’re in for a real treat. But it’s not just the food that fuels our fire, it’s the lax atmosphere without being too Cracker Barrel or the dreaded Shoney’s. Deep red walls with décor of bar decals and a menu board and the smallest feminine touch of scrolled pendants. TV’s lined everywhere showing news or sports during the eating hours. It’s a fun place to go when being hormonal with your girlfriends and itching to indulge in a fatty fest of melt-in-your-mouth Philly Cheesesteaks.