CULINARY OCCASIONS
Carnaval Celebração at SUSHISAMBA

There is something else besides Valentine's Day to celebrate this week, and you don't need a significant other to participate. For Catholics, Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of year in which it is customary to abstain from pleasurable excesses. For many, that means the time leading up to Lent is the time to get in as much debauchery as possible before the fasting and piety begin, and this time is usually called carnaval. While the parades, drinking, dancing, and street food have been going on for weeks in Brazil, the culmination of the festivities happens tomorrow, February 12th, which is when SUSHISAMBA is hosting its yearly Carnaval Celebração.

DAILY BITES
SUSHISAMBA's Art Basel Popup

Lest we forget about art of the culinary kind during Art Basel week, Sushi Samba will be manning a popup version of their Lincoln Road hotspot in the heart of some of the most exciting satellite fairs. Occupying the former Sustain space in the shops of Midtown, SUSHISAMBA’s SAMBAPOP will be only steps away from such fairs as Art Asia, Art Miami, and Context, as well as a short distance from many others. From now until Sunday, December 9th, SAMBAPOP will be serving “Baselers” their unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian flavors that have made the SUSHISAMBA brand a mainstay on South Beach. With the announcement of its new chef, Brian Nasajon, SAMBAPOP will be the perfect opportunity for both local and visiting art aficionados to sample the new chef’s creative offerings, as well as many favorites.

THRILLS & DEALS
NYC Happenings & Deals

High Altitude Oktoberfest: 230 Fifth is bringing Oktoberfest to a whole new level. From Sept. 22 until Oct. 7th, five German beers and two Germanic gastronomic classics will be added to the menu at the well-known rooftop lounge. Brews will sell for $6/bottle, $8/half liter, and $16/liter and German eats such as giant pretzels and bratwurst will go for $9. On Sept. 29th, from 12-6pm, make sure to drop by to start dancing up a storm along with Bavarian oompah music, play Teutonic inspired games and prizes, and gaze upon plenty of Fall decor.

Extended Sambahour: Both Sushisamba locations in the city are extending their immensely popular 'happy hour' from Sunday through Friday. Fan favorites such as the Classic Mojito and Yellowtail Tiradito will now be available for just $6 from 4-7pm and 11pm-close. If this isn't a deal to die for, I don't know what is!

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.

SWEET TOOTH
Sushisamba Introduces Desserts Galore

Sushisamba, the well-known ethnic restaurant that has spots on Park Ave. and 7th Ave., is no stranger to keeping things fresh. They are constantly introducing new characters to their menu; such as their innovative quinoa rolls and their summer brunch menu.

Sushisamba is stepping up their game once again with new additions, this time, to their dessert menu! Pastry Chef Michelle Duran wanted "to bring innovative and interesting ingredients to the menu, which will keep our guests guessing and coming back for more."

LIQUID COURAGE
Peruvian Independence Day 'Tails at Sushisamba

Get unified with your South American brother for Peruvian Independence Day this weekend. Both NYC Sushisamba locations will be offering awesome specials on Saturday and Sunday.

Pisco Porton, the number one distiller of Peru's national spirit, has teamed up with Sushisamba for a weekend full of fun. Four specialty drinks will be flowing with Pisco Porton, so it's up to you to make your way through each. The cocktails are only $8. Check out the fun cocktails celebrating freedom below:

RESTAURANT 101
7 Restaurants to Satiate Your Olympic Appetite

If you happen to be heading to London to catch a glimpse of the 2012 Olympics, you'll surely be looking for tasty local bites. And like all worthy travelers, it's best to be well equipped with the knowledge of where to eat. Whether you're on a budget or looking to drop the big bucks, we have several recommendations in all price ranges. Watching all those athletes can really work up an appetite, afterall! Luckily for you, we've done the research so you don't have to. Check out these three hot new restaurants in between the games!

Duck & Waffle: This place opens in August right in time for the Olympics. From the creators of Sushisamba, this new restaurant will amazingly be open 24/7, just to make sure all you travelers pack in the fun every minute of your trip. Chef Daniel Doherty offers an array of dishes designer for sampling and sharing that emphasizes a modern take on European cuisine. The menu items include rustic, local, seasonal, and sustainable (say that 5 times fast) ingredients. So stop by between the discus throw and javelin to have a great meal.

HAPPENINGS
The Best of City Harvest's Summer in the City Benefit

This past Wednesday City Harvest's young professionals group, Generation Harvest, held its eleventh annual Summer in the City restaurant tasting and cocktail party at the Metropolitan Pavilion. During the event, guests had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, featuring numerous goodies, both food and non-food related, as well as sample eats and libations from some of New York's best restaurants and bars. This year's event had over 650 attendees and raised over $230,000 to support City Harvest's mission of feeding NYC's hungry.

RESTAURANT 101
Sushisamba Offers New Summer Brunch Menu

Both of Sushisamba's NYC locations have launched a new summer brunch menu, available on weekends from 11:30am until 4pm. From sweet and savory dishes to shakes and cocktails, this new menu is the cat's meow.

Try out a dish from the sweet menu like Doce de Leite French Toast with fresh berries and sesame whipped cream, or housemade Quinoa Waffles kuromitsu with vanilla-cinnamon butter.

Or opt for a dish from their savory menu like Wagyu Sliders with aji panca ketchup, shredded lettuce, tomato, and sesame brioche or Lobster Eggs Benedict with miso-yuzu hollandaise, South American frittata linquica, asparagus, heart of palm, manchego cheese, shrimp and polenta poached egg, nad manchego.

DAILY BITES
Sushisamba Shapes Up Their Menu with Superfood

Sushisamba is known for their delicious fare and innovative menu. This month, the restaurant introduces the launch of a new hand roll, the first-ever quinoa temaki at all locations. Quinoa is a superfood native to Peru and is used in place of white or brown rice, making a healthier and more exciting sushi. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein, fights free radicals, supplies amino acids, and is gluten-free.

The temaki trio gives you the option of Sweet Chili Tuna (scallion, $8), Shishito (cilantro, spicy mayo, red onion, $8) and Yasai (avocado, snow pea shoot, sweet potato tempura, sweet soy, $7). In addition to this exclusive temaki trio, guests may also choose from a selection of traditional maki and sushi combinations to be made at quinoa hand rolls, including spicy tuna, eel and avocado, and more. The new quinoa hand rolls are so tasty that you'll forget you're eating healthy!