BEST OF
Knives, Knives, Knives! Welcome To Korin!


Meet: the knife -- dangerous and intimidating, yet beautiful and stylish. Each one is unique in its own way, and it becomes not just a piece of equipment, but also a partner to work alongside of while creating fantastic dishes. Without a doubt, it is the most important tool that a chef, or respectable foodie, will use; therefore, choosing the right one is imperative.

Have you been to Korin, yet? If this well-respected shop has not met your eye, then now is the time to head over and see for yourself just what equipment chefs throughout Manhattan are using!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
NORTH Festival's Danish Delights

Walking into the sparkling, candle lit Aamanns on a Friday evening was the perfect crisp opening to the weekend. Smiling faces welcomed us to the dinner for NORTH Festival, a celebration of Nordic cuisine this past weekend in NYC. Never having had Nordic food, we were excited to try this specially designed 8-course meal by acclaimed Helsinki chef Sasu Laukkonen, and New York’s premiere Danish chef, Carl Kristian Fredericksen of Aamanns Copenhagen.

ONLY IN NYC
Tribeca Film Festival

Film lovers across from the around the world will gathering in lower Manhattan April 17-28th for the 11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. The festival helps filmmakers to reach the broadest audience possible and enables the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema. The festival which supports both emerging and established directors also helps to promote New York City as a major film making center. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will hold free events and movie screenings throughout the community.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

Last night, we at Joonbug hit the season two premiere party for Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 hosted by Vulture.com. Held at the Toro Lounge at the base of Tribeca’s Smyth Hotel, invited gliteratti and the show's stars alike noshed on light bites and sipped cocktails courtesy of Ultimat Vodka, Patron Tequila and Diet Dr. Pepper.

The HI-larious comedy was eagerly primed to welcome their second go-round on ABC as the party set the perfect tone for a sneak-peak and the sure-to-be-had fun ahead.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Dirty Bird To-Go Expands to Tribeca

Fans of Dirty Bird To-Go can breathe happy now that the West Village eatery has opened its second location in Tribeca. This larger location offers up fried and rotisserie chicken in three different ways - dipped in buttermilk and fried, slow-roasted, and fried chicken tenders. All the chicken is sustainable, free-range and locally sourced for the best quality meat. Chef Justin Crooks of North End Grill heads up the premises with additional signature menu items such as mac n cheese, sauteed garlic kale and plenty of daily specials. Specialty drinks such as The Dirty Palmer (lemonade, peach supreme iced tea), La Colombe coffee and more are all available at the new location.

PRIMP IT
The Ultimate Oasis in the City: Aire Ancient Baths

Descend into the oasis that is Aire Ancient Baths and there's no way you can be disappointed. In ancient times, Greeks and Romans would invite dinner guests to join them in their thermal baths. The Aire bath experience builds upon this relaxing ritual by providing patrons with multiple baths of varying temperatures. The 90 minute thermal session is carried out in multiple bath chambers:

Tepidarium (warm pool): 97 F

Caldarium (hot pool): 102 F

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The Second Annual Coffee Cocktail Mash Up

The majority of coffee drinkers can’t function properly until they have their morning cup of Joe and many more of us have a hard time passing up happy hour with our friends after a long, often coffee-fueled, work day. The Coffee Cocktail Mash Up competition combines both of these beloved liquid commodities with an extra shot of competition. The Coffee Cocktail Mash Up pairs up a barista and a bartender to mix a caffeinated cocktail that will then be judged on its flavor, balance, concept, and presentation. The judge’s panel includes Robert Simonson of the New York Times, Mari Uyehara of Time Out New York, Kara Newman of Wine Enthusiast, Shawn Kelly of Pernod Richard, and Mike White of Shotzombie.com

CULTURE CLUB
Checking in at the Tribeca Film Festival

The 11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival has consumed NYC in a flurry of cinema, celebrity, and auteur stylings. With the proceedings in full swing, this past week has seen numerous events, screenings, and soirees in honor of this yearly cinematic celebration. At its core, this film fest strives to “enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience." In that respect, the submissions are reflective of this progressive sentiment, with each subsequent year continually raising the caliber.

CULTURE CLUB
B Flat

Don't you hate when you're strolling around TriBeCa and you feel the pitter patter of rain on your nose?

Rest assured- you can seek cozy (dry) salvation in a nearby jazz lounge, B Flat. Mozy on over to the corner of Church and White street, then descend into this cocktail haven, where the Manhattan's are mixed by the former Angel Share mixologists. This is the kind of space where sharing a moment is 'key'. And when I say key, I mean 'piano keys'.

The menu is set in an old music book, couple that with rose blush flood lights and dark mahogany wood finishes (similar to that baby grand you been eyeing on Ebay). The happy hour is what you really want when you come here, Manhattan's are $6 a piece, plus an order of fries for about $10, no amount of rain will bother you after that. And with these awesome drink specials, you may not even feel the rain!