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Celebrate Earth Day!

Learn how to nourish yourself and your planet for free at Nourishing NYC's Earth Day 2011, East Harlem's largest Earth Day festival, on April 23rd at 12pm. The celebration will be held at Carver Community Garden on 124th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, and in smaller gardens around the Bronx and Manhattan.

Festival-goers will be offered free fresh produce giveaways, edible art, free seeds and planters, and healthy food demonstrations. Additional highlights include exhibits by local arts, a Kids' Zone for youngsters, educational booths, and on-site recycling demonstrations.

Sponsors of the festival include Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Earthbound Farm and more.

For further information about the celebration, visit NourishingNYC.org.

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Want a Taste of Brooklyn's Best Food?

More than 25 of Brooklyn's best restaurants and vendors will be under one roof at Brooklyn Exposed's first-ever Tasting Brooklyn event. From 6:30-9pm on April 5th, sample culinary treats and drinks and watch live cooking shows from Fairway’s TV personalities Dan Glickberg and Mitchel London.

Participating restaurants include Baluchis, Barrio Foods, Bati Kitchen, Cheryl’s Global Soul, Clover Club, Fornino, Linger Café and Lounge, Loreley Williamsburg, Mojito Cuban Cuisine, Osteria il Paiolo, Palo Santo, Pete’s Downtown, Purple Yam, reBar, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicellis, Stone Park Café, Tanoreen, Tchoup Shop, The Castello Plan, The Chocolate Room and Thistle Hill Tavern.

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The Varli Food Festival is Approaching!

Looking for a great place for Indian food but don't know which place to try?

Why not all of them!

At The Varli Food Festival on April 7th, 35 Indian restaurants across NY are offering samples of their best dishes and desserts to all festival-goers. Restaurants include Tamarind, Devi, Junoon, Tulsi, Baluchi's and more.

Celebrate Indian food with cooking demonstrations by 13 Award-Winning Celebrity Chefs, a live cooking show , a documentary on Indian food, and even a picture with your favorite celebrity chef in the photobooth.

HOW-TO
How To Have Energy Without Caffeine

Feeling dependent on your daily and costly cup of caffeine? Craving an antidote to your tiredness that isn't accompanied by a high and a crash?

You've come to the right place.

When caffeine has you feeling down, try these eight tricks for natural, long-lasting invigoration.

(Cue relaxing-spa-meditation music)

1. Focus on what you're looking forward to today.

Whether it's seeing a friend later or the grilled cheese and chicken sandwich you're having for lunch, find what excites you today and focus on it when you're feeling particularly sluggish. A large part of exhaustion is actually the weight of stress and other negative forces, so give yourself a clarifying boost; focus on what you're looking forward to, and chances are, you'll start moving forward, too.

BEHIND THE PLATE
New York's Mobile Bake-Shop

Thanks to husband and wife owners Grant Di Mille and Samira Mahboubian, Sweetery's truck wielding freshly made European-inspired pastries, quiches, whoopie pies and brioches is never too far away and is always worth the trip.

Joonbug recently had the chance to sit down with the founders of this ambitious and delicious company.

What's your best-selling item?

Samira: Our "macarellas" and whoopie pies. The macarellas are coconut macaroons filled with nutella. Since we use nutella to fill croissants, we decided to flatten out our cookies, bake them and sandwich them with nutella.

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Dine Out for Japan Relief

Want to help Japan from thousands of miles away?

Thanks to "Dine out for Japan Relief," you can.

Until Wednesday, March 30th, be a part of the relief by dining at one of NYC's participating restaurants. Five percent of your meal--breakfast, lunch and dinner-- will go toward disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the tsnuami through the Pacific.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS AND COUNTING:

• ABC Kitchen • Aburiya Kinnosuke • Alice's Tea Cups • Asia de Cuba at Morgans • Bar Basque • Bar Italia • Bogota Bistro • Brasserie Ruhlmann • Captain Bill's • Carte Blanche • Cha-An • China Grill • Choshi • Crabtree's Kittle House • Curry-Ya Decibel • Ed's Chowder House • The Empire Hotel Rooftop • FoodParc • Hakata Tonton • Havana Central • Hasaki • Ippudo NY • Jack the Horse Tavern • Jojo • Ko Sushi • Le Colonial Restaurant • Madison • The Mark Restaurant • The Mercer Kitchen • North Square Restaurant Orsay • Otafuku PDT • Perry St • Plunge at Gansevoort Meatpacking • Rai Rai Ken • Robataya • Sakagura • SD26 • Shabu-tatsu • Shimizu • Sobaya • Soba Totto • Sugar Bun Bakery • Tanuki Tavern • Telepan • Totto Ramen • Yakitori Totto

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Belgian Restaurant Week Starts March 23rd

Craving Authentic Belgian Beer and Cuisine? Thought Restaurant Week was over? Do not despair!

Belgian Restaurant Week is to the rescue!

From March 23rd to the 30th, celebrate unbeatable deals, specials and delicacies at seven of the top Belgian restaurants in NYC. by visiting any of these restaurants, you'll also be eligible to win a gastronomic trip to Belgium. Could it get any better?

Here are the featured restaurants and their special menus:

B. Cafe: Prix fixe Menu: $20

  • Boulets Liegeoise with Sauce Chasseur (Liege meatballs and Hunter’s Sauce) with Belgian frie
  • A side salad and apple sauce
  • Palm or Stella Artois
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The Mussel Pot Opens March 24th!

The West Village experiences a burst of creativity and global flavor March 24th with the opening of this specialty mussel-concept restaurant. At The Mussel Pot, the menu brims with fresh mussels served in over two dozen different types of sauces from various regions across the globe: American, Italian, Asian, French, Mexican, Brazilian, and Greek creations. Each 1-lb mussel dish comes with a suggested house-made bread pairing to soak up the sauce.

Executive Chef Ronnie Esposito, formerly the Executive Sous Chef at NYY Steaks in Yankee Stadium, helms the kitchen and introduces such signature mussel dishes as Chef's Best: fresh lobster, crispy pancetta, black truffles; Ciaopino: classic Italian broth, clams, shrimp, scallops, basil, garlic, parmesan croutons; and Athens: Kalamata olives, feta cheese, red onion and fresh oregano.

HOW-TO
How To Not Overeat

It's 9:06pm, and a familiar feeling starts rippling through you. As the credits roll on the film you just watched, you start to grasp your own ever-arching rolls and your face contorts to a horrified cringe.

Uh oh. You've received a visit once again from your noxious nemesis: Guilt.

Two dinners, three desserts and two hours of "a sedentary lifestyle" later, and what did you expect? Mankind commonly loses all control when faced with a steaming, enticing meal on the table.

Take charge of yourself with these six tricks:

1. Ask yourself: "Am I actually hungry?"

RESTAURANT 101
Best Deal on French Food in NY

Au revoir excessive prices, pretentiously miniature meals, and pompous waiters!

Bonjour to simplicity.

At Flea Market Café, satisfying and well-priced French meals rein supreme thanks to their Sunset Menu.

Everyday between 5pm and 7pm, this cozy cash-only East Village spot offers your choice of 1-3 course meals and a drink, all for under $20!

The Sunset Menu includes:

  • 1 course and 1 drink- $16.50
  • 2 courses and 1 drink- $18.00
  • 3 courses and 1 drink- $19.95