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CULINARY OCCASSIONS
City Harvest's Summer in the City

Last Tuesday marked the annual Summer in the City restaurant tasting and cocktail party to benefit New York organization City Harvest.

City Harvest is a food rescue organization that is devoted to collecting excess food from restaurants, grocers, farms, and many other food related industries and redistributing it to hundreds of thousands hungry New Yorkers.

Over 600 guests gathered at the Metropolitan Pavilion to sample good food and raise over $270,000, making the event a tremendous success. Rock band Savoir Adore provided the live entertainment and impressed us with their musical talent.

RESTAURANT 101
Love Lavo

There is a reason why the doors of LAVO, the dining and nightlife concept brought to you by the Tao Group, are always jam packed. While it's impossible to pick just one, we would venture to guess that the Kobe Meatball might have something to do with this hotspot's popularity.

Made from fresh ground A-5 Kobe and accompanied by creamy ricotta cheese (made in house), the LAVO meatball may just be the best thing you ever eat, ever. It was packed with flavor, perfectly juicy, and melted in our mouths in a way that could only be understood by tasting it yourself.

BEST OF
Most Fun Mexican in NY

'Tis the season for margaritas! Mexican food is rarely boring, especially in our great city of New York. Check out our list below of the best places to have fun while getting your fajita fix.

With a name like Señorita Margarita’s Maracas, you know you’re in for a wild night out. This Greenwich Avenue hot spot is a great place for loud music and authentic Mexican fare. The restaurant offers daily specials like Margarita Madness on Mondays, Gringo Bingo on Tuesdays, Karaoke Wednesdays, Free Birthday Celebrations on Thursdays, College Night on Fridays, and All You Can Drink Brunches on Saturdays and Sundays. Maracas is known for being an ideal place to hold all types of celebrations without breaking the bank. See for yourself, the pictures on their website are definitely worth 1000 words.

CULINARY OCCASSIONS
Edible New York's Eat Drink Local Week At Nick & Toni's

This week in the Hamptons, East Hampton staple Nick and Toni’s is partnering up with Edible New York to host Eat and Drink Local Week. The event is bringing together restaurants, wineries, and other purveryors to provide diners with local and fresh ingredients. Some participating restaurants include Beacon Restaurant, Fresno Restaurant, and famed Hamptons staple, Ruschemeyer's.

The menu is prepared by Executive Chef and grillmaster Chef Jospeh Realmuto and will cost $45 and $55 a person depending on the day. Some menu items include Crispy East End Calamari with Pea Vines and Sweet Pea Aioli, Local Littleneck Clams, Grilled Lamb Medallions with Nick and Toni’s Garden Swiss Chard, and Strawberry Panna Cotta with Local Rhubarb and Orange Compote.

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Joonbug's Top 5 Wine Bars in NYC

If you’re a wine connoisseur, or even if you’re not, there is one thing that we can all agree on: Wine bars are hot this summer. They’re good for date night, a night out with the girls, or even a quiet night out with Mom and Dad. Check out our list below of the Top 5 Winebars to visit in NYC!

1. Black Mountain Wine House
This Wine Bar, located on Union Street in Brooklyn, may very well be the city’s best kept secret. Don’t be frightened by the worn doors on the outside, because it is definitely worth checking out this hot spot. With select wines like a 2008 Italy Pinot Bianco and a 2007 Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, diners a guaranteed a variety of tasty options. The food, $10 across the board, include a Charcuterie plate and the famed Black Mountain Mac n’ Cheese. There are daily and seasonal specials available as well as an extensive selection of cheeses.

644 Driggs Ave
(between 4th St & Metropolitan Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Neighborhood: Williamsburg - North Side
(718) 387-9463

CULINARY OCCASSIONS
Dan's Papers Taste of Two Forks

Hamptons weekly newspaper, Dan’s Papers, is bringing together both culinary and traditional celebrities alike to benefit East End food pantries with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks on July 16th. The event will be hosted by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, Master of Ceremonies Rosanna Scotto, and Dylan’s Candy Bar founder Dylan Lauren. It will feature over 50 of the Hamptons’ premier restaurants and chefs including The BoatHouse, Race Lane, Sarabeth’s, and Tutto Il Giorno. Participating wineries include Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Duck Walk, Mattebella Vineyards, Pellegrini, Sherwood House, and Wölffer Estate. The event will also feature a variety of local purveyors including the Blue Duck Bakery Café and North Fork Potato Chips.

DAILY BITES
Hotel Zaza's Dragonfly Restaurant Announces New Menu

Newly reopened Dallas hotspot, Dragonfly, has announced the debut of their new lunchtime menu. This popular eatery located in Hotel Zaza has taken the menu in a new direction under the authority of Executive Chef Dan Landsberg. The menu is said to feature a variety of salads and handheld items that won’t break the bank, while still retaining some of the popular items from the dinner menu. The décor is newly renovated, and diners also have the option of sitting poolside.

Chef Landsberg is planning on using fresh, seasonal foods while including elements of popular local cuisine.

CULINARY OCCASSIONS
Coast to Coast Menu Released

Coast to Coast, the pop up event that we announced a few weeks ago, has just released its delicious, coastal themed menu for the evening. The four-course extravaganza put on by GastroAlchemy founder Brandon Chavannes, is meant to make the diner feel as though they are sitting by the ocean enjoying a nice meal.

DAILY BITES
There's An App for That

They really have thought of everything, haven't they?

It was announced today that Rovio, the company behind the popular timewaster app Angry Birds, was releasing a family cookbook centered around a variety of egg recipes. Rovio plans on publishing the book independently as both a book and an app, and will be collecting 90% of the profits.