The internet is a magical place, folks. It's filled with weird YouTube videos, scams, niche memes that only a few understand, and a boatload of awesome meatball recipes. Luckily for you, Joonbug.com sifted through the latter pile and found the most baller (see what we did there?) ways to celebrate National Meatball Day! If you're looking for a way to spice up drab spaghetti, are crazy for all things spherical, or just want to find a good vegetarian substitute, you've come to the right place.
If you are new to the world of internet recipes, then you may not have heard of Chef John from Food Wishes, a genius who might be the reigning champ in food porn. He makes witty (and not so witty) jokes, a DMX reference here or there, and some fantastic looking meals. In this recipe, Chef John gives us a few pointers in making The World's Fastest Meatballs, with no rolling, no frying, and no chopping, then proceeds to show viewers the most gorgeous bowl of spaghetti and meatballs ever.
Attention foodies! This month, be sure to check out the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival from March 28th-30th at Crystal Springs Resort. Hosted by Chef David Bouley, the sixth annual celebration gathers chefs and wine makers from all over the United States for a weekend of conversation and food, and, mostly likely, conversations about food.
On Friday, March 28th, the list of events include a Champagne Reception, Wine Cellar Dinner, and a Top Chefs and Top Wines Five Course Dinner. The following day, March 29th, will feature over 10 luxurious events filled with incredible gourmet food. The closing event is the fancy Sunday Champagne Brunch from 11am-2pm. If you want to taste exquisite food and wine then be sure to check out the festival-- our stomachs are rumbling already! To purchase tickets to one of the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival events click here.
If you didn't already know, a montadito is a bite-sized sandwich with origins in Spain that date back to the 15th century. The name, which translates simply to "mount", was chosen for the finger food because of how certain ingredients are "mounted" atop the bread. And since its opening this past November, 100 Montaditos, located in Greenwich Village, has been bringing this taste of Spain to NYC. At 100 Montaditos, these sandwich treats are scrumptious and outrageously affordable. And with varieties such as chapati bread montaditos, reminiscent of the exalted Caracas across town, or philly cheese steaks re-created in the world's teeniest baguette, there is a flavor for every taste bud!
If you haven’t heard of Hudson Clearwater yet, that’s no mistake. Since its recent opening, it’s become NYC’s newest “secret restaurant”. Complete with a concealed entrance upon arrival, you are greeted with a boarded up storefront in place of a door. However, once you find your way in (hint: there’s a green door off to the side), you’ll realize that Hudson Clearwater is way more than just the potentially gimmicky speakeasy-style hype.
The decor is romantic without being overwrought. Through the green door, you enter into a lush garden (where al fresco seating will be available once it gets a little warmer), and pass into a dining room where marble countertops are tempered with flowers and rustic wood, and everything is bathed in low, warm candlelight. What’s really worth raving about, however, is the food. Head Chef Wes Long is a veteran of acclaimed Brooklyn spot Applewood, and it shows. His menu explores and masters rustic New American cuisine, using highly seasonal ingredients to create totally outstanding dishes. Offerings like the melt-in-your-mouth buttered clams (served in a delicate parsley-lemon bouillon with gnocchi and sautéed kale) re-imagine basic foods imaginatively and to fabulous ends, while those like the Crispy Duck Breast (served with baby carrots, cabbage, broccoli rabe, pickled scallion, and a savory-sweet honey Dijon crème fraiche) add small touches to absolutely blow classic dishes out of the water. The deserts are of the same very high caliber: we suggest the Meyer Lemon Bar, which has a perfectly crumbly graham crust, and is complemented super-splendidly by fig compote and lemon Chantilly. While you’re there, also be sure to check out the expertly curated drinks program, which boasts simple but elegant cocktails that are crafted to compliment Chef Long’s cuisine. Of specific note are the Hudson Mule (bison-grass vodka, ginger beer, lime, and a candied ginger garnish) and the Antebellum (cognac, rye, dry curaçao, paychaud’s and orange bitters, and an absinthe rinse).
If you’re a fan of food porn and cooking TV, you’ve probably already heard of Beat Bobby Flay. For the uninitiated, BBF is Flay’s most recent foray into food TV, where chefs compete to battle him in the kitchen and put their dish up against his before a panel of judges. Pretty cool, right? But even better is the fact that NYC foodies will soon have a chance to see one of our own kick Bobby Flay’s but. Chef Brian Tsao (of Mira Sushi and Izakaya) will appear on the episode “Old Dog, New Tricks”, which will air on the Food Network at 10PM on Thursday, March 13th. Chef Tsao is a fifteen-year veteran of NYC sushi restaurants (including Nobu 57 and Momoya), so he’s a perfect representative of our fantastic food scene.
Along with $18 unlimited Bloody Marys, Prosecco, Mimosas, and Bellinis with a brunch entrée, The Windsor is serving up a delicious menu. Some mouthwatering options include Bluberry Pancakes with almond marscarpone cheese; classic Eggs Benedict; and Chicken Pot Pie with chicken confit, carrots, mushrooms, peas, and potato leek soup. The restaurant is also featuring a few notable snacks like Pretzel Poppers stuffed with jalapeno and cream cheese, and Buffalo Chicken Wings in original or sriracha honey flavors.
The boozey brunch deal is available at both The Windsor's locations in the West Village and Gansevoort Park, so get celebrating!
Harlem, NY – While the Knicks continue to amaze us (in a not so good way), former stars John Starks and Anthony Mason are back for a post-game reunion, bringing us a new pizzeria centered around the custom, made to order pie. It’s a franchise from DC-chain Custom Fuel Pizza, and features over 40 toppings to choose from, including classics like sausage and pepperoni to downright artisanal ingredients like prosciutto, burrata cheese, and grilled artichoke. But in a city as passionate (and relentless) about pizza as a fan was of the 90s-circa Knicks, does Custom Fuel deliver a glorious dunk over Horace Grant and MJ, or is it a heart-breaking 8 in 9 seconds late in the fourth? Let’s find out.
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