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March 9, 2012, 12:12 pm
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You pay your rent. You go to work everyday. You’re faithful to your boyfriend/ girlfriend. You visit your grandma in Boca. You’re a good person. And you’re tired of being good.
Enter Evil Twin, a new monthly party where you throw your inhibitions to the wind and get stupid. Basically you come to the party as your own evil twin. If you like to wear white shirts, wear black. If you like to wear black shirts, wear no shirt. If you like to drink beer, drink gin. If you like to drink gin, take ketamine.We play the music, a mix of evil hop-hop and dark and menacing dance music. A bass-heavy backdrop for you to lose yourself and make decisions that would appall your normal self. We will have a live video artist with an evil instrument used for projecting graphic videos. They may include but are not limited to depictions of sex, drugs, and taking drugs while having sex.

Admission and booze are cheap to facilitate evil behavior. Facial disguises are encouraged so colleagues and classmates can’t implicate you. If you are evil and have already killed your good twin, you can come as your extra evil triplet$5 Sailor Jerry dark & stormy drink specials will be served at the bar from open to close to help facilitate the release of your inner evil twin.

When: Friday, March 9, 10pm-late
Where: Evil Loft, 70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg BK. (unmarked door btw Cubana Social and WHM)
How Much: $5
RSVP Here.


Citywide happy hour all week!
April 4, 2011, 1:27 pm
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It’s Yelp Drinks Week! April 4th through 10th, participating bars are offering select alcoholic beverages at half price. And you don’t have to leave work early to try and guzzle 2 happy hour drinks by 7 pm. It’s all week long at these participating bars.

I’ll be checking out some combination of The Immigrant, Idle Hands, Raines Law Room, Dorian Gray, Ward III, and Hotel Chantelle.


The Immigrant –…
– Sancerre $7 (reg $14)
– Malbec $5 (reg $10)
– Cava $5 (reg $10)

Raines Law Room –…
– Airmail $6.50 (reg $13)
– Gold Rush $6.50 (reg $13)
– American Trilogy $6.50 (reg $13)

Idle Hands –…
– Any Draft Beer $3.50 (reg $7)
– Any Well Drink $3.50 (reg $7)
– Dram of Maker’s Mark $4 (reg $8)

Ward III –…
– Ward III: $6 (reg $12)
– Hell Bent For Leather: $6 (reg $12)
– NY Sour: $6 (reg $12)

Hotel Chantelle –…
– Bramble $6.50 (reg $13)
– Oscar Mike $6.50 (reg $13)
– Toussaint Rouge $6.50 (reg $13)

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Party for good on Australia Day

It’s January. It’s snowy, slushy, and miserable in New York. But you know where it’s not cold right now? Australia. And since Australia Day is coming up this Wednesday on January 26th, you can plan your escape from this NYC winter (staycation!) and pretend you’re partying down under in warmth and sunshine while doing a good deed.

Australia Day is the Australian national holiday commemorating the arrival of the eleven British ships comprising the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. In Australia, I understand it is a day of boozy mayhem (I say that in the best possible way). You, too, can participate in this boozy mayhem with hordes of impossibly good looking Aussies at any of Australian-themed sister restaurants The Sunburnt Cow (East Village/Alphabet City), The Sunburnt Calf (UWS), or Bondi Road (LES). (Side note: have you SEEN the bartenders and wait staff at these places? What is in the water over there?! And such cute accents. Hubba hubba.)

You may have heard about the widespread flash flooding in Queensland that has been wreaking havoc since Christmas, resulting in evacuations, damaged property, and a state of crisis. This Wednesday, a $2 entry fee will be taken as a donation to the relief and cleanup efforts in Queensland. So then you can reward yourself for being a kind and caring person by guzzling drinks and snacking on free meat pies and lamingtons from Dub Pies in Brooklyn. Doors open at NOON! Specials include $5 milk bar menu items, $20 all-you-can-drink well drinks for 2 hours, or $30 for premium all-you-can-drink madness for 2 hours.

In case you feel like being the Aussie Martha Stewart one afternoon, here’s a recipe for lamingtons for you to try at home.

Party like you’re Australian:

Hobby: celebrating spare-time recreational pursuits
October 17, 2010, 6:39 pm
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Hobby is a gathering organized by the good folks over at Harvest where four folks are invited to talk each month about what they do when they’re not actually working. Each speaker talks about his or her hobby for 5 minutes before a 5 minute Q&A session. My friend Mike, who spoke about poker and decision-making, suggested that Harvest get in touch with me to see if I might like to talk about this here blog. Crazy though it may be, they actually decided to give it a shot and they’re giving me a microphone (gasp!) and a remote control (double gasp!!) so I can talk about cooking and eating and shopping and other stuff I like, all with the aid of a not-so-fancy Powerpoint presentation I dreamt up today.

This Tuesday, October 19 at 7 pm in Chinatown/SoHo, you can come and see people talk about jazz, paragliding, and living in New York City on the cheap. The bios for this month’s speakers:

  • Leo Ferguson is a native New Yorker, a recent driving school graduate and really likes french fries. He had an afro before it was cool and wants you all to know it, and no, he’s not Malcolm Gladwell. By day he does fancy-pants digital imaging and print stuff for big horrible companies and by night he is a musician, a composer and a lover. His music has been called “adequate” by important people who know about that kind of thing, and he’ll be discussing jazz.
  • James Bradley started paragliding in 2003. He progressed rapidly to have an advanced rating, a commercial tandem certification, and can tell you what “cloud suck” is, and where you can get it. When not flying, James can usually be found trying to cram two hundred pounds of gliders and gear into the closets of a Manhattan apartment.
  • Melody Han (that’s me!) thinks that people care about what she eats, and amazingly enough, some people actually do. Since moving to NYC in 2007, Melody has been eating her way through the city and other parts of the world (as cheaply as possible), trying her hand at cooking in her tiny LES kitchen, and dreaming of the day when she might have enough counterspace to own a standing mixer. Her posts have been featured in NBC New York’s Around Town | Food & Drink blog and The Gothamist. She always has a camera, if only to perpetuate stereotypes.
  • Abel Horwitz has come to New York City pursuing a childhood dream. So far he has cut an album with Jay-Z, dated Natalie Portman, and is delighted to find out how affordable New York City is (not one of these things is true). He will do his very best to explain that you (yes, you!) can travel the world for cheap. Abel likes exploring the city, meeting new people, eating great meals and spending time with his best friend, Jay-Z.

RSVP on the Harvest Hobby website! Tickets are free, and there are 7 left at the moment. If they run out, you should still be able to come. There will be wine (I think), a boozy Halloween punch I’m concocting, cookies in creepy shapes, and cool people to meet. You might have an awesome time.

Be there: Tuesday, October 19th @7 pm sharp – Harvest HQ (Chinatown/SoHo) 187 Lafayette Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10013 View map

NYC to Maine gastro road trip Part III
September 2, 2010, 7:10 am
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[tweetmeme]CONTINUED from My Magical NYC to Maine Gastro Road Trip Part I and NYC to Maine Gastro Road Trip Part II. I should probably try to be a little more creative with these blog titles. My apologies in advance – this particular entry is lacking in food porn. For that, you may want to revisit prior entries or skip to the next in the series (Part IV).

SATURDAY NIGHT: Brunswick > Rockport (1 hour)

I fought desperately to stay awake after our third lobster roll of the day, but eyelids… so… heavy… I didn’t want to leave our courageous driver awake alone, so I tried my very best to stay awake (but failed). It was only about an hour or so from Brunswick to Rockport, where we had booked what seemed to be the only free room that was anywhere near Rockland and didn’t run $200 a night for a 2-night minimum stay. We rolled into our lodging for the evening around 9 pm, food coma-ed and bleary-eyed.

The 7 Mountains Motel had had a cancellation, and proprietor Joyce Braley had called me back to let me know I could have a room for four with two double beds for $100 (plus $5 for the guv’nor) on Saturday night.

I guess I was super-excited to be in an honest-to-goodness motel. A motor hotel! Continue reading

Go to the Yumi Kim sample sale NOW!
August 26, 2010, 4:49 pm
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The Yumi Kim sample sale is killer. Tons of dresses (maxi and mini), rompers, jumpsuits $30 each. Tops (flowy, tanks, bustier babydolls, etc.) and breezy silk skort/shorts are $20 each. Mostly size smalls (4-6), but some XS, M, and L in the mix. Lots of stuff hanging but also in boxes, be prepared to dig. Added bonus, cutie Vietnamese designer behind the label Kim Phan is actually at the sale! Follow @yumikim on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

Both dresses pictured above actually seen at the sale for $30!

Sale today till 7 pm, tomorrow (Friday) from noon until 6 pm.

Get thee to 611 Broadway (just north of Houston), Suite 816

Le Grand Fooding

I’m going to be out of town during this sure-to-be-epic East Coast chef vs. West Coast chef showdown in September, but if you’re around in NYC September 24 & 25, you should check out Le Grand Fooding. Basically, a bunch of chefs trash talking each other (mostly in jest) and battling for food supremacy – with tastings! The Friday7 pm Le Grand Yummy lineup looks particularly delish. $50. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 13th at 2 pm – get yours here.

David Chang (Momufuku, NY): “Fuckin’ every restaurant in San Francisco is just serving figs on a plate with nothing on it. Do something with your food.”*
Laurence Jossel (Nopa, SF): “In all my eating trips to New York, nothing I have eaten has come close to the sensual perfection of a tree-ripened Northern California Black Mission fig – except maybe the pastrami at Katz’s Deli.”
Brian Leth (Vinegar Hill House, NY): “No comment.”
Mourad Lahlou (Aziza, SF): “The best thing I have ever eaten at any of David’s restaurants was the second dozen of fresh oysters I ordered at Ssam bar without the kimchi consommé.”
Daniel Patterson (Coi, SF): “David who?”
Robert Newton (Seersucker, NY): “I’ve been too busy these days to stay on top of the San Francisco food scene, but I am sure it’s great. Let’s face it though, New York is the center of the food world in America. And besides, it’s all about Brooklyn right now.”
James Syhabout (Commis, SF): “To keep it simple, best rhymes with West.”
Dan Barber (Blue Hill, NY): “Looking forward to learning how to wrap a great burrito.”
Nate Appleman (Pulino’s, NY): “The difference between New York and San Francisco is that SF is a food city and NY is a restaurant city.”
Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone (Torrisi, NY): “When Sinatra said ‘if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,’ he wasn’t talking about San Fran !”
Jeremy Fox (Plum, SF): “So basically the argument is New York technique versus California ingredients; but oh shit…look who’s got both now. Watch out !”
Melissa Perello (Frances, SF): “NY cuisine versus San Francisco cuisine…it’s like comparing apples and oranges, they’re just different.”