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World Chocolate Expo

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The World Chocolate Expo is sort of a misnomer.  Yes, there is a ton of chocolate glistening and waiting for your enjoyment.  But there are also many fascinating and diverse vendors selling all sorts of goods, perfect timing for the holidays and last-minute presents.  The Expo is similar to the New York City Chocolate Show, but the venue is more spacious (Lexington Armory) and wandering around is way more comfortable and interesting.




We wove up and down the rows meticulously, taking in all the vendors and their offerings.  First, we were greeted by flavored fudges.  I found it intriguing that they served their fudges in vats, not unlike ice cream or decorative gelato.  They had some beautiful and tasty fudge morsels that reminded me of my trip to Fudge Kitchen in Bath and in Oxford in the UK: they have beautiful logs of fudge with awesome flavors (rum raisin, orange, strawberry, etc.) and sell them in fat slices the size of your fist.  I was so tempted to buy some to bring home, but …

Growing Pains

When I was young, I thought I was invincible.  I could eat anything and at any quantity.  I thought I had an iron stomach.  I thought sugar didn't affect me.  I thought caffeine didn't affect me.  Mugs of coffee and tea at night?  Sure, every day!
What happened?!  Last night, I was reminded of my mortality when I had a big cup of coffee after dinner, around 8:00pm.  I was so excited to try out this new french press that Alex gave me, so I made a huge vat of coffee for me and my family.  It was a little more viscous and way stronger than my drip machine - albeit a little messier - and I loved it.  
And then when I went to bed, I had palpitations and tossed and turned.  UGH!!!
In college, I was known to cradle a large cup of coffee for hours until it got cold, usually sitting in the corner of my desk, keeping me company while I did homework.  It could be 11pm and I'd be sipping my coffee that I had purchased 12+ hours ago.  And then, after finishing my homework, I'd roll in…

Sahadi's

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If you're jonesing for some Middle Eastern food but can't make it to your usual market in Beirut or Damascus or something, we've found an amazing alternative, right here in my lovely borough of Brooklyn.  On Atlantic Avenue and Court Street, there is a delightful market called Sahadi's that could just save you a trip halfway around the world.
Sahadi's is branded as a Middle Eastern market, but I could probably happily shop there for most of the other food in my diet anyway. When you first walk in, there are plexiglas boxes upon boxes of goods that the very friendly and helpful staff will pack up for you in bags.  Spices, nuts, dried fruit, candy, grains, herbs, beans...it's all a melange of different textures and colors and aromas.  Just behind this little fort, there is a salad bar arrangement of all types of olives, bobbing up and down in their brines -  the best one to put in a martini, olives stuffed with feta, olives stuffed with garlic. The feta and garli…

Holiday Markets

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My heart flutters a little bit when I see the sea of red and white striped walls going up in Union Square around Thanksgiving.  They make a labyrinth that turns into the Union Square Holiday Market.  When you wander, thousands of other people are also converging on the same few booths so sometimes you get a little crowded, but I love exploring, shopping, and eating at this market and many others around the city in the winter.


Union Square has the most popular market and vendors vie for a booth.  On one trip, I discovered a tiny treasure at the market: La Sonrisa empanadas.  We were just strolling and I decided I wanted to grab one of these to snack on.  $3.50 and a few minutes later, I had in my hand a scorching fried empanada shaped like the namesake "smile" (sonrisa).  They fried it up to order on the spot, which I found remarkable for a stall that's probably 3 feet by 3 feet in dimension.  I settled on a type of empanada only after resorting to my new fav…

NYC Chocolate Show

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The weekend when the Chocolate Show comes to New York is certainly a good weekend.  This is our second trip to the Chocolate Show, and although many vendors and many aspects of the convention are similar, there were certainly some standout things that were Veritasty.


Favorite Guys Ever - Brigadeiro Palace
2012 is the year of the brigadeiro!  The New York Times had an article about it back in February and talked about them again as a grown-up Halloween candy.  But, what is a brigadeiro?  A brigadeiro is a Brazilian candy that's kind of a cross between a bonbon and a truffle and a lump of fudge.  A brigadeiro also happens to be happiness in a bite.  The guys at Brigadeiro Palace have a wide assortment of flavors, including pistachio, passionfruit, and something they call The Matrix (a mix of chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, graham crackers, walnuts, and vanilla, among other things, all packed into a tiny ball).  Unlike regular chocolate truffles, though, brigadeiros also make use o…

New York Food Film Fest - I ♥ Japan

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What if movie theaters offered more than just popcorn and nachos?  I mean, those are pretty good snacks, all things considered, but...what if you could also have beer and wine brought to your seats during your movie?  What if you were served fried chicken and ramen during intermission?
The New York Food Film Festival makes that a reality.  What sets this film festival apart from others is that it features short independent films that are food-centric.  Then, you get to eat what you see on screen, literally.  This festival is a great vehicle for filmmakers, a venue to preview their films and get credit where credit is due; I know that sounds cliche, but I was intrigued by many films I saw and I will definitely be looking into these filmmakers' other works.
The event that we attended was called I ♥ Japan.  Proceeds from the tickets went towards New York City Food Bank and the Japan Tsunami Relief Fund.  As the title of the event suggests, we saw some cool films about Japanese food a…

New York City Wine & Food Festival - Uncorked

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Say what, a New York City festival all about wine and food?  Sign us up!


Last night, we went to the Cooking Channel Uncorked event, part of New York City's Wine & Food Festival, in the Meatpacking District.  The premise was that a few boutique shops and restaurants in the neighborhood provided food and wine to visiting patrons, whose tickets contributed to raising money for Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry.  The event took place like a scavenger hunt: the few streets around Chelsea Market/the High Line were host to food trucks and stations serving up little bites and little sips.  Unfortunately, it was COLD but big props to NYC WFF for their intricate hosting and organizational duties.
Our first little nibble was from Gaslight Pizzeria.  They doled out a veal/pork meatball in a garlicky tomato sauce and a little shot of chopped tomato mozzarella salad.  The meatball was moist and salty, and though the tomato salad that accompanied was not so flavorful, the mozzare…

New York City Wine & Food Festival - Grand Tasting

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Talk about epic foodventure.  We have just returned from NYCWFF's Grand Tasting, our minds blown and stomachs filled (not to mention, livers battered).  I've never seen anything like this before, and probably will not until next year's event.
The Grand Tasting is sort of like a trade show for everything in the food industry.  Housed in Pier 57 on the Hudson, it's this ginormous space packed to the gills with vendors, edibles, and foodies.  It's really fun, in a way, but you can also start feeling extremely claustrophobic and overwhelmed easily.
When the hardworking volunteers popped a wristband on me, I was wondering why there were two little tabs with the images of a wine glass and a briefcase.  When we entered, I discovered that the wine glass tab was to get you a free wine glass from IKEA (efficient and environmental way to dole out wine samples) and a tote bag half-full of goodies (for you to fill the rest of the way with more goodies to come).  Let me just sa…