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Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

Aperitif Mondays: Enjoy Spritz Cocktails at Davio’s Manhattan

Typically Monday is the least liked day of the week. You’ve most likely heard the phrase “someone has a case of the Mondays”, but those saying it are not referring to anything enjoyable. What if we told you we know of a way to make your Mondays a deliciously enjoyable day? Davio’s Manhattan presents Aperitif Mondays, a wonderful happy hour experience of delicious spritz cocktails.

Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

Every Monday, Davio’s Manhattan boasts a Happy Hour menu from 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM featuring libations made with Italian apéritifs, Aperol and Pallini Limoncello. The Happy Hour is dedicated to the classic Spritz cocktails, which are designed to take you from day to night. Aperol is an Italian apéritif made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, along with a few other herbs and roots. Pallini Limoncello is a traditional Italian lemon-flavored liqueur made from Sfusato lemons.

Davio’s Aperitif Mondays

If you didn’t already know, Spritz cocktails are the ultimate summer drinks. It is a simple cocktail with only three ingredients. The Spritz is a sparkling, low-alcohol quencher that is easy to make and quite delicious. Along with the delicious Spritzes, you can also enjoy some incredible complimentary eats at Davio’s Manhattan’s Aperitif Mondays. We had the pleasure of sampling a variety of bar bites, including Truffle Fries, Fresh Tomato Pizza with Mozzarella and Basil Leaves, and Crispy Fried Calamari. 

For dessert, we enjoyed mouth-watering blueberry frosted Donuts and some must-try Aperol Cotton Candy.

The full happy hour menu, with prices, includes the following:

$7 Aperol Spritz

$7 Limoncello Spritz

$6 Select Red and White Wines

$6 Prosecco

$6 Seasonal Beer

Complimentary Bar Bites

If you are looking for refuge from your Monday blues, Aperitif Mondays at Davio’s Manhattan is the place to be.  After one visit, Mondays will no longer be your least favorite day of the week. Davio’s Manhattan is located at 447 Lexington Avenue. Happy Spritzing!

Honoring A Legend: Josefina Howard And The Origins Of Rosa Mexicano

Cuisine is culture! Whether you’re in Japan indulging in sushi or the heart of Tuscany savoring truffle pasta, you’re experiencing the life of another nation through the foods, spices, and cooking styles they’ve perfected over the centuries. Unsurprisingly, it is much harder to bring those along if you move abroad; when Josefina Howard introduced fine-dining Mexican fare to the New York restaurant scene with Rosa Mexicano in 1984, she succeeded where so many others had failed.

Despite being born in Cuba, her love of Mexican cuisine allowed her to develop her own authentic recipes and techniques that are still used at Rosa Mexicano today. Her style, class, joy for life, and passion for the flavorful dishes — and the culture they originated from — gave her the opportunity to share that passion with those who might not have ever experienced it otherwise; through her food, she shared her love of Mexico and Mexican culture.

This impressive feat earned her the recognition of the New York City Council: on March 4, 2019, Josefina Howard was honored with a moving proclamation and newly commissioned portrait.

“WHEREAS: Ms. Howard truly distinguished herself as an immigrant, a woman, an entrepreneur and an incredible champion of Mexican culture and cuisine, and she will always be worth the esteem of her fellow New Yorkers,” the proclamation stated. “BE IT KNOWN: That the New York City Council honors the incredible life and indelible legacy of Josefina Howard for her extraordinary achievements and her enduring contributions to New York City and the nation.”

As we wrap up Women’s History Month, it’s vital that we not neglect those who contributed to our great nation in small ways as well as the big. Josefina Howard founded a restaurant that continues to thrive in the bustling metropolis of New York City; her drive, courage, and strength of character allowed her to push past the criticisms and discrimination to create something truly remarkable. As a nation that loves wine (we consume 949 million gallons of the stuff on average every year), let’s raise a glass to Josefina Howard and her legacy.

Plant-Based Goodness: Getting Slutty Vegan on a Cold Day in Harlem

So….let’s catch up. How did you spend your President’s Day this year? I opted for a little excitement this year, and I wasn’t alone. True Story. Here’s my confessional:

I got a little Slutty on our National Holiday when I heard that Slutty Vegan came to Harlem NYC.

Slutty Vegan, an Atlanta based fast food company specializing in fast, and yummy plant-based foods, held their first pop-up in New York City ever. Their menu places a shining spotlight 100% Vegan versions of the All-American fast-food favorite, the hamburger. It’s irresistible, insatiable, forever side-piece, french fries. I went with an open mind to try something new and exciting and to have a little fun. And I didn’t leave until I had a One Night Stand. No pork, just vegan bacon.

The outstanding pop-up event, held at the Cove Lounge in heart of Harlem, was a kickoff to the larger Slutty Vegan Tour. It will stop at a number of major cities along the East Coast in celebration of the Grand Opening of their new brick and mortar location in Atlanta – 1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

Back in New York, with lines wrapping around the block for hours. Over 900 people were served a taste of these delicious and satisfying burgers. We came to get the stuff that’s so good we waited in the cold for it!

3 FAST & SLUTTY OPTIONS CAME NEW YORK:

The Fussy Hussy
Impossible Burger patty loaded with pickle, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.

The Sloppy Toppy
Impossible Burger patty loaded with jalapeños, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.

The One Night Stand*
Impossible Burger patty loaded with vegan bacon, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.
*We had a good time together. Now we are on a Down To Fork basis

If you’ve never had an Impossible Burger – you don’t know what you’re missing! If you are steering your diet to be more plant-based right now, start here! The Impossible Burger Patty is made of a proprietary mixture of wheat, potato proteins, coconut oil, and heme. It tastes so much like meat, that you will open your burger, thoroughly examine how beautiful the patty is, whisper sweet devotion while you put it back in the bun and ravish the whole thing.

Founded in 2018 by Pinky Cole in Atlanta Georgia’s West End community, the Slutty Vegan Dream Team started with the purchase of a restaurant-grade food truck. The goal was to provide fresh, top quality prepared vegan comfort foods to an area underserved by flavorful vegan eats. A reminder and benchmark to everyone across the country that plant-based eating can be absolutely delicious and affordable.

The Slutty Vegan tour went on to Baltimore, DC, and Maryland, Greater Georgia, New Orleans, Houston, and will end in Los Angeles at the end of March 2019.

 

Tullamore D.E.W. and IrishCentral Launch O’Everyone Campaign

You know how every St. Patrick’s Day, many of you pretend to be Irish for the day as you bar hop enjoying several mugs on green beer. This year you don’t have to pretend. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Tullamore D.E.W. and IrishCentral launch the O’Everyone Campaign. Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey is celebrating how everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day by transforming non-Irish bars and restaurants into Irish-fusion pop-ups in four cities this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. We had the pleasure of attending a delicious and fun Irish mashup event where James Beard Award Nominee JJ Johnson’s subterranean NYC bar, Gibson + Luce, was turned into O’Johnson’s.

The O’Everyone campaign celebrations highlight the unique blend of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and the love of celebrating other cultures. To bring your own Irish spirit to life, t-shirts (O’insert-your-last-name or nickname) are available at www.OEveryone.com for purchase, ensuring that truly everyone can become a part of the celebration, in uniform, on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Now the O’Connors and O’Sullivans will be joined by O’Johnsons, O’Rousseaus, O’Spinellis, and of course, O’Everyone.

Throughout the holiday weekend, people from all backgrounds can join into experience St. Patrick’s Day festivities without green beer and shamrocks; instead, they can combine your own culture with the fun and delicious ways the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

O’Everyone Campaign revelers can enjoy custom Irish-fusion food and drinks menus, selected by IrishCentral in the following four cities:

In New York, we saw Chef JJ Johnson’s Caribbean/American South concept Gibson + Luce become O’Johnson’s (see above photos). The O’Johnson’s menu included Crispy Irish Potato Cake with Eggplant Curry, Guinness Braised Jerk Chicken Wings, and a Corned Beef Smash Burger. Cocktails included The Shaking Shamrock and Pot of Gold.

Also in New York, French Champagne spot Flute Bar will become O’Flute’s, and hip Indian/Australian eatery Babu Ji will be, you guessed it, O’Babu Ji’s.

In Los Angeles, Santa Monica’s Mexican standby Gilbert’s El Indio will become O’Gilbert’s; the refined Indian eatery O’Bombay’s will showcase Irish stout and curry mashups; Malibu’s beachfront beauty Gladstones will become O’Gladstones, and Hollywood’s old-timey cocktail lounge Spare Room will be O’Spare Room.

Chicago’s Mexican restaurant by day, nightclub by night spot El Hefe will transform into O’Hefe; Bub City’s Country Western Honky Tonk will become O’Bub’s, and BIG Bar at the Hyatt Regency will become O’BIG’s.

Boston will play host to a never before seen tropical Irish hybrid with O’Tiki Rock; the classic Southern dive Loretta’s Last Call will become O’Loretta’s, and Menetomy’s patriotic tavern will become O’Menotomy’s.

“As the leading Irish digital media company in the U.S., we are proud to share our culture and partner with these versatile bars and restaurants, all representing new and unexpected St. Patrick’s Day destinations for our readers to reinterpret our country’s traditions,” said Michelle Hanley, Manager of Brand Partnerships at IrishCentral. “America is quickly becoming a melting pot of ex-pats from all over the world, and we feel that O’Everyone reflects the fact that today you’re you, but on St. Patrick’s Day you can be an adopted member of the Irish community.”

“If ye don’t have an O in your last name, we’re here to give ye one and say anybody can be Irish on St. Paddy’s Day,” said Tim Herlihy, National Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. “We’re proud to be working with this killer group of talent from all backgrounds in the food and cocktail world, and we’re excited to celebrate with everyone on our favorite holiday of the year.”

For more information on the O’Everyone campaign festivities (and to order your shirt), please visit www.OEveryone.com, www.tullamoredew.com or www.IrishCentral.com.

Wünder Creamery Nutrient-rich Superdairy

Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark: The Nutrient-Rich SuperDairy

When you hear the word Quark, you typically think of particles and science; but we promise the Quark we’re writing about today is something much more edible. The Quark we’re talking about is a nutrient-rich, super-dairy made from a special blend of cultures, Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark. And we can tell you, it’s wünderfully delicious!!

Wünder Creamery Nutrient-rich Superdairy

What makes Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark so amazing? Thanks to its unique production process and an exclusively sourced special blend of French cultures, Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark delivers an extraordinary rich taste and creamy texture. Gone are the days of overly tangy and sour yogurts, plus this yogurt boasts up to 16g of protein and less sugar than leading yogurt brands. Wünder is also high in protein, has less than 5% lactose, contains no starches or gum and is powered by probiotics. It’s gluten-free, has no rBHG, and it’s ph levels is higher than regular yogurts, giving you a distinctively better taste (4.4/4.5 vs. Greek/Skyr’s 3.8/3.9). Since Wünder is fermented for twice as long as Greek yogurt (13 hours vs. 6 hours), it also boasts creamier texture.

Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark is available in six varieties: Plain, Coffee, Raspberry, Blueberry, Vanilla & Coconut, and Matcha. After sampling all six flavors, we found ourselves captivated by two, the Vanilla & Coconut, and Matcha. While all six were delicious, these two definitely had us reaching for more. There are so many delicious recipes you can make using the Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark flavors. One of our favorites is the Matcha Cheesecake, see the recipe below:

Wünder Creamery Matcha Cheesecake

Cheesecake Filling
3 24-ounce containers Wünder Creamery Plain quark, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. matcha powder
2-4 Tbsp. hot water (for creating matcha paste)
2 large eggs, room temperature
Mix matcha powder with hot water to create a paste-like consistency. In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the quark on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and continue beating on medium speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to very low and drop in 1 egg at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated into the batter. Do not overmix.

The Crust
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
⅛ Tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350˚. Bring a large pot of water (about 6 cups) to a boil. Lightly spray or butter the bottom and sides of a 6-inch springform pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt, and melted butter. Pour the crust mixture into the springform pan and use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the mixture down into the base, making sure to create an even, smooth layer. Place on the middle rack of oven and bake for 8 minutes or until golden-brown in color. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly.

Wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminum foil, allowing for the foil to reach the top of the sides. Press the foil firmly around the pan to make sure it is fitted well (this protects the pan from absorbing the water). Transfer the pan to a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, and pour the boiling water into the large pan, creating a bain-marie. The water should reach about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake.

Carefully transfer the cheesecake to the oven and bake on the middle rack for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the sides are set and the middle jiggles very slightly. After baking, remove the cheesecake from the water and set on a wire rack to cool for 2 hours. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-12 hours. Release and remove the side of the springform. Slice with a sharp knife, rinsing the knife with warm water before each slice.

Popbar Passion fruit popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

You Can Handcraft and Customize Vegan Pops at Popbar NYC

When many people hear the word vegan, the words tasty and delicious don’t usually come to mind. However, we’re here to tell you why you’ll absolutely be using those words and some others to describe these frozen vegan treats. You may remember our delicious WafflePop experience at Popbar NYC, so we had to go back to try the Vegan Pops at Popbar NYC.

All of Popbar’s popSorbettos are vegan and come in wonderfully delicious flavors such as Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, Mixed Berry, Pineapple, and more. Their dark chocolate, caramel chocolate, and mint chocolate dippings are vegan as well. They also boast vegan toppings like sprinkles, crushed hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, and coconut, so you can customize your vegan pop any way you want. We had the opportunity to do just that, trying three flavors of the vegan pops at Popbar NYC; and as we expected, every bite was divine.

1ST VEGAN POP – Passion Fruit popSorbetto with vegan Dark Chocolate and Chili Powder

Popbar Passion fruit popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

First, the Passion Fruit popSorbetto is incredible on its own, the perfect combination of tart and sweet. We decided to get it half dipped in and drizzled with dark chocolate (which is also gluten-free), then topped with some chili powder for a nice kick. I loved this flavor combination, it was an incredibly delicious way to begin this vegan snack.

2ND VEGAN POP – Mixed Berries popSorbetto with vegan Dark Chocolate and Coconut

For the 2nd of our three vegan pops at Popbar, we were inspired by chocolate covered cherries; hence, the Mixed Berries popSorbetto fully dipped in dark chocolate and covered in shredded coconut. It’s hard to believe, especially as this looks so delicious, but this is still an all vegan treat. Needless to say, it went down quickly.

3RD VEGAN POP – Blood Orange popSorbetto with Caramel Chocolate and Chocolate Sprinkles

Popbar Blood Orange popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

We definitely had to make room for the third vegan popsicle but it was worth it. We decided to try something a bit different; flavors you wouldn’t think about at first. You will love the sweet citrusy blood orange flavor half dipped in vegan caramel chocolate. The chocolate sprinkles are an added bonus. The flavors don’t overpower each other, they play quite nicely together on your palate.

The best thing about these vegan pops is the fact that they don’t taste vegan at all!! So if your circle is filled with vegans, carnivores, and gluten-free friends, you can all enjoy a delicious Popbar Popsicle handcrafted to your tastes and needs. Happy snacking!

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

Battle for Cassoulet Supremacy: D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

Some foods fill you with joy, some excite you, then there are the ones that bring you back home. For us, it’s Cassoulet; the hearty, slow-cooked casserole-like meal traditionally made with gamey meats, pork skin, and white haricot beans. Everything about cassoulet is a delight for the senses. It looks, smells and tastes divine, like home. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity to attend the D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War. What better way to try as many Cassoulets as our stomachs would allow. There’s a great quote by Chef Andre Daguin that perfectly describes our Cassoulet adventure,

“Cassoulet is not a recipe; it’s an argument between villages.”

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

The culinary event, which anyone who purchases a ticket can attend, boasted 30 notable chefs who battled it out for cassoulet supremacy. So while there is a classic method and recipe to this traditional southern French dish, it can have many interpretations. And that’s what the Cassoulet war is about, honoring those interpretations. While we grew up enjoying a thicker Cassoulet, the D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War allowed us to enjoy varieties we never anticipated. We’d love to say we tried all 30 but even with the small portions we were served, we barely made it to 13. If we haven’t mentioned before (and if you’re unfamiliar), cassoulet is very filling.

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

If you’re looking to enjoy the fare of esteemed chefs from some of the US’s most renowned restaurants, this event is for you. We enjoyed Cassoulet from the chefs from Bar Boulud, Gramercy Tavern, Untitled at the Whitney, Gaby Brasserie Française, Fond, Ardyn, Villanelle, and much more from around the US. There were two Cassoulet categories in the war. One pitted the chefs take of the traditional recipe and ingredients; the other allowed the chefs to be adventurous with the ingredients and format in the “Revisited” Cassoulet category. For example, instead of the traditional white haricot beans, we saw Black Eyed Peas and Sea Island Peas; andouille sausage, brown sugar baked ham, and bacon replaced a few gamey types of meat; and in one instance, the traditional Cassoulet was reimagined as Beef Wellington.

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During the war, each attendee had to vote for their favorite. As you can imagine, this was quite difficult. We had several favorites but narrowed it down to the following Cassoulets: Phillippe Lievre of Le Rendez-Vous Bistro, Ryan Lory of Ardyn, and Dieter Samijn of Bar Boulud as out top three out of the few we tried. I’m sure if our appetites were bigger, we’d absolutely have more on our list.

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

Judges for the war included Philippe Bertineau, David Campigotto, Erwan Caradec, Christian Constant, Jean-Louis Dumonet, Elizabeth Falkner, Christophe Fazan, Sara Moulton, Andre Soltner, Jean-Jacques Rachou, Jean-Pierre Xiradakis, and Antoine Westermann. Winners of the Cassoulet War included Chef Andy Knudson of Marc Forgione, winning the best “revisited” category;  Phillippe Lievre of Le Rendez-Vous Bistro, winning the People’s Choice, and Dieter Samijn of Bar Boulud, won the judges’ decision.

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As if the D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War couldn’t get more amazing, D’Artagnan showed support in ending world hunger by making a donation to Action Against Hunger, a charity organization that helps to eradicate hunger worldwide.

D'Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War

Although we could barely move, we fully enjoyed attending the D’Artagnan 5th Annual Cassoulet War. We highly recommend you attend next year’s battle.

Popbar Welcomes the WafflePop, A NEW Winter Snack

We’re taking a short break from NYFW to celebrate another of our loves – delicious snacks. We were recently introduced to the Popbar, a delightful snack bar that offers all natural, handcrafted, customizable gelato on a stick. As if the delicious idea of authentic Italian gelato, sorbetto, and yogurts on a stick, weren’t enough, they came out with an even more delicious snack, the WafflePop. A simultaneously warm and cold treat made with the variety of gelato, sorbetto, or yogurt popsicles Popbar has available.

It will be love-at-first-bite when you sink your teeth into the layers of flavors and textures. What makes the WafflePop so damn delicious? Well, it’s a pop sandwiched between two hot waffles customized with chocolate drizzle and toppings of your choice. First, you select your preferred flavor of Popbar’s all-natural, handcrafted, and customizable pops (there are over 40+ flavors); then select your chocolate of choice for full or half drizzling; your creation is then sandwiched between two freshly made waffles and topped with your choice of toppings. We decided on a Coconut popGelato with milk chocolate and pink sprinkles. See our delicious creation below and check out the video of our WafflePop being created on our Instagram page:

PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert PopBar NYC WafflePop Dessert

If you’re thinking of a fun thing to do for Galentine’s Day with friends, deepening your bond over your mutual sweet tooth at Popbar is a must. If you are looking for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day, we recommend visiting the Popbar with your sweetheart. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic stroll or killing time before or after your romantic dinner, this sweet treat will not disappoint. In fact, we know you will also love another Popbar offering, their delicious gelatoShakes.

PopBar NYC gelatoShake

This innovative and decadent frozen drink is a twist on the classic milkshake. This delicious 16oz bottle of yum is served in a milk-jug style cup with a chocolate-dipped waffle cone overflowing with whipped cream. Yes, it is as incredibly delicious as it looks. The gelatoShake is made with 100% all natural ingredients.  It is available in six delicious flavors including green tea, strawberry, vanilla caramel, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. As with Popbar treats, the gelatoShake is handcrafted and made to your desire. It is the perfect way to enjoy a lot of love…..deliciously!

To experience the Popbar and all the decadence it has to offer, head over to the West Village at 5 Carmine St. (@ 6th Ave.).