Month: December 2012

Howard’s Favorites of 2012

I know it’s been a while since I posted anything; time has been going by way too quickly. The end of the year is suddenly upon us, and that means it’s time for my annual list of favorites. Above you see rice cakes from Mission Chinese, dusted with copious amounts of mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorn. A great dish, to be sure, but did it make my list of favorites?

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The Big Gay Banana Sundae

Big Gay Ice Cream W.Village

The new West Village Big Gay Ice Cream spot has been opened for few weeks and the guys have been making new flavor ice cream almost every week. The space is bigger with benches and tables for people to sit down while they enjoy their ice cream. Though the biggest advantage of having a bigger space is the room to experiment. Doug and Bryan have been making ice cream flavors like coconut and hazelnut brownie. Yesterday Doug even tried making sundaes (vanilla ice cream, hazelnut brownie ice cream, awesomesauce, whipped cream and caramelized bananas).

Check out their new space and the banana sundae after the jump…
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Howard’s 2012: A Year of Food in Video

Howard’s Restaurant Meals of 2012 from Eat to Blog on Vimeo.

The other night I got a (drunken) request to do a follow-up to my year-in-review video from last year. I thought that was a great idea, so here’s the video of my 2012 restaurant meals. Above you will see a lot of the food I ate this past year, though certainly not all of it. All restaurants are here in NYC unless otherwise noted. Enjoy!

Check out more of our videos by visiting Eat to Blog on Vimeo!

La Newyorkina

La Newyorkina

The local food people here are an amazing bunch. When one needs help, everyone will jump in and help. Just like my friends over at Lonestar Taco. When Fany Gerson’s, aka La Newyorkina, kitchen in Red Hook was ruined by hurricane Sandy, they decided to help out by making and selling Besitos Picantes using her recipe from her book, My Sweet Mexico. All proceeds go to help Fany rebuild her kitchen.

Though if Besitos Picantes aren’t your thing, you may want to check out the holiday market at Columbus Circle. La Newyorkina has a booth there selling loads and loads of Mexican sweets like spicy candied orange peels, Mexican hot chocolate, brownies with Mexican chocolate, pumpkin seed brittle and so many more tasty treats.

Buy delicious goods to help someone get back on their feet and at the same time make your tummy happy! Wins all around.

Also, keep buying locally this holiday season.

The Splendid Spoon’s Splendid Revival Plan

The Splendid Spoon

My friends Nicole and Brian of The Splendid Spoon (formerly known as Sea Bean Goods) are introducing the Splendid Revival plan. With each plan you get delicious, homemade soups with 2 or more servings of vegetables that are under 300 calories. Us New Yorkers are busy people. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to make something good and healthy and instead just grab whatever are quick (like 99cent pizzas). And I’ve been guilty of that myself and few times my body just couldn’t take it. So do yourself and your health a favor and check out the Splendid Revival plan.

Free Holiday Cookie Truck From Christina Tosi of Milk Bar

Milk Bar

Everyone loves a free cookie so this Saturday, Pastry Chef Christina Tosi of Milk Bar will be handing out free cookies along with her mom. They will roam around Manhattan and Brooklyn in a fancy Free Holiday Cookie Truck, thanks to American Express. Follow hashtag #AmexMakeMyDay for updates as times and locations may change.

11:00am to 11:45am – Stop 1: Central Park South – Columbus Circle
12:10pm to 12:55pm – Stop 2: Madison Square Park Area
1:20pm to 2:05pm – Stop 3: Union Square- 16th St & Union Sq West
2:30pm to 3:15pm – Stop 4: SoHo- Houston St & Greene St
3:40pm to 4:25pm – Stop 5: Williamsburg- Bedford Ave & North 7th St
4:50pm to 5:35pm – Stop 6: Fort Greene Park- Cumberland St & Dekalb Ave

Tsukemen Ramen At Minca

Tsukemen Ramen

How do you feel about dipping ramen? The kind of ramen that you eat like cold soba. That’s what I had at my most recent trip to Minca. The spicy tsukemen ramen was the kind of spicy that gave you a little bit of sweat, the refreshing kind. For an extra kick, it came with a small dish of kimchi. Dipping ramen lets you decide how much broth you want to drench your noodles in and you don’t have to worry about the ramen getting all soggy for sitting in the broth.

Minca 536 East 5th St, East Village