Hello, summer! There's a lot happening in the food and drink sphere, so let's get right to it!
Here’s a collection of our favorite happenings this month, from cool kitchen gadgets to can't-miss foodie events. Enjoy!
Amanda's Pick: Sur La Table Dangling Plates Pendant Light
I am loving this vintage vibe pendant light from Sur La Table’s just launched Fall 2016 collection. Though intended for the boudoir, I think it would make a fun kitchen fixture in a quirky New York apartment… like mine.
Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest difference. This well-designed pizza slicer is one of those little things. With my old pizza slider, I had to hold the hot, just-baked crust in place to slice through it. Result: burnt thumbs. Not the case with the Halo, whose handle-free design allows you to cut safely and easily through hot crusts without sacrificing your fingerprints.
Amanda's Pick: New York Restaurant Week
Eating out as much as I do – as much as any New Yorker does – is expensive, which is why the city’s biannual Restaurant Week is such a welcome treat. In truth, it’s actually a month; the current version started July 25th and runs through August 19th. Three-course lunches and dinners cost $29 and $42, respectively, and there’s no lack of fabulous Latin spots on the menu. Among the best: classics like Victor’s Café and Raymi, Spanish hotspots Tertulia and Soccorat, and the recently opened Vandal, an art/food space by Chef Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex and Stanton Social fame.
Cristina’s Pick: Anthropologie Aperta Melamine Platter
During these fleeting summer days, I have dinner outside every night and take in the river and city views. And this gorgeous melamine platter makes it easier (and prettier!). It’s big enough to carry out a whole meal; sturdy enough that I don’t have to worry about it breaking; and it’s dishwasher safe. It's a win-win-win.
Cristina’s Pick: Soku Slush and Shake Maker
I love a good slushy – and really who doesn’t? They’re a great summertime dessert: fun and refreshing (and guests light up when they see the slushy maker come out!). This Slush and Shake Maker is my fave because it’s so easy to use. Just pop the insert in the freezer and then back into the cup. Then fill the cup with whatever you like (a mix of guava and mango juice, in my case), let it sit, then scrape into a slushy. Top it off with your spirit of choice and sit back and enjoy the summer night.
Nichole's Pick: Leaner Creamer
Spend five minutes with me and you’ll quickly learn that my caffeine addiction is real. I often put sugary creamers into my morning cafecito, but sometimes, it gets out of hand. So I've recently started using Leaner Creamer – a healthy powder alternative made of coconut oil and a blend of all natural ingredients that helps suppress a grumbling stomach!
Laura's Pick: The Roast / Cork and Kerry
For Manhattanites, trekking out to Floral Park is inconceivable (their loss), so this one is for my Queens and Long Island peeps. I present to you, The Roast. Hole in the wall coffee shop by day, but come nightfall, push in the back wall for a speakeasy with more whiskey than you could possibly sample without developing bad habits. Pro-tip, start with the Cuppa Chai, made with bourbon, warm spices, and everything else that is good in this world.
Laura's Pick: Harney & Son's Chocolate Mint
I found a tea that tastes like liquid Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies and I cannot contain my excitement. This black tea gives you enough of a jolt to wake you up but not enough to make you feel like you have a caffeine problem. Plus, if you add your favorite milk, it practically tastes like a hot chocolate minus all the calories. Perfection.
Laura's Pick: Red Hot Black Bean Burger
My pocketbook simply cannot support my love of fast-casual burger chains. Thankfully, I rediscovered this gem of a recipe from our database that is a perfect dupe for Smashburger's spicy black bean burger, right down to the extra spicy, hurt-so-good jalapeños. I just can't get enough...