Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Very Late Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2009 Review

Sorry guys, I should've posted these right after the event but with school and all, I just don't have the time. I know I've been MIA during these past few months, but that doesn't mean I haven't had the time to go venture off eating. I promise I will give you guys a recap of of all the good or bad food I ate during these past 2 months while I was MIA. I ate at alot of great place and I definitely want to share it with you guys.

Let's go wayyy back, back to the Big Apple BBQ event on June 13-14, 2009.
This was our first time at this event, omg it was awesome! I will make this one of my annual festival that I MUST go to each year. Just $8 a plate and we get to try AMAZING bbq food from all over the states, it's really worth it. Andy and I went to this event on that Saturday afternoon. It was raining all day but rain never stopped us from going to an outdoor event/festivals (especially one that has great food!!). Last time we were out in the pouring rain to eat at the Red Hook vendors and waiting an hour on line for tacos, that's another story...

We were prepared with our umbrellas. We thought there would be less people because of the rain but we were WRONG. It was so crowded and lines were sooo long! The average waiting time was around ~20min on the lines. I guess it would've been worst if it was sunny.
Us sad in the raining waiting to buy food....
there was an entertainment stage...
demonstration tents, this one was about wine tasting....

selling many different kinds of bbq sauce....
Everyone was eating in the rain, some even without umbrella. This group of people (picture below) were very innovated and took a garbage bag/plastic bag to over them while they were eating at the bench. We arrived at this event towards the late afternoon (~3 or 4pm). We knew we won't have time to go to each vendor but I doubt we would've been able to because we might just explode. We looked at the map and it took us awhile to decide which few vendors we wanted visit. My goal was to find the pit-master for each of the vendors we tried and to take a pictures of them or with them, let see if I accomplished that....
The first stop: Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, Birmingham, ALHomemade Smoked Sausage with Pimento Cheese & Saltines: I love the sauce they used on the sausage, it was very flavorful! It was sweet but it also had a nice kick to it. It was definitely a nice surprise being the first dish we tasted. The pimento cheese was creamy but a little too filling, I wished they served something light, like some veggies with the sausage.
Look who I found, the pitmaster for Jim and Nick's, Drew Robinson. He was quite surprised when I asked if I could take a picture of him but he was very nice about it.
2nd Stop: 17th Street Bar & Grill, Murphysboro, IL/Las Vegas, NV Baby Back Ribs & Beans: great taste but quite dry, it wasn't fall off the bone quality. I was a little disappointed. The beans wasn't that special either...
Andy eating in the rain and is very happy with his ribs...

3rd Stop: The Pit, Raleigh, NC

Ed Mitchell-pitmaster of The Pit
We had to sneak all the way into the restricted area to take picture with him!
Andy: "Mr. Mitchell I saw you on Throwdown with Bobby Flay! I couldn't wait to try your ribs today"
Ed Mitchell: "oh wow, thank you"
Me: "Can we take a picture with you?"
Ed Mitchell: "of course!"

Whole hog and Coleslaw: This is like pulled pork but not as saucy. I topped it with the coleslaw which went really well with it. The taste of the hog was very interesting, lots of vinegar taste, which sort of over powered the meat taste a bit. At first, I really liked it but then 1/2 way into eating it I thought it was just way too vinegary and the bread became too soggy. But overall I thought it was great!
yummi....roasting the piggy!
Last Stop: We were really full but when Andy pass by Blue Smoke (from New York, NY), he couldn't resist so we got on the line and I'm so glad we did!

Andy posing with the ribs...
Kansas City Ribs & Pickles: it was finally falling off the bone quality, the way ribs should be! The sauce was sweet and delicious! so far this was my favorite of the day!
Last picture with executive chef from one of my favorite bbq joint, Dinosaur BarB-Que, New York, NY. We were just too full so we didn't get anything from them and plus they were all out of food. They were serving: Pulled Pork Shoulder and Beans. I didn't have to try to know that it was probably awesome!
Convo with me and cheif:
asking a staff in the area "where is the pitmaster?" the guy points to a guy sitting on the side of the truck smoking. I went over and asked him if I could take a picture with him. He looked exhausted and shake his head no but the staff yelled out, "just take a picture with her!" so he slowly gets up and stood right next to me.
*takes picture*
Me: Oh, I love the food at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Everything is great there! (which is very true...)
Cheif: Here's my business card, maybe you could use it one of these days....
Me: *very happy* thank you! It was a pleasure meeting you! (I'm not sure what he meant but I'm hoping it means I can get a discount when I eat there!hehe...)
Us leaving the bbq festival happy and full!

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  • Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival- July 30th-August 2nd, 2009

    Event: Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival
    Date: July 30th-August 2nd, 2009
    Time: Varies
    Ticket Price: $30-$1,000
    Event Schedule
    For more information:

    Manhattan Restaurant Week July 12-31, 2009

    Manhattan Restaurant Week is here!
    July 12-31, 2009
    Lunch menu: $24.07
    Dinner menu: $35
    Beverage, tax and gratuity not included. Saturdays are excluded but some restaurants are offering deals for Sundays. Make your reservations today!

    For more information on participating restaurants and menus:

    Happy Eating....

    Free McCafe To Start Off Your Week....

    Free Coffee on Mondays (Now-August 3, 2009)

    McDonalds will be offering FREE coffee on Mondays starting July 13 until August 3 at participating McDonalds from 7am to 7pm. Customers will receive a free 7 oz iced Mocha or an 8 oz hot McCafe Mocha.

    Yesterday after lunch, Teresa and I decide to check out the free McCafe coffee from McDonalds. There were big signs advertising the free coffee which followed by long lines. The wait wasn't bad, we probably waited around 10-15 mins.

    was the wait worth it???

    not really...

    First of all, I'm not a coffee fan. I only drink coffee on a need to drink basis AKA when I need to stay awake to study. During the past month, Starbucks bottled Frappuccino (I hate starbucks coffee from the store, too bitter!!!) was what I survived on for my all nighters. I usually like to drink tea with milk and sugar or the HK style milk tea (yes, there's a difference...)
    The McCafe didn't have much mocha taste at all. It was very rich but bitter. Will I order this in the future? yes, only if it's for free.... =X