Pig Butchery 101

Butchering lessons have been all the rage.  Selling out in minutes, the high demand means prices aren’t cheap.  Unfortunately, most classes in my area have been in Brooklyn and don’t usually coincide with my work schedule.  And if I’m spending all that money, I should be taking home the meat, instead of leaving it for…

Oktoberfest, Of Course!

Despite its name, this holiday — turned universal excuse to drown one’s self in giant glasses of golden beer — is actually celebrated in September.  That’s why I’ve chosen it for this month’s travel post. The fest begins when the mayor of Munich (aka the bürgermeister) taps the first keg at noon, which takes place this…

Summer In Central Park

One of the best things about NYC in the summer is the free events in area parks.  Pack some wine, cheese and other snacks, grab a few friends or go on your own for a wonderful night, weather permitting. Here’s a few options for you to mark on your calendar: SummerStage:  The lineup continues to…

The Glories And Mishaps Of GoogaMooga: A Redux

You should be reading a glowing review of this year’s Great GoogaMooga, but the “rain or shine” event was canceled on Sunday because of … rain. Taking into account prior complaints, event planners ensured that cell service was better, lines were almost non-existent and ATMs abounded.  The trading cards – if you could locate a…

Celebrating Sustainable Seafood In NYC

On Tuesday the NY/NJ Baykeeper held its 2nd Annual Oyster Benefit at the Scandinavia House.  The stars of the event were the excellent Montauk Pearl oysters from Montauk Shellfish Company.  Gordon shucked furiously trying to keep up as the guests slurped down the briny goodness. Fortunately I don’t have to head out to the Hamptons…

Restoring Our Oysters

I’m an avid fan of oysters – especially super fresh, local ones.  If there’s a $1 oyster happy hour in NYC, odds are I’ve been there or at least know about it.  These days, the focus of these happy hours isn’t just about luring in drinkers with cheap oysters as bait.  Instead, the goal is…

Game Day Ideas

Just as with the “Homemades” and “Crabby Snacks” in Silver Linings Playbook, we all have our traditions for game day food.  (Note that these are NOT common fare for most Eagles fans.)  But when it’s Super Bowl Sunday and your team isn’t playing, everything changes.  Instead of sulking, use it as an opportunity to serve…