Food & Drinks You Must Have in September

Food & Drinks You Must Have in September

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Food & Drinks You Must Have in September

September is such a special month. Sure its the unofficial end of summer, and the too early unofficial kick off to fall. This summer was full of incredible, life changing eating that we cannot wait to fill you in on. Pub food is upgraded at Social 37, a legend Denino's is still the Jersey Shore's favorite pizza, and getting away to upstate NY is going to be in your favor now that it is prime time for apple picking, and wine-ing down in a flannel at the states most beloved wineries. 

SOCIAL 37


Social 37 is the answer to your dreams. Farm to table style food, retail price wine, local craft beer, and a cool atmosphere. We went all in for their Duck Burger with Truffle Fries. They sell bottles of wine to dine with at retail price, averaging at $12-20 per bottle! If you don't finish the full bottle, you get to take the rest home! The Duck Burger, was salty juicy, perfection, topped with Truffle Cheese, buttery Pickles, and fresh Arugula. The first bite was so glorious, and such a decadent chow down. The decor of the restaurant is far from ordinary. Check this place out before the summer ends!

DENINOโ€™S SOUTH PIZZERIA


Denino's does pizza perfection. They always have a crowd, and we see exactly why. First of all, itโ€™s a bring your own, which that is always a plus in our book! You bring the wine or the beer and Denino's will bring the perfect meal to pair with. Pizza is their specialty, though they do some killer Italian classics such as melt in your mouth Eggplant Rollantini. We are addicted to their White Sausage & Broccoli Rabe pie, which you can also get on their red sauce pie! The Margherita Pie, is another popular go-to for Deninoโ€™s customers, and itโ€™s BANGINโ€™. Deninoโ€™s is also has a location in NYC and Staten Island since 1937.

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GUSTO GRILL

Gusto Grill is by far ordinary. When it comes to a diversely, sophisticated menu, you gotta know the must haves. Gusto Grill showcases local ingredients, including specialized local booze. The Grilled Octopus is absolute dynamite! Weโ€™ve never experienced grilled oct quite this tender and flavorful. The grilled octopus is comparable to a meaty Chilean Sea Bass! Rich, tender, never before experienced bite. Being the carb crazy girls we are, we had to go in for the Goat Cheese & Fig Flatbread. The tang of the goat cheese, was the perfect star to the side kick caramalized onions, and sweet figs. 

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DIG INN

You might be dreading the thought of โ€œback to schoolโ€ or โ€œback to workโ€, but no need to being that Dig Inn is here for your lunch and dinner breaks. Dig Inn is good quality fast food. Sure, you may be in a hurry, but you donโ€™t need to sacrifice having a bad meal on a time crunch. Megan loves their Meatballs, and Mac & Cheese. Kelly goes crazy for their Salmon, Roasted Broccoli, and of course the Mac & Cheese. No matter how healthy we are trying to eat, the Mac & Cheese is a MUST HAVE.

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GETAWAY THIS MONTH TO...

SKANEATELES, NEW YORK

Skaneatles is a beautiful town in the heart of the Finger Lakes. This time of year is particularly beautiful, as pumpkin and apple picking season are prime! Cider donuts, and the BEST apple pie of your life are at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard. Upstate New York is very famous for their beloved wineries, with gorgeous views, good wine, and a guaranteed good time. We highly recommend  Izzo's White Barn Winery.

 

SEPTEMBERโ€™S COCKTAIL

Cure your September blues with the Prosecco Cocktail at Anthonyโ€™s Coal Fired Pizza. Italian Prosecco, Sweet Peach Puree & a splash of Chianti make for the perfection combination. Pizza is not the only thing they do well! This cocktail is everything that you could want in a glass of booze. It pairs so perfectly with their pizza and chicken wannngs!  

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DID YOU KNOW...

TUESDAY NIGHT IS $5 BURGER NIGHT AT BAR LOUIE!

SAN GENNARO FEAST 2017 IS COMING UP

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One of the most wonderful times of the year. If you haven't been to the famous San Gennaro Feast in New York City...Definitely make it a point to get there. Mozzarepa stuffed with Pepperoni is Megan's #1 recommendation first and for most. Coming to the feast up close on Mulberry Street, it can be an overwhelming sight. Which cannoli should you choose? Where can you meet Tony Danza, and eat his spectacular sausage sandwich too? To mentally prepare for the feast click below. September 14th-24th! Don't miss it!  

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Restaurants You Must Eat At In Ogunquit Maine

Restaurants You Must Eat At In Ogunquit Maine

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Restaurants You Must Eat At in Ogunquit, Maine

by Megan & Kelly Peterson 

When you have 48 hours in Maine. You have to set priorities. Maine does Lobster and Blueberry best. Ogunquit is a welcoming town on Maine Street and Shore Road alone. We don't know what it is about leaving your home state, but cocktails tend to be the mastery signature. A Dark & Stormy presented and strengthened to perfection, and blueberry draft craft beer with fresh blueberries to garnish and enjoy as you sip. Chowder is the ultimate side kick to any lobster roll you have, and we guarantee a killer lobster roll is easy to come by, even just entering the state. Condon's Doughnuts will make you forget any possible trouble life may be giving you, and Sweet Pea's Ice-cream will have you in ice-cream coma. Let's talk through your priority places to hit while you are in this beautiful town! 

CONGDON'S DOUGHNUTS

Congdon's is a local hot spot, with a pick up window, an indoor counter, a drive through and a sit down restaurant. The Blueberry Fritter is going to be one of the most heavenly things that you are going to taste. Made with sweet juicy Maine blueberries, the crunch at the beginning is real as is the soft heavenly center. The Honey Dipped Doughnuts are fluffy pillows of perfection, that are just mouth melting! Know this...it is worth the wait and the visit of a lifetime. 

THE LOBSTER SHACK

This should be your first stop for a lobster roll. Something about this being the first time lobster roll experience is super special. The meaty lobster, that without a doubt was freshly caught screams richness in between toasted buttery bread. Nothing pairs better with this than house made coleslaw, and light seafood chowder.

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Whats mindblowing is that Thai food even comes close to amazing in this state. This thai is quite incredible and we consider it in one of the tops. The crispy Brussels Sprouts are salty, crispy, tangy perfection. Its got to be the soy sauce marinated in their that makes them so good! The Dark & Stormy will knock you over in the best way. Dark Rum, Ginger Beer, and fresh lime make this magical genius in a glass. It takes a lot for Kelly to even considering going for a mixed cocktail, but this is the one you go all in for, as the ginger beer is made in house! Its dark, its sweet, its smooth, its strong, and just right! Pad Thai Noodles, Papaya Salad, Spicy Salmon and the Special Spring Rolls were other contenders to the table!

OGUNQUIT LOBSTER POUND

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Talk about the lobster eating experience of a lifetime. Be prepared to wait here, but the wait is well worthwhile. You are in charge of ordering your lobster, you get to witness right before your eyes the weight of the lobster you are about to savor. What makes the lobster so good is not only that it was freshly caught minutes prior to the restaurant opening that night, but each lobster is cooked to order. The experts standby and monitor how long the lobsters cook in the boiling pool, and crack open your lobster so that all you have to do is dig in and enjoy. Go big or go home, get the 2 pounder. You get your choice of two sides, if you love coleslaw absolutely go for it. Order a Cesar Salad (minus the anchovies) and be sure to have some of their fresh baked bread that just melts in your mouth as much as the lobster does.

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THE WILD BLUEBERRY

Brunch is a must in any state you are visiting. You can always do better than the complimentary packaged cinnamon rolls that your hotel provides. Maine grows blueberries. The Wild Blueberry is showcasing the beloved fruit in their Blueberry Pancakes and still providing you with antioxidants, while making your heavenly foodie expectations fly above and beyond your imagination.  You think thats the end of it? They are also pouring Blueberry Mimosas, Blueberry Mojitos, and making bennedict with homemade hollandaise. Lobster Benedict is perfect! I mean come on, where else to get something such as this but in a state like Maine! The bite combination of egg porn, fresh Lobster, creamy Hollandaise, and fluffy English Muffin is just bizarre.

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To be continued...

Food & Drinks You Must Have In August

Food & Drinks You Must Have In August

Food & Drinks You Must Have In August 

New Restaurants, This Month's Cocktail, Your Next Getaway  

NYC is constantly surprising us with hidden gems, authenticity, and itโ€™s innovative restaurants. Tavola nails it with Italian authenticity. Hidden gems such as BEA, shaking up some incredible, life-changing cocktails. The unique spin on classic such as cookies at Schmackary's and turnovers at BEA, and make you second guess if you can ever go back to the old fashioned way of enjoying such things. we also discovered a rooftop for the ideal summer evening for bites and dranks. 

Just discovered...

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TAVOLA


Our pizza craving was real prior to seeing War Paint on Broadway. Way too conveniently located to the Netherlander Theatre, is this authentic Italian restaurant. Neopolitan style pizza as classic as Margherita, and as unique as clam pie. We started with a Wood Fired Artichoke Arugula Salad finished off with fresh shaved Parmesan. Shortly following a glass of Chianti and a Peroni on draft, the pizza was incredible. Sausage, mushrooms and hints of basil made for the perfect bite every time.


HAVEN ROOFTOP

As soon as 5 o'clock hits, what better setting than a Rooftop off of 6th Avenue with a drink in hand. When you want some healthful munchies to pair with your drinks, the guacamole and Ahi Tuna Crisps were winning selections. The guacamole was super fresh, and too good to resist. We also went for the Ahi Tuna Crisps. Those were one bite, delightfully refreshing.

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BEA

BEA is a contemporary take on the American bar scene. The best $15 you will ever spend in your life is on the Duck Turnover. Inside you have Smoked Gouda, Mozzarella, Corn & Red Onion, Topped with Jalepeรฑo and Pineapple Pico and Avocado Creme Sauce. All of these flavors come together to make a killer bite every time. It is big enough to share yet also big enough to devour on your own. It's spicy, sweet, and a not so typical side kicker for your cocktails! Their menu is super unique, and certainly the place you go to when you are looking for something "different". They have brunch, dinner, and cocktails for the start, the highlight or the afterparty to your NYC night!  

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SCHMACKARY'S 

Zachary โ€œSchmackaryโ€ Schmahl is the ultimate cookie expert, was โ€œborn a cookie monster.โ€ He is constantly making the coolest cookies, beyond mamaโ€™s classic chocolate chip cookies. Zacharyโ€™s cookies are constantly surprising everyone. Each one is lip schmackinโ€™ good! The latest we have discovered is his Hummingbird, and it just screams summer in taste! Pineapple-ful, tropical coconut, salty sweet perfection, finished off with a rich creamy cream cheese frosting. The hummingbird is offered in store on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays! How do we know what cookie is available when? Zacharyโ€™s Cookie Calendar

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This Month's Cocktail...

Spring Pong at BEA

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Spring Pong at BEA. Photo by Megan Peterson 


Gin, grapefruit Juice, Lime & Fresh Basil all come together to create the Spring Pong at BEA. There are sweet cocktails, and then there are cool concoctions that come with nice strength without sacrificing any of the flavors promised in the description. Located right off of 43rd Street, in the center hustle bustle midtown sits this little hidden gem with a killer menu of bar fare. Upscale, and pricey...in our eyes nothing good is โ€œcheap.โ€ The Spring Pong is the start to your night, the edge remover, and the icebreaker. Mmmm!

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Your next getaway... 

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OGUNQUIT, MAINE

Ogunquit is a foodie-cation destination spot for your hit list. The town smells like fresh lobster at all hours of the day. To no surprise, lobster is their specialty, however they know how to do Thai and doughnuts just as well as their normal roots. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post featuring all the best Ogunquit has to offer!  

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Food & Drinks You Must Have in July

Food & Drinks You Must Have in July

July has been full of new discoveries of seriously awesome eats. The Jersey Shore has definitely stepped up its game as far as foodie destination spots, which are far from ordinary. Playa Bowls has arrived to the Seaside boardwalk, and farm to table has set up shop in Seaside Heights. In the NYC area, Broadway bites has been in full swing, and there's a margarita on the block and it is calling your name during this hot month!