Mario Batali Hates AIDS and Loves Orange Crocs

Last night I went to a launch event for EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES, a partnership between the culinary community and the HIV/AIDS-fighting (RED) organization. I wrote an article about it for the Village Voice, which you can read here:

Mario Batali and Pat LaFrieda Want You to Dine Out and Save Lives With (RED)

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Mario Batali is spearheading the campaign. I got to interview him which is definitely one of the highlights of my life in food.

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You might not recognize this man’s face, but you’ll definitely recognize his meat. NO NOT THAT KIND OF MEAT THIS IS STILL NOT A PORN SITE! This is Pat LaFrieda of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors.

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Mario’s orange Crocs with red socks. This is real life.

Let’s Get Outdoor Food Wasted

After the soul-crushing frozen tundra experience that was Winterpocalypsegeddon 2013-14, this weekend’s first appearance of above 80 temps made me very, very happy. Like the rest of NYC, I took to the streets to absorb all the sun-soaked Vitamin D my body could handle. I also decided to do the same with calories.

My first stop was Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, a covered space that still feels like a cool outdoor patio with string lights and high ceilings. Real live Mexican person Fernando Acevedo came with me and says this is one of his favorite authentic spots in NYC.

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Also there’s this old VW bus where tacos come from. Neat.

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Spiked Horchata with Rum. Tastes like rice pudding but makes you drunk. Super.

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Agua Fresca de Jamaica. Jamaica = Hibiscus.

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Guacamole con Totopos

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Barbacoa (brisket) Taco and Crispy Fish Taco

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Pollo Quesadilla and Pollo Adobo Taco. Highly recommend the quesadilla if you like cheese (which you should.)

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We poured this sauce on EVERYTHING.

Get it here:

Tacombi at Fonda Nolita – 267 Elizabeth St, NY, NY 10012 – 917-727-0179


On Sunday, I wandered around the Chelsea/Meatpacking area. Passed by this sign for Doughnut Plant on West 23rd Street and had to stop because LOOK AT THOSE MAY SPECIALS:

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I grabbed two of their smaller donuts, “doughseeds”, and headed to the High Line.

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Mango Doughseed

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Banana Pecan Doughseed

Get it here:

Doughnut Plant – 220 W 23rd St, NY, NY 10011 – 212-675-9100


Ever since I heard about the old school soda fountain opening at Bubby’s High Line, I’ve been dying to get my hands on an ice cream soda. SO. MANY. FLAVORS.

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While the menu looks cool, the space was a little underwhelming. I expected a counter with metal stools staffed by soda jerks serving frosty specials in tall glasses, but this is really more of a grab-and-go ice cream joint. Sundaes are served in Chinese takeout containers which is… confusing?

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Black and White – Chocolate Soda with Vanilla Ice Cream. This was pretty delicious, but it took them a few tries to make it correctly. I hope this place works out the kinks so I can come back and try everything (milkshakes, sodas, sundaes, and pies included).

Get it here:

Bubby’s Soda Fountain – 71 Gansevoort St, NY, NY 10014 – 212-206-6200