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Because it’s National Beer Lovers Day, we know you want to celebrate the right way. Now, craft beer is becoming a lot easier to find nowadays but there’s something about a place that has an atmosphere that compliments the intricate craft beer it serves. Whether it’s a relaxing patio, a lavish rooftop or sidewalk views, there is something for all occasions and we’ve picked out the best places to enjoy that Double IPA you’ve been looking for on National Beer Lovers Day. 

Covenhoven – Brooklyn

730 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

We will start in Brooklyn at Covenhoven , a relaxing oasis filled with beer lovers, board games and good times. With 16 taps on hand and a wall length fridge of bottles and cans available for on-the-go or on site consumption, they are sure to have something for everyone. Both draft list and the fridge are carefully curated each week to ensure quality regardless of season. The staff is engaging and you are sure to make new friends here.

Top Hops – LES 

94 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Heading across the Williamsburg Bridge to LES lies a true hidden gem in Top Hops. The enormous draft list towering with 18 taps including unique information handily sets it apart from the competition. While many breweries offer information on location and alcohol content, very few, if any, will tell you the last time the beer was tapped to gauge freshness, a luxury true craft beer lovers will appreciate. Toss in free delicious bar snacks, knowledgeable staff, educational events and 600+ bottle and cans from around the world and they may just never leave.

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Photo by Thomas Picauly

Milk & Hops 

166 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

On the quiet side of Chelsea you’ll find Milk and Hops, a craft beer bar and bottle shop. What appears to be a coffee shop from afar actually is a pretty neat location to meet up for business or for pleasure. Taps here tend to be a bit more diverse as I’ve seen beer from as far as Florida on tap. There’s somewhat sidewalk seating available and plenty of light to relax and enjoy. 

La Birreria/Sabbia – Manhattan 

200 Fifth Avenue, Roof, New York, NY 10010

A stone’s throw away you’ll find a brewery but not just any brewery, a rooftop brewery. Residing above Eataly in Flatiron, La Birreria welcomes you with energy and smiles. The selection here stretches internationally but particularly you’ll see special Dogfish Head options that you won’t find anywhere else. Heads up, may be harder to find a seat here but it’s all worth it. Arguably one of the best places to grab a beer in the City, La Birreria is a must amongst beer lovers. 

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Singlecut – Queens

19-33 37th St, Astoria, NY 11105

Rounding out the tour we head out to Queens. Yes Queens, specifically Astoria. Grab your beer loving buddies and get away from the City for a bit. Here there are 12 taps with outstanding range of craft beers brewed just behind the main wall. This isn’t an onslaught of IPAs and Pale Ales either, there are sours and Belgian style Ales as well. The tasting room is spacious enough to stretch out a bit, again, this isn’t the City. The “trek” is worth it. 

 

Honorable Mentions: 

Five Boroughs Brewing in Sunset Park 

The Wilky in Bedford Stuyvesant 

Gun Hill Tavern – The Bronx 

This post was brought to you by Black x Crafty. Barry Greene is the founder of Black x Crafty, a movement centered around increasing attention to black owned breweries and craft beer consumers. Bridging the gap, one beer at a time. 

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passion
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noun

1. a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.

2. strong amorous feeling or desire; an intense emotion.

Food. Food is our passion and it shows in everything we do here at Food Before Love – the services we provide, the information we share, the food related experiences we create, and the relationships we foster.

It’s been 5 years since Food Before Love was created and as I reflect back on our beginnings and on all the awesome moments and things we’ve accomplished, I want to give a huge shout out to you all. Thank you for making us great, we truly appreciate you!

We have the PASSION…and now we need your SUPPORT – more than ever.

“Support people who are creative in public.” ~Someone Smart

So, I’ve been wearing many hats and handling all the daily tasks needed to run this business and you know what – it’s a lot for one person.

Through the years we’ve partnered with some amazing interns, writers and foodies and we couldn’t be more grateful for that opportunity. Our current team of Food Before Love Insiders are the bomb and have been instrumental in getting our name out there. But, it’s still not enough and we’re pushing the envelope for more.

“To succeed, you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.”  ~Anita Roddick

We are ready for this change, but there are some financial restraints to consider. Stay tuned because coming up within the next few weeks, we will be filling you in on our Fall crowdfunding campaign launch.

Here’s what our short check list looks like:

– Revamping our site to make it more functional

– Bringing aboard an ‘in the know’ Social Media Manager

– Growing our sponsorship and partner base for major projects like the food festival

We can’t wait until this team is in place, so Food Before Love can provide even more to the food community. The team we build must maintain Food Before Love’s creativity and ability to stay on top of all the latest food trends and happenings. Don’t you agree?

Next steps? Well – do you have the skill set to move Food Before Love forward? Contact us then!

Spread the word about our crowdfunding campaign coming soon and our exciting endeavors to your network of those that share the same mind set and passion that we do. You can also follow us on @FoodBeforeLove. Tell what you love about us and what you would like to see more of!

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” ~Maya Angelou

We need individuals that support our vision and can work independently to achieve it. For direct crowdfunding specific updates and donation information, sign up here.

Seriously though, are you in?

I’m looking forward to seeing you alongside us on this campaign and I’ll be in touch!

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Breather Credit

Let’s get real for a minute. We all face distractions in our everyday lives, from work to family obligations. So much so that there’s often little time to focus on your own state of well-being in the chaos of each day. It’s so simple to overlook how helpful getting away from it all truly is. Whether it’s to get your creative juices flowing or better brainstorm with other team members, finding a place outside of your normal routine is major. And for me, Breather.com is a must.

Breather.com is a website and mobile app that aims to provide a “quiet space in the middle of the hustle and bustle.” It’s ideal if you’re looking for a clean spot to get out of your office, catch up on deadlines, meet with coworkers or even sneak in a power nap. With locations in major cities across the country, including Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York City, the spaces often come equipped with WiFi, festive decorations, whiteboards and conference tables.

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But you may be wondering, “How does it work?” See below for steps to sign up and reserve a room:

  1. Download the mobile app or visit the Breather.com website
  2. Input your personal information and verify your mobile phone number
  3. Choose an available building space in your city that meets your specific needs
  4. Create your reservation by selecting the date and time you’ll need the room, as well as the duration.

When you’re ready for your reservation, head to the location, use your phone to check-in and enjoy. At the end of your reservation, your credit or debit card will be charged a rate determined by the location. Then you’re good to go. Cool concept, right?

If you’re thinking of taking a breather, I’ve got a treat for you. Click this link to apply my $45 off promo code to your account.

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Casandra-at-the-Airbnb

Traveling is one of my favorite pastimes because nothing exhilarates me quite like adventure, a change in location and novel experiences I’ll always remember. When you’re traveling, there are few things more important than convenience and cost. You simply don’t want to spend an arm and a leg when deciding where to stay. Nor do you want your accommodations to be less than comfortable just because you’re on a budget. You often find yourself having to go the extra mile to make your vacation life a little easier. The key is to have great amenities, but not break the bank, especially if you’re planning an extended stay of three or more days. That’s where Airbnb comes in.

When you need peace and relaxation without the hassle, Airbnb is the perfect resource. It’s basically an online search tool that connects travelers with people who are opening up their homes for vacation rentals around the globe. Instead of staying in a stuffy hotel staring at white walls, you can get an authentic feel for your destination. I stayed in an Airbnb spot on a recent trip to Bali and loved it. It gives you the ultimate travel experience, unlike any other. Imagine being able to take in a new, unique culture? It’s everything.

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Many hosts provide amazing amenities such as small bedside gifts, homemade breakfast and treats, personalized cards, and much more. And luxury is right at your fingertips because you can search and book accommodations online or from a mobile phone or tablet. It’s just that simple. Adventures and time well-spent are invaluable. And traveling the world has never been easier with Airbnb.

Ready to try it? I’m offering a special $40 off credit that you can use to book your first stay. Click here to claim the discount or enter the link http://bit.ly/foodbnb in your search bar. Enjoy your stay!

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Common Foods Video with Danielle Fontus

If certain words such as chipotle, espresso and acai make you nervous, you are not alone. Some foods are admittedly easier to pronounce than others. And some make you pause every time you read them. But we are here to tell you that there is no shame in needing to take a minute and sound a word out before ordering. You shouldn’t let anything, let alone pronunciation, stop you from enjoying what otherwise could be an unforgettable dining experience filled with good food and laughter.

Have you ever decided to be fancy and hit up a restaurant you’ve never been to? You dress up, fully willing to broaden your food horizons. But the minute you get the menu and eyeball a few of the dishes, you regret it all. You don’t know how to say any of the selections or if you even want to eat any of them. All of a sudden you’re back in elementary school with beads of sweat on your forehead as you sound out syllables at the table. It’s not a good look, but it is a common dilemma we’ve all faced. However, it doesn’t have to be. Ordering delicious meals should truly be the time of your life.

And that’s why we’re here: to help guide you through those awkward restaurant encounters. There’s no better time than the present to improve your food vocabulary by learning the real way to pronounce common dishes. We continue our handy guide with the help of our friend Danielle, Creator of the She Dares community. The next time you see one of these items on a menu, you’ll impress your friends and bae by sounding like an expert.

  • Edamame – A boiled soy bean, which can be a snack or appetizer before the main dish

  • Lychee – A white fleshy fruit

  • Chipotle – A smoke-dried jalapeño

  • Espresso – A coffee brewed by boiling water under pressure

  • Acai – A reddish-purple fruit.

     

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Traveling While Hungry Facebook

Traveling is one of our favorite pastimes. Nothing is more exhilarating than a new adventure, a change of scenery and amazing experiences you will never forget. But what’s most thrilling? Exploring foods unlike any other we have experienced. That is where the idea for Traveling While Hungry came from.

Traveling While Hungry is a group travel series created for the millennial traveler who wants to take in a new city or country while embracing the native foods of the area. And while it isn’t possible to stop into every great restaurant in town on a one-day trip, it is possible to get a sampling of some of the best foods a city has to offer. Who wants to eat junk food on their entire vacation? Or spend unnecessary coins on hotel room service? Not us. And do not even think about finding a restaurant on your own. Searching for a place to eat via never-ending Yelp reviews is just plain time-consuming. 

Because the focus of this travel series is placed on good food, not just the destination, you can uncover hidden restaurants you wouldn’t otherwise know about. Hitting the road every once in a while to treat yourself to deliciously unique foods is the best. 

The plus is that you do not have to do it alone. During our trips, you can eat whatever your little heart desires with individuals who love food just as much as you do. You will be with people from all walks of life and a variety of interesting places. You can be as spontaneous as you want all while developing new friendships. It takes away the anxiety of traveling and dining alone. 

Want more information on our next stop? Be sure to head to our Facebook group for all the latest updates and discussion.

Watch a clip from our trip to Colombia here.

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