Last minute Father's day idea - family

Father’s Day is right around corner and you still have no idea what to get your old man and now you’re stuck looking for Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas. Whether he loves BBQ or always orders an old-fashioned, the grill master of your home, deserves something nice. It’s okay that you waited a little longer to put something together, we’ve got you covered with our last-minute Father’s Day ideas for the foodie in him (and you too).

For The Cocktail Loving Dad (who loves cigars too)

A Personalized Cigar Case and Flask

A  personalized cigar case and flask is perfect for that Dad who likes to keep his vices private. Let him do the choosing or pour in his favorite libation and best cigar. This case also triples as a lighter so Dad has everything he needs to lay back and relax after dinner on Father’s day.

The Honeywell

Take Dad off the grid and over to this basement cocktail bar in West Harlem. Full of bartenders who love what they’re doing and know how to do it well, The Honeywell is the spot to take Dad before the weekend gets too crazy and a good drink (or a few rounds) is a great gift.

Location: 3604 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Honeywell
Courtesy of the Honeywell

For the Dad who’s a Chef

Chef T-Shirt

Give Dad something to wear when he’s not in the kitchen and let’s him know you’re proud of him too with this T-shirt. If you’re Dad can cook well, he’s our hero too this Father’s Day.

Ocean Prime New York

Every chef needs a day (or two off) and for Father’s Day, you’ll really want to do it in style. It’s never too last-minute to make a reservation at Ocean Prime New York where Dad can enjoy his seafood, steak and wine, all under one house.

Location: 123 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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For the Dad who’s a Barbecue King

Five Piece Barbecue Grill Set

Who’s Dad doesn’t love BBQ? This five piece BBQ set is perfect for the Dad who plans to spend most of his time outdoors this summer. You can also engrave the set to gift something special for Dad.

Fette Sau

This Cafeteria style restaurant is a favorite for BBQ lovers in New York. If Dad just wants to chill out on Sunday, take him to Fette Sau for some hearty BBQ and a few rounds of beer.

Location: 354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Last minute Father's day idea - family

For Dad who loves to Travel

RIU

It’s time you took Dad on a vacation, he deserves it. Plus the RIU always has amazing food and you could schedule the trip for anytime, just let Dad know this Father’s Day.

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Streets BK

You can still go international with Dad without leaving New York by checking out Streets Brooklyn. This restaurant serves street food from all over the world and you won’t even have to leave the state.

Location: 53 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Streets BK Pain Killer

For the new Dad

Your best bud, brother or coolest cousin is about to be a Dad and shouldn’t be left out of the fun. He’ll certainly need to stay up during his work day and this coffee maker and coffee mug are about to make it that much easier for him.

Whatever you decide to get Dad, now’s the chance! Hopefully these last-minute ideas have saved the day or inspired you to do something really cool for that awesome Dad of yours that you were thinking of this Father’s Day.

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Taste of Chicago Group Trip
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Sometimes the hardest part of taking in a new experience is figuring out where to begin but the Taste of Chicago is a great start. Especially if you’re going to a city as big as Chicago you might ask yourself, what do you eat first and where to visit once you’re full? Well, with a dedicated team here at Food Before Love who’s already done the research for you, all you have to do is show up and be ready for a great time! Join us by securing your spot here.

Traveling While Hungry Chicago is for new-comers and experts of the Windy City alike. From July 6thJuly 9th, we are not only going to eat our way through the Taste of Chicago, but really get to know the entire city. Hidden gems, a cultural oasis, face-time with local restaurant owners & chefs – we have all of this planned and more. It is the perfect food-cation because you’ll be experiencing culinary delights with all of your senses – and the memories will be unforgettable. You can even find our top tips to experiencing the best out of the Taste of Chicago.

Taste of Chicago Group Trip

The best part of Traveling While Hungry with Food Before Love is sharing this experience with young-at-heart food lovers from different walks of life who love to eat as much as you do! With a flexible itinerary, there’s always something to keep you busy, but Food Before Love also has tons of recommendations for things to do on your own time. Traveling with the TWH family means you’ll always have a squad ready to explore, enjoy and experience the total beauty of the Taste of Chicago. Deposits are due by June 15th, so don’t delay! Sign up right now

 

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The Roots Picnic Brunch Guide

With the weekend approaching, everyone is pulling out their best as they prepare for the line up at Roots Picnic this year. Celebrating it’s 10th year, The Roots Picnic have some of the best in the hip hop, R&b and rap game headlining the show. With acts like Pharrell and Solange, festival goers are bound to be at Penn’s Landing all day and now, won’t have to do so on an empty stomach.

With no re-entry possible, it’s going to be hard to avoid the food trucks that may just charge way more than you were hoping to spend. That’s why you eat before you go, like mama always told you. Except in this case, you’re grabbing mimosas too. Here’s a few brunch spots you can swing by to before doors even open at Roots Picnic. Don’t see your favorite brunch spot on the list? Email us at info@foodbeforelove.com

Miles Table 

Our Tip: Miles Table always has a special feature on their menu that is not to be missed. Not to mention, they’re BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 1620 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Miles Table French Toast
Miles Table

Cafe Ynez

Our Tip: This Mexican brunch spot is likely to give you the most bang for your buck with low prices and heavy platters. Strictly for the very hungry. Also, BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 2025 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Green Eggs

Our tip: The wait at Green Eggs is always crazy so try to arrive as early as possible. They have three locations so play it smart with your crew. Also, BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 212 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 +  719 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Red Velvet Pancakes - Green Eggs Cafe
Green Eggs Cafe

Jones Restaurant

Our tip: Jone’s always gives me a family friendly vibe but the brunch turn up can still be real. They like to bring the bottle of champagne over to the table so you can make your own mimosas but the adult milkshakes are a win too.

Price: $$

Location: 700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Silk City

Our Tip: They don’t have bottomless here but the food is worth it. You can get pitchers of sangria for only $25 and if you’re feeling fancy, grab a pain killer cocktail for extra fun.

Price: $$

Location: 435 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Silk City Brunch
Silk City

Cafe Lift

Our Tip: It gets noisy in here but the Cannoli French Toast will help you forget about all that. Get here early too + it’s BYOB

Price: $$

Location: 428 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Sabrina’s

Our tip: Do not try and eat the stuffed french toast by yourself. I repeat, do not try and eat the stuffed french toast, by yourself.

Price: $$

Location: 910 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Stuffed French Toast Sabrina's Cafe
Sabrina’s Cafe

Honey, Sit & Eat

Our tip: These guys are cash only so be sure to visit the ATM before grabbing a seat here.

Price: $-$$

Location: 2101 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 + 800 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

 

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Always wanted to go to Chicago? Your taste buds can be the reason as we eat through Chicago during the Taste of Chicago Weekend. Join us for a black owned food tour, mult-course dinner and more.

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Picky's Speed Pie

Hailing from Brooklyn, Picky Eater’s NYC restaurant is quickly becoming a staple of the neighborhood. Most popularly visited for their Trini style barbecue lamb, Picky’s is a crowd favorite. If you don’t believe us, just ask Flatbush. Food Before Love was invited to the Picky’s Eater’s pizza party pop up at Sugarcane in Prospect Heights. Every now again, Picky’s will host a themed pop up event highlighting different foods with Caribbean flavors.

Picky's Pop up Restaurant

Sugarcane, another Caribbean restaurant, is extremely popular amongst the locals. No matter the day of the week. you’ll always find a line outside of Black professionals waiting for a table. However on this particular day, Picky’s pizza made the wait a bit more worthwhile. It became obvious to any bystander, that Picky’s Pop was going overwhelmingly well. We took it to the kitchen to find out what the chef was cooking up and how much pizza we could really bite into. 

Picky's Pop up

Picky’s Pizza Party menu was Island Flavored with choices like Sunday Lunch – callaloo base, topped with shredded saltfish, ricotta cheese and cherry tomatoes. There were options for Vegetarians like the vital Ital Veggie which consisted of pineapple, sweet peppers, onions and tomatoes. Being the jerk chicken lover that I am, Picky put together a speed pie for me. This personal pizza came with shredded jerk chicken, pineapples, and a drizzle of their signature sauce. Talk about hot!

Picky's Speed Pie

It’s not jerk chicken if there’s no heat. The key is to not let that heat overpower the flavor of the chicken. Picky’s made the perfect pizza when he combined these ingredients and he wasn’t stingy. Plenty of chicken adorned my plate and the sweetness of the pineapple helped combat the hotness. However, it was truly the jerk sauce that took the dish through the roof, making it juicy as it soaked into all parts of the pizza. For information more information on Picky’s next pop up, follow them on instagram @PickyEatersNYC and don’t hesitate to RSVP!

Picky's Speed Pie

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The Chef burger Korzo

The last best burger I had was at Korzo. Buried away in Brooklyn. I first learned of this decadence in our Facebook Group. Wanting to give it go, I went by with a friend to see why this was featured on the Chew. I’ve since been back for our monthly bite at nite series where we each indulged in a different burger and enjoyed a few appetizers as well. We made early reservations on both occasions which is really important because Korzo gets packed. The front of the restaurant has plenty of room to maintain the crowd but everyone is trying to get a seat at the tables in the back. Each table is adorned with condiments, including beets which I mistook for BBQ sauce. Luckily for me, we realized this before I poured it all over my fries or burger.

Korzo Chef Burger

We chose the pierogie’s, fried cheese platter and mussels to start and share. This was the perfect idea and helped us keep the bill under $50 for each guest, with drinks. On my initial visit, we also tried dessert which was overwhelmingly delicious. They served us a fried dough plate topped with whipped cream and fruits. Korzo is the place for any glutton.

The Chef burger Korzo

The burger I had both times with no regrets was the chef burger, cooked medium. The burger consist of a dry aged ground steak blend, with Monterey jack, smoked bacon, spicy Hungarian peppers and cognac spiked berry gastrique. The art of the burgers at Korzo is that they deep fry it a Hungarian dough. Instead of being met with a heavy burger bun, you’re biting into a soft, semi-sweet dough that holds all the juices inside. There’s just the right amount of room to squeeze your condiments in and the heat of the peppers stands out immediately. They make about 4 other burgers in this style but the chef burger is my favorite so far. I’ve had a chance to bite two others on the menu and they still don’t compare. If you’re looking for an amazing NYC Burger then Korzo needs to be the next place you go.

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Seafood Cauliflower Cuca Restaurant
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A few months ago, I visited Bali and one of the first restaurants we went to was Cuca Flavor. After some extensive research for our group trip, Cuca Flavor came up multiple times as one of the best in the town. I recently shared how to best prepare for Bali and things you should know before organizing some time there. There are many food options to choose from and it can be quite overwhelming to find the right one.

Initially, what I loved about Cuca Flavor was the atmosphere. The restaurant has plenty of open space, fabrics draped down from the high ceilings and simple, distinct touches that pull it all together. Their ingredients are sourced directly from Indonesia and cooked in an open kitchen. We had the pleasure of having the restaurant all to ourselves and got to peek into what the chef was preparing for the evening.

Travel Group Cuca flavor Restaurant

We decided on the chef’s tasting menu which includes tapas for the whole table. We even got to indulge in desert together. Before we grabbed bites to eat. I ordered a Tokyo mojito which came with a ice ball in the glass. The benefits of ice balls are that the ice melts a lot slower than a smaller cube would, releasing less water into your drink. It also looks really cool and put Cuca Flavor on the higher end for me as far as presentation goes.

Corn Cuca Restaurant

At least 10 or more plates were brought out to our table. Everything from meat and potatoes, to black squid risotto made it our tastebuds. The roasted pork buns ended up being the crowd favorite. Honey glazed bbq pork just had to happen for us again so we ordered another round. But amongst us were roasted baby roasted corn, bbq octopus and a honey baked pumpkin salad. The corn was soft and crunchy and had just the right amount of cheese on top.

Seafood Cauliflower Cuca Restaurant

The octopus however, was more refreshing laying over a bed of asian gazpacho. The cauliflower was sweet and the dish was fresh, easy to share amongst friends. The pumpkin salad was more unconventional, none of us having tried something quite like it before. The best part about the dish was that the green beans were really creamy and that softness against the crunch of the granola was a match made. The pumpkin has more depth to it so it really rounded out offering.

Chefs Table Cuca Restaurant

The experience is said to be on the higher end pricing wise for Bali but we all still felt it was a pretty affordable one. I would certainly return again and find time during the day to dine. The feature a garden and outside seating for guest who wish to visit then. If you’re planning a trip to Bali, visit Cuca Flavor before you depart.

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