food before love enamel pins

Tis the season for knee high boots, holiday shopping, coquito and of course, our signature Food Before Love enamel pins. As the weather changes so does your wardrobe. So, we are giving you five stylish ways you can wear our pins for the remainder of fall, and well into the winter season.

1. Add it to your Fall/Winter hat, to make it pop!

As the weather gets colder, we’ll be digging those hats out to keep our head and ears warm. So, make your hat stand out from all the others with our “Wish You Were Beer” enamel pin, and go have a beer (of course).

wish you were beer pins
Our wish you were beer pin is perfect for those who are happy with hops.

2. Pin it to your shirt or sweater before heading to brunch

Brunch is a year-round event that goes well with every season, so bring some flare to the brunch table with one of our Food Before Love enamel pins. Whether it’s to go meet up for brunch with your girls, or for a brunch date our pins make the perfect brunch accessory.

enamel pins
From brunch with your girlfriends to date night with your boo, our enamel pins are the perfect add on to make your outfit pop!

3. Add it right to your winter coat

What better way to style a new winter coat or bring an old one to life than with a snazzy new pin. We already love to add flare to our winter outerwear with hats, scarves and gloves, so go ahead and add one of our enamel pins to really make that winter jacket stand out.

Take your winter coat from drab to fab with our signature Food Before Love pin.

4. Add some pizazz to your little black bag

A little black bag is a staple in many of our closets, but how do we make our LBB stand out against the rest? Add a super cute and colorful FBL enamel pin! Put our wine snob pin on your bag and watch your little black bag come to life. It’ll also help bring out all the aspects of the rest of your outfit, and make them POP!

wine snob pin
Wine not confess your love for wine with our “Wine Snob” pin?

5. Denim jacket, duh!

One of my absolute favorite pieces to add pins to is my jean jacket. Denim jackets are like a blank slate waiting for you to spread your creativity across. With a denim jacket, you don’t have to choose just one enamel pin, instead you can mix and match a few of them to add just the right touch to your jacket.

Food Before Love enamel pin
Our Editor-in-Chief Cassandra likes to rock our signature FBL pin with her distressed jean jacket.

Interested in being the most stylish foodie around? You can find all of our signature pins here. Be sure to tag us in your pictures and show off all the cool ways you style our pins!

 

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Los Tacos No. 1 in NYC

New York City is a foodie heaven because of how diverse it is. When it comes to food cuisines you can find a huge amount of options spread along just once city block. Still, most of us have our food favorites and tend to stick to what we know when it’s time to pick a lunch spot or dinner date location. But as a foodie, it’s your duty to venture out and find new places you love. Otherwise, you might miss out on some of these hidden gems right outside your door. Besides, are you a really a foodie if you don’t take advantage of all the great food NYC has to offer?

A plate of tacos from Locos Tacos
Los Tacos No. 1 is perfect for the foodies who loves a good taco. Photo by Los Tacos No. 1

1. Los Tacos No. 1

New York has no shortage of great Mexican spots to fulfill all of your taco needs. However, this hidden gem has sat on top of my best tacos list for two years running. Located inside of Chelsea market, Los Tacos has some of the most authentic Mexican tacos that I’ve tasted in the city. It’s a small shop located in a food hall, which means that if you’ve never ventured into Chelsea market, you probably have never heard of it. The set-up of this spot allows for you to watch your tacos being made and then they’re handed to you for your enjoyment.
Price: $
Location: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue. New York, NY 10011 (Multiple Locations)

2. Verde on Smith

Brooklyn’s restaurant industry has been booming over the last few years, but this cobble hill location has been around for quite some time. If you visit during brunch hours, you can try their thick cut brioche French toast or the rosemary potatoes, wash them down with unlimited mimosas and raspberry, mango, or peach bellinis. Outdoor patio seating means you can soak up some sun and fresh air during NYC’s warmer months. They even have big tables for those group brunches we love so much. If dinner is more your thing, their dinner menu is full of Italian goodness.
Price: $$
Location: 216 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

Verde on smith bubbly

3. Cuba Restaurant and Rum Bar

Delicious Cuban food paired with Cuban inspired drinks? Yes please! Cuba is a quaint restaurant nestled among the busy streets of the west village, which is why many people may overlook it. The name says it all, as Cuba serves up some Cuban favorites such as vaca frita, ropa vieja, and of course mojitos! Upstairs is a bit tight, but no worries, they have another level downstairs with extra seating and its own bar. On some nights, you can enjoy your meal while a live band plays!
Price: $$
Location: 222 Thompson St. New York, NY 10012

4. Lemongrass Grill

I almost didn’t put Lemongrass Grill on this list because I love how low-key and chill even though NYC is always bustling. Located on court street in Downtown BK, Lemongrass Grill has everything that you need in a Thai spot: nice ambience, great appetizers, affordable entrees, and two-for-one cocktails. Yes, TWO-FOR-ONE! The drink special is just one reason you should be visiting Lemongrass Grill soon. The service is always prompt and the appetizers and entrées are delicious. You’re guaranteed to leave full and satisfied. They also have pineapple fried rice that is served inside of a pineapple, so you can eat delicious food in a new way and stunt for the gram (we won’t judge)!
Price: $
Location: 156 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

thai

5. El Jeffe

Have you ever been craving Mexican and Caribbean food, but had to settle on just one of the two? Well fret no more, because El Jeffe has created a menu and dining experience that allows you to enjoy both at the same damn time all without leaving NYC. Fried shrimp tacos, jerk pork nachos, and grilled fish rice bowls are just some of the dishes you can try here. They have frozen margaritas and Mexican beers available to wash down your food too. Don’t forget to order yourself some delicious Mexican corn!
Price: $$
Location: 1483 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11216

 

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It’s the spookiest time of the year again, and Halloween just happens to fall on #TacoTuesday. So of course, on we are taking you back to some of East Harlem’s best spots for some yummy tacos and even better drinks. On October 31st, join us as we check out 3 of our favorite East Harlem gems including Lupita’s and El Kallejon.

Back in February we celebrated Valentine’s day and Taco Tuesday with a crawl through east Harlem that was filled with laughs, love, and delicious tacos. Some favorites were fish tacos, shark tacos, and all kinds of margaritas. It was such a hit that we had to do it again, this time with a Halloween day twist. At each spot, you’ll have enough time to order some food and drinks, and chat with other hungry foodies on the crawl. The group will walk together to each new spot, while enjoying the Halloween festivities that will be happening all around us. Sadly, they’ll be no stopping for trick or treating (this time), but definitely eating!

Taco-Crawl-Flyer

Are your taste buds tingling yet? If so, tickets for the crawl are only $10 and if you have a group of 4, you can buy a 4-pack of tickets at a discounted $32! Costumes are optional, but if you do come dressed up in your Halloween’s best, there will be a prize for the best food themed costume. So grab your friends, and that hotdog costume you’ve been dying to wear, and buy your tickets here.

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Cup Tap + Cork

Calling all beer and wine lovers! The 5th annual Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest hosted by Arts+Crafts is returning to Restoration Plaza on Saturday August 12, and you do not want to miss it. Described as the experience of grand tastings with a block party atmosphere, this day long even features over 60 craft beers and wines to taste, delicious food pairings from local vendors, and live music and entertainment. More than one thousand beer and wine lovers have come out to this event in the past, and they are doing it even bigger this year with added events throughout the weekend to cater to everyone’s needs.

Tap + Cork Flyer

This tasty fest will contain a multitude of curated craft beer and artisanal wine selections from known breweries and wineries such as Harlem Brew, Five Boroughs Brewing, Veltins’ Grebensteiner, Dyckman Brewery, Owls Brew, Brooklyn Oenology, Cherulin Thomas and Mouton Noir. Patrons will be given a commemorative sampling cup to try out the selections offered from different vendors. While sampling the delicious libations, you’ll be able to indulge in some equally delicious treats and eats from some local food vendors, and DJ CEO and DJ Christopher Sealey will be playing all the tunes in case beer and wine makes you want to dance a little.

Tap + Cork Group
Photo by Nicholas Nichols

In its fifth year, some other perks have been added to the fest such as TapNight Out on August 11, and the very first Tap+Cork Champagne Brunch on August 12, the day after the fest. The Saturday festival will also feature a #DrinkBetter VIP lounge, which has a special 3-hour tasting session with unlimited tastes of top-shelf curated selections, food, and beverage.

Sounds like something you’re interested in? Well, General Admissions tickets are only $25, and allow for 15 tastings (Yes, FIFTEEN!), and you can also buy additional sets of tastings at the event if fifteen is not enough to satisfy your craving, because with over 60 vendors, you may wanna try out more. VIP ticket start at $60 and includes access to the #DrinkBetter lounge.

Tap + Cork NYC
Photo by Nicholas Nichols

So, what are you waiting for beer and wine aficionado? Visit www.tapcorknyc.com for more information and to purchase those tickets.  And remember, Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest is going down Saturday August 12, from 2-8 at Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street).

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Lori Lane And Pizza NYC

I fell in love with &Pizza the very first time I took a weekend trip to D.C. a few years back, so much that I went back 3 times that same weekend. Ever since, whenever I am visiting D.C. or Philly, I make it my business to stop by one of their shops and get some pizza. I’ve been praying to the food gods that they would bring a shop to New York, and they finally answered my prayers when they announced they would be opening a shop in NYC this summer. This has been my favorite pizza shop for 3 years running, so of course, I was delighted when they invited us to their pre-opening party at their new NoMad location to try out some delicious pizzas and cocktails.

Feta Pizza And Pizza

At &Pizza, you can choose from some of their delicious already crafted pie options, or opt to create your own pizza masterpiece. At the event, we feasted on some of their pre-crafted options. If you opt to create your own, you start with choosing your dough, which includes gluten-free options and my favorite, Ancient grains. Then you pick a sauce which includes everything from classic tomato, to basil pesto, mushroom truffle and a spicy tomato. Next you can choose between Shredded cheese, fresh mozzarella, or vegan cheese. Once that’s done, you move on to toppings, and they have so many! Broccoli, pineapple, mushroom, spinach, spicy chickpeas, jalapeños, the list goes on. Then you top it off with a protein of your choice with classics like pepperoni, Italian sausage and chicken, but also shrimp, scrambled eggs, and a vegan beef crumble. Then they pop it into a conveyor belt like oven and you wait for it to come out hot and delicious from the other end. Before boxing it up, they allow you to add a few finishing touches like parmesan cheese, fresh basil, olives, and even hot sauce!

Robin Thomas And Pizza NYC

And Pizza Spread

At the event, they showered us with tastes of some of their NoMad pizza creations such as the OG, which had classic tomato sauce with mozzarella, tomato, and basil. The Farmer’s daughter had spicy tomato sauce and was topped with spinach, mozzarella, Italian sausage, egg, parmesan and red pepper chili oil. My favorite was the Maverick which was stacked with pepperoni, salami, and Italian sausage, and had their delicious pesto sauce drizzled on top.

Lori Lane And Pizza NYC

But what really stole the show for us was the dessert pizza called Lori Lane. It had sweet ricotta, strawberries, powdered sugar and a berry drizzle on top. I’ve never had a dessert pizza before but WOW, this one was amazing. So good that we found ourselves watching for when they would bring out a fresh one. While nibbling on bites, they also had wine and beer to sip on a DJ spinning tunes, and some awesome &Pizza merchandise to grab. One cool handout was a personalized pizza pie box, by an artist who would design it with whatever you wanted.

Graffiti And Pizza NYC

While at the event, we also got the chance who to chat with &Pizza co-founder and CEO Michael Lastoria who shared that the idea for &Pizza came to him while living in Chelsea, and although he eventually took the idea to D.C. where it was born, he always knew it would come back to the Big Apple. So, it turns out that &Pizza has a little New York already inside of it!

Make sure you check out &Pizza NoMAd at 15 West 28th street, between Broadway and 5th avenue. You won’t regret it!

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Ice and Vice

I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream! Nothing beats summer time in NYC, and nothing beats a scoop of ice cream on a warm summer day. With June 7th being National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, we’re highlighting some of the best places to feed your frozen treat cravings this summer, right here in NYC!

1. Mikey Likes It

This small pop culture inspired ice cream shops serves ice cream with flavors such as Ice Ice Baby and Foxy Brown. Make an ice cream sandwich with the red velvet waffles, trust me!

mikey likes it ice cream
Courtesy of Yelp

Price: $
Location: 199 Ave A. New York, NY 10009

2. Melt Bakery

Try one of the pre-made sandwiches or mix and match your own from the cookies and ice cream flavors they have available, including a gluten-free option.
Price: $
Location: 132 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002. (Multiple locations).

3. 10Below Ice Cream

If you’ve been dying to try rolled ice cream, this is the place to find it. Lines tend to be out the door so be prepared for a possible wait.

10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream
Price: $
Location: 10 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

4. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Big Gay offers many options for all ice cream lovers. Soft serve, waffle cones, sundaes, milkshakes, You Name it!
Price: $
Location: 125 E 7th St New York, NY 10009, (Multiple Locations).

6. Ample Hills Creamery

Ample it not new to the ice cream game so if you’re looking for someone to do it right…This Brooklyn favorite has 3 locations in Brooklyn, and 2 in Manhattan. Some of the shops are open as late as 11pm, so you can grab some during a late-night craving too.

ample hills creamery ice cream
Photo by Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Price: $$
Location: 623 Vanderbilt Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, (Multiple locations).

6. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen has multiple locations and an ice cream truck for those on the go. This place offers vegan options for our dairy-free friends, and we heard the Early Grey Ice Cream is to die for too!
Price: $$
Location: 48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, (Multiple locations).

7. Ice and Vice

Ice and Vice has ice cream sandwiches, pies, and even ice cream cones topped with a slice of pie or an ice cream sandwich. Yes, on top of the cone! How could you pass up on that?

Ice and Vice
Photo by Eater

Price: $$
Location: 221 E Broadway. New York, NY 10002

8. Tipsy Scoop

Tipsy Scoop started out with wholesale and catering, and recently opened a brick and mortar location to sell their spiked ice cream. With flavors that contain bourbon, rum, and tequila, need we say more?
Price: $$
Location: 217 E 26th St. New York, NY 10010

9. Magnum Ice Cream Experience

The Magnum Ice Cream pop up shop is back this year in the Meatpacking, and allows you to create your own custom ice cream bar. You choose your ice cream flavor, coating, and 3 toppings, but a Yelp check in grants you one extra topping. The shop has ice cream photo booths set up to help get you the perfect social media worthy pictures.(Here until Oct, 2017)

Magnum Ice cream
Price: $$
Location: 875 Washington St. New York, NY 10014.

10. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Odd Fellows offers ice cream and sorbet, vegan sorbet included, and their signature ice cream sandwich is served in a brioche bun. Currently, if you check into yelp you get a free pin!
Price: $
Location: 175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, (Multiple Locations).

BONUS!!

Conrad New York

Today Only, Conrad New York, in partnership with People’s Pops, are doing a mocha flavored coffee ice pop blended in coconut milk. This treat is only $6 and offered exclusively at the ATRIO Wine Bar l Restaurant at Conrad.

Mocha Ice cream Conrad New York
Photo by Conrad New York

Price: $
Location: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

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