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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Breakfast Club London Pancakes
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Not too interested in indulging in an English Breakfast, I sought out the Breakfast Club in London. All of my London friends said it was the must eat brunch spot and the line outside was my confirmation. Greeted by bright colors and a vibrant staff, we knew were in for a treat. Now we just had to figure out how many pounds to tip. Managing the conversion was only getting harder by the day.

Breakfast Club London

They don’t offer mimosas so we were stuck with fresh orange juice. Feeling refreshed and sober, I prayed that the food will make up for it. We were in close quarters towards the back of the establishment but it wasn’t overbearing in the least. The closer to the kitchen, the sooner the food will get to us, right?! We started with a shared plate of the pancakes, that looked too good to pass up. Layered in vanilla cream and berries, it was perfectly made for two. We originally saw the dish over at another table which only solidified our order. A bit of a messy dish, these pancakes couldn’t stand a chance.

Breakfast Club London Pancakes

But, I wasn’t going to leave without ordering the chorizo hash. After all, the pancakes was to share and this, was not. What I loved most about the hash was the comfort it brought me during every bite. Heavy chunks of chorizo and plenty of colorful flavors danced around my plate and taste buds. The poached egg was as close to perfect as it could be. It broke apart over the dish and melted right into the potatoes.

Breakfast Club London Hash

This went on until we couldn’t consume anymore food. But one thing to know, is that The Breakfast Club is worth the wait. If you plan to go, be sure to download a currency converter app. Pretty sure we did end up tipping too much after all.

Big Ben London

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Taste of Chicago Burgers
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The Taste of Chicago 2017 is scheduled for July 5th-9th, and you should be there. On my first trip to the festival, I fell in love with Chicago. I also learned how much of a food city it really is. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade that truly help make the most of the Taste of Chicago. As you plan on Traveling While Hungry to Chicago, here are a few things to know for the Taste of Chicago 2017.

Taste of Chicago Food Truck

     1. Plan to travel with a friend who likes to share their food (even if it’s only sometimes)

The Taste of Chicago works by ticket system. You purchase by cash or credit card, the amount of tickets you’d like and redeem them with vendors for either a taste or a heavier plate, considered somewhat of a full meal. The taste cost less and makes a ton of more sense to be shared with a friend because you’ll likely have more than one item on your plate. This way you truly get a Taste of Chicago and don’t run out of your tickets as fast. You can always order more if you think you should have shared less.

Taste of Chicago Burgers

      2. Get there early

One of the amazing parts about the Taste of Chicago is that they host pop up restaurants. They’re there for a limited time and then you may not see them again for the remainder of the festival so it’s a good idea to go early and catch them. The more popular ones are likely to run out of food by the time you’ve recovered from day drinking and seeing the sights. So if you’ve gotten a chance to see the line up early, be sure to arrive early for the vendors you don’t want to miss.

      3. Bring a Blanket

The Taste of Chicago is always packed and they’ve been doing a great job as securing more and more seating every year. However, at the peak hours it may be pretty difficult to find a seat or two, especially if you’re with a group. Being able to pull a blanket out of bag is going to be the best idea you’ve had in a while when the sun is shining and the burgers are calling. Totally, BYOB appropriate (B for Blanket guys).

Taste of Chicago dumplings

     4. Leave your diet at home

You knew this already but the Taste of Chicago 2017 will not be the place for anyone who recently decided to go on a diet. Everything you’ve ever wanted to eat, and things you didn’t even know you wanted, will be at the festival. Be sure to detox AFTER the Taste if you feel strongly about it, but certainly not before.

Taste of Chicago Mini donuts

     5. Pack a bottle of water

There’s a misconception that you can’t bring any outside food or beverages to the Taste but you actually can. No alcoholic beverages are allowed considering you can buy them once you’re inside. A bottle of water however, is what you’ll have a thirst for after walking under the sun for hours. You’ll be upset you wasted your food tickets on something you could have brung on your own so pack it!

Taste of Chicago

     6. Try something new

Who knows when the next time will be that you’ll have a poutine, chocolate covered bananas, and foie gras on a burger at your disposal? Live a little and try something you’ve never had before. You’re interested in going to the Taste of Chicago because you want to experience it all. You’ll get to drink, be at the concert, make new friends, get free stuff and eat. Make the most of it by doing it all, being present in the moment and going back home with something to talk about.

With these tips in mind, what are you looking forward to the most about the Taste of Chicago 2017?

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Miami Finga Licking Stuffed Lobster
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In my first attempt to make it to Miami Finga Licking, I failed miserable by driving 25 more minutes out of Miami to Finger Licking Caribbean restaurant. Hello disappointment. Many of you who are avid readers of my travels, know how much I love going to Miami to eat. So if I’m not at my favorite Miami brunch spot or frolicking on the beach, I’m looking for quick eats that can keep the party going.

Determined to eat at the real Miami Finga Licking, I made it my business with the help of my boyfriend, to stop by as soon as I landed. The sun had already set and it was technically on the way to South Beach so it made sense. But let me warn you that when I pulled up, the security gaurds were wearing your latest bullet proof vest which made the place look even more eery and shady than it did. I’m known to risk my life over some chicken so there was no real cause for concern but seriously? Vest? I needed to see what the hype was about.

Miami Finga Licking Mystery Drink

I was also hoping I would run into DJ Khaled since he’s one of the owners but maybe you’ll be luckier than I was on your visit. Though I could use a cocktail, I quickly ordered the mystery drink that was suggested at my table. I really wish it came with vodka but it was delicious and fun to have. It reminded me of my childhood, as the drink is colorful and fruity but didn’t have the loads of sugar I was probably drinking back then, that or I couldn’t tell. Somehow, it lasted through the entire meal and it was refreshing takeaway from the food party my tastebuds like to have.

Miami Finga Licking Wings

Previously, I had heard the chicken here was going to be majestic and although they were, I was upset no one told me how good the sides were going to be. For me, it was about having it all back to back that really made the meal. I love wings that are covered in sauce so, win. It had the perfect crunch you’re always hoping for before the bite and leaves you wanting for more but the fact that you can get two sides is what makes Miami Finga Licking the bomb. I had corn on the side, as well as, macaroni and cheese. May the church say, Amen. Everything was just right and one spoonful after the other, it all started to disappear. We also ordered the shrimp stuffed lobster which they didn’t hold back on portion wise. It’s safe to say everyone was satisfied and I can’t wait to visit Miami Finga Licking again.

Miami Finga Licking Stuffed Lobster

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10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

With an overload of summer food trends and a serious addiction to ice cream, I wasn’t sure how I was gonna go into the Fall trying to live a healthy lifestyle. When I’m in the gym, I often think about the food I regret having over the weekend no matter how great they were. How could you not when you’re melting under your trainers orders?

I’m a huge believer in eating the things that you want, when you want them. When I came across this rant about the five things Sanaa wished she ate this summer, I couldn’t help but think of all the things I did eat. There’s still a few things left on my to eat list before Fall is really here but here are the few things I ate with no regrets.

Don’t mind my new obsession of hands shots. All the cool kids are doing it. 

Morgenstern Buttermilk Balsamic Strawberry ice cream

1. Buttermilk Basil Strawberry Ice cream from Morgenstern’s

I was suppose to be at a speak easy but the sun was blaring! I decided to take a stroll down Bowery to cool off at Morgenstern’s. Well known for their coconut ash ice cream, I was overwhelmed by the other delicious sounding options on their menu. Being the strawberry ice cream lover that I am, I couldn’t resist the words buttermilk and the cashier even let me do a taste test. It was better than the bourbon vanilla so I went for it. Little did I know, that the balsamic wasn’t included in the taste I had and I was in for a treat. This was the best ice cream I had all summer. I ordered it on a cake cone, and they dripped the balsamic liquid over it before serving. This made it tart but sweet and also perfect. Morgenstien’s is worth the line and the ice cream there is more than a summer food trend.

Wowfulls

2. Wowfulls at Smorgasburg

If you haven’t had a egg waffle yet, you should. They’re  fun to look at and you can stuff it with anything! Must be why Wowfulls has the one of the longest lines at Smorgasburg because this is what instagram post are made of. I tried the chocolate Wowfull stuffed with vanilla ice cream, topped with Orea cookie crumbs and banana pocky. Pocky doesn’t taste like much but it’s all for show. Powdered sugar is also sprinkled on top but note that this sweet treat is made for two. The best part of it all is that you can customize your Wowfull and then dig in!

Maven Cocktails

3. Maven Cocktails

Now it’s definitely been on trend this summer to have wine in a box – to go style. I’m not talking about the cheap box wine that your friend decided to bring to the housewarming either. Maven Cocktails has a similar to go style because it’s wine, without the wine glass, and instead, inside a frosted single serve glass bottle. Yes, make it classy. The delight about this wine, is that they add vodka and it’s only offered in a few places around NYC currently. Find out where. Don’t be fooled, you probably can’t walk out of those places with this drink but I was at a special event so I did. The bottle is super resusable and just a stylish new way to get your drink

10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

4. Mo’ Money Mo’ Mango from 10 Below Ice cream

Perhaps I only cared about ice cream and it was my personal summer trend but 10 below is also making the list. I had already tried rolled ice cream at Vendy Plaza so I wasn’t too crazy about the experience of seeing them make it but I was here for the flavors. The Mo’ Money, Mo’ Mango also has strawberries in the mix, then I topped it with more strawberries and fruity pebbles. Gluttony at it’s finest for my sweet tooth. The entire thing tasted like breakfast cereal. I tried my friend’s who ordered something completely different, with no cereal toppings and felt the same way about his. It was nostalgic and fun to bite into. They were also generous with the toppings and it didn’t take as long as I heard it would.

Sounds like I want to eat ice cream and cocktails forever and I’m okay with that but at least I have no summer food regrets! What did you eat this summer that you don’t regret? Leave me a comment below!

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Brisket King NYC

If you’re looking for a food fix, attending Brisket King NYC might be right up your alley. Meat lovers unite this week at Brisket King NYC where 20+ chefs are about to go head to head in a “Battle of the Meats” happening at Sanders Studios in Brooklyn, NY. From beef carving, to beef butchering, Brisket King NYC is going to be a full on meat frenzy with speciality craft beers to pair. I’m personally anticipating the live demos and being introduced to new chefs that come together to compete.

Tickets are still available here but not for long, so grab yours before it’s too late. Meat lovers preferred.

Brisket King NYC
Photo by Dave Katz
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