Spice it up this winter at Bronx’s new Indian restaurant, Hungry Bird

My top two favorite types of food are Indian and Mexican. I love the blend of spices and fresh ingredients in addition to the fact that it’s impossible to leave a Mexican or Indian restaurant hungry. I normally want to eat everything (so I do) and feel like I need someone with a wheelbarrow to carry me out. There are no shortage of Mexican restaurants in the Bronx, from my favorite Taqueria Tlaxcalli to the well-known and loved Mexicocina. However, it’s a bit harder to find a really great Indian restaurant here. Not anymore!

While we do have places like, Curry Spot, which was good, it still didn’t hold a candle to my favorite places downtown or in Queens. :(  So, when I read Ed’s post on Welcome 2 the Bronx, I knew I had to find my way over there ASAP. Even better, they had a Groupon deal, $15 for $30 worth of food.

So, I hopped on the bus and found my way over to 164th and Morris to meet up with a friend. The outside is unassuming, so if you’re not paying attention, you could miss the place, but do yourself a favor and don’t.

We started with an order of vegetable samosas and onion bhaji. Both were delicious, flavorful, and thankfully not too greasy. Because I lack self-control when it comes to Indian condiments, I slathered everything with tangy tamarind sauce, slightly spicy red pepper chutney, and hari (green) chutney. Hungry Bird2

I also ordered a glass of mango lassi, which had a nice balance of thickness and was perfectly sweet.

For my entree, I ordered tandoori chicken. It arrived steaming in a small pan, covered in sliced onions, cilantro, and peppers. The chicken was tender and had the necessary right off the grill taste.

Our waiter was very friendly and helpful in suggesting dishes for us to try (I’d never had onion bhaji before!) Bonus: they accept cards!

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Call for Artist Submissions!

Montefiore is looking to purchase (yes, with $$$) artwork to display in their multitude of medical centers. It is open to artists who live or work in the Bronx.

Is that you? Read below for more information from Montefiore (via BX200):

The Art Acquisition program strives to:
• Collect original artwork of high quality in design and concept;

• Showcase the wide range of excellent artwork created by Bronx artists with diversity in theme, medium, and execution

• Appeal to a wide audience: children to adults, who come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds

• Reflect and support the Medical Center’s mission as a world-class patient centered integrated academic medical center.

CRITERIA FOR ARTWORK
Seeking submissions from artists with a connection to the Bronx for a variety of artwork to be considered for future purchase or commission for Montefiore’s new Fine Art Program and Collection.

Seeking positive and contemporary artwork of all styles. Artwork for consideration includes sculpture, two-and three-dimensional artwork, oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, photography, prints, mixed media, glass, mosaics, wall sculpture, fabric art including fiber/textile, new media, ceramics, recycled material, etc.

Art will be placed in main lobbies, waiting rooms, corridors, consultation rooms, patient rooms and a variety of other public areas. Artwork must be suitable and have a broad appeal for long-term use in a healthcare environment.

SUBMISSION PROCESS
Artists must submit the information as identified below via email:

• A maximum of ten (10) works/artist, images must be saved as JPEGS

• clearly identify the following:
Title of Artwork
Date of Work
Media with Dimensions
Brief description of work as necessary
Retail value of work

• Artist’s statement and resume. Please include your full contact information: name, address, phone, email and website address.

All questions and submissions should be submitted to: art@montefiore.org. Please indicate “Montefiore Fine Art Program and Collection – Call to Artists/Bronx” in the subject line.


Bronx Narratives x The Mix Coffeehaus

This past Saturday, I headed down to  The Mix Coffeehaus in Mott Haven. I’d been meaning to go for a while, but things kept coming up. When I saw on Instagram that they were hosting a screening of a film called Bronx Narratives, I made sure that my schedule was clear!

Let me start with the coffeehouse itself; its spacious brightly lit interior on a frigid Saturday afternoon was exactly what I needed. I ordered a chai latte (bonus points for having almond milk for all my fellow lactose intolerant people!)  and a blueberry cheese danish that was delicious. As it is only a pop up shop, it was set to close at the end of January, but may stay open a little longer – fingers crossed!

Prior to the screening of the film, a slideshow of a series of tweets bashing the Bronx played across the screen, setting a really poignant scene for the film itself. The brainchild of Bronxites Dondre Green, Decota Letman, and Hoay Smith, Bronx Narratives aims to reveal the personal anecdotes of Bronxites themselves. Entirely honest, the film featured stories from Bronxites who loved the Bronx to those who longed for developments to solve some of the borough’s problems and voids.

Following the screening, there was an open forum in which members of the audience shared their Bronx narratives and we (yes, ALL of us in the audience) discussed ways to unite our communities to improve the Bronx and promote all the wonderful sights and attractions we have.

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Photo courtesy of Dondre Green

It was beautiful.

Watch Bronx Narratives below.


Connect with Your Neighbors on Shoutloc

It’s almost too stereotypical – the New Yorker who lives in a neighborhood for years upon years, but has no idea who their neighbors are. We like our space, which is fine, but being as nosy as I am, I’m always curious about the people around me – what are they like? why does it always sound like the Tasmanian devil is over for dinner? Countless unanswered questions!

You may not get the answers to all of you burning questions, but now there is a way for you to connect with your neighbors an app called Shoutloc.

Created by Bronxite Leo Gjoni, the app allows neighbors to post information or questions about events happening nearby. For example, planning on hosting a yard sale after you’ve finished spring cleaning? Let your neighbors know on Shoutloc to promote it.

Check out the video below  to learn more!


Bx Meets Bk : Henri on Fifth Preview

Happy New Year! I haven’t meant to be away so long, 2015 has not been kind to my electronics – both my phone broke AND my computer charger gave out within the first two weeks of this year! Needless to say I really needed a pick me up (that didn’t include me angrily playing Wii Boxing). So when I received the invitation to a preview of Henri on Fifth in Brooklyn, I  gladly accepted.

Now, I can already hear it – “Brooklyn?! Traitor!” cue the angry mob. But I promise, if there’s a restaurant in Brooklyn you should make a field trip to, it’s this place.

Its cozy ambiance and plethora of board games are the key ingredients that make Henri on Fifth a great place to catch up with friends (and beat them at all the games!) Combine this with an amazing menu consisting of classic American and internationally-inspired fare such as Sriracha deviled eggs, Banh mini tacos, and The Classic grilled cheese with a tomato bisque shooter and you’ve got yourself a winner.

If you enjoy boozing it up as much as I do (which is a lot), be sure to try the Rhubarb 1969 and Whiskey Games, which feature fresh lime and fruity liquor.

Best of all, most Bronxites can take the train straight down to the Barclay’s Center stop without having to transfer. Field trip made easy.

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What I’m Reading: Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall of Fame

Since graduating from grad school in May, it feels like I gained back a huge part of my social life, which is an unbelievable feeling. During my new found freedom, I have actually been able to read for fun again. Though I won’t meet my Goodreads goal of 50 books read in 2014, I have been slowly chipping away at it.

Under the Bridge

Perfect for your coffee table for all your guests to check out.

I recently had the chance to check out a new book titled Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall of Fame .  The book features photography of Paul “Cavs” Cavalieri, which documents decades of graffiti underneath the 238th Street bridge which connects Woodlawn and Wakefield.

Cavalieri’s photographs are so vibrant and give readers insight to a world of art many of us who are not part of the scene have never been exposed to before. It’s also great to see through the perspective of a graffiti artist himself.  Further, not only do they show a vast variety of tags and artwork representative of the diverse artists who frequented the area, but brief anecdotes throughout the book provide background knowledge that really puts the photographs into context.

The one that struck me most was the story of Michael (Mars) Dugan, who at 14, was walking along with his friends atop a wooden fence above the Metro North tracks, when he slipped and tried to save himself by grabbing wires, which ended up electrocuting him. Reading this tragic story and seeing his tag on the very next page struck a chord with me, because I often find myself marveling, particularly at graffiti that’s on high locations or in subways, but sometimes forgetting how dangerous and risky it can be.

If you couldn’t tell, I definitely recommend checking out the book, available wherever it is you buy your books.

Note: This book was given to me by the awesome people at Schiffer Publishing to review and all views expressed are entirely mine.


This Saturday – Grand Opening Celebration at Famous Footwear at Mall at Bay Plaza

More stores are opening in the Mall at Bay Plaza just in time for the holiday shopping season! (but remember to support our small businesses, too!) Famous Footwear is one of the latest to open up at the mall and they’re throwing a pretty cool grand opening event.

Read below for information:

To celebrate the openings, both Famous Footwear locations are hosting an all-day grand opening event on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shoppers are invited to experience fun activities including:

·       Special in-store promotions every two hours.

·       A local shoe artist customizing shoes for customers from noon to 6 p.m.

·       Drawings every hour from noon to 6 p.m. for a chance to win free shoes.

·       A DJ spinning live music.

“We strive to deliver easy victories to families who are looking for brand names at affordable prices,” continued Ausick. “Our in-store experience will prove you don’t have to compromise style or amazing customer service when shopping for great values.

Famous Footwear is a leading, easy-to-shop footwear destination, featuring brand name merchandise for women, men and children, making it a one-stop-shop for the entire family. Shoppers can access Famous Footwear’s loyalty Rewards program and vast style selection in-store to meet their family’s footwear needs.

Famous Footwear recently launched their new mobile app which gives Rewards members 15 bonus points just for downloading, makes redeeming Rewards points even easier and gives shoppers access to exclusive mobile offers. The Famous Footwear app is available for download today on Google Play and iTunes or simply by texting APP to FAMOUS (326687) to get a mobile link.

Famous Footwear has more than 1,200 stores nationwide as well as an e-commerce site, Famous.com. The chain offers consumers more than 100 nationally recognized brands through its retail stores and website, including Nike, Vans, Converse, Sperry, Skechers, Naturalizer, Steve Madden, madden girl, Franco Sarto, adidas, New Balance, Roxy, Circus by Sam Edelman and Carlos by Carlos Santana. Famous Footwear is also a proud national partner of the March of Dimes.


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