Bronx Food & Wine Festival

This past week the first Bronx Food and Wine Festival took place at the Mall at Bay Plaza. This had my name written all over it!

Let’s start with the highlights:

Beforehand, I was a little worried that I would leave starving; that vendors would give you a tiny sample and send you on your way. I’m happy to report that that was not the case and I left as full as I would have leaving a restaurant for dinner. And the wine booths didn’t skimp on their samples either. It was wonderful to see so many different vendors including one of my faves the Bronx Beer Hall as well as Flaco Coquito, Bistro SK, Euro Products, Frozen Peaks, Havana Cafe, among so many others I know I’m leaving out. Everything I sampled was delicious. Plus the swag bag contained samples, coupons, and a dorky nifty little wine glass holder for lushes  people who were holding lots of things, such as myself.

As it was the first of its kind, there’s always room for improvement…

On the one hand there were a lot of people, which was great! But it did get a bit crowded and you had to kind of shuffle around  to find a free space. Another thing that would have been helpful was chairs and tables! With all of that food and a full wine glass, it would’ve been nice to have a place to sit and enjoy it. Lastly, something that was confusing was the way it was marketed alongside the Bronx Fashion Week event, which led me (and others) to believe that the two events were connected, particularly since they were only two floors away from each other. It was still easy enough to view the fashion show…well…until you were shooed away (nicely) by the mall’s security guards. Something that could have been cleared up in the wording or advertising of the event.

Overall, though, I had a great time and can’t wait until next year!

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Bronx Native American Festival Tomorrow in Pelham Bay Park

Tomorrow at Pelham Bay Park, the annual Bronx Native American Festival will take place from 12-4 pm. I’ve posted about the festival before, but this upcoming one is of particular interest to me because the Boyfriend who runs Native Tec will be selling his beautiful handmade jewelry this time. So stop by and support!

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Bronx Bloggers Dinner at Travesias

Hello! I have barely been in my kitchen all week, I’ve been spoiling myself by going out almost every night for dinner, I blame Travesias for setting the bar so high that my own cooking is unacceptable.

Monday, the Latin fusion restaurant hosted the Bronx Bloggers for dinner. I think I’m salivating just remembering it. The owner, Brian, was extremely friendly, accommodating, and helpful when explaining all of the delicious fare.

We started off with seemingly endless pitchers of “La Secreta” sangria, which is a top secret recipe, which probably makes it even more delicious.

Next, we noshed on coconut shrimp with pina colada sauce, crab rangoon, rice balls, and my favorite the to’chimi sliders-a twist on your average sliders by substituting buns for tostones.

If that wasn’t enough, (those were just the appetizers!) we had a medley of rice with pork and a fried egg for our entree.

I don’t know how we were able to do it, but finally came the desert, which, of course, we devoured. We received some warm bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream and to our surprise, a Bronx Bloggers themed banana and nutella topped cheesecake.

Seriously, don’t wait to make your journey to Travesias.

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5 Borough Instagram Meet This Saturday, Sept. 19

Join me and other Bronx influencers this Saturday, September 19th for one of New York City’s largest Instameets!

Read below for more information:

InstaMeet events happen globally where Instagrammers meet each other, share photography advice and create content together to post on their personal feeds. The goal is to gather excited Instagrammers to meet one another and of course find an excuse to get out and explore someplace new!

 The 5 Borough InstaMeet is divided into a total of eight teams — two in Manhattan, two in Queens, two in Brooklyn, one in the Bronx and one in Staten Island. Each team is captained by some of New York’s top Instagram influencers, including: @denn_ice- (67.2K), @skinnywashere (62K), @Xtramoney (38.2K), @erickhercules (37.3K), and more.

 The event is open to the public and anyone can sign up via Eventbrite. They’ll be prompted to choose a team that either represents the borough they live in, or they can choose an area they don’t know very well using this as an opportunity to explore a new side of NYC.


5 Borough Instagram Meet Teams


  • Manhattan Views Meeting Location:Winter Gardens Battery Park City at 10am
  • Skyline Slayers Meeting Location: Columbus Circle at 10:30am


  • Royalty Meeting Location: Presso Cafe 133-42 39th Ave Flushing, NY at 9am
  • Queens Reigns Supreme Meeting Location: Court Square Diner at 9:15am


  • BK Bangers Meeting Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park at 9am
  • Cool Kids Meeting Location: Transmitter Park in Greenpoint at 9am

The Bronx:

  • Team BX Meeting Location: Yankee Stadium at 11am

Staten Island:

  • S.I.C.K. (Staten Island Cool Kids) Meeting Location: 4 South Street (Corner of Whitehall street in the South Ferry Area of Lower Manhattan. We will meet in front of the STATEN ISLAND blue sign) at 10am

Ferragosto 2015

Ferragosto, an Italian festival that celebrates the end of the harvest season and typically celebrated in August, came to the Bronx’s Little Italy this past Sunday (marking over 15 years of the celebration of the occasion in the neighborhood).

This was my first Ferragosto and I now know it will certainly not be my last. I only took one picture because I was constantly stuffing my face (good thing I dragged my ass to the gym that morning.) People came from all over, crowding the booths and vendors to indulge in the best that Arthur Ave. has to offer.  I had a sausage and peppers sandwich (sweet) from Vincent’s Meat Market that changed my life. It was so delicious and you could tell all of the ingredients were super fresh. I also had a cannoli from Madonia’s Bakery where they fill it beyond the shell for just $1.50.

We also sampled some wine and cider from La Cantina Wine & Liquors and ended up buying Mochetto and True Believer Hard Cider. Tirado Distillery, based right here in the Bronx, was also providing a tasting of their corn whiskey mixed with passionfruit juice. I’m not typically a whiskey drinker, but I will certainly make an exception because it was smooth and the flavors blended together so well.

Right before it began to rain, we settled in at John’s Pizza for some fried calamari and a Margherita pizza. We walked back home — about a 20 minute walk — because we had to burn off all of those calories somehow!

XM Cafe at the Bronx Museum is Open for Business!

After taking your name submissions and transforming their space, the Bronx Museum’s much anticipated cafe is open for business! Serving salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee from the Bronx’s own Morris Perk, the cafe will be a wonderful new addition to the borough to gather with friends and enjoy art. Another cool aspect of the cafe is that it will be staffed by Bronx residents via Fountain House.  

To celebrate its grand opening, the cafe will offer the first 50 guests a FREE small coffee, espresso, or cappuccino on September 9, 10, and 11.

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9 the museum will also extend its hours of operation to include Wednesdays from 11:00 am – 6: 00 pm.

Represent the Bronx in the Tell-A-Commute Photography Project

Having just come back from a short vacation (Texas is another world entirely, you guys) I’ve found myself picking up and noticing little things on my normal walk home – the beautiful mint green curlicue fire escapes on Bedford Park,  the guy that always sits out on his porch taking in street scenes – you get the picture-  but it’s so easy to overlook these little details during the normal hustle and bustle of our commutes. This is why I was so excited to learn about Tell-A-Commute.

Run by artist collective /rive, the project is a way for New Yorkers to share their commutes and capture the neighborhoods they know and love in the face of an ever changing city. The best part of the photo diary is that the photos become a part of a larger photo collage featured in PLATFORM at the New York Transit Museum.

Here’s how it works, from Tell-A-Commute:

It’s very easy to participate: just text START to 917 746 5505. You’ll receive text message instructions inviting you to take 3 photos around your neighborhood as you walk to and from your local train station and text them back to this number. Your photos will then be included in a dynamic online portrait of NYC’s neighborhoods linked by subway lines. This photo collage will be featured at the Transit Museum’s PLATFORM, a cross-disciplinary program series devoted to creative musings on mass transit, in Fall 2015. (If you submit your photos before September 14, 2015, you’ll also have a chance to win a free Transit Museum membership.)

So, who’s with me in making sure the Bronx has the best pictures? (I’m looking at all of you Bronx IGers out there!


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