Holiday Happy Hours

Aside from all the delicious food we get to enjoy during the holiday season (and of course the presence of our friends and family) , one of the best parts of the holidays are the libations. From coquito to peppermint martinis, there’s something for everyone this holiday season.

This past week, I was able to check out two Bronx bars while catching up with friends. First, I swung by Step In Restaurant for a quick drink before heading to Sancocho at Bronx Art Space. A longtime cranberry and vodka enthusiast, I ordered the Caribbean Mule, which is gives a tropical flair to the familiar Moscow Mule. Some slices of fresh ginger give the cocktail a nice kick and I promptly ordered a second. 🙂 Step In has been there for what seems like forever, yet this was my first time actually….stepping in…..(sorry, I had to.) They recently renovated the place and gave the outside a bit of a facelift, giving it a much more modern and inviting appearance.

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This past Tuesday, I had a chance to check out one of the newcomers to the borough- Bronx Drafthouse . As always, I’m happy to check out any place that doesn’t require going past Harlem, but still gives an air of sophistication while serving up great food and drinks. Bronx Drafthouse meets all of those requirements. Boasting 20 beers on tap and almost 30 canned varieties, I appreciated that they also had cider and even wine on tap for us non-beer drinkers. I love ciders, so I decided to try out the Doc’s Cranberry cider. So good. We both ordered the Drafthouse burger, a behemoth consisting of a beef patty topped with pulled pork, plantains, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato. I wish I had fasted before eating it!

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Hopefully, you’re partaking in some partying this holiday season. Good riddance to 2016 and here’s to a better 2017!

 

Armory Art Show 2012: Bronx Day

The Armory Art Show is the largest art fair in the city, so, you know, it’s kind of a big deal. As the Daily News reports, this year was the first year that Bronx galleries and studios have gotten a chance to participate. So, of course, I had to take it upon myself to check out some of the venues. I’m going to preface this post by letting you know that I have a horrible sense of direction, which is exacerbated by the fact that I refuse to ask for directions in the city I live in.

Upon arriving to Studio Building I, at 250 E. 139th St. I was greeted with a sign that said to enter through the tire shop. It was real WTF moment, like this how people get killed type situation. Alas, I threw caution to the wind and with the assistance of a mechanic, found my way upstairs to the studio. There was such a wonderful/stark contrast between the grimy and industrious car repair shop and the bright artist studio right above it.

The artists working in Studio Building I include: Daze, Juanita Lanzo, Matthew Burcaw, and John Ahearn. It was actually very cool to see the behind the scenes space where the artists labor away to get the polished products we eventually come across in galleries. Among some of the works-in-progress were sculptures ( similar to the ones found in Parkchester) and large, vibrant floral-quasi-sexual paintings. I didn’t take any pictures here since the projects were still being worked on.

My next and final stop was Studio Building II at the Bronx Art Space, which I previously visited to see the Work Office exhibit. The latest artwork on display is part of an exhibit called Vital Signs. My personal favorite piece was Artist’s Books w/ DVD by Matthew Burcaw. Curator Linda Cunningham’s studio was also open for viewing. It was a great representation of what I’ve always thought of the artist’s process to be, if that makes any sense at all. When I work on my stories for example, I’ve got my notebooks open around me, any other relevant material is also nearby, pencils, my computer, probably a can of Pepsi. So I feel like her studio was a more advanced, cooler sort of version of that….again, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

There were a bunch of other exhibits going on that I didn’t get a chance to see. I am glad, though,  that the Bronx art world was able to showcase itself as part of such an important event

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