Summer Cocktails with Bronxmama at the Hot House

Last week, BronxMama and I teamed up with Ice House Cafe’s new beer garden, nicknamed the HotHouse for a summer soiree. With hammocks, lawn games, and frozen drinks, it’s the perfect location to spend a summer day. My personal favorite are the frosés, which come in a bunch of different flavors including peach and strawberry.  Because there’s so much space, parents can enjoy a refreshing cocktails while kids play games and socialize.

We ordered a special rosé bucket and played corn hole and ring toss (which is way harder than it looks btw). The kids had fun blowing bubbles, coloring, and getting their faces painted by Rocky the magician, who also hosted a very competitive game of limbo assisted by yours truly.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Eli, of Things by Eli. Guys. This is a 12-year-old business owner who donates a portion of his profits to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I was sitting in my room in the dark listening to Linkin Park at 12.

The Hot House has tons of events coming up including a salsa night, line dancing, and musical bingo. Be sure to follow Ice House Cafe on Instagram to keep up with all of their events!

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Visiting The Coffee Break Company

Last week, I got the chance to visit Throggs Neck’s newest addition – The Coffee Break Company.

Located in the spot where Brew Coffee House once was, The Coffee Break Company is a joint endeavor by owners Bruce “Blue” Rivera and Brian Martinez who have given the space a total revamp. My favorite feature was the clock walls – a collection of vintage and modern clocks that line the wall during your very own “coffee break.” Another unique feature are the custom tables in the center of the coffeeshop that are made out of doors filled in with coffee beans. Another feature I thought was pretty cool was the jars of coffee beans on the wall behind the counter, which featured the top ten coffee distributors around the world.

Serving up La Colombe coffee, lattes, and tea the coffeeshop also makes all of its desserts in house. I got to try a pumpkin pie bite and a coconut cupcake. Both were so delicious. First of all, I’ve never had a pumpkin pie bite before, but I could definitely eat a 100 of them in one sitting; it’s a perfect fall snack. Second, as a person who doesn’t even really like coconut, that cupcake was fantastic. The icing was light, the cake itself was light as well, so you really got to taste the flavors instead of just straight sugar.

Though still in its soft opening stage, The Coffee Break has a number of events in the pipeline. This Friday, Oct 19, they’ll be hosting a paint and sip event. On Halloween, kids will be invited to help the coffeeshop “dress up” as a barn and around Christmas, there are plans for a cookie decorating event.

While the grand opening isn’t until November, you can keep up with the latest by following them on Instagram or Facebook.

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Savor the Bronx: Cabo

For this year’s Savor the Bronx, my friends and I headed east to try out Cabo, a new Mexican restaurant in Throggs Neck. (but we missed the fact that Cabo was only participating for lunch. Oops!)  A sleek, modern exterior coupled with vibrant colors greets you giving off more of a lounge vibe than of what you’d expect of a Mexican restaurant, but this it not necessarily a bad thing. I think it’s part of the larger movement of new bars and eateries opening up in Throggs Neck trying to attract the growing thirty-something crowd that wants to go out and have a good time without traveling too far from home.  However, for the record,  I do prefer the decor of places like Taqueria Tlaxicalli in Castle Hill.

When we arrived, we were still waiting for the rest of our party, so we opted to try some of the drinks during happy hour at the bar (which was packed!). I decided to try what I believe was called a Cabo margarita (should’ve written it down!) which was nice, the tequila didn’t overpower it whatsoever, so it had a sweet, pleasant taste, but was still potent enough. I also tried a pina colada, which I liked more than the margarita. It leaned more toward the coconut-y side, which I’m usually not a fan of, but they pulled it off.

For dinner, I decided to try a chicken burrito, while my friends ordered the special of the night – a seafood dish with mole sauce. I’m “allergic” to shellfish (long story), so I couldn’t try it, but the chicken burrito was good. Not great, but a solid burrito nonetheless. I would have preferred a stronger cilantro flavor or something to make the flavors really stand out.

I will say though, that the salsa verde and chips that are given to the table gratis, was really good. The chips were fresh and the flavors in the salsa verde really blended together well.

Our waitress was very friendly, attentive without being overbearing, and was knowledgeable about the menu, which we appreciated. They’re supposed to have a really great brunch menu, so I’d definitely be curious to check it out and try some other menu offerings.

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Happy Birthday to Me (and the blog)!

Last week, I celebrated my 24th birthday with friends and family keeping everything pretty low key with dinner at Thirty3  Sixty3 Steakhouse, karaoke at Bronx Beer Hall, and a barbecue in Pelham Bay Park. I celebrate both my birthday and the anniversary of the blog, since both are in May!

I was glad to finally have a chance to check out Thirty3 Sixty3. First of all, I love steak. It’s probably one of the main things preventing me from becoming a vegetarian. I ordered the churrasco steak, which was flavorful and cooked exactly the way I requested (medium-well!) The servers brought me a cheesecake and sang Happy Birthday, which I appreciated. And, Jimmy Vacca even stopped by. (Not to see me. We don’t know each other. But he was there.)

If you follow me on Twitter, (if you don’t, go do so now. I’ll wait…..) you’ll know how much I love the Bronx Beer Hall, but last Saturday was my first time doing karaoke there. They have “Scotty Doesn’t Know,” which is pretty much all the proof you need to know how awesome it is. (No one has Scotty Doesn’t Know! Not even Karaoke Killed the Cat!)

Check out some photos below, including  in which my hair mimics that of an 8 year old boy’s. :/

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A Toast to Tosca

Alliteration much? Anyway, I finally decided (with lots of input from my friend Jess) to make Tosca my last stop during Savor the Bronx. As mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I went to school out in Throggs Neck and passed it everyday and never went in. This probably has more to do with my association of the 40/42 busses with school, so it was nothing personal.

Tangents aside, I’d seen online that they had expanded with Tosca Marquee, which piqued my interest as well. What was great is that I went with two non-Bronxites and their first impression of the restaurant was “Wow, this doesn’t even look like it’s in the Bronx,” which in its own unique, backhanded way, is one of the highest compliments a non-Bronxite can give a Bronx establishment.

Their restaurant week menu consisted of a choice of three appetizers, four entrees, and three desserts.  The entrees included chicken marsala, baked ziti, and chicken francese- which is what I ordered. My friends ordered the ziti, chicken marsala, and a California roll. We sampled each other’s food and everything was delicious (I did not have a taste of the California roll, I’m not too crazy about sushi). For dessert, I ordered the mini cannolis, which were pretty good.

Bottom line, go there. Tosca was already pretty well known, being Zagat rated and all, but I do think it’s worth the hype. There was an eclectic crowd making it the perfect spot for a date, family dinner, or girls night out (or the male equivalent of that).

I know most of my more recent posts have been food-centric, so I’m going to leave that to Baron Ambrosia for a bit and scope out some upcoming events.

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