The fig and rosemary latte from Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters.
I’d just wrapped up a rather epic food tour of the entire 7 line in Long Island City. Before parting ways with one of my guests we had a brief chat about overpriced coffee in L.I.C. and how he never patronizes the local cafes. After we parted ways I proceeded to one of the aforementioned cafes, Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters for an espresso.
When it come to highfalutin java I’m an espresso man, or if I’m feeling kind of fancy a cortado. I hardly ever get lattes, and certainly never flavored ones. But when I saw the sign on the counter for a $5 seasonal fig and rosemary latte, I couldn’t resist. If I’m going to overpay for a coffee, it might as well be a fancy one.
Thankfully both the rosemary syrup and fig preserves were on the light side, but it was definitely a sweet drink. In any case I’m sure it was way better than the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte. So here’s what I like to know friends, what’s your favorite fall beverage? Let me know in the comments below.
When people think of the best ways to drink white wine they tend to picture a warm afternoon and chilled bottle of their favorite varietal on hand, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the great taste of white wine. White wine makes a great base and mixer for cocktails. So if you’re looking to freshen-up your afternoon or evening, here are five great white wine cocktails..
1. Berries and Whites Wine Sangria
This delicious cocktail puts a new twist on a classic, and makes for a very refreshing drink on a hot day. It’s easy to prepare, and can be made in large batches for all your guests to enjoy. To make this delicious sangria, take one bottle of dry white wine, add a cup of lemon-lime soda, ½ a cup of raspberry vodka, ¼ cup of brandy, and a selection of chopped berries (consider chopped strawberries and raspberries).
2. Star Gazer
This delicious drink has a Caribbean flair, making it a perfect afternoon beverage to sip and enjoy at the beach. It’s made with 2oz. of Chardonnay, 1 oz. of dark rum, ½ oz. of vanilla bean syrup and a dash of pineapple juice. Be sure to give it a proper shake before serving over ice with a wedge of lime for garnish. (more…)
A selection of Guyanese sodas in Richmond Hill, Queens.
“Are you a soda geek?” my pal Rich Sanders of Ethnojunkie asked me a few weeks ago when he saw me scoring some Sanbitter, an Italian aperetif soda,with evident glee. “I dunno Rich, I like Vimto, Chinotto, and Moxie’s pretty good,” I replied.
The point here is that whether I admit or not I am indeed a fan of carbonated beverages that go well beyond the Sprite, Coke, and Pepsi. I blame it all on that first Fresca I tasted as a kid. So here’s what I’d like to know what’s your favorite oddball soda? Do you like oldschool medicinal ones like Moxie, or a Thai Fanta fan,or perhaps something else entirely Tell me in the comments or hit me on the Twitter, @JoeDiStefano.
Action Bronson is many things: rapper, chef, Twitter oversharer, and gourmand of prolific proportions. Above all though, he’s my favorite emcee, spitting complex rhymes that are as dense with references to Queens as they are chock full of food. So it’s no surprise that his home borough features heavily in the debut of his new Vice Munchies series, “Fuck, That’s Delicious.” (more…)
Borjomi mineral water is a staple beverage at C+M headquarters.
One of things I like about living in Rego Park apart from its proximity to Flushing and wonderful old school spots like Knish Nosh is the preponderance of Uzbek culinary culture. There are at least 10 kosher kebab houses which fetishize the fatty flesh of lamb to varying degrees. Even the pizzerias here sell the meat pies known as samsa along with plov, a Central Asian spin on pilaf. At the delis find plenty of smoked fish, Eastern European charcuterie, salads, and Borjomi Mineral water. There are many other mineral waters on offer but over the past few years, I have grown fond of the fizzy water in the bluish bottle.