Why don’t you beer me up, buttercup, baby…

Opposite of Buttercup, my newfound love for beer has brought me up, instead of bringin’ me down. Unless you’re a Giant’s fan and you need a beer to brave the storm:

 

Turning 21 comes with new responsibilities like gambling, drinking and marriage. This is a video of what kids do when they turn 21:

If you cannot already tell, my favorite out of the three is drinking. Interning at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and living in White Plains, New York means that I have to commute.

 

Every morning and evening I walk through the beautiful Grand Central Station. In the morning I stop at Starbucks and at night I stop at Beer Table, a craft beer seller and professional hole-in-the-wall.

 

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Beer Table offers a curated selection of 100+ bottled beers: stouts, pilsners, pale ales and Indian Pale Ales that are produced locally at microbreweries. Beer Table also offers snacks and rare ingredients for preparing home-cooked meals like kimchi, pickles and pretzels.

 

When I stepped in, immediately a clerk asked for my ID and begun to pour me samples of their favorite beers. No more than 4 patrons and 3 workers can fit inside the store, which became evident as the workers were reaching over my 5-foot body to hand out more samples.

 

I was intimidated by the older and much more wiser women who were selecting their beers. In the back of my mind I couldn’t stop thinking, do I tell them I don’t have a beer palate and if I ask for help, would they look at me like I am a dumb, young girl?

 

I sucked it up and asked for help. I self-consciously said, “I just turned 21 two weeks ago and don’t have a beer palate, but I believe I like dark beers.” It had felt like a lifetime, as I was waiting for an uncomfortable response, then the worker had finally looked and me and brought me two steps to the right. “Here are three dark beers that I enjoy: Fat Dog, Old Rasputin and Whisper Tail,” he said. “Fat Dog is my favorite though.”

 

Fat Dog it was and the two days later was Old Rasputin.

 

Tonight will probably be Whisper Tail and who knows what would be in store for next week.

 

 

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Pizza, as Far as I Can See

Iron Tomato on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, NY is an Italian, nonna-style café with upper class clientele and a one-eyed pizza maker.

Fauto Pazmino, 60, makes line-out-the door-on-a-Friday-night pizza – and every other night pizza, too. Pazmino likes to show off his 45 years of making pizza by handling his dough like a Harlem Globetrotter handles their basketball. “I like to be in the window. I like to flip the dough, make the Mexican sombrero and all that, you know?”

Pazmino is the son of an Italian father and Ecuadorian mother. Pazmino’s father died when he was five years old. After his father’s death his mother moved him and his brother to the United States from South America. Pazmino’s mother wanted her son’s to be successful and showed them the art of cooking.

“I became a chef when I was only 15, now I’m 60, “ said Pazmino. “Thanks god I know how to make every type of dough, every kind of pizza and every kind of pasta.”

Think of any cuisine and Pazmino can produce it. “I cook anything… Chinese, Asian. Because I used to chef over at Two Boots in the Village, the original.”

Pizza is Pazmino’s favorite food to cook. At Iron Tomato, he is know for his pesto, eggplant and mozzarella pizza. “When I don’t make this pizza, people get sad and ask me to make it, “ said Pazmino. “Then, you know what, I make it because people come and I make them happy.”

You can find this one-eyed pizza man smiling every time you walk into his side of the café. “I’m very happy every time I’m working in a busy place,” said Pazmino. “When I work in a booming place, where people are coming and everything – I never get tired.”

Ghost Kitchens Haunt GrubHub and Seamless users (OooOOooOOo)

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Yesterday, it was uncovered that some of the restaurants featured on GrubHub and Seamless are fake.
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If you have been actually going outside and moving your feet for the past 5 years, this is what GrubHub and Seamless, the delivery service is like:

The food at the ‘ghost restaurants’ have been cooked in low-grade, or even unregulated, “ghost kitchens!” How spooky?! A survey of 100 top customer rated restaurants on these two sites, revealed that over 10% were “ghost” listings.  Imagine, your Pad Thai being cooked on a gas burner down that scary ally behind your house surrounded by mouse poison. It could happen and has happened.

Some restaurants try to increase their revenue and likeness by changing their name on GrubHub or Seamless. For example, the GrubHub listing for “Really Chinese,” at 235 E 31st St. in Manhattan, you guessed it, is not real. There was never a “Really Chinese” restaurant in that location. But, the food prepared was by a Chinese restaurant, “Abby Chinese,” in the neighborhood with a B- rating.

Since this information has surfaced, Abby Hunt, the spokeswoman for the two sites, said that these listings are registered with the city Health Department’s database. If a restaurant is not registered with the Health Department, they cannot be accessed from the site. Though, these listings did not comply with the ethics of the NY Department of Consumer Affairs and have been taken down because of the erroneousness from the platforms.

Michelle Jones, a restaurant professional who helps keep kitchens in compliance with the law, says GrubHub and Seamless are not to be held accountable when and if the names and addresses of restaurants are false.

When attending or eating out of a restaurant poses two questions, what is worse: not knowing what is in the food we eat or not knowing the conditions of where our food is being made.

Which question is worse to not have answered? Probably both. Hopefully both.

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I feel you Kat, I feel you.

How Deep is Your Love… for Peanut Butter?

I love peanut butter.

A healthy vegetarian, who isn’t allergic to nuts, knows that peanut butter is a delicious and natural sources of protein. A serving of peanut butter has the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6. Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. Besides it being good for your health, here are a few weird things you can do with your best friend, PB:

Anyone who knows Rachel Epner, should be educated enough to know that I eat peanut butter every day… in almost every meal. That be PB2, powdered peanut butter for smoothies to three teaspoons of PB all over my banana. For one to truly understand the emotional attachment to my favorite food, I have created a plethora of Hikus:

Oh, peanut butter

I’ll never stop loving you

Creamy and Chunky

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It goes great on bread

Along with some good jelly

MMMM, peanut butter

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Who’s that cool spokesman

It’s Mr. Peanut Butter

What a nice top hat

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Children love candy

M&M’s, Reeses Pieces

All have that PB

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You already know

That PB is the best food

It is healthy and good

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Hey! Look who it is!

It’s George Washington Carver

Peanut Butter King

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What’s great with jelly?

How ’bout some peanut butter?

Between bread slices

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It really gets me

That tasty peanut butter

I want a spoonful

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Sir peanut butter

That knight in shining armor!

What a gallant man!

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An internet meme

“Peanut butter jelly time!”

The whole world knows it

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There are many people in this world who appreciate the art form of loving your food. Just like this Twitter user:

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