Category Archives: Amuse Bouche

Halloween Dessert Bazaar

Normally an upper west side flea market on weekends–this weekend was a sweets bazaar. A nice alternative if you were unable to get tickets to the Dessertgoals first annual fest that was also happening today.  

Rainbow 🌈🌈🌈 Rice krispy treats


Pumpkin custard donut     

Apple butter donut with white cheddar 

There was a fancy decorate it yourself cake kit

Earl grey gelato 

International muffins 

Creepy Halloween nyc themed cookies 


Chocolate chip cupcakes 

It can be hard to juggle all the sweets at the bazaar 

If you need a savory break from the sugar rush there was a tornado potato truck 


Eureka Pop up restaurant @ Kava

We were very curious about Flynn McGarry’s popup restaurant Eureka.  McGarry is notable for having staged fine dining at a very young age (like a Doogie Houser meets Momofuku/Eleven Madison Park).  Eureka makes multiple month stints in Nyc & LA at shifting locations–this time at Kava (803 Washington st in nyc).  

The young chef below

First course: foie gras on ritz cracker. (torchon with quince & peanut)

Next sunchoke with grain emulsion & sourdough chip

Broccoli florets glazed in summer tomato & molasses accompanied by broccoli leaves dried over coals with fermented green tomato & shrimp 

Maine sea urchin brined in sea water with carrot & coffee** this was my favorite 

Toast soaked in gruyere fat & maple syrup 

Montauk pearl oysters poached with fresh tofu & potato skins

Young potatoes roasted in yogurt with sprouting grains and mussels

King crab stew with braised leeks rose & grapefruit 

Red kuri squash glazed in pumpkin char sui with yogurt and lime 

Aged beet with bordelaise & tea made from the beet greens 

Pheasant with celeriac au vin and mustard

Now for the sweets! Concord grapes & sage

Barley ice cream with dark spiced cake & poached pears

Queens Night Market…October edition 

After hearing many things (both good/cheap & bad/crowded) about the Queens Night Market located at the New York Hall of Science, we finally made it on a rainy Saturday night.  

Normally the night market operates in summer (late april-august) but this year it’s open for Saturdays in october starting oct 8.  In the past, especially for the opening last apr 23rd, the crowds had been immense & made the night market hard to navigate, however last night due to the drizzling rains it was perfectly uncrowded.  There were still a smattering of rain hardy foodies enjoying the cheap eats (most things priced $3,4,5 or $6) & playing in the inflatable knockerballs. 

Halloween is looming so of course there were jack-o-lanterns 

Now onto the food….meat on sticks

Next mac & cheese (baby’s fav)

Ecuadorian hot dog

Chocolate rugelach

Brownies galore!

Shark Sandwich (when I asked what type, they said Mako-not sure what I was expecting–great white?)

Gourmet twinkies in crazy awesome flavors (pandan, rose macadamia, bananas foster, maple bacon, fruity pebbles)

Random Chucky doll at a t-shirt stand (when asked if Chucky was October only we were told he is always there)

Tornado chimney cakes

Cotton candy art 

Opted for the heart (orange & blue raspberry)

The minion cotton candy is too cute!

Peking duck being sliced for baos

Pork rice bowl with egg

Arepa filled with mozzarella topped with beef

Bubble teas 

Now to play!! The muddy field next to the food had a wine/beer garden & giant inflatable balls to collide into your friends (Knockerballs)

Who says you can’t have fun in the rain?

The Great Big Bacon Picnic 

When I read about the 2nd annual Great Big Bacon Picnic—I knew it was something we could not miss!  Held at the old Pfizer factory in brooklyn, it was a carnivorous free for all!  First was the bacon bar….just tons of bacon buffet style

Next a meat patty with bacon dust

Next bacon avocado deviled egg

Meatball bacon bite

Bacon salad

Bacon jerky

Bacon blt from bareburger

Bacon bread pudding

My personal fav—bacon wrapped gorgonzola stuffed date

Bacon tacos

Bacon chocolate chip cookies

Bacon cranberry  jam waffle

Bacon curry puff

Bacon ufo from veselkas

Bacon morning sandwich with egg ice cream bacon & biscuit

Bacon bloody mary

Thick cut bacon with pepper glaze

Elderberry apple cider

Bacon flavored vodka

Bacon chocolate egg cream

Bacon games: bacon toss some piglets playing cornhole

Inflatable bowling

Bacon burgers

Apple cider & ginger liquer cocktail from intense liquers

Some tasty gimlets

Bacon toffee

Bacon puff

Beignets with bacon & praline sauce

Veggie burger (Why?) with bacon sauce



After all that bacon & booze you need a nap–good thing there was a nap truck from Casper the mattress company

Cheetos Museum popup at grand central

Ok I’m going to admit I only went to this because it’s on my way home & included a free bag of snacks & it took all of 10 minutes. Still There’s something oddly appealing to looking at cheetos that to someone, somewhere looked like a cat or a seahorse or a family of three!! It’s like gazing at clouds & seeing your future….  

A fish out of water cheeto!

Parrot cheeto

Pelican cheeto

Trio of seahorses

Scorpion cheetomom & babyguy with backpacksaxophonescat

Cheeto skeletons 

Running man

Pop up dinner extraordinaire: Le Savoir by Bompas & Parr

An Amazing & immersive dinner experience by Bompas & Parr (food visual artists based in London) popped up for a week in NYC in late August 2016.   It was like a combination of immersive acting/creepy funhouse (akin to Sleep No More) & a dinner party 

The event took place in skylight clarkson –a large & easily customizable open space in the South Village/TriBeCa area

Malted barley drink!! The food is meant To reflect winter spring summer & autumn. 

Spring/Edible Garden: filled with edible soil, infused tomatoes, & vintage sanatorium uniform clad actors performing in character silence—very Sleep No More-esque


A trio of infused vine tomatoes with strawberry, worcestershire & chili–yum!

Edible soil with radish & carrots
  Mushroom pate  
 Piles of Parma ham chips


Once the edible garden was complete we were escorted through a passageway with light beam installations

To the greenhouse main dining area!

Is this just an ordinary candle?

No: it’s a beef tallow candle with caraway spice meant to be used in place of butter for the rolls. Why isn’t this more common? It’s ingenious!!

A punk McBeth type actor gives dinners instructions (the Sleep No More comparisons know no end)

I love how the panels of the greenhouse walls change during dinner (winter summer autumn & night sky)

  Unlimited Stella Artois beer & sparkling cider!  
Pork belly & pork loin with Chinese broccoli, sticky rice cube, soybean pate, sweet roasted pineapple, ginger & plum jus

A pineapple infused cascading mist!


Dessert: honey jelly, goat cheese, crunchy malted barley granola & red berry compote…looks one way in the light

& another in the dark (aka black light) Bompas & parr are well known for their gelatin food art so this jelly dessert was not a complete surprise 

Next some performances… Very acrobatic.  
Professional dancers–on tables


Kickstarter Fest in Fort Greene brooklyn

We checked out the first Kickstarter Fest in Fort Greene Park in brooklyn!  It was lively but not crowded due to the light drizzling rain. 

The event centered around multiple games and small businesses that use kickstarter to raise funds.

Highlights include exploding kittens card game with huge giant sized cards, virtual reality headsets (though the wait to use these was really rather too long), food trucks, giant beer pong games, light & art installations, boneyard pets…..

Exploding kittens even had free cookies that look like the playing cards & avatars from the game’s app!! Yum. 

Giant beer pong and  Some awesome light art installations! Like lite brite 3d!

Food trucks! Best were ramen & thai noodles!  Drunken noodles with shrimp. 

Seared tuna ramenthai iced teaboneyard pets! These really cool toys come normal & mega sized. 

There was candle making class.  $10 gets you a custom decorated coconut wax candle from KEAP with one of their signature scents

There were also DJs, some musical performances & a really cool light installation in the trees near the dance area so it was like a Techno Forest! 
Voila! Even better in darkness

There was strobe lights & a dance party in the rain! Some other cool light art installations!

Let there be night!