Category Archives: Mad about Manhattan

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

Tompkins Square Dog Park’s Howloween 2016

Our dog showcased his Stranger Things’ Wall costume once more at the 26th annual Tompkins square dog parade. This time we added a demogorgon (the carnivorous flower faced monster) to the mix.

Waiting to enter judging area (Giuliana Rancic was the celebrity judge today). Rain didn’t stop big crowds from showing today 

Our normally comprehensive cataloging of dog costumes was cut short this year due to the cold and rainy weather but here are some of our favorites! 

Trojan horse & roman soldiers 

Harry Potter & friends 

Game of Thrones: daenarys & three dragon eggs

Joker & jokermobile 

Chik-fil-A dog


The purple one: Prince 

Freddy Kruger & taco

Sweet Shoppe (the grand prize winner) 🍭🍬🍭🍬🍭🍬🍭🍬


Three headed dogkissing booth 

Calypso lady 

Psychic/Tarot card reader

Fisherwoman & Orca

Danny & Sandy from Grease

Flower box & bee & ladybug 



Star Wars: obi wan kenobi

Totoro (my favorite!!)

Campbell soup can!! 

Post judging: the Wall & Eleven bask in spotlight 

Eleven wanted to see what being a demogorgon feels like….

Photoprops at the Beggin strips photobooth

Goodnight sweet Bichon (time to R-U-N)

Hudson Valley Blaze: Jack-o-lanterns on steroids!!

Croton-on-Harmon hosts a jack-o-lantern extravaganza every October!  It’s simply out of this world.  Thousands of pumpkins (both real & foam craft sort) are carved & stacked into enormous sculptures. Located an hours train ride from nyc, it’s an easy day trip for the family. 



Wedding cake/proposal 

Spider web

Hall of stars!!

Haunted house & grandfather clock

Pumpkin Zee Bridge


bride of Frankenstein 

Sea Dragon

China cabinet 

Haunted house

Zoo animals! 

Witches brewing a potion


Jack in the box

Scary face 

Venus flytraps & sunflowers 


Beehive Upside down (maybe it’s just me but this looks like the Bolton Sigil from Game of Thrones)

Care bear commute 🏑 after a wonderful Blaze 

Halloween Howl @ Carl Schurz Park 2016

There are many dog costume contests in NYC–this is one of the earlier ones in October.  

Perfect weather meant the crowds came out !

 There were so many great dogs costumes; here’s a few of my favorites:




From Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things the Wall & Eleven

Then they meet another Stranger Things dog version of Eleven plus Dustin 

Pokeball from PokΓ©mon 



Half of Cellino & Barnes/barks

A mummy & pharoah 

Toothpaste & brush 

Where’s Waldo?

Thing 1 &Thing 2


Bees & beekeepers

Cop & donut

Alice in wonderland, Cheshire Cat & teapot 

Cupcake & baker

Super dog & superman car

Eggs & bacon 

Hamburger, ketchup & fries



Wonder Woman 


Sherlock Holmes 

Breast cancer awareness cow

Super girl dogs

Spaghetti & meatballs 

Curious George, man in yellow hat & bananas

Where the Wild Things Are

Magic Schoolbus 

Wonka Bar

Voting ballot box

Pan Am stewardess 

Starbucks frappuccino 

The Wall enjoyed dazzling the crowds with custom twinkling lights 

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