Recipe: RIPE Kitchen & Bar Jerk Rub & Cooking Tips


Summer is all about recipes that can cool you off, except when it comes to jerk. The spicy dish that is the gem of Jamaican cuisine is a favorite for the season of outdoor grilling. But as much as we like to eat it, we usually leave jerk to the professionals. That’s exactly why we went to a professional for a few tips on tackling Jamaican jerk

News Roundup: CBKPerk Launches, Bronx Museum Adds a Cafe


CBKPerk, a collaboration between Morris Perk coffee shop and Charlie’s Kitchen & Bar, launched Tuesday, June 22, 2015 to a waiting crowd of customers. The new effort adds a coffee and breakfast service to Charlie’s, which serves dinner, drinks and a newly launched lunch menu. Morris Perk will be popping up at Charlie’s Mon-Fri, 6:30AM-9:30AM. [Welcome2TheBronx]

The Bronx Museum is opening a cafe. Located in the building’s lobby, the new eatery will serve salads, sandwiches, pastries, wine and coffee and is set to open early August this year. However, since it is nameless, staffers have launched a contest for community members to submit their suggestions. [DNA Info]

This summer a new initiative FarmOn! at The Bronx Zoo wants to know “How Does Your Garden Grow?” Starting this month and every month through October, on Saturdays and Sundays 11AM-4PM, kids can visit a half-acre garden plot at The Bronx Zoo for a hands-on learning experience on growing and eating healthy foods like kale and carrots. [Register-Star]




Cooking with Lavender Demo at Wave Hill Sunday, June 28


Even if you count yourself an expert chef there are countless cooking ingredients right in nature that can confuse even the most skilled hands in the kitchen, like lavender. If you’re curious about when and how you can use this fragrant flower in foods, or just want a taste, don’t miss this cooking demo.

“Often associated with soaps and potpourri, lavender can be a delightfully unexpected ingredient when used in sweet dishes. Taste lavender-laced treats, then follow your nose to the lavender border to enjoy our diverse collection of lavender in full bloom. – Lavender in the Garden eventWave Hill

Honestly, skilled cook or not, the “lavender-laced treats” alone are enough to make the weekend trek to Wave Hill.

Cooking demo is free with admission to the grounds.

Reblog: BRONXMAMA’s Summer Outdoor Dining Guide


Wake up and smell the sangria, people. And then drink it. Because summer is finally here. Now that it’s hot in NYC the last thing anyone wants to do is be indoors, even when we’re eating. That’s why having an outdoor dining guide this season is essential to having a great summer. Fellow Bx blogger, BRONXMAMA, tackled the task of rounding up all the outdoor eats here in The Bronx with every.. Read More

Picnic Supper & Concert in Van Cortlandt Park Tuesday, June 23


The Van Cortlandt Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames promotes the appreciation of all that has led to the development of this country and is a leader in historic preservation, restoration and interpretation. Next Tuesday, they are holding a picnic supper in Van Cortlandt Park where guests will also enjoy drinks, concert by renowned symphony orchestra the NY Philharmonic, and a closing fireworks show. Purchase tickets here.


Annual Gilder Yankees Tailgate Saturday, June 20th


Next Saturday, June 20th 2015, sports fans, and anyone who loves a good beer and barbecue, will want to check out the Annual Gilder Yankees Tailgate at Yankee Stadium. The event is being held to raise funds for teams in the City Island Little League. It’s 5 hours of beer (of course), music, drinking games and good company, while the menu reads like a meat-lovers paradise.



* Cheeseburgers: we serve 6oz Pat Lafrieda fresh ground blend of chuck/brisket/short rib

* Sabrett’s hot dogs: served with red onion sauce, kraut, relish, Chicago hot giardiniera

* Italian Chicken Sausage and Peppers: we use Italian sausage from the best pork store in NYC, Esposito’s, along with yellow and orange peppers from Holland. We grill the sausage on site and serve whole links, not sliced up coins in an oil slick like the other guys! Served with fresh individual baguettes.

* Slow smoke pulled pork: we smoke heritage pork shoulder butts for 13 hours with apple and cherry wood, pull the butts on site and toss with bbq sauce. Served with sweet Hawaiian rolls.

* Homemade macaroni salad (Mom’s recipe)

* Pit smoked BBQ baked beans

* Various snacks/desserts (assorted individual bags chips, crackerjacks, cookies etc)



1) A tailgate and game ticket for $89
2) A tailgate only ticket for $69

Tickets available for purchase on TickPick.

Go. Drink. Eat. It’s for a good cause!

News Roundup: Why The Bx Has the Realest Little Italy, Lotus Flame Reopens

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Image Credit: ncpr

In a recent article for the Huffington Post, one writer makes the case for why The Bronx’s Little Italy beats Manhattan’s, and names the most authentic Italian eateries uptown worthy of the reputation. [Huffington Post]

The latest episode of CNBC’s “Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business”, a show which chronicles five very different restaurants trying to make it in NYC’s highly competitive food scene, will feature The Bronx’s Ann & Tony. [CNBC]

Lotus Flame Restaurant and Bar held a grand re-opening celebration in Morris Park on Sunday, May 24. The eatery, located at 866 Morris Park Avenue, offers Indo-Caribbean and BBQ fusion cuisine.” [Bronx Times]

What was once a field of weeds and a small shantytown of homeless men is now a flourishing community garden in the South Bronx with community beds available for lease at $25 per season. La Finca de Sur (“Farm of the South”) was established by neighborhood women who started reclaiming the land in 2008. [ncpr]


BxFB Feasts on Fordham Road’s Visiting Food Trucks


Over the weekend, the Bronx Food Blog made a trip over to Bryan Park to check out the Fordham Road BID’s Food Truck Extravaganza. Each day offered a different combination of trucks and tastes for visitors. So even though we missed food trucks like Snowday, Brooklyn Organics and Langos, on Friday, May 28th a few friends and I feasted on Cuban cuisine from Rollin’ Cubans Food Truck, Mediterranean food from Chef Samir Truck, and Indian food made by Mausam. With the backdrop of Fordham’s always buzzing business district, ranging from clothing stores to Italian icy carts, and under the shade of tents — that had everyone playing musical chairs from the heat — we bit into eats from each of the visiting trucks. (more…)

Try Morris Ave’s Hungry Bird If You’re Hungry for Indian


It’s not often you find a successful take-out dine-in hybrid among the restaurants in The Bronx, but Hungry Bird hits that mark. For the first visit, however, I had a seat to take advantage of Morris Ave’s new Indian restaurant’s full dining experience. While I waded over the menu, the standard basket of papdum and three condiments for dipping was brought out by our extremely nice, but busy, server who was waiting the.. Read More

News Roundup: Free UBER Rides for Food Tour, Bronx Marriott Hotel Opens


Image Credit: Vanessa Granda/Taste the Style

Lifestyle website, Taste the Style, recently partnered with UBER to offer free rides to, from and within The Bronx for a food tour this weekend. Admitting the borough is too far out, even for the average New Yorker, TTS wanted to open up their conversation and taste buds to the flavors The Bronx has to offer by visiting a few amazing restaurants. [Taste the Style]

The first Residence Inn by Marriott is now open in The Bronx. Located at 1776 Eastchester Rd, it is conveniently 13 minutes from LaGuardia airport, and neighbored by the Bronx Zoo, Botanical Gardens, City Island, Arthur Ave (Little Italy) and Yankee Stadium. Each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and appliances. You can put them to use with the hotel’s grocery delivery service and on-site food and beverage market. However, use is optional since Residence will also offer complimentary breakfast, including specially made items, healthy choices and a to-go option. [Travel Daily News]

Bronx Health Week, organized by Windows of Hip Hop, kicked off Friday, May 15th on the Grand Concourse. The event featured initiatives like zumba classes, free giveaways and healthy snacks to increase awareness around health and fitness since the borough currently ranks last in overall health among other counties in the state. [News 12]

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