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Double Happy Hour at the Writing Room; Taste of the Lower East Side Tickets
• On April 24, restaurants like Beauty & Essex, L'Apicio, and wd~50 will join forces for the annual Taste of the Lower East Side. General admission tickets cost $195, and a VIP tasting preview costs $300. [Grub Street] • Shake Shack announced today that it's opening its first location in Baltimore. [Baltimore Sun] • The Writing Room now offers a double happy hour, with 20 percent off everything daily from 4 to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. The same offer extends to diners visiting after 10 p.m. [Grub Street] • Blue Hill bartender Weisi Li has created a series of farm-to-table cocktails to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day. His off-menu concoctions include the Spring Suite (vodka, pea puree, Meyer lemon marmalade, lemon juice, and mint) and the Freshly Pick(l)ed (vodka, green garlic juice, and beet juice). [Grub Street] • On May 1, the American Cancer Society will host the Taste of Hope event to honor chef Elizabeth Falkner. All proceeds support the ACS, and general admission to the... - ryu77
Donatella Replacement Heartwood Opens Next Week
Donatella's signature gold oven is now red. Restaurateur Nick Mautone, former Daniel baker Mark Fiorentino, and chef Bradford Thompson tell the New York Times not to expect red sauce or mozzarella cheese on the pizzas served at Heartwood, which opens Monday in the former Donatella space in Chelsea. What's more is that the flashy gold oven in the center of the open kitchen is now red, and the partners say the menu will more often be "more American than Italian." Mautone told Grub last month that he planned to serve a selection of whole-roasted meats, as well as seasonal vegetables and breads. [NYT, Related] Read more posts by Hugh Merwin Filed Under: openings, bradford thompson, donatella, donatella arpaia, heartwood, mark fiorentino, nick mautone - ryu77
Hawaii Legislators Learn Their Charity Bake Sale Runs Afoul of Health Department Rules
Aloha. Lawmakers from the state House have been plastering elevator walls with flyers offering food for sale — everything from $8 Filipino plate lunches to root beer floats to brownies à la mode — as part of a traditional weeklong sale that doubles as a benefit for the Hawaii Food Bank fund-raiser. But the health department is now warning the group that they may become sick, or sicken their constituents, if they consume food that wasn't prepared in inspected kitchens. Worse still, legislators selling food without permits can be hit with fines of $1,000 per day, but that's obviously not going to happen. "We will send a courtesy letter to the Senate president and the speaker of the House, just to let them know that all the lawmakers are affected by this law also," a DOH official tells KITV News. [KITV] Read more posts by Hugh Merwin Filed Under: brownie points, hawaii, health department - ryu77
News: iPhone 6 metal mockups spotted at electronics show
A few metal mockups of the alleged iPhone 6 — said to be used to make cases for the upcoming device — were spotted at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, Macotakara reports. The pictured mockups do seem to somewhat resemble what’s been indicated for the expected upcoming 4.7” iPhone 6. However, it’s notable that the FaceTime camera position on the mockup appears to be lower and closer to the screen than on the alleged front panel… - ryu77
‘Ultra Low Fat Gourmet Doughnut Shop’ Opening in the West Village
The upstart. No doubt in response to the collective full-fat awesomeness represented by America's greatest doughnut shops, a decade-old online company called Holey Donuts! will open its first brick-and-mortar store on May 4 at 101 Seventh Avenue South. Owner Frank Dilullo refuses talk about his patented 22-step process in detail, except to say that his 26 doughnut varieties, which contain a mere 3 to 5 grams of fat each and will retail for $3.85 a pop, will be kept in "four special chambers" maintained at 105 degrees and 95 percent humidity. In other words, part of the secret recipe is hot air. Future locations are already in the works. [Official Site, Related] Read more posts by Clint Rainey Filed Under: coming soon, doughnuts, holey donuts, west village - ryu77
News: Alpine Electronics announces aftermarket CarPlay products
Alpine Electronics officially announced today it will offer aftermarket products compatible with Apple CarPlay. A Monday report noted Alpine would sell such a system, and today Alpine confirmed the existence of upcoming products. The Alpine system will be an in-dash touch screen that incorporates CarPlay using a Lightning connector. Alpine said the CarPlay-compatible products will be available in the U.S. and Europe “later in 2014.” Models… - ryu77
Infographic: Q1 performance of search vs. Facebook ads
One of the biggest questions in online advertising is whether search or social advertising is the best route to go. Kenshoo, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, recently compared how search advertising is performing in Q1,... - ryu77
Grocery-Aisle-Synched Apps May Soon Influence the Way You Make Spaghetti
They don't like your marinara, either. Tech company inMarket, which deploys tracking beacons in retail settings in the name of hypertargeted advertising, has enlisted Epicurious on an ambitious plan to e-dispatch recipes and "timely offers" to Safeway customers as they wander stores aisles. It all starts next month as an update to the Epicurious app, Ad Age reports, but by 2015 there may be as many as 40,000 of these "air freshener"-size Bluetooth devices embedded among all those Granny Smith apples and chunky-peanut-butter displays. The partnership could play out somewhere along these lines: The beacon picks up your phone's Bluetooth as you dawdle in the pasta aisle, telling Epicurious to send a recipe in the form of a push notification, along with an offer for 50 cents off third-party purveyor De Cecco, or 75 cents off, say, a can of grated Kraft Parm. But what if you swear by Martelli #10 spaghetti and authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano in your carbonara? Many companies working are on... - ryu77
News: Apps: A&E/History 2.0, Ally 3.0, Amazon Cloud Drive Photos 3.0 + Pandora 5.3
A&E Television Networks Mobile has updated two of its free apps — A&E and History — to version 2.0, bringing live streaming TV to both apps. Of course, as you may have suspected, both apps require signing in with a TV provider. A quick glance at the list shows that many major TV providers are supported. Ally Financial has released a major update to its Ally Mobile Banking (free) app. The app looks much cleaner and is easier to navigate… - ryu77
First Look: Rokform Fuzion+ for iPhone 5/5s
We've never been as keen on metal iPhone cases as some accessory makers seem to be, but they do keep coming. The latest is Rokform's Fuzion+ for iPhone 5/5s ($89), which combines a polyurethane inner skin with a machined aluminum backplate, and throws a sheet of carbon fiber in the middle. Not surprisingly, the result is a somewhat bulky case, although it's not as big as some others. Right in the center is an embedded magnet, which can be used… - ryu77
Eater’s First 2 Restaurant Reviews Cover Roberta’s and Mapo Korean B.B.Q.
Three stars and up-to-temp. One month ago, Eater announced its bold new foray into the realm of restaurant criticism with the hiring of food writers Ryan Sutton and Bill Addison, along with the promotion of Robert Sietsema. Today, the former Village Voice critic files a dispatch from Flushing's Mapo Korean B.B.Q., where he finds there is "so much meat in an order [...] you may find yourself indulgently eating it with no accompaniments at all." Sutton awards three gold stars (out of four) to Roberta's, meanwhile, noting in his debut that the Bushwick restaurant's duck ham is "one of the world's great luxury goods," the torchetti and clams is "one of the city's best bivalve pasta dishes," and the $160 Wagyu flank is among the "country's great steaks." In a separate post explaining the new system, Eater editorial director Amanda Kludt writes that while the site's first-ever reviews — lots of food photos accompany each column, another first for the site — are online as of today, the local... - ryu77
Review: ChargerLeash Charge & Sync Smart Lightning Cable
Look past the box, and there’s nothing that stands out about this cable. That’s not a bad thing, there’s just not a lot that a cable can do. The plugs both rise out of glossy white plastic, and the sheath below the Lightning connector is small enough to be compatible with almost any case. Thankfully, it’s MFi-certified, which means there won’t be any compatibility issues with future iOS updates. So why the box? It’s… - ryu77
Watch the First Episode of Food Club, a New Show From Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim
What's most interesting about this food show — hosted by Aziz Ansari, Tim and Eric's Eric Wareheim, and Jason Woliner — is how straightforward the food coverage is. It's pretty good. Watch as the guys grab bánh mì, visit Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo at Son of a Gun, and manage to get seats at the Wolvesmouth supper club, which required advanced email techniques in order to score an invite: "If you want to get into a secret, special place," Wareheim advises, "put a funny JPEG in there." It's just sound advice. Read more posts by Alan Sytsma Filed Under: video feed, aziz ansari, eric wareheim, food club, jason woliner - ryu77
Massive Oklahoma Gun Range Will Have Attached Bar and Café for Some Reason
Not a swizzle stick. "Any misconceptions or joking aside, beer and bullets, guns and alcohol, they do not mix." —Entrepreneur Jeff Swanson, whose 40,000-square-foot range, bar, and restaurant complex opens this spring. The plan is for workers to use ID scanners that will help separate drunk people from gun-toting people. [FOX 25, Related] Read more posts by Hugh Merwin Filed Under: quote of the day, guns, oklahoma, wilshire gun - ryu77
The Polar Vortex Led to a Serious Gefilte-Fish Shortage
Pike place. Passover is underway, and the bad news is that the Spam of Jewish food is apparently in extremely short supply this year, thanks to the polar vortex. It's gotten so bad that industry giant Manischewitz was forced to dip into its strategic frozen-whitefish reserves for production, and, meanwhile, stores are getting deliveries at a tenth of their usual volume, sending shoppers schlepping in all directions. Most whitefish comes from the Great Lakes, where there's still four feet of ice on the water and a sizable chunk of the region still has snow on the ground, which means the fishermen are having a really difficult time getting product. "I can't remember a time with so little fish," the owner of BenZ's in Crown Heights tells the Times, which also reports that while no one really loves the flavor, whitefish is nonetheless essential to Passover. "It may taste like cat food, but that's why I love it," explains Peter Shelsky, of Carroll Gardens shop Shelsky's Smoked Fish.... - ryu77
David Tanis Cooking at Estela Tomorrow Night
Tanis. This sounds fun: Estela chef Ignacio Mattos tells Grub that tomorrow night, April 16, he'll invite David Tanis into the kitchen to cook a few special dishes. Tanis, of course, is a former chef at Chez Panisse and the author of books like A Platter of Figs and Heart of the Artichoke. He's also a frequent guest at Estela. Dinner will be business as usual — meaning walk-ins are welcome — but Tanis will contribute four additional dishes to the regular menu: fava-bean toasts, arroz negro, charred asparagus with scallions, and fried quail with sage. Mattos says he just wanted to do something casual, but that if all goes well he wants to do more guest dinners in the future. Read more posts by Alan Sytsma Filed Under: foodievents, david tanis, estela, ignacio mattos - ryu77
Facebook PMD ShopIgniter announces two promotions to VP
ShopIgniter, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, announced this week the promotion of two employees to the role of Vice President. Clay Moore will move from Senior Director  of Marketing Solutions to Vice President of Marketing Solutions.... - ryu77
The Commodore’s Stephen Tanner Opening El Dorado in Bushwick
Stay gold, fried chicken. Tanner, the chef and restaurateur who co-founded the original Pies 'n' Thighs and achieved subsequent heights of fried-chicken greatness at the Commodore is working on a new one called El Dorado. The bi-level space, set to open later this year at Ingraham and Bogart streets, will also have a rooftop bar, our friends at Bedford + Bowery report, and will be decked out in what designer Joe Foglia describes as a "’50s-to-’70s California motel aesthetic." [Bedford + Bowery] Read more posts by Hugh Merwin Filed Under: coming soon, bushwick, el dorado, stephen tanner, the commodore - ryu77
Mac: Twelve South BookArc möd for MacBook
After multiple iterations over the past four and a half years, Twelve South has just introduced the biggest update to its BookArc lineup yet: wood. BookArc möd for MacBook ($80) takes the tried and true design and renders it out in one of three natural wood finishes. Twelve South, much like Apple, is all about evolution when it is successful in a product category. While a new material may not seem like a big deal, it’s a clear departure from… - ryu77
Boston’s O Ya Reportedly Opening in Park South Hotel
Cushman Eater hears that restaurateurs Tim and Nancy Cushman, along with former No. 9 Park barman Ted Kilpatrick, are preparing to open two space inside Gramercy's Park South Hotel, one of which will be a bona fide outpost of their acclaimed Boston restaurant O Ya. The deal is reportedly "almost finalized," so there's been no official confirmation from Cushman, who won a Beard Foundation Award for O Ya in 2012. Kilpatrick's Twitter bio states he's working on "a couple bars in a hotel in midtown," however, and the hotel's website indicates "exciting transformations" are underway. If true, the Cushmans will be following the lead of James Beard Award-winning chef Ken Oringer, who opened a branch of his Boston restaurant Toro with Jamie Bissonnette in Chelsea last year. [Eater NY, Related] Read more posts by Hugh Merwin Filed Under: boston, exansions, no 9 park, o ya, park south hotels, ted kilpatrick, tim cushman - ryu77
Crumbs Bake Shop’s Cronut Knockoffs Headed to BJ’s Wholesale Clubs
That's not a Cronut. Last year was a rough one for the venerated Great American Frosted Cupcake, what with various indicators of industry turmoil and the improbable ascent of Dominique Ansel's Cronut. Businessweek reports that the 11-year-old Crumbs Bake Shop chain, which has shuttered 17 of its stores since 2013, is now trying to reinvigorate itself by licensing its brand to outside bakeries and placing its products on supermarket shelves, including big-box retailer BJ's Wholesale Club. "I don’t know that cupcakes by themselves are a big enough classification to run a substantial business on," says new CEO Ed Slezak, who also says that the company's copycat pastry is "the last great thing that we put out there." [Businessweek] Read more posts by Hugh Merwin Filed Under: all that crumbles, cronuts, crumbnuts, crumbs bake shop, dominique ansel - ryu77
News: Pioneer officially announces aftermarket CarPlay access
Pioneer officially announced today it will be releasing an aftermarket system for Apple CarPlay, as was previously reported. The company will make CarPlay accessible through a firmware update to its existing NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, which range in price from $700 to $1,400. Pioneer says CarPlay compatibility will be available “in early summer 2014.” To access CarPlay, users must plug a Lightning-to-USB cable into the multimedia… - ryu77
First Look: Kujali Classic for iPad mini
Although it appears to borrow heavily from other OEM-designed iPad cases we've seen over the years, Kujali's Classic for iPad mini (£30/~$50) is noteworthy for the company's charity aspect; we won't offer a full review, but want to mention the option. A "leather styled" folio -- it seems to be faux leather -- the case is lined with suede on the inside, and has an elastic handle on the interior of the front cover, along with two viewing angle… - ryu77
News: iWatch: LG to supply flexible displays, September release?
LG Display will be the sole supplier of flexible displays for Apple’s upcoming iWatch, according to South Korea’s Digital Times. It’s reported that Apple plans on bringing the device to the market in September. As previously reported, the Digital Times article claims Apple will release the iWatch in two different sizes — separate models with a 1.3” and 1.5” display, respectively. A previous Korean report claimed LG… - ryu77
Chipotle Allegedly Fired Domestic-Violence-Victim Employee Who Had ‘Too Many Issues’
Not so fresh. A former employee of an Upper East Side Chipotle filed a civil-rights lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court claiming management told her she had "too many issues outside work" when she returned to the restaurant following an altercation with an ex-boyfriend. Natasha Velez says she was choked on New Year's Day 2013 and sustained a fractured finger, which left her unable to prep burrito ingredients. The lawsuit alleges she was dismissed weeks later, after she returned to the job and presented an NYPD report and "other related paperwork" to a manager at the restaurant. [NYP] Read more posts by Hugh Merwin Filed Under: lawsuits, chipotle, manhattan, natasha velez - ryu77
News: Alleged iPhone 6 front panel, batteries leaked
A picture of the alleged iPhone 6 front panel was posted on Weibo. The alleged white front panel is shown next to an iPhone 5s. Indeed, it looks like a larger iPhone screen, and would belong to the rumored 4.7” model iPhone. Additionally, a shot of alleged iPhone 6 batteries has also been leaked. The picture shows five batteries in a tray, but doesn’t offer further context. [via,] ... - ryu77
DataPoint: The top Facebook developers
King leads the pack when it comes to the top Facebook developers. According to AppData, the social gaming company had an average of 93.5 million daily active users (DAUs), giving it over 23 percent of the... - ryu77
Why SEO is often better than paid search marketing
Paid search marketing is a quick and easy way to get listed on Google and other search engines for keywords that are related to your business. Unfortunately, paid search marketing is also very expensive. Search engine optimization (SEO) can help you to save money while getting more targeted visitors at the same time. - ryu77
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Salvation Taco; Easter at Reynard
• On April 17, "secret bar" La Isla Escondida will open its doors at 149 Mulberry Street. The Latin spot will feature an outdoor patio and garden, as well as film screenings, cocktails, and Sunday pig roasts. [Grub Street] • Reynard will host a $47, three-course Easter brunch on Sunday, featuring dishes like braised artichokes, spring lamb two ways, and ham Benedict. Reservations at, or call 718-460-8004. [Grub Street] • On May 5, Salvation Taco will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food and drink specials like frozen margaritas, chicken tinga, and chiles rellenos tamales. The restaurant's rooftop will open at noon. [Grub Street] • ilili Box reopened for the season today, offering new menu items like a kale fattoush salad and daily specialty sandwiches. [Grub Street] • Daruma-ya, a new Tribeca izakaya, will now serve lunch. Offerings include Japanese curry with salad, traditional soba noodles, and beef and pork croquettes. [Grub Street] Filed Under: leftovers,... - ryu77
Philly Bar Employee Fired for Posting Domestic Violence ‘Joke’ on Sidewalk
It's also just bad simile construction. Over the weekend, a woman tweeted a photo of a chalkboard sign stationed outside Bar-Ly, a beer garden in Philadelphia's Chinatown, that read "I like my beer like I like my violence … domestic." The local NBC affiliate investigated, and the employee, who apparently was unaware that that joke has never been funny, was dismissed for "very poor judgment." [NBC] Read more posts by Hugh Merwin Filed Under: bad signs, bar-ly, domestic violence, philadelphia - ryu77
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