fette sau

After a small batch tour and several beers at the Brooklyn Brewery, I went over to Fette Sau for a super indulgent, but downright delicious dinner.

Fette Sau is one of those BBQ joints where you order your food by the pound. Fueled by lots of Brooklyn beer, I chose well for my party of four. We got pork belly, sausage, beef brisket, boneless ribs, a side of German potato salad, and a side of burnt end baked beans.

This dinner was fantastic. Everything was delicious but the standouts were definitely the pork belly and the baked beans. The pork belly was tender, juicy, and served in slices about a 1/4″ thick! The burnt end baked beans were easily the best baked beans I’ve ever had. It’s honestly just one of those things that you’re just going to have to try to believe me.

You can also order beer in large quantities too. We had one gallon (yup, a gallon) of Sixpoint Vienna Pale to wash everything down.

I did absolutely nothing after dinner because the deep, deep food coma I was in but oh, was it worth it though. Definitely looking forward to coming back!

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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I’ve heard and read so much about Korean fried chicken. All signs pointed to NYC when trying to find a place to try some. As often as I go to NYC, I unfortunately always forgot all about it when I came up. Finally, earlier last week, I met a friend for lunch at one of the places, Kyochon.

Kyochon is a Korean chain, which has a couple restaurants here in the US now. They’re known for their fried chicken, which is nothing as we Americans know fried chicken as. Korean fried chicken is twice fried, not coated with a batter like southern fried.

The restaurant was pretty neat looking. The employees looked like flight stewardesses with their outfits and the decor/atmosphere felt like very loungy….even the bathroom was wild looking.

I ordered a combo of soy garlic wings with potato wedges. Soon after sitting, the district manager of Kyochon happened to notice me taking photos of my food, and gave me a sampling of the hot & sweet wings to try…very awesome!

I liked both varieties, though I felt the hot & sweet wings were a little too spicy to enjoy. Each bite was flavorful without an overload of sauce flying all over the place. These were actually sauceless yet tasty.

If you’ve never had Korean fried chicken before, go out and try some. I enjoyed my meal despite the feeling that I broke my no fast food diet by going to a Korean equivalent of KFC. But no, this is not. This is definitely better than KFC!

As I left Kyochon, I noticed that a BonChon, another competitor in the Korean fried chicken war, was opening soon just down the street!

319 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

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taste of the nation 2010 – new york city

This was my second Taste of the Nation event, my first was Philly’s TON 2009. I originally intended on going to the NYC one, then backed out when I found out how much the tickets were, then decided to go again, huge thanks to Meg from Runner’s Kitchen for being my partner in crime Monday night. I’m SUPER glad I went!

mushrooms from hudson yards

This year’s event was held at the Grand Hyatt on E. 42nd Street and featured several restaurants, chefs, and mixologists. Instead of chatting away, I feel that this event is better explained with pictures…

I want to apologize in advance if I label foods incorrectly, I’m doing so to the best of my memory. Please drop me a line if I have mislabeled something! Thanks!

mango vodka & rhubarb cocktails

pulled pork belly from yerba buena

brasserie les halles

duck & lamb pate from brasserie les halles

chef rocco dispirito signing copies of his new book, now eat this!

monkey bread from gramercy tavern

The above picture really doesn’t do justice for this monkey bread. It was EASILY one of the best tasting dishes of the night. We were lucky enough to snag 2 of the last 3 on the table!

cupcakes from tonnie’s minis

pork belly from tanuki tavern


assorted charcuterie from aquavit

chef aaron sanchez and centrico

mushroom “quesadillas” from centrico

from blt fish

“deconstructed chocolate bar” from eleven madison park

DEFINITELY got seconds of this one. It was so damn tasty.

I had such a great time at TON 2010 – NYC. If you ever get an opportunity to go to one, I highly recommend it. It’s for a great cause and you’ll have an awesome time.

Looking forward to TON 2010 – Philly next month!

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