#RBN: Cocktails + Cuisine on the Patio.

ROCHESTER BLOGGER NETWORK

COCKTAILS + CUISINE ON THE PATIO

NAPA WOOD FIRED PIZZA

BLOGGERS | WRITERS 

RSVP

WHO: Rochester Blogger Network co-hosted by A-List Rochester

WHAT: Happy Anniversary #RBN!

WHERE: Napa Woodfired Pizza in the South Wedge! 572 S. Clinton Ave (near Alexander)

WHY: Patio Life + Exclusive Menu, of course. Complimentary cocktail with $5 {free if you’re an RBN Member} means specials on drinks + food from an exclusive tasting menu and speciality drink menu Napa has created especially for this event.

WHEN: Thursday 6/19 Tomorrow! Pre-Party 5:30-6 if you’re a blogger or interested in blogging. 6-7:30 for the main show.

#Roc your Blog

About this time last year, RBN hosted a similar event at Napa. Patio. Sunshine. Drinks. Food. Friends. Except, at the time, I had very few friends – blogger friends, anyway. Going into the event, I knew nothing except that I knew no one (aside from Jenny). For any number of reasons, I almost didn’t go.

A year later? I realize what I loss that would have been. I met creative professionals who I swear I’d always known–it was that kind of patio night–and we still keep in touch. Because of RBN and events like this, I am in contact with some of the most talented Roc bloggers I know. We are a community. Events such as this, through RBN and A-List Rochester, connect this community. Our shared passions make us friends.

See for yourself. Below is a short list of bloggers + blogs who I became acquainted with through RBN.

Sarah | Simply Sarah Style : http://simplysarahstyle.wordpress.com

Steph | I Rock Polka Dots : http://irockpolkadots.tumblr.com

Becky | The Fluff Report : http://www.thefluffreport.com

Melissa | Hungry Food Love : http://hungryfoodlove.com

Terrell | Terrell Mackhttp://terrellmack.tumblr.com/

Make sure to RSVP on Facebook. Can’t wait to see you again or meet you anew!

#RBN

#AList

#bloglocal

XO.

Around Town: #ROC Your Weekend.

{Photo: Look for Wall \ Therapy Ts this Saturday at The Public Market!}

KNOW YOUR CITY:

#ROC YOUR WEEKEND

ARTS | FOOD | DRINK

DONATE | CELEBRATE | DISCOVER

Scenic views of the beach. Walks in public gardens. Shopping in boutiques. Eating in great diners + restaurants. World class Cinema. Not enough? Rochester has you covered. A unique cultural scene means something for everyone at turns you never knew existed. Need to know? Check out The Rochesteriat! This burgeoning website has up-to-date, easy-to-follow ideas + reviews detailing the full spectrum of Rochester’s urban scene. (I could look at it for days + always learn something new.) Need ideas for this weekend?? You’re in luck! Starting 6pm Friday through to 6pm Saturday, Rochester ravishes your artistic, cocktail, educational, + … oh, fun … cravings.

FRIDAY

ROCHESTER BRAINERY: 6-9PM FIRST FRIDAY LET’S ALL GO TO THE MOVIE

FREE art exhibition with snacks + refreshments.

Who says no to that?

HUNGERFORD BUILDING: 6-9PM FIRST FRIDAY

FREE art viewings + exchange of information with chances to buy.

Don’t wait until next month!

CURE BAR: 9PM-MIDNIGHT 2nd ANNIVERSARY BBQ 

$20 for Grill, Chartreuse Cocktails, Eat Me Ice Cream + a DJ. 

Everyone Loves a Birthday Party…

SATURDAY

WALL \ THERAPY FUNDRAISER: 8AM-2PM PUBLIC MARKET AT THE YARDS 

FREE Learn more about Wall Therapy + Public Art.

Final Shot to Donate to Wall Therapy Indiegogo! Donation Match through Saturday!!

WALL \ THERAPY ARTIST\THERAPIST ECB: CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD

FREE Check out German Artist ECB in Action. Check out Website for latest updates!

Therapy for the eyes + the soul + for your city.

SPOKES + INK: 12-6PM GENESEE CENTER FOR THE ARTS & EDUCATION

FREE Admission for the whole Family.

Live Music, Bike Demos, Art, Food, Letterpress … Scavenger hunt??

THE SHOW ON MONROE: 12-6PM SPOKES + INK BUSKERS SCAVENGER HUNT

$10/Team. Still Spots to Register! Check out Facebook for the latest updates.

Monroe Ave just got weirder + cooler.

You guys know where to find me this weekend.

What are your plans??

#rocisrad

#rocyourweekend

#shoplocal

XO.

Spokes + Ink Festival: June 7, 2014.

{Photo taken from Spokes + Ink Website.}

SPOKES + INK

SAT JUNE 7

BIKE & POSTER FEST

WHO: HOSTED BY GENESEE CENTER FOR THE ARTS + EDUCATION

WHAT: “ON THE AVE. OFF THE CHAIN.”

WHERE: 317 WILCOX ST. {That’s my last name. Please do not excuse the enthusiasm.} MONROE AVE, BETWEEN OXFORD + RUTGERS.

WHY: FOR THE FUN. FOR THE FOOD. FOR THE MUSIC. FOR THE RIDE. FOR THE #ROC.

WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014. 12PM-6PM.

SPONSOR: DOGTOWN

12-6PM | WILCOX ST | MONROE AVE | FREE

“It’s a Monroe Ave block party mashup of cycling enthusiasts, local artists, cold beer, live music, unique vendors, and stuff for the kids.” –Facebook Event

I have been to Genesee Center. But I’ve never been to Spokes + Ink! Both are just down the street from where I live. Genesee Center for the Arts + Education (GCAE), member of The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts + a community based non-profit on Monroe Ave {near 490}, “transforms lives” and our Rochester community. Celebrating its 4 year this June, I am seriously excited to finally check out GCAE’s Spokes + Ink’s Festival! Aside from general dopeness, here are my Top Pics:

SPOKES + INK TOP PICKS

LOCALLY MADE POSTERS

WHO: Locally produced prints by local graphic artists, letterpress artists, + photographers.

WHAT: All $20! This year’s? See examples HERE. {ALERT : High Level of Pure Talent.}

THE PICKPOCKETS

2-4PM

WHO: The Pickpockets

WHAT: Bootleg Ass Cassette Mixtape. I gotta find out more about these guys.

WHERE: 1st saw them live at 1975 Gallery for an event in partnership with The Little Theatre.

WHY: True musicians. Haunting music … that makes you dance!

SHOW ON MONROE

1-4PM

WHAT: SCAVENGER HUNT. Sign up now!

WHERE: All along Monroe Avenue. Get your FUNK on.

ROC CITY SKATEPARK

WHO: Skateboards. BMX-ers. Fathers. Athletes. KRUDCO. Community.

WHAT: Fundraising Initiative + Advocacy Group.

WHY: To get a “well-let, safe, outdoor, community center for the entire family” up in Rochester, NY.

EAT ME ICE CREAM

WHO: Amber Odhner + Catelyn Augustine

WHAT: Local + Organic artisan ice cream. Gluten free + vegan options! So delicious!!!

WHERE: South Wedge Farmers’ Market, Thurs 4-7 | Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Fri 6-9 | Brighton Farmers’ Market, Sun 9-1 | Abundance Cooperative Market  | { My 1st time? At Rochester Brainery‘s Brainery Bazaar. }

LETTERPRESS ACTIVITIES

WHO: Printing + Book Arts Center

WHAT: Classes + Studio Access for “letterpress printing, bookbinding, book arts, paper making, + calligraphy.”

be a spoke, leave your ink

Spokes + Ink Festival spins the wheels of collaboration + creativity within Rochester, NY. Each organization, each shop, each band, each business that contributes to this fest is another spoke in the wheel of Rochester. Growing. Thriving. Connecting. Moving. Spokes + Ink is more than a festival and more than a block party. Spokes + Ink is a lifestyle. Spokes + Ink links us to our greater Rochester community. Ultimately, Spokes + Ink helps us to spin the wheels that keep Rochester moving.

Thank you to Genesee Center for the Arts + Education and to Communications Specialist Kate Edgerton for this indelible festival!!

See ya there!

#spokesandink

#printmaking

#bicycle

#artlocal

#printlocal

#ROClocal

XO.

RocArt. Rochester Is the Coolest Urban Small Town: St. Monci.

St. Monci. I don’t know the precise way to pronounce his name, but I am indubitably enamored and entranced by his art. Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of heading downtown with 2 awesome friends, Dani + Dan (they date, see above), into the lesser known alleys of Rochester’s East End. I remembered it as a bakery and was fascinated to know that this tiny, geometric building, near to some Rochester Wall Therapy, had become the 1975 art gallery. From September 7 – September 28, the gallery features Adventures in Technicolor by St. Monci, a solo collection of geometric patterned paintings and multimedia work. Check out the exhibit’s flyer here or here. For a preview, please explore St. Monci’s website + Facebook page. To experience it2-D paintings popping out in 3-D color, encased within an open rectangular space whose walls’ angularly painted features grab you into the pieces–stop by 1975 on Charlotte Street (near Union). Now.

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“1975 presents Adventures in Technicolor by St. Monci.” Framed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about St. Monci, check out his website. Check him out on Facebook. Follow him on Twitter. And try not to like every single thing he posts on Instagram. (Try it.) Another super cool endeavor St. Monci contributes to Rochester is Wall Therapy. I’ve only seen a few murals in print, and even fewer in person, but sometime soon, before beloved Rochester is covered in snow, I plan to tour our city streets to imbibe as many murals as possible. Somewhat of a Un-Tourist’s Tour. Even had I seen all of the walls and neighborhoods so graced by these therapists and their paint, I could never begin to convey the movement’s altruistic roots and genuine reach. Please visit the website to learn more about the initiative. Tour Rochester to see them on your own.

One of my favorite posts on St. Monci’s website? Video of him spray painting a mural on the back of the Fine Arts Theatre building in the South Wedge on Gregory Street + South Ave. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I.

(Vote Best of Rochester 2013 for St. Monci, 1975 Gallery, + Wall/Therapy, which is on there several times!)

#RocLove

#RocArt

#RocLocal

#RocWallTherapy

#1975

#stmonci

XO.

Review. Blue Apron Meals.

I am over a blue moon for Blue Apron Meals. Which is an understatement. This evening, I finished cooking the 3rd meal of my 1st delivery from these culinary geniuses, and I cannot wait to tell you all about it!! Food/Meal Delivery Service does not begin to describe Blue Apron Meals, a Brooklyn-based company. Learning about ingredients. Learning to Cook. Eating. Enjoying. Blue Apron Meals is a rich experience. Let’s take a look at some of their claims + I’ll let you know how they measure up!

First Round of Meals: 2 meals/dinner. But I got more!!

My First: {Bottom} Cod with Crispy Kale, Roasted Tomato + Fregola Sarda {I substituted brown rice}. Haul: 2 dinners + 1 lunch. Splendid.

My Fav to Cook: {Right} Spice-Rubbed Pork Medallions with Peach Salsa + Cilantro-Green Bean Rice {left overs box}. Haul4 meals + rice and salsa left-overs!

My Fav to Eat: Lemon Basil Chicken with Corn + Shiitake Mushroom “Risotto.” Haul: 2 meals. I fly solo, so I cannot wait for lunch tomorrow.

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Blue Apron – Learn More ~Taken from website: select points summarized. For full list, please visit http://www.blueapron.com/pages/learn-more ~

Original Recipes

*35 min to prepare on average: This is true, but it definitely depends on your knife skills. This week, 2 of my 3 meals took about 35 minutes. Because of the prep involved with the Spice Rubbed Pork dish, it took that long just to cut all of my veg. Yet at the same time, this was my favorite dish too cook because of that. Which brings us to our next point…

*Pre-portioned ingredients to save time + reduce waste: It’s like having your own sous chef! Pre-portioned ingredients put the relax into cook. Not only does it reduce waste, but it also adds ease to my cooking. Constantly wondering if I’ve purchased enough or chopped too much can definitely detract from the culinary experience and often discourages me from trying something new. From a spring of cilantro to a cup full of parmesan, it’s amazing how small a gesture pre-portioned ingredients adds to the experience of cooking and quality of taste.

*Easy to follow beautifully printed recipe cards: If pre-portioned ingredients are your sous chef, then meal cards are your teacher. While each card teaches 1 meal, each meal teaches several recipes. From how to cook cuts of meat to whipping up seriously tasty dressings, Blue Apron Meals may as well be BlueApron Tutorials. The instructions are clear. The pictures add ease. And the ingredients list helps to organize. I’ve already started a binder where I can file these meals away for keeps.

*Premium seasonal ingredients from artisanal purveyors: When I cook, I cook with what I’m already familiar or with what I already have. Basil. Rosemary. Since my herb garden consists namely of these {for now}, this is exactly what I use in most every dish. But Blue Apron Meals teaches you how to spice-it-up. Not only am I cooking with multiple fresh ingredients, but I am using multiple within each recipe. Whereas I would’ve normally relied upon white onion, #BAM provides red onion + shallot. Whereas basil is always my go-to, #BAM mixes it up with basil, cilantro, oregano, and lemon basil. The ingredients are premium. And I’m learning how to pair. Voila.

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*Fresher than the supermarket: Fresh. Fresh. Fresh. Yes. My ingredients arrive from Brooklyn, in a refrigerated box, and, yes, they are the freshest. Tomato . Red onion. Peach. Basil. Every ingredient I’ve sampled while doing my prep has tasted like I grow it in my own backyard. And check out the meat! Pork tenderloin + chicken breast, alone, are better cuts than I’d ever pick out or be able to afford in most grocery stores or butcher shops. This week they came from the respected Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors in North Bergen, NJ. The most tender pork + moist chicken I have ever had in my entire life. Ever.

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*Free and convenient delivery to most of the country: Yup. It’s free. {Check the map on #BAM website to make check on your state.} That huge box with all of those ingredients. I literally pay $60/week for an average of 9 meals. {The plan I signed-up for guarantees 2 meals/dish. For me, it averages to be more, plus some left-overs!}

Convenient Delivery

*Carefully packaged in a refrigerated box, so our meals stay fresh even if you’re not home when we delivery: Absolutely 100% true. I felt so excited by my first delivery, that I intercepted it at lunchtime. This week, I’ll probably wait until I’m home from work around 4:30PM. Delivery is between 8AM + 8PM, and the ingredients will stay fresh.

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Tips + Tricks

*Store your Herbs. Yes, they come pre-portioned in cute little bags, but you will want to ensure they last more than just a few days. I receive my box on Wednesday and when I cooked my final meal today {Sunday}, the lemon basil was too wilted to use. No criticism on #BAM’s part. This week, I’ll just be sure to wrap them in paper towel + then store in their cute pre-portioned packets.

*Be ready for Left-Overs. You will have left overs! From this week’s haul, raw ingredients like 1/2 a shallot and 1 whole lemon still have a spot in my fridge. I’ve even noticed that #BAM sometimes over-proportions ingredients. From the Lemon Basic Chicken recipe, I still have a handful of sugar snap peas to munch on as a snack. Even full servings of a side dish might make an encore appearance. With the Spice Rubbed Pork, not only did I end up with 4 separate meals {again, #BAM portions for 2}, but I also had enough left-over rice + homemade salsa enough to combine as a lunch. Talk about bountiful.

*Have the Basics. While #BAM did provide me with a generous pad of butter for this week’s corn “risotto,” other staples are absolutely necessary. Aside from kitchen utensils, this week the only 3 staples I had to provide on my own was olive oil, salt, + pepper. Blue Apron Meals loves to use olive oil. So if that’s not your jam, know your substitutes. Which brings us to…

*Know your Substitutes. As you may know, I am recently #glutenfree! {Still loving it.} While I do not believe that #BAM has this dietary option yet, I know that, based upon this past week, about 95% of ingredients are gluten free friendly. Still, be prepared. When the Cod with Crispy Kale called for the Italian pasta Fregola Sarda, I substituted brown rice. When Lemon Basil Chicken asked me to dust the cutlets in flower before pan searing, I substituted gluten free pancake mix. {It worked!} Best part about substitutions?? Keep the #BAM ingredients in your cupboard for when the occasion arises. It is a match made in pantry-heaven.

*Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy. + Share! Cooking with Blue Apron this week has been a joy. It’s one of the most relaxingly pleasurable ways to harness a serious sense of accomplishment. And I get to share. This past Friday Momsly + I indulged in leftovers from the cod and the pork. She even took a cutlet home, fixins and all, to my dad. My favorite part of sharing?? Posting pics + vid to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Blue Apron Meals with notice. So get to it!! And get your Blue Apron Meals appetite. {For extras + videos, follow me on Instagram + Twitter!! @babsiell.}

Bon Appetit. 

Blue Apron Meals.

XO.