Monday, December 3, 2018

Feasting of the Seven Fishes at Casa Barilla Radio City

By: Finance Foodie

To celebrate the holiday season, Casa Barilla, unveiled a special “Feast of the Seven Fishes” menu at its restaurants in New York and California. The two dishes on the menu pay homage to the Southern Italian custom of La Vigilia (the Vigil) and the Italian-American tradition of the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” in which in observance of an abstinence of meat on Christmas Eve, guests feast on an abundance of seafood in the form of a “grand-meal.” I had a chance to sample the menu recently at Casa Barilla's Radio City NYC location and it was a real treat!
Barilla's Feast of the Seven Fishes
I started my“Feast of the Seven Fishes” with the first item on the menu - a Chilled Crab and Scallop Tri-Color Salad ($13.95) - which features crabs, scallops, shrimp and calamari, mixed with cannelloni beans, served on top baby greens and drizzled with a citrus and white balsamic vinaigrette. While this could be an entree itself, with its generous helping of tender seafood and beans, this appetizer was a refreshing, light and tangy start to what was to come.
Chilled Crab and Scallop Tri-Colored Salad
My main course (or second entree) was the second item on the menu, the Linguine with Clams and Mussels ($14.50) - an updated version of the classic linguine “vongole,” consisting of fresh clams and mussels, a sprinkling of Calabrian chilies, and topped with umami and anchovy flavored breadcrumbs. The chillies gave the dish a nice spicy touch, the breadcrumbs provided a nice crunch and the sauce was just perfect (flavorful but not overwhelming).
Linguine with Clams and Mussels
Casa Barilla’s “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” will only be available until December 31st. And because Barilla embraces its responsibility to help others less fortunate, for every “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dish sold, a corresponding serving of pasta will be donated to local charities (LA Mission on the West Coast, and Food Bank NYC in New York). So spread the holiday cheer, have some delicious seafood and visit Casa Barilla for a great meal!

Casa Barilla, Radio City
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
(646) 559-2206 
Cuisine: Italian

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Get Your Drag On at Lucky Cheng's Dinner Show

By: Finance Foodie

Lucky Cheng's, NYC's original and longest running drag queen cabaret, recently celebrated its 25 year anniversary with a spectacular dinner show hosted by Drag Queen OG Paulina the Princess of Power. Yours truly had a chance to attend this spirited performance while noshing on a three course meal - and all I can say is - WoW what an interesting and fun-filled night!
Lucky Cheng's

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Get Your Healthy On at the 2018 Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo, CA

By: Irene Yang

The Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expos (GFAF) are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to eight cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism.

Lucky for North Cali residence, the GFAF is coming to town in less than 2 weeks! As someone who embraces a mostly gluten-free diet, I went last year and it was amazing - so much to see, so much to eat and so much to learn.

To buy tickets click here

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Vegetarian Delight: Taste Testing Thug Kitchen x Barilla Restaurants' Red Lentil Pasta

By: Finance Foodie

The other night, I headed down to the Barilla restaurant in Rockefeller Center to check out their latest menu offering. Partnering with the viral vegan cooking site Thug Kitchen, Barilla recently debuted a new limited-time menu item featuring Barilla’s Red Lentil Penne and Sundried Tomato Pesto and toasted almonds. Packed with protein and vegetarian friendly, I was excited to see what was in store.
Red Lentil Penne

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