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
Because the pasta is only made with one ingredient (red lentil flour), the texture is a bit different from a "regular pasta" - the Red Lentil Penne has a denser taste and mild nutty flavor. With the high protein content (each 2oz serving has a whopping 13 grams), it also fills your up and keeps you satisfied for much longer than your typical white flour pasta. Combined with the sundried tomato pesto sauce and the added nuttiness from the sprinkling of almonds, this dish is a real taste bud winner!
Good meal at a good price!
The Red Lentil Penne Pasta will be available at the Barilla Rockefeller Center location in New York City from Sept. 25 – Oct. 31. Also, for every dish sold, Barilla will donate one serving of dry pasta to the Food Bank For New York City. Thug Kitchen’s Cookbook will also be sold at the Barilla locations during the promotion, and 100% of the profit from the sales of the book will be donated as well. So here's to a pasta dish that you can feel good about eating - both from your waist-line to your wallet!

Barilla Restaurants (Rockefeller Center / Radio City location)
1290 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10104
barillarestaurants.com
Cuisine: Italian

Monday, July 9, 2018

Ten on Top at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2018

By: Finance Foodie

One of my favorite events every year is the Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show. Held in the massive Javits Center, this three day spectacle is every food lover's dream - aisles upon aisles of gourmet food products just waiting to be imbibed and indulged!
Entrance
There was a lot to see and eat, but I narrowed down my Top 10 for 2018 below.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chocolate Heaven at the 2018 International Chocolate Festival

By: Irene Yang

I recently attended the 2018 International Chocolate Festival at the San Mateo Convention Center this past April. I won’t lie—my favorite part about food festivals is the free samples! There were over 40 vendors all throwing out their wares for the visiting chocoholic. The Chocolatiers are all very happy to talk to you about their work. Where they source the beans, how they make the bars, what kind of flavor profiles to expect; you can feel their passion as they walk you through the different kinds of chocolate available.
Small Batch Chocolate

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fun and Fine Dining: Bagatelle Part Deux

By: Finance Foodie

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to revisit the Meatpacking hotspot Bagatelle for dinner. It had been a few years since my previously impressive gluttonous feast at this joint,  so I was excited to taste some of the new menu items!
Interior

Monday, March 19, 2018

Celebrating Carbonara Day at Barilla Restaurants

By: Finance Foodie

The other night, I visited the Barilla Restaurant in Herald Square to celebrate pre-Carbonara Day. Carbonara Day was established in Italy last April 6 as a way to hail a particularly delicious pasta that most believe was first made in mid-20th Century Rome as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers. Barilla Restaurants will bring Carbonara Day Month to the States by adding Chef Alfonso Sanna’s signature Pasta alla Carbonara on April 6 to its menus and keeping it until May 6. However, yours truly got got a special sneak peak at this tantalizing menu item along with a special cooking demo by Chef Sanna himself!
Carbonara

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn by Popcornopolis to Debut at Costco

By: Finance Foodie, in partnership with Popcornopolis

Popcornopolis, an artisan popcorn purveyor, was founded by Wally and Kathy Arnold. In 2003, the Arnolds opened their first Popcornopolis retail store at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, California. Today, the family-owned company’s iconic cone-shaped popcorn packages can be found in grocery and club stores, professional sports stadiums, movie theatres and at www.popcornopolis.com

Beginning March 13, Organic Nearly Naked will be in Costco stores across the country selling for $5.39 a bag. From April 19 – May 13, the cost will drop to $3.49. You can follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @popcornopolis or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/popcornopolis/

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pizza, Pasta and Pizzazz at Acqua Restaurant NYC

By: Finance Foodie

During the President's Day long weekend, the Mister and I journeyed to the south end of Manhattan to visit the Seaport District (aka/fka South Street Seaport). As both of us hadn't visited the area since pre-Hurricane Sandy, we were excited to see the new restaurants, stores and buildings that have redeveloped the area from yesteryear.
Exterior on a snowy night

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco Roundup

By: Irene Yang

It’s fitting that the Specialty Food Association's 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show was held in San Francisco. A town known for it’s diverse new technology—why not diverse new foods? Here’s some of the more interesting trends and items seen at the 2018 Fancy Food Show.
Entrance - Source: Specialty Food Association

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Slice of Italy at Margherita NYC

By: Finance Foodie

On most weekends, the Mister and I head to south to Chinatown for some satiating noodles and dumplings. However, we decided to mix it up this weekend and veer West to neighboring Little Italy to check out Margherita NYC, a Southern Italian shop known for their brick oven pizzas and rich pastas.
Exterior

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