To all my Pinkyfingerup viewers. I would like to take the time to apologize for not updating the site.The last couple of months has been kind of tough on me. Lost that flavor to my life , spice to my days, the taste of food was not the same anymore. With a little time and a few opportunities near I’m starting to get my mojo back. Yes, the mack is back. 2017 should be a great year with more updates on Pinkyfingerup IG page as well as here.
In early November I had the pleasure to attend the New York Taste thrown by New York Magazine. As always, it was a night to remember. Signature dishes were on display by Brooklyn’s darling Olmstead and French favorite Le Coucou. Check out some of the bites that was devoured. Don’t forget, if you see something you like make reservations ASAP. PINKYFINGERUP
Kudos!!!! To the Taste Talks Booklyn Expo. Had an exceptional time as always. Of course one of the highlights was the All Star BBQ. The great thing about this event is the mash up of chefs, artists and personalities. Check out some of the goodness. Pinky
There is a new king of brisket here in NY. The Pinky Finger Up team had the pleasure of joining Jimmy (Carbone) and the Food Karma Projects crew. Meatlovers flocked to Irondale in Brooklyn for hours of libations and some of the best brisket. Fifteen fierce competitors went head to head with the leanest and fattest samples of brisket. Some of the competitors represented some of the top bbq houses and deli in the city, while one came all the way from Detroit. When the smoke cleared there was only room for one winner: Hometwon Bar-B-Que and hands down my favorite of the night. Juicy and tender perfection.
Hey Billy, we are coming soon with an empty stomach!
The highlight of this year’s festival was hands down was the 10th anniversary of Meatopia. This was the first year that the popular event was involved with NYCWFF. This event had the works: Dj D-Nice on the mix, bourbon whiskey poured by Knob Creek and some great bites by some of the best chefs and bbq huts in the country.
Mr. Ozersky, thank you for a wonderful time, I’m already looking forward to next year. Until then, check out some of the meaty bites from the night.
– Pinky Finger UP
Charcoal-Fired Tabasco, Ginger, and Lime-Marinated Chicken “Inasal” Achara: Filipino pickled green papaya
Grilled Vietnamese Country Pork Ribs with Tomatillo Salsa, Country Style Sweet Corn Pudding
Hoisin-Glazed Spareribs with Grilled Flatbread, Daikon Pickle
This past weekend the Pinky Finger Up crew had the chance to attend the 3 day Taste Talk conference in our backyard in Brooklyn. Taste Talks explores the culinary cutting-edge for a food obsessed generation’ through discussions and panels. Some panels included “Online/Offline: The Future of Food Magazines” with the chic moderator Kerry Diamond and “Do Restaurant Reviews Matter?” to name a few.
The weekend’s highlighted event was the All-Star BBQ at the East River Park. At $40 a pop for a ticket, this was definitely a bang for your buck. We had all the elements for a perfect barbecue: sunshine, brewskis and hungry guests.
Some of the world’s top chefs gathered for this grill down and created some marvelous bites. At times we were treated to mashups like Marea’s & Ai Fiori’s Chef Michael White and bushy bearded wordsmith Action Bronson who blessed us with a thai spiced “Porchetta Kra Prow.” White is well known for hi Italian cuisine but this collaboration showed he had more than few Italian tricks up his sleeve. Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker spiced up some “Boar Collar Meat” with a garlic, coriander root and black pepper soy sugar glaze, straight goodness! Ramen wizard Ivan Ramen showed me some love and won my heart over with his “Grilled Duck Heart” served with a summer corn XO sauce. This was my very first taste of ANY heart and I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, but it was straight pimpin’. Right down a literal line, we were treated to some good eats. Check out some the photos from the BBQ:
– Pinky Finger Up
Action Bronson & Michael White PORCHETTA “KRA PROW” TIGELLE Thai spiced “Porchetta Kra Prow”, crispy watercress, tigelle
Danny Bowien & Jamie Bissonette LAMB TARTAR
Ssam Bar GRILLED BLUE WHALE OYSTER : shaoxing, brown butter, ramps
Russ & Daughters and Russ & Daughters Cafe GRILLED CINNAMON BABKA with Granny Smith apple cream cheese icing and crushed honey-roasted pecans
Rob Newton BARBECUE DUCK with sorghum, ginger and five-spice flat bread
Pok Pok BOAR COLLAR MEAT rubbed with garlic, coriander root and black pepper, glazed with soy and sugar, grilled over charcoal and served with chilled mustard greens and a spicy chili/lime/garlic sauce
Danny Bowien & Inaki Aizpitarte MISSION CANTINA SPECIAL
Mile End GRILLED CHICKEN KEBAB with Szechuan pepper zhug on flatbread
Delaney BBQ – BrisketTown TEXAS HOT GUT SAUSAGE
Ducks Eatery SMOKED CHAR SUI LONG ISLAND EEL fermented corn, sassafras root & crab roe creme
Fung Tu PIG HEAD SALAD with green mango,cabbage, cilantro, mint, maLa vinaigrette and fish powder
Black Axe Mangal CHARRED LAMB TONGUE & Deep-fried Anchovy
Ivan Ramen GRILLED DUCK HEARTS with a summer corn XO sauce