The Beat MoCCA Festival Dining Guide — 2014 Edition: Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts


Photo of Kalustyan’s via Five years of MoCCA at the Lexington Armory! We’ve seen a lot of pizza come and go. Although the area surrounding the Armory is both drab and expensive, because of its proximity to the Baruch College campus, there are several cheap and tasty eats nearby. Due to the whirlwind churn of […]

Revealed: Vietnamese Instant Coffee turns you into the world’s most powerful person


You know how sometimes being a snoopy Lois Lane leads you to discovered things you wish you hadn’t? Or how innocent symbologist Robert Langdon was just puttering along when suddenly the Pope was trying to strangle him? That’s what we have on our hands here. I made my regular pre-Comic-Con trip down to Tin Tan […]

Review: Trader Joe’s Instant Coffee Packets


Veteran readers of this site know that if three’s one thing The Beat is obsessed with it’s Vietnamese Instant Coffee. This amazing product as sold by Vinacafe comes 24 packets for $3.50 and provides an all-in-one mix of coffee, milk and sugar that packs a morning wake up punch as strong as Anderson Silva. These […]

The MoCCA Dining Guide 2013 Edition


This is our fourth guide to dining in the mysterious area surrounding the Lexington Armory on 26th and Lexington, and in the last year this area—now known at NoMad—has become one of the city’s culinary hot spots, with high-end restaurants like The Nomad and Maysville getting the ink. But fear not, as always, there is much cheap (well, by New York City standards) yet amazing grub to be grabbed nearby. Of course, great food is always a subway ride away, but if you don’t mind walking a few blocks you won’t be disappointed. We’ve updated some of last year’s listings but there are some new standouts.

Beverage review: This stuff is da bomb


If you’ve been following me on the internet for any length of time, you know I have always been obsessed with finding the perfect refreshing drink, whether it’s long gone Pepsi Blue, Code Red, Ca Phe Sua instant coffee, Starbuck’s much missed Tazo Berry Chai, Dunkin Donuts’ Mango Fruit Blast and so on. Well, here is a new one, the Bai5 line of antioxidant waters. I was describing my favorite flavor, Congo Pear, the other day and said “It’s got real pear juice and coffee fruit and white tea extract! It’s a water-based drink!” to which someone replied “So it’s pear-flavored coffee tea water?”

All the Hostess comics ads in one creamy cake


While for a few days there it looked like the indestructible Twinkie had ben felled by bad management and union politics, it seems everyone involved is going to give it another go. While we sit back and imagine a world of endless Devil Dogs, you can also enjoy ALL the Hostess comics ads archived at The Hostess Page on one of the internets early adapters,

Ragu's new ad: comfort food for childhood trauma

Last night Ragú debuted the above ad during NBC’s telecast of the Olympics.

We had to rewind it a few times before we actually believed what we saw.

SDCC 12 Wrap-Up: The food

We’re not going to stay on San Diego too long, but if the surge of traffic that just swamped the site is any indication — people just got home and want to see what they missed.

Darlene Horn has a fantastic write-up onthe food at the show, from Anthony Bourdain to the kids who recreated the Avengers at the Shawarma shop.

SDCC12: Watchtower Friday

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