2015 Food Festivals and Markets

Well after what feels like the longest and coldest winter ever, New York City is finally experiencing some pretty consistent spring weather. This warm weather only means one thing, it’s time to frolic in the sun and eat your little hearts away. So for your eating pleasures, I’ve compiled some of my favorite outdoor food festivals. All you have to do is bring an appetite, wear comfy shoes, carry cash and gather some friends and your spring will be off to a hearty start.

1. Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg is probably the front runner of all NYC food festivals. With hundreds of popular vendors including Dough, Piece of VelvetRamen Burger, The Good Batch and my absolute favorite, The Bolivian Llama Party.  It’s open every weekend from April to November in several locations. Saturdays, this Brooklyn Flea Festival is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th St.) and Sunday’s it’s located in Brooklyn Bridge Park,Pier 5. Two new locations have just been added as well. They are Coney Island, 1320 Bowery St. (At Stillwell Ave.) and South Street Seaport 11 Fulton St. (at Front St.)  For more information and festival hours, visit smorgasburg.com


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2. LIC Flea

This year I experienced the Long Island City Flea & Food market for the first time. I can say I really enjoyed it. It’s located at 5-25 46th Avenue and is open every weekend beginning April 11 from 10am to 6pm.  My favorite vendors were Luke’s Lobster and Booqoo Beignets. It was my first time having a lobster roll, I had been wanting to try one for a long time, it was absolutely delicious. I also had been craving beignets, and since I couldn’t make a trip to Louisiana, these were a great substitute.

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3. Urban Space Markets

Urban Space creates several markets in NYC that offer great food, shops and other things to enjoy. This summer their markets include Madison Square Eats located in the Madison Square Park Conservancy taking place from May 1-28th, Broadway Bites in Greeley Square Park which runs from June 1st to July 26th and Garment District beginning at 41st Street and Broadway which runs between May 4 and June 14th. These markets include vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar, Nunu Chocolates, Red Hook Lobster and People’s PopsIMG_7549

For more food festivals, street fairs and markets, visit nycgo.com




Long Island Spring Restaurant Week!

Long Island Restaurant Week has returned! From April 26th to May 3, 2015 Long Island is offering a 3-course prix fixe dinner for $27.95 per person at over 145 locations! Some of the restaurants that are participating in this week long celebration are Seasons 52Havana CentralThe Melting Pot and Novita. I’ve previously dined at these restaurants and they all get my stamp of approval. Well what are you waiting for? Hurry up and make your reservations today. Tag me on Instagram @simplypamarie I’d love to see your pictures and hear about your Long Island Restaurant Week experience!


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5 Free NYC Secrets You May Not Have Known, Until Now..

Did you know that it is possible to get something for FREE in NYC? It’s almost shocking isn’t it? Since we were always taught that nothing in life comes free, (especially not in NYC) it’s hard to believe that you can catch a break in this city. Well I decided to share 5 tips that you may have not known. Some tips are totally free but some you have to give a little to get a little, but hey isn’t that how life works anyway?

1. Get a Free Personal Shopper Experience

Select H&M and Top Shop locations offer a free personal shopper experience! All you have to do is contact them, tell them your personal style preference, your size and what kind of outfits you’re interested in and they will pull outfits for you to try on. The service is free and you are not forced to purchase anything. With H&M you receive 20% off your first purchase when you use this service. These services are offered in the 5th avenue stores and you can make your appointment today!

Read about Mommy Blogger Tiffani’s Personal Shopping experience on her blog, mymommyvents.com

2. Receive a Free Cupcake Every day

I mean why wouldn’t you want a free cupcake? That’s like turning down happiness if you ask me. Every day Georgetown Cupcake offers a free flavor of the day cupcake to the first 100 customers (1 per customer) at each of their locations. If that’s not enough free sweetness for you, Sprinkles Cupcakes offers a “BOGO” when you whisper their secret word. You can find out the secret word of each day on their twitter page.

3. Share Your Uber Code and Receive a Free Ride

I have a new found addiction to Uber and it’s getting way too expensive. So one way I save on my travel, is sharing my code. When you share your code and someone signs up for Uber, they receive a free ride up to $20 and so do you. Want to use my code? (And I truly hope you do.) Download the Uber app and enter my code: 5EMKV 


4. Share Your Hotel Tonight Code and Receive $25 Off

Another code I have is for Hotel Tonight. On this app you can score great deals on last minute hotel reservations. I used this app for my stay at Dream Midtown. When you share your code, and someone uses it and books a hotel, you receive $25 off your next stay. So use my Hotel Tonight code: PGIBBS11  I would love another staycation!

5. Free Events, Free Movies, Free Museums

The summer is coming and each and every summer, NYC hosts free movie nights, free events and free museum entry. I’ve posted all of this information before. For a reminder visit my posts for Kids, Couples and Summer Events.



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