Brigitte Grisanti July 4th Rainy Weekend in Gatlinburg

I was in town during the rainy July 4th weekend.I was so exited to watch the midnight parade and watch the fireworks the next day.I put my chair out extremely early for the parade.I thought I would be the first person to place my chair “Not” there was about 100 there already.

The rain seem to never stop and it was really upsetting to me.The rain happen to stop right before the parade which was really nice!

Thanks Brigitte Grisanti

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Brigitte Grisanti Votes for Fine Vines Artisanal Ketchup as Best Ketchup

I’ve written about the best burgers New York has to offer and about the best fries nationwide, so why not about the best ketchup that comes from Kansas City?  I came across this brand while I was at a business networking party in New York and have been sharing it with everyone I know ever since.  It comes in 9 oz. jars, cost $5.99 and so far there are 12 varieties; all delicious.  You can purchase them on the website

It seems like I’m missing the mustard star so I’m off to find that one next!



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Brigitte Grisanti Food List – Best National Hot Spots for French Fries

Here’s another great food list.  This one’s for the all American favourite: French Fries. These are dressed up like no others.  Below are 24 national hot spots for an ultimate French Fry experience.  Wherever a business traveler may find themselves they can take a brief peek at this list and check to see if a location is nearby.  Each restaurant’s French Fry versions are a unique creation and worth an out of the way trip if necessary.

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, New York City

Boise Fry Company, Boise, ID

The Original Hot Dog Shop, Pittsburgh, PA

Duckfat, Portland, ME

Jasper’s Corner Tap, San Francisco, CA

Pike Street Fish Fry, Seattle, WA

The Green Room, Greeneville, SC

Bourbon Steak, Miami, FL

Jonesy’s EatBar, Denver, CO

Thrasher’s, Ocean City, MD

Chego, Los Angeles, CA

Al’s French Fry, Burlington, VT

Hot Doug’s, Chicago, IL

Pommes Frite, New York City

Blue Duck Tavern, Washington, D.C.

Violetta, Portland, OR

Coreanos, Austin, TX

Saus, Boston, MA

Gilroy Garlic Fries, AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Flip Burger Boutique, Atlanta, GA

Amsterdam Bar & Hall, St. Paul. MN

Green Pig Bistro, Arlington, VA

Hubcap Grill, Houston, TX

La Boca, New Orleans, LA

Another great food list from Brigitte Grisanti New York Foodie!

Please see individual reviews and details for each restaurant compliments of the fine online magazine Travel & Leisure.

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Brigitte Grisanti New York Best Food Trucks List

Korilla BBQ

When Eddie Song opened Korilla BBQ just over a year ago, he wasn’t expecting massive crowds to come out and try his take on Korean barbecue. But the crowds do come – and for good reason. A good pick for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, we love their Korean tacos. For lunch, you can get three tacos (beef, chicken, spicy pork or tofu) for $7. You can’t go wrong with any variety they offer. The pork is spicy all by itself, the tofu is soft and pillowy, the chicken had a good grilled flavor, and the bulgogi beef is nice and marinated. Warning: It can get messy – but it’s so worth it.

Big Red

The lobster pound from Brooklyn has gone mobile. Red Hook Lobster Pound offers two different varieties of lobster roll: Connecticut or Maine. The Connecticut-style roll is served with hot lobster that’s poached in butter. The Maine-style roll is served chilled with a homemade lemon mayonnaise. Either preparation costs $16. For $2 more, you can get chips and a drink as well. We’re hooked on their Lobster BLT: A lightly-toasted, top-sliced bun, with a healthy dose of lobster – mixed with apple chipotle mayo and topped with 2 thick slices of bacon and tomato on the bun.


Mexicue owners Thomas Kelly and David Schillace are proving to many Manhattan-ites that Mexican food is best when infused with traditional BBQ flavors. This truck is serving up tacos packed with smoked short ribs and aged white cheddar, pulled pork sliders in a Mexicana rub with pickled red onions, and offers jalapeno poppers stuffed with smoked gouda. It won’t break the bank either -most items range from $3-$4. Our pick: The Burnt Ends Chili Rice Bowl: A bowl filled with paprika lime rice, chili, lettuce, jalapenos, cilantro lime crema, crumbled cojita cheese and topped with crispy tortilla strips.

Wafels and Dinges

This truck offers all “Good Food Belgian” and it doesn’t disappoint. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dessert waffles, it doesn’t matter what time of day you get there. Each one is made to order with choices like the BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel ($5), the famous Liege Wafel ($5), and every meat lovers dream, the de Bacon Syrup Wafel ($6). For those of you who don’t speak Flemish, “Dinges” means “things” or “whatchamecallits.” There are a variety of “things” or toppings to choose from like traditional Spekuloos (similar to a gingerbread cookie spread), nutella, dulce de leche, and whipped cream with strawberries. The first dinge is free, the second is $1, or buy the Unlimited Dinges or WWD (Wafel of Massive Deliciousness) for $2. We like the Chile Con Corne, a savory cornbread wafel with chili (beef or veggie), topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Rickshaw Dumpling Truck

There are many Chinese restaurants in New York and plenty of Korean food trucks – but only 2 Chinese food trucks. Rickshaw Dumpling Truck was a Vendy Award Finalist in 2009, and one of our favorites dishes there is the Thai chicken basil dumplings with peanut sauce: 6 dumplings for $6, or add a side dish of miso soup or a cold noodle salad for $9. On the side, try the cold noodle salad. There’s lots of stuff in there – carrots, bean sprouts, scallions and sesame seeds, among other things. It’s a nice refreshing side dish that also adds some filling to the lunch.   Check out their non-moving restaurant, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, at 61 W. 23rd St. in Chelsea.

Souvlaki GR

The winner of 2010′s Vendy Award for Rookie of the Year, Souvlaki GR gained notoriety for their mouth-watering recreation of “the hamburger of Greece.” Owners Kostas Plagos and Pavlos and Abby Sierros know how to cook the perfect Souvlaki – at the right price ($3.50 for pita, $1.50 for stix). Made with chicken or pork, the pita is stuffed with tomato, red onion, tzatziki sauce and french fries. For $4, you can eat like the Greek with hand-cut fries sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese, oregano, salt, and pepper. Small menu, big flavor.

The Treats Truck

Looking for something sweet? Sugar is waiting for you at The Treats Truck. Sugar is the name of the truck that drives around Manhattan filled with freshly baked cookies, brownies, and other gooey goodies. Choose from twists on classics like the Oatmeal Jammy ($1.25), a traditional oatmeal cookie with a jam center or the Mexican Chocolate Brownie ($3.00), a cinnamon chocolate brownie with chocolate chips. With so many options (think rice crispy treats and iced sugar cookies) you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.

Brigitte Grisanti New York Best Food Trucks List — Compliments of CBS New York Latest Best of New York

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Brigitte Grisanti New York Notice of 2013 Wiknic on June 22nd

NYC Wiknic – Brooklyn, New York (June 22)

The 2013 Great American Wiknic will be held on Sat, June 22 (and nearby dates), with a local rain date generally the following day.

With grassroots organizing help from local Wikipedia:Meetup groups and the Wikimedians Active in Local Regions of the United States (WALRUS) committee.

The first national Wiknic was held in June 2011, and 16 cities took part with Wiknics large and small. June 2012 was a success as well, and now third time’s a charm with Wiknic 3.0 June 2013. The Wiknic concept was modeled on the Wikipedia 10 celebrations and on the past success of Wiknics in New York City, and has inspired other large-scale coordinated events like Wikipedia Loves Libraries and Wiki Loves Monuments in the United States.

Brigitte Grisanti New York Notice of 2013 Wiknic on June 22nd

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Brigitte Grisanti New York ‘s Best Vegan Restaurants

Here’s another great food list from Brigitte Grisanti New York Foodie !!!

Maimonide of Brooklyn

There’s a lot to love about this upbeat vegan restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, named for the Jewish physician-philosopher who made a splash in the Middle Ages. We know it’s hard to take stuff like kale chips and veggie burgers ($15) seriously in 2013, but the Brooklyn café makes insipid vegan staples fresh again with house-made sweet potato rolls, yucca fries, and a little hip hop. 525 Atlantic Avenue, 718-797-2555.


It can be tough for vegetarian noodle-soup lovers in New York. But while most shops’ broths are made sweet and silky with pork bones, Cocoron’s meatless version finds depth and flavor from seaweed and dry mushrooms. The broth is a lovely accompaniment to the fresh buckwheat noodles that Yoshihito Kida and Mika Ohie prepare each day ($7.80 – $14). The shop hasn’t been making yuba regularly lately (ugh, soy-milk supplier issues), so consider yourself lucky if the creamy folds are available. 37 Kenmare Street, 212-966-0800.

Saravana Bhavan

Some of the most delightful vegetarian food in the world comes from southern India, and at this sunny outpost of the Saravana chain in Kips Bay there are fine renditions of regional dishes like crisp dosas stuffed with spicy, half-mashed potatoes, and thick, pleasingly greasy uthappams. The best dish here might also be the cheapest: hot idli and sambar ($5): Tender steamed rice cakes served with an excellent rendition of the complex, spicy stew, and a side of coconut chutney. This isn’t the lean monkish fare you might be imagining — don’t be shy to ask for extra ghee. 81 Lexington Avenue, 212-679-0204.

Le Verdure Eataly

Eataly Is a theme park of Italian food, packed with tourists and well-dressed office workers here for espressos, quick lunches, and salumi gawking. Elbow your way through for a seat at the small, but bustling little Le Verdure, one of the most underrated spots in the city for Italian-style vegetarian food. Try risotto made with farro, semolina gnocchi baked with mushroom ragu, and simple charred eggplant rolled up with fresh ricotta. The prices are a bit steep for a cafe (entrees average at $18), but the food is quality. Eataly, 200 5th Avenue, 646-398-5100.


This wee counter offers hearty Israeli street food in the West Village, and it’s been a Fork in the Road favorite since we first tasted its delicious falafels dosed with house-made harissa, roast peppers, or fresh herbs. When we’ve got a really big appetite (or a really bad hangover), Taïm’s glorious, messy sabich still beckons — an overstuffed pita of fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, salad, and hummus. 222 Waverly Place, 212-691-1287.


Head to the Upper West Side on Monday evenings for Dovetail’s sophisticated, vegetable-centric prix-fixe, where you can choose four courses of John Fraser’s excellent cooking ($46), or visit any evening for a long-form vegetable tasting ($85). Pastry chef Michal Shelkowitz’s fine desserts make use of vegetables too, like the sticky toffee cake made with sweet parsnips. 103 W. 77th Street 212-362-3800.


You may have forgotten, but there’s plenty of excellent vegetarian food among Hooni Kim’s small plates in Hell’s Kitchen, including glass noodles with Korean peppers, dressed tofu ($8), and a couple of seriously deluxe rice dishes ($12). And for those vegetarians who usually have to turn down Korean-style fermented pickles, Kim offers several kinds of kimchi made without the traditionally fishy ingredients. 346 W. 52nd Street 212-586-2880.

Blue Hill

Dan Barber’s West Village restaurant serves some of the most elegant vegetarian dishes in the city, with a menu that changes every night (5 course/$85; 7 courses/$125). At the moment, all sorts of winter produce is getting the VIP treatment — a recent menu included parsnips cut and cooked to mimic risotto, and sweet celery root noodles garnished with shavings of cured “immature” eggs. The kitchen has a way with vegetables. 75 Washington Place 212-539-1776.

Dirt Candy

Amanda Cohen’s little restaurant in the East Village is as smart and fun as it is delicious. Vegetables (a.k.a. dirt candy) are the stars of and you’ll find them presented in unexpected ways, even brightening up the desserts (eggplant in the tiramisu!). Cohen’s kitchen stands out with its strong, unique point of view, and it’s a must-visit for food lovers in New York — even the ones who aren’t over that whole pork belly thing. 430 East Ninth Street, 212-228-7732.


Ryota Ueshima has been running the kitchen at this East Village gem for about a year, continuing the restaurant’s tradition of Shojin, the elegant, vegan Japanese cuisine that evolved in the country’s Buddhist monasteries. Ueshima changes the menu each month as his predecessor did, to show us seasons within the seasons. January’s menu features beautifully prepared arrowhead, burdock, and lotus roots, snow peas, golden beets, and chayote, to name a few. It’s ideal for a special occasion (8 courses/$80) or a quiet, life-affirming dinner (4 courses/$50). 414 East 9th Street 212-228-4873.

Brigitte Grisanti New York ‘s Best Vegan Restaurants compliments of the Village Voice.

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Brigitte Grisanti New York Food List of 2013 Best Burgers

  • Bar Burger:  Park Slope, 247 Fifth Ave., near Carroll St., Park Slope; 718-768-7675. The best new bar burger in town ($11, including one side).

  • Cocktail-Bar Burger:  The Beagle, 162 Ave. A, near 10th St.; 212-228-6900.  Well-crafted mixed drinks, the Beagle’s superb West Coast–style cheeseburger is all about balance and proportion. The nicely crusted patty, the brioche bun is buttered and grilled, and the pickles and Thousand Island dressing are made in-house ($15 including fried fingerlings).
  • Patty Melt: Parish Hall, 109A N. 3rd St., near Berry St., Williamsburg; 718-782-2602.  This magnificent burger blend is lamb bacon mingled with beef, and it’s rich and drippy and delicious. Its serve with grilled onions and good Welsh-style farmstead cheese on butter-griddled planks of rye from the neighborhood Polish bakery that could spark a patty-melt craze ($15 with salad or fries).

  • Grass-Fed Burger:  Reynard at 80 Wythe Ave., at N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-460-8004.  Unlike many lean, grass-fed burgers, this one is full of lots of juicy fat and topped, with  an optional wad of melty Gruyère for $16 including fries. 

  • Veggie Burger: Birdbath and the City Bakery – Multiple locations.  Liberated from the confines  of a bready bun, the chickpea-bulgur-pumpkin-seed puck is tucked into Hot Bread Kitchen’s parathalike m’smen, along with avocado, cilantro, and tomatillo sauce ($8.50).

  • Double Cheeseburger: Blue Collar.  160 Havemeyer St., near S. 2nd St., Williamsburg; 347-725-3837. One theory behind the success of the double is that two thin patties are better than one: the top effectively basting the bottom with its meaty drippings, thereby creating an ideal ratio of juicy beef to squishy bun ($6.25).

  • Deli Burger: Mile End Sandwich.  53 Bond St., near Bowery; 212-529-2990.  Here comes the Smoked-Meat Burger, a loosely packed beef-and-pastrami  patty well browned on the griddle and topped with pickle, onion, and a choice of Cheddar or Comté ($15).

Brigitte Grisanti New York Food List of 2013 Best Burgers – Enjoy!!!

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