Sing to Us Paolo: A Look Back at the Fatbois in Rome

No, this isn’t a review of the classic that is The Lizzy McGuire Movie, but a look back on some adventures the Fatbois have taken over the past few months. We were lucky enough to spend three days in Rome, taking in all of the beautiful sights and even better food. I was lucky enough to make it back to Italy a month later with my mom in celebration of her birthday (s/o to Jan) where I’m pretty sure I was more gelato than human at some points during our trip. Here’s a look at some of our amazing trip to Italy!

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Can-Can Fatbois Eat All of France?

This May, the Fatbois were STAYIN’ IN PARIS (s/o to The Chainsmokers, more specifically, Drew) TO GET AWAY FROM OUR PARENTS (like… sort of… we still live at home… don’t judge). As we embarked, baguettes, blocks of cheese, and croissants can-canned through our heads.

Upon arrival to our hotel, Opera-Daunou, we ditched our luggage and ventured out into the city. We stumbled onto La Colombe, a cozy café, located on 2 Rue de la Paix. We were greeted by the friendliest staff, who excused my pathetic attempts at speaking French. One thing we’ve noticed is that Europe does coffee very differently from the states. It is typically stronger, poured into a smaller serving. Discovering the equivalent to our medium Dunkin iced coffees became a series of trial and error. The key to success is to order either a café au lait or a café americano. We topped off our café with chocolate-filled croissants, which easily became an everyday staple. 761BAC8B-5C5D-483E-B9FB-B5571631029D

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Our Jersey Girls, Fatboi Tendencies, Check Out Blue Smoke in NYC

Despite being two of the unluckiest humans on God’s green Earth, the Fatbois won Phoodieur‘s Spring 2017 Restaurant Week Contest, earning themselves a gift certificate to Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants (Thank You!!).

The selection process was daunting, with over 14 options to choose from. Our plan of attack was to single out the most artery-clogging cuisine, and what better way to do so than with some southern-inspired barbecue? One glance at the Blue Smoke menu, and we quickly jumped on OpenTable to make a reservation. With locations in Flatiron and Battery Park, we embarked to Flatiron for some Monday Funday action.

Blue Smoke 
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
http://www.ushgnyc.com/location/blue-smoke/

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Taco Tuesday: Buena Onda in Philly

After a sleep deprived night in Center City Philadelphia, Fatboi Jess and friends set off to find a brunch spot worthy of a blog post. Promises of an hour wait from Sabrina’s Cafe led the crew to happen upon Buena Onda Taqueria. This spot opens at 11 and when we arrived at 10:45 there was already a line forming, which proved to be a good sign. Walking into the establishment we were met with dreamy, island decor. A beer tap beckoned with a sign for a free cerveza for patrons of age. Who could fret over a line with an invitation like that?

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Fatboi’s Philly Takeover: Spuntino

Picture this: you’re sitting in a bar admiring a Firkin, which you had learned early in the day was an incredible selection of local Philly brews, when you start to feel the familiar pangs of hunger that accompany a few adult beverages. After one more longing look at the plethora of beers, your end goal changes; you need pizza, and you needed it yesterday. Well lucky for you, Fatbois has you covered. Spuntino, tucked away in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia, has the pizza you know you needed and the Burrata you never knew you needed. Upon our arrival, our Fatboi Friend in command, Moogan, ordered two Caprese salads for the table.

Spuntino
701 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
http://www.spuntinophilly.com

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Chocolate Reign: The 2016 Chocolate Expo Recap

img_2750On Sunday, November 13th, Fatboi Tendencies and Food and Lipstick descended upon the NJ Expo Center for the 2016 Chocolate Expo at the New Jersey Expo Center. Grab ahold of your cojones, you’re in for a wild ride. The Chocolate Expo is America’s largest chocolate event with 60+ vendors along with live demonstrations! Attendees were able to taste, purchase, and indulge in delicious gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines, and more. Upon entering the expo (after receiving our press passes, a shout-out to Marvin you’re the real MVP), we were overwhelmed by the sights and scents of the plethora of chocolate goods. Our first stop was to the Oh Fudge stand where their signature chocolate covered Oreos stole the show. Adorned with colorful, edible decorations, it was too adorable and delicious to pass up.

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Christie opted for the vampire while Sam went with the Frankenstein and Jess chose the dinosaur pack.

img_2749Next stop was the wine table where we sampled every wine under the sun from Merlot to Rosé and Chardonnay. Being the classy wine drinkers that we are, you best believe we aerated and accompanied our wine with cheese samples. From across the room, Jess locked eyes with the Bijoux Macarons table, where she quickly snatched up a box of 6 to go. After quite the deliberation, she decided to go with the pistachio, raspberry, coffee, chocolate, chocolate banana, and vanilla flavors. With food babies fully developed, we could not resist the beckoning of the giant sized peanut butter cups from CB Stuffer. We went with the traditional because who doesn’t love a classic, and the S’mores to kick things up a notch.

The creamy peanut butter and the sweet chocolate complemented one another perfectly. Last but not least we had to hit the Bacon Bites stand for chocolate covered bacon. If there’s one thing, the Fatbois love it’s strange food combinations and the sweet chocolate mixed with the salty, savory bacon did not disappoint.

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For all you foodies out there looking to prep for the holidays, they sell bacon ornaments as well. As we perused the rest of the vendors, we happened upon a medical booth which was the perfect irony: load up on chocolate, then get your insulin shots. Some other honorable mentions:

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Screme Gelato

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Most controversial: Chocolate Buddha.

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Pika’s Farm Table
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Neuhaus Chocolatier

Special thank you to Marvin for having us! All in all The Chocolate Expo is one event of the year that you don’t want to pass up. It’s fun for the whole family, just not your waistline. Until next time!

C & J 

A Fatboi in South Carolina

This past September, Fatboi Jess moonlighted as a country bumpkin and embarked on a mini vaca to South Carolina.

Rainbow Row

Boone Hall Plantation (they filmed part of The Notebook here!)

Husk Restaurant & Bar located in downtown historic CharlestonCilantro Will Prevail: tequila, fig, cilantro, lime, tonic, and salt.  Dahl’s Dessert: peach infused Bourbon, peach vinegar, anise, cream, and cinnamon.

Poogan’s Porch, one of Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishments. The name comes from the pup Poogan that stayed behind when the home was sold and turned into a restaurant. Ole Poogan served as the official greeter before his passing in 1979.Pan Roasted Salmon, watercress, edamame beans, heirloom tomatoes, biscuit croutons, and basil gremolata Mac & Cheese with country ham and aged smoked gouda, bold, savory flavor. This was just the beginning of my mac & cheese journey as I ordered some each day.

Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts open til 2 am on Saturday nights for those post-bar munchiesJeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a scoop shop with dozens of unique flavors which prompted multiple trips and Forrest Gump imitations…JennayyyyCupcake Down South 

Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square every Saturday from 8am-2pm April through December, with over 100 local vendors!

My personal favorite flavor, they taste just like a cinnamon roll!

Charleston’s RightOnQue BBQPulled Pork Sandwich, there’s nothing quite like authentic Southern BBQ!

Juice Joint pop-up juice barDreamsicle: orange, strawberry, banana mango (left) Watermelon Agua Fresca with fresh lime (right)Hominy GrillGrilled Eggplant & Herbed Goat Cheese with roasted red peppers and grilled red onion on sunflower toastJalapeño Hush Puppies with sorghum butterIf you don’t smother your hush puppy in mac & cheese, you’re doing it wrong.

Downtown Charleston

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, they ship nationwide if you’re in need of that Southern comfortSausage, Egg, and Pimento Cheese with The Glass Onion’s “Belle” sausage patty, pimento cheese, and scrambled eggs. I wish I could’ve eaten this twice.Blueberry Biscuit, blueberries baked inside with lemon cream cheese frosting made in-house with sugared blueberries

Magnolias, upscale Southern cuisineSweet Chili Rubbed Ahi Tuna, habanero hummus and Pepper Jack spring rolls, roasted mango salsa, Créole remouladeSouthern Fried Mac & Cheese, BBQ pulled pork, collards, black-eyed peas

Bakehouse Bakery & CafeNot your average s’mores bar with a cold block of chocolate sandwich between a toasted marshmallow and a thick graham cracker. Cold chocolate is the way to go.

Prohibition  Margarita Caliente: El Jimadore Blanco Jalapeño infusion, Cointreau, lime, agave, Scrappy’s lime, chipotle saltGrass Fed Angus Burger, bacon jam, cheddar, house pickles, garlic aioli, fries

I can’t report too much here on account of the jalapeño margaritas and a failed attempt at initiating a dance off with a bachelor party.

We stumbled upon the Savannah Bee Company tucked away in the King Street Shopping District, where they offer mead tastings. Mead is the oldest alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with water and fruits, grains, hops, or spices. While you won’t ever find me ordering rounds of mead at the club, it was a great experience tasting the different types and learning about its rich history.

Notable Food Trends: Pimento cheese, Fried green tomatoes

Closing Thoughts: “If I lived down here I would most definitely end up on my 600-pound life.”

Jess, @FatboiTendencies

Fatboi Tendencies at the Bergen County Food Truck & Music Carnival

On a lovely Saturday afternoon on the 15th of October, the Fatbois embarked on the Bergen County Food Truck & Music Carnival in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Our first treats of the day were mini donuts from Glazed & Confused. img_2561Jess opted for the S’mores mini donuts smothered in marshmallow sauce, graham crackers, and a chocolate glaze. Christie had the Cookies & Cream, covered in Oreo crumbs, vanilla glaze, chocolate glaze, and powdered sugarimg_2562The power move of the day easily goes to Jess, for ordering the Super Hot Dog from Callahan’s, which was easily over a foot long. img_2565With sauerkraut and sweet onion sauce, the dog posed quite the challenge, but Jess crushed it with ease. img_2567Christie chose to go with a Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese from Cheezen. img_2563img_2564The sandwich packed in plenty of macaroni in between two slices of bread, covered in fontina cheese. Our food journey ended with a shared plate of Crab Poutine from The Angry Crab. img_2569The crunchy well done fries were the perfect vehicle to transport large pieces of lump crab meat to our waiting mouths. The sriracha aioli provided a nice kick to the sweet crab meat. img_2570img_2571

C & J

Committed to the Pig Life: Brunching in Morristown, NJ

To kick off the weekend’s festivities, the Fatbois decided to go rogue and make an impromptu lunch trip to Morristown, New Jersey. The Committed Pig has been high on the FBL (Food Bucket List) for quite some time; the life-sized pig sculpture out front beckoned us after each grueling double header of volleyball (shout out to Jersey Club Sports and our team the Alcoheros).

The Committed Pig
28 W Park Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960
http://www.thecommittedpig.com/

The Committed Pig has a rustic feel to it and specializes in unique brunch options. This establishment is BYOB, so you can get your mimosa on, daily. Their menu boasts notable pancake, pork roll sandwich, and grilled cheese entrées. We tested out the chocolate chip cookie dough infused pancakes with a side of sausage, as well as the garlic avocado grilled cheese with sun dried tomato pesto, muenster cheese, and sweet potato friesThe pancakes came subtly sweet packed with chocolate chip goodness in every bite.The grilled cheese had a plethora of delightful textures; the crunch of the bread, smoothness of the avocado, and melty perfection of the cheese. The garlic flavor was the proverbial cherry on top! This spot is a solid contender for a boozy Sunday brunch!

Our commitment game is STRONG, what about yours?

-Christie & Jess, Fatboi Tendencies

Capizzi in Staten Island, NY: Fantastic Italian Fare

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Capizzi
4126 Hyland Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10308
http://capizzipizza.com

This week we were lucky enough to be invited to a tasting at Capizzi, a stylish and charming Italian Restaurant located in Staten Island, New York. Upon our arrival, our gracious host, Stephanie, met us and took excellent care of us during our visit. The entryway to the restaurant boasts an extensive wine bar, brick oven, as well as an authentic deli counter with fresh cheese and meats on display.

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imageTo wet our palettes, we each started off with a refreshing glass of Peach sangria. For our first antipasto, Stephanie arranged a beautiful plate of meats, cheeses, olives, walnuts, grapes, and honey. This combination of savory and sweet was the perfect introduction to what Capizzi has to offer.

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Our next dish was pleasing to both the eye and the palette, topped with a gorgeous decorative flower. The Insalata di Granchio consists of fresh crabmeat, cucumbers, with long, crispy croutons in a spicy aioli. The crab meat was tender and smothered in a generous helping of aioli sauce. The crunch of the croutons also added a nice variation in texture.

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The first of four pasta dishes was the Ravioli all’Astice; homemade half-moon ravioli filled with fresh lobster meat, mascarpone, ricotta, and parmesan in a pink champagne sauce. The pink champagne sauce was the perfect complement to the lobster, and easily became Christie’s favorite.

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What would a true Italian dinner be without a plate of gnocchi? The Gnocchi Sorrentino, handmade gnocchi baked with tomato sauce and cheese, topped with parmesan, was creamy, velvety, and cooked to perfection.

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This beauty right here is the Pasta Burrata baked casarecce with truffle oil, cherry tomatoes, burrata cheese, and bread crumbs. The burrata melts in your mouth and almost had Jess in tears of joy, which is a pretty solid indication that this dish is a must-have.

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For all the seafood lovers, we highly recommend the Risotto di Mare; pan roasted shrimp, clams, mussels, and calamari tossed over seafood risotto. The freshness of the seafood and the bold flavors of the sauce are tough to beat.

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At the last minute, we sprang for the Sweet and Spicy Calamari; fried calamari sautéed with pignoli nuts, raisins, and hot cherry peppers in a sweet and spicy sauce. The calamari has a great texture, and the sweet and spicy sauce is both tangy and delicious.

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With the buttons of our pants ready to pop off, it’s only right that we ordered two desserts. First up was the Tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert made up of soft, spongy lady fingers soaked in coffee. This rendition is light and airy; what we imagine what it would feel like to be eating a cloud. The coffee taste shines through impeccably.

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The final dish in our epic tasting was the Peanut Butter Crème Brûlée. We loved this unexpected twist on the traditional dessert. The top layer of the crème brûlée is crisp, similar to toffee, dusted with a layer of powdered sugar. The peanut butter flavor is subtle, yet smooth, and the strawberries add a delightful sweetness to it.

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Before parting ways with Capizzi, our latest gem of a find, we had to sample the white and red sangrias for good measure. With a hint of sweetness in each, the sangrias worked to refresh without overwhelming.

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It is evident in the service, preparation, ingredients, and presentation that Capizzi operates with the utmost passion and pride. What began within owner Joe Calcagno’s family has been extended to bring high-quality Italian cuisine to Manhattan and Staten Island. To rightfully express our feelings towards this establishment, we honor Capizzi with our newest, rarest rating: The Fatboi’s Seal of Approval. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, we highly recommend you pop in for a visit and cross it off of your Food Bucket List! Special thank you to Joe and Stephanie for having us, until next time!

C & J

http://capizzipizza.com/

Up and Away: QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning

For all the New Jersey and tri-state dwellers, the QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning is one event of the summer you can’t miss! With live music, spectacular views, great food, and activities for every age group, it’s the perfect day out for squad and fam alike. You can tour the inside of a hot air balloon, take a ride up if you have that kind of cash, and even witness a sparkly spectacle of a woman get shot out of a cannon. Why does she do this you may be wondering? It runs in the family of course. There are plenty of vendors on location to satisfy even the fiercest of munchies. Our first indulgences were fresh strawberry banana smoothies in fun twisty souvenir cups.

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The vendors offered cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausages, gyros, falafel, crab cakes, funnel cakes, zeppoles, fried Oreos, and fresh squeezed lemonade. With happy bellies, we eagerly awaited the ascension of the balloons.

Pandas, sailor ducks, and smileys oh my.

Last but not least, this event offers plenty of cutesy photo-ops such as this. Thanks for checking out our post, we hope to see y’all at events in the future!

-C & J

We Found Love in a PB Shake: Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer in NYC

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
248 W. 14th Street New York, NY 10011
http://blacktapnyc.com/

This post is short and sweet (see what I did there?) but I couldn’t resist sharing this!

This spot easily became my first priority on the bucket list because cheeseburgers, milkshakes, and beer are my favorite things in life. Black Tap has two locations in NYC: SoHo and Meatpacking District. I ventured to the Meatpacking area one fine Friday and upon arriving around 4, the line was no joke. We waited for about 45 minutes but it was totally worth it, and you’ll see why. If you plan to visit this spot go at an off-peak time (between lunch and dinner). You may also want to pack a Tall Boy (there is a liquor store located next door for your convenience). Black Tap are famous for their specialty milkshakes which include the Sweet N’ Salty, Cotton Candy, Cookie Shake, and Sour Power. The Sweet N’ Salty is a peanut butter shake adorned with pretzel rods, a chocolate covered pretzel, M&M’s, peanut butter cups, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, topped off with a Sugar Daddy candy. The Cotton Candy is a strawberry shake decorated with pastel pearl chocolates, rock candy, a lollipop, whipped cream, and cotton candy of course. The Cookie Shake is vanilla cookie flavored topped with an ENTIRE chipwich, cookie crumbles, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle. The new menu item, the Sour Power, is a black cherry shake that comes with sour gummies, a pixy stick, rainbow pop, sour skewer, whipped cream, and nerds. I took the Sweet N’ Salty for a spin; it cost more than my actual meal. However, it was entirely worth it.

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The shake itself was creamy and not overwhelmingly sweet, with the candy to compensate. The combination of the saltiness of the pretzels with the sweetness of the chocolate and peanut butter was perfection. These shakes are shareable, but for a max of 2 people. -Jess @fatboitendencies