Category Archives: Brightest Young Things

NYC Best Weekend Bets (12.7.2017-12.10.2017)

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You guys, first of all, a friendly PSA from yours truly – don’t eat an entire package of tortellini before bed since it says to use or freeze by that day, because your dreams will turn into a Yorgos Lanthimos movie – there were black cats and one white kitten who had somehow broken into my apartment, box cutter-wielding people hanging out menacingly by swimming pools, and (perhaps most terrifyingly) a flying bedazzled hat which kept biting me like a duck, and which could open locked doors and windows to continue doing that.

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BYT Gift Guide 2017: Gifts For Him

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Well, hello there! REAL TALK: You only have three weekends left before Christmas. So, you better get that last minute holiday shopping ball rolling. And we’re here to help. Below you’ll find a hand picked, mood board inspired selection of items your friends and family would be FOOLS not to love (SIDE NOTE: FEEL FREE TO GIVE THEM MOST OF THESE YEAR ROUND, and not just when you’re obligated to).

This year, we got SO MANY great things to share, that we will be running this edition of BEST GIFT GUIDE EVER in installments.

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Sad Girl Taste-Test: Thanksgiving Chips from 7-11

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I bet a lot of you ate a lot of really great Thanksgiving food last week. You might’ve gotten into political arguments with your shithead relatives, but at least there was ample turkey, right?! Well, I am not part of the well-fed tribe. I did not eat Thanksgiving dinner this year.

You: “Oh, tight! Were you like, hunger striking because 2017 sucks so hard or something?”
Me: “No, my mom came to visit.”
You: “Wait, what?”

I know. A parental visit should equate to copious amounts of home-cooked and/or restaurant-cooked Thanksgiving bounty being consumed, but you might not have met ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (11.30.2017-12.3.2017)

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Welcome back to another weekend, you guys! And I would venture to say it is MUCH needed considering the trash fire that is our country, and our planet, at this stage of 2017. Personally, I’m amped that The Craft will be screening at Metrograph, ’cause if one thing makes ALL of the things better, it’s some good old fashioned witchcraft-based female empowerment, AMIRITE?! Before we get into details about that and everything else, here’s some stuff you might’ve missed on BYT this week if you were trying not to have a full-blown existential panic attack LOL!

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Would you eat in the Trump Hotel?

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By Emily Walz

Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone follows a traditional formula for defining appropriate dinner conversation: no discussion of religion or politics at the table—or in his restaurant. Or, as much as he can help it, in discussions of his restaurant.

“We really truly never speak about politics. When you own a restaurant, never walk around the restaurant and talk about politics,” he says. It’s an odd stance for someone who in 2012 launched his own short-lived bid for Congress.

But for someone who wants to keep business and politics separate, he couldn’t have picked a worse building for his first ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (11.22.2016-11.26.2017)

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Hello! In case you’re going, “WAIT, U WOT, M8?!” with regards to this early edition of Best Weekend Bets, yes, it’s true, we’re comin’ at you one full day before ye olde Thanksgiving! I also deeply regret not going to bed before 4:30am last night, but what can you do when your good friend from college comes into town after like seven years and wants to go to all of the gay bars! Also, help! (Seriously, help. My mom is coming to Brooklyn to spend Thanksgiving with me in mere hours. HELP.)

Before we get into all of your I-AM-STAYING-IN-NYC ...

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Trader Joe’s for the Holidays

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By David Carter

This was originally published on November 24, 2015. It’s still just as useful. -ed.

Happy Holidays! From the Turkey to The Final Countdown, we have so many amazing memories ahead of us to share with our loved ones shop. So why not return home to the culinary labyrinth I taught you to survive, one more time! This is how to Survive the Holidays in a Trader Joe’s.

Have a Plan of Action
Do you think we stormed the beaches of Normandy like a bunch of improv comedians, making it up as we went along and hoping ...

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Best Australian Spots In NYC To Celebrate Marriage Equality Down Under

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There has been increasingly less to celebrate when it comes to 2017 developments, but if there’s one thing we can latch onto, it’s the news out of Australia this week; 61.6% of the population voted yes on the long-debated issue of marriage equality, meaning the pathway is now clear for official legislation to take hold. And if that’s not something to jump up and down about, I don’t know what is! Straya is a long way from NYC, but you can still be there in spirit at any one of these great spots:

Flinders Lane

This cozy little spot (162 ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (11.16.2017-11.19.2017)

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My love for Australia has always been more or less unbridled, but I could never let myself fully get lost in the passion due to a little thing called marriage inequality. BUT NOW…now that 61.6% of the population said “FUCK YOU, OTHER 34.8%, WE VOTE YES!” I can become the true biggest fan I was always meant to be. And so our GIF theme for this weekend will be none other than Kath & Kim (the OG version, not the bullshit American failure w/ Selma Blair and Molly Shannon), which is pretty much my favorite piece of Australian television (apart ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (11.9.2017-11.12.2017)

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You guys, I know I say this a lot, but there is a LOT of really good stuff happening this weekend, to the point that I think you will have a hard time narrowing down your options to cram it all in. There’s a weed movie festival ft. CBD-infused butter popcorn, an anime convention (which is where I will be), the NYC Comedy Festival, eight million amazing dance parties, a spirit seance, a grilled cheese extravaganza and so so SO much more, so I hope you’re prepared to have all of the fun! (We fucking deserve it in light of ...

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Sad Girl Taste Test: Stuffed Waffle from 7-11

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Ohhhhh November 8th. How you like to go from sixty to zero! After last year’s horrific unfolding of events, today seemed like THE most appropriate time to do a new Sad Girl Taste Test. So, naturally, I went to 7-11.

My polling spot is around the corner from a 7-11, which is how I even realized that Stuffed Waffles were a thing in the first place. There’s a giant sign in the window advertising them for $2.49 each, right next to the sign that says the store will be open on Thanksgiving Day. (I’m telling you…there has never been a ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (11.2.2017-11.5.2017)

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WHY HAS THIS WEEK BEEN AN ETERNITY. I’m v. amped that it’s almost the weekend, partly because of the aforementioned dragging feeling, but mostly because the programming is SO GOOD. Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival is happening at the Wythe Hotel, a new Kusama exhibition is opening at David Zwirner, Elsewhere (Glasslands 2.0) is having its opening weekend with lots of good shows, there’s a goddamn Shania Twain edition of Party Like It’s 1999 (our GIF theme)…the list goes on and on. Before we dive into all of that, here’s what you may have missed on BYT this week:

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The Hit List: Things To Do Tonight In NYC (10.31.2017)

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, MOTHERFUCKERS! (I mean “motherfuckers” as a term of absolute endearment, PS.) Tons to do tonight if you’re looking for anything outside the expected realm of booze ‘n candy, including haunted parties, spooky shows ‘n plenty of movie screenings, like A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, aka our GIF theme du jour! DETAILS:

  • First, it’s the Halloween Parade tonight! I would not recommend it if you get claustrophobic, but if you can handle crowds it’s a fun time!
  • Tunes-wise, it’s Elsewhere’s opening party w/ a show from Battles tonight! Tickets are $35.
  • Although it’s tough to think ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (10.26.2017-10.29.2017)

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Y’ALL. It’s Halloweekend! I don’t know what the hell you’re all planning to do, but I’m going to sit snugly on my couch watching Stranger Things (our GIF theme, DUH!) and eating as many Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins as my body will allow! (Exact number TBD!) Should you feel inclined to venture farther afield, there are plenty of options for you to consider below. Before we crack into all of them, let’s first discuss what important stuff you might’ve missed on BYT this week:

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The Hit List: Things To Do Tonight In NYC (10.25.2017)

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Even I am at a loss for how to narrow down all the amazing post-work options this evening, you guys…TOO MUCH QUALITY! But the GIF theme was at least an easy choice, because…

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (10.19.2017-10.22.2017)

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Happy anniversary of Black Mirror S3! I am convinced the “San Junipero” episode is the last positive thing to happen to the universe since the fall of last year, so let’s revel by making Yorkie and Kelly (a pairing that literally makes no sense at all, but is still amazing for its embodiment of the U-Hauling stereotype // “I MET U TWICE LET’S SPEND ETERNITY TOGETHER VIA THE CLOUD!”) our GIF theme this weekend! (It’s happening whether you like it or not, because I am the boss of you!) Before all of that, let’s talk about what you may have ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (10.12.2017-10.15.2017)

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Hello! Today is the first non-hectic day I have had in over three weeks, so of course my body has decided to go off the rails in an impressively bleak fireworks display ft. ectoplasm exploding out of my nose! (That’s fun code for I’M HELLA SICK AND IT IS P. GROSS! SEND EXPENSIVE JUICES AND MACA POWDER OR SOME SHIT TO HEAL MY LIFE BEFORE THE WEEKEND!) Speaking of the weekend, it is practically that! Congratulations if your health has not failed you! Before we get into all of your choices the next few days (including the opportunity to see ...

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Chili Chat Vol. 2: Iron Rooster’s Chili For A Crowd

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Almost everybody has a signature chili recipe. (Some are better than others.) Chili Chat is a series that will investigate these variations through the expertise of our favorite chefs, both amateur and professional, so that you can recreate them at home this fall and winter.

Maryland’s Iron Rooster (home to our favorite waffle burger) hooked us up with a recipe to feed an army (and/or Michael Phelps), so get ready for the details on how to whip up over five gallons of deliciousness RIGHT NOW:

Iron Rooster’s Chili for a Crowd Recipe

Iron Rooster’s chili is more flavorful ...

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The Hit List: Things To Do Tonight In NYC (10.4.2017)

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SO MUCH TO DO TONIGHT including eating a fuck ton of cheap, good pizza for a worthy cause // DETAILS:

  • First, it’s Slice Out Hunger’s $1 Slice Night at the Shrine Church of Saint Anthony Padua! &Pizza, Speedy Romeo, Artichoke and more will be there, so GO!
  • In terms of tunes, my top pick for tonight is The Wild Honey Pie’s presentation of a Wilsen show + dinner for $40!
  • Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene will be at Brooklyn Steel tonight for $31!
  • You can also catch a Charlie Parr show at Mercury Lounge for $15…
  • …and Wild Cub will be ...

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Chili Chat Vol. 1: Jenn De La Vega’s Smokemonster Chili

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Almost everybody has a signature chili recipe. (Some are better than others.) Chili Chat is a series that will investigate these variations through the expertise of our favorite chefs, both amateur and professional, so that you can recreate them at home this fall and winter.

Jenn de la Vega (IG) is an author, editor at large of Put a Egg On It and caterer at Randwiches. She was on Guy Fieri’s Grocery Games once. (She is also one of my favorite humans! She even invited me over to her house one time to eat sous-vide eggs!) She ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (9.28.2017-10.1.2017)

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Full disclosure – sometimes I don’t leave my apartment for like, three-ish days on end. Or I mean, sometimes I’ll leave briefly to say hello to the man who works at the deli downstairs (who I suspect is in love with me // he has given me many thoughtful gifts like a falafel out of his dinner, unsolicited handfuls of ketchup packets because I “might need them someday”, a free corn muffin on my birthday even though my drunk friend had just knocked over an entire display of Takis, etc.), but other than that, if there’s not really any need ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (9.14.2017-9.17.2017)

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You guys. YOU GUYS. There is so much to do this weekend I almost cannot. *ALMOST* cannot. But I will. For you. For all of us. It’s Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, the Brooklyn Book Festival continues, there’s a cat-themed dance party, a show full of Empire Records (GIF theme, duh!) soundtrack covers and SO MUCH MORE! Before we get into all of it, let’s talk about what you may have missed on BYT this week if you were being a disloyal reader:

  • I went to the US Open and got very excited about it to an embarrassing extent and ...

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The Hit List: Things To Do Tonight In NYC (9.12.2017)

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Guys, there is a LOT of good stuff happening tonight. I mean A LOT. Whether you’re into tunes or comedy or BEING NEAR HILLARY CLINTON, there’s something for everyone:

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (9.7.2017-9.10.2017)

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Welcome back to another weekend, you guys! And it’s not just ANY weekend, either; it’s the US OPEN FINALS! I went to the quarter-finals yesterday and it was pretty much the best day of my life, so if you have the means to grab a ticket and go to either the semi-finals or the actual finals, you should PROBABLY DO IT! It’s also #NYFW, meaning this week’s GIF theme is (as with all NYFWs) Anna Wintour. SORRY NOT SORRY. If you’re going “But Megan, I hate tennis! I hate fashion!” then CALM DOWN because there are plenty of things to ...

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Great News! The Great British Bake-Off Is Still Real Good!

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I’ve been an outspoken advocate for the Great British Bake-Off (or as some of you from Netflix will know it, Great British Baking Show) for quite some time now, and have watched every season with help from janky YouTube uploads and generally laborious Internet hacking. And, like many people, I was deeply, deeply hurt and offended when the band broke up due to a network shift; judge Mary Berry and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc pledged their allegiance to the BBC, while Paul Hollywood, the Simon Cowell of baking competitions, decided he was cool with taking the show ...

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