Category Archives: Brightest Young Things

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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The Hit List: Things To Do Tonight In NYC (9.4.2017)

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Happy Labor Day, foolios! If you are laboring today I am V. SORRY! Maybe you can head to some of this stuff after work’s over. And if you’re NOT laboring today, CONGRATS! Here’s all the stuff (including boozy screenings of Dirty Dancing) you can do with your day off, apart from being a waste of life!

  • Willing to wake up early? J’Ouvert starts at 6am today!
  • Too sleepy? Just RSVP to see Yvette and Weeping Icon at Baby’s All Right for FREE!
  • You can also head to House of Yes’ Labor Day Extravaganza ft. tunes ‘n meats (‘n veg-meats ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (8.31.2017-9.3.2017)

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you’re getting the fuck outta dodge, and/or holing up at many boozy BBQs, but if not, you’ve got plenty of things to look forward to the next couple of days! I’m also going to treat this as though you are like me, and holiday weekends mean next to nothing; I’ll be posting your Hit List on Monday as usual, so if you’re looking for stuff to do then (because you did not get the fuck outta dodge and/or are unfortunately not invited to a boozy BBQ) just check back at 11am on Monday. So ...

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Hot Sauce Taste Test

Somewhere along the way in our history as humans, we discovered the ability to season our food. It came slowly at first, as most things do with our species, likely occurring by accident, and almost certainly taking place over several generations. We probably started with combining one kind of fruit with another, or maybe wrapping meat in a certain kind of leaf to impart a flavor into the flesh. It wasn’t long after that someone discovered the bright green, yellow, red, or purple things growing off a skinny vine makes a tongue feel like it’s on fire. Spicy food has been with us for awhile.

Flash forward a few thousand years, and now there’s a million kinds of hot sauce. Do you like yours hot as hell, or prickly and flavorful? Should the consistency be chunky or runny? Vinegar or smoke? How about blending some fruit in with the peppers? How about blending peppers with other peppers? It’s pretty easy to get lost in the world of hot sauces.

We here at BYT aren’t about to let you go helpless, though– we got our hands on an unreasonably large selection of hot sauces, then tried them all. Rather, Jeb tried them all. Most of us tried ten or so.

The scoring scale is simple enough: Letter grade (A-F)for taste, numbered scale (10-1) for heat. We tried the ordinary staples, delicious new flavors, kitschy gift-set bullshit, and genuinely painful blends from the pros. This was easily the best way to spend an afternoon, however painful or cramp-inducing it may have been. Luckily, there was beer. It doesn’t always help the heat, but it does kill the desire to tap out.

If you’ve ever been curious about trying a super arcane hot sauce, or you’ve always been turned off by a well-known brand and you want validation, this taste test should help you.

If you’re considering playing along at home, we strongly consider you have a phone nearby to call paramedics as needed.

MARISSA RUBENSTEIN’S HOMEMADE HOT SAUCE

Hot Sauce Taste Test

 

 

Post-Tour Chat w/ Russ + Laura of A Place Both Wonderful and Strange

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A Place Both Wonderful and Strange just got home from their very first US tour, so we decided to get caught up with Russ Marshalek and Laura Hajek about what the experience was like – the good, the bad, and the gas station bathroom ugly // read up on all of that, continue on to check out what they listened to on the road (Gin Blossoms heavy // “yes, hey jealousy is there like 8 times. it’s accurate. ” – Russ) and if you’re in NYC, catch them performing at Tilt BK!

Most memorable show and why?

Russ: I ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (8.24.2017-8.27.2017)

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Welcome to another promising weekend, you guys! I am babysitting a cat named Unicorn who is getting her fur on all of my clothes, but I still love her! Anything is possible! Also, Dogtooth is screening this weekend, and (I will repeat it later) is one of my favorite movies ever, and I would do anything to marry Yorgos Lanthimos but he is already married to Ariane Labed, and she is v. beautiful and v. accomplished. ALAS. Anyway, it’s our GIF theme for the weekend // DEAL WITH IT! Before we get into the details of that and ALL your ...

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Where To Go Before the Show (8.23.2017-8.27.2017)

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While we DO strongly recommend catching opening bands’ sets before headliners hit the stage, it’s totally understandable if you want to grab a drink or a snack before posting up at a venue for the night. THAT’S why we’re going to highlight spots nearby each week! Here’s the forecast this go-round:

BABY’S ALL RIGHT

Shows this week:  The Nude Party, BOYTOY, Stuyedeyed and Jonathan Toubin (Thursday 8.24), Kitty, Teen Suicide and Effie Liu (Friday 8.25),  Josh Marks (Saturday 8.26)

Featured nearby pick: Baby’s obviously has its own food menu and fully-stocked bar, but if you’re looking to branch out ...

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Taste Test: Local Leaf

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“We’re not in Murray Hill anymore, Toto!”

Or, we were still in Murray Hill, and there was no dog named Toto with me when I arrived at Local Leaf (440 3rd Avenue), but that’s immediately what I thought as I entered the inviting fast-casual lettuce wrap joint last week; in addition to a juice bar located directly at the front, 2017-approved hygge touches like Edison bulbs and a hand-laid herringbone floor give off more of a Brooklyn or downtown vibe than one might expect to find in Midtown.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Jon Mizrach, ...

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Real Cheese Vs. Fake Cheese Taste Test

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You probably already know the results of this taste test before you read it.

Real cheese and fake cheese are not the same thing. In fact, one is cheese and the other is not cheese. The not cheese doesn’t really taste like cheese. But we wanted to figure out if the perception is reality. So we had BYT’s Chloe, Jenn, Kaylee and Marissa try all of the real and corresponding fake cheeses we could find at local Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Marissa is a vegan so she only ate the not real cheeses. Forcing lactose on anyone is cruel.

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How To Make a Balti-S’more, Hon!

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Today is National S’mores Day, which, apart from the 4th of July, is just about the most American holiday of all time. But when you think about it, S’mores are not actually very reflective of the modern American love affair with diabetes…I mean, graham crackers? That’s what you give your kids if you want to trick them into eating a food that’s healthier than cookies. To be fair, the treat was invented in the 1920s, but it’s 2016 now! Where are the trans fats? Where is the slow-death joy?

Fortunately for the entire universe, I happen to be in good ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (8.10.2017-8.13.2017)

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Do you ever wake up after a night out and just keep whispering, “Wait, WHAT???” Just me? Okay cool, great! For a quick recap, last night I went on a ghost hunt in Greenpoint and told multiple people (including a camera crew) about my quantum physics-based spirit realm theories and also gave my phone number to a bartender who definitely did not want my phone number! (Don’t you wish you were friends with me?!)

“How can I get on that same level, Megan?” Well, it helps if you just eat a can of garbanzo beans the whole day and then proceed ...

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NYC Best Weekend Bets (8.3.2017-8.6.2017)

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Good morning! It’s practically the weekend! We can all breathe a sigh of relief, and also sigh heavily because this hamster wheel of life amirite?! SORRY, sorry, I drank red wine for the first time in a long time last night, which usually gives me nightmares as a weird side effect, but instead this time I just came home from the party and decided to start re-reading The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler and currently have not had coffee, which equals GLASS HALF EMPTY WORLDVIEW DOT COM. (Don’t worry, I can hear the moka pot making noises as ...

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Can You Make A Ramen Ice Cream Sandwich? BYT Investigates.

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Hi, my name is Megan and I live in Brooklyn, aka the place that catapulted a demonic entity called the “Ramen Burger” onto modern civilization. Chances are you’ve heard of it, no? It’s a craze that has spawned many variations of hamburger buns made out of ramen noodles to satiate our unquenchable thirst to be ever on trend. And it hasn’t stopped at burgers, either. Ramen noodles have even crossed over into ultimate hybrid territory via the “Ramnut”, a donut comprised entirely of ramen that is surely a sign of the end times.

Of course, I’d like to be clear: I’m not here ...

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