Full Disclaimer: I am a member of the Beef Expert Bureau. Though this post is NOT directly sponsored by The Beef Checkoff, my trip to NYC was and falls under my Bureau membership activities, which is a paid position.
Additional Introductory Notes About My Trip to NYC
- Due to work priorities, I came into the group late. Most of my fellow Bureau members and the Beef team got into the city and got to work on all the awesomeness early on Thursday afternoon. I took a train in late Thursday night, eager to join my friends on Friday morning
- It’s a miracle I was able to be there for as much time as I could. My original plan was to come in late Friday night in order to be in the city for a 2-hour meeting on Saturday morning. During post-work workout two weeks before the trip, my boss and I discussed the trip for a while and decided I should take some PTO and enjoy NYC with my beef friends. [She’s fabulous about supporting what I do outside of the office!] I was able to take all day Friday off and leave by 6:00 on Thursday to assure I could catch the train. So v. THANKFUL for my work situation and how it allows me to follow some passions, too!
The Major Focus of the Trip: Video
- The lessons started way before I got to town, when the crew enjoyed Google’s Port Authority Building and YouTube Studio Space visits you can read more about here >> Amee’s Recent Trip to New York with The Beef Checkoff from Amee’s Savory Dish.
- I was SO THANKFUL to be able to make it for Friday morning’s video workshop with the brilliant minds behind Chez Us, Denise and Lenny. It was totally hands-on and JUST GET STARTED energy was passed on to our group of bloggers. We did lots of note taking, question asking, practice lighting, take one-and-two-and-three-ing, tip swapping and it was FABULOUS. We also got to talk a bit about food and did a lot of laughing [the background noise on my practice videos brings smiles to my face!] so it was basically the perfect morning.
Filming Takeaways from ChezUs
- The basics: Just start shooting with what you have and move forward step by step. Starting a new medium/art form like video can be really overwhelming, but like anything you just need to get started and keep moving forward in order to build skill. It takes practice and learning by doing.
- The simplest lighting note: the light should be behind the camera, facing the subject – and you know, lighting the subject. In the photo above I’m videoing with the front facing camera, and am using the natural light through the hotel window to light me as I talk to the camera.
Tacos I Want to Takeaway to My Kitchen from ChezUs
- Chipotle Lime Butternut Squash Tacos << oh. my. WORD. Could these BE anymore perfect for fall? #ChandlerBingVoice
- Carne Asada Tacos. If you read Amee’s post I linked to above, you too may be having serious dinner envy after their Thursday night meal. Everyone was raving about ALL the food, but especially the tacos, which more than one person had claimed were the best they’d ever had. Ever since my first mouth watering jealous moment, I’ve been thinking about a taco night dinner party of my own. This classic is totally going to be on the menu!
Butcher Shop Stops on Our #KnowYourBeef NYC Walking Tour
- Fischer Bros & Leslie, 230 West 72nd Street
A Kosher Butcher on a Friday afternoon, as customers were preparing for the Sabbath. It was incredibly interesting learning about the Kosher process. I had assumed going in to the tour that Kosher laws impacted what is done at establishments like Fischer Bros & Leslie, but I didn’t really know about the intense monitoring of all the special arrangements being made!
- Lobel’s, 1096 Madison Ave
Celebrating their 5-Generation strong 175th anniversary, we loved talking to Dave Lobel about the care that goes into each customers experience at this classic NY butcher shop. Lobel’s is known for USDA Prime beef and fine cuts of all sorts of meats; the order form covers all the bases with steaks and roasts and other beef cuts, but it also includes a long list of lamb, poultry, pork, and “special variety” items including venison, quail and more. They also offer mail order service, which brings my gift giving to the next level for sure: Shop Lobel’s of New York
Other Stops on Our #KnowYourBeef NYC Walking Tour
- Morton Williams Supermarket which seemed like a market dreams are made of, and was a great place to chat about super market case beef and the goodness that can be found there with our pal Suzy Sirloin. Karli pointed out one of my personal favorite tips – shop the Manager’s Selection/Special section and cook the meat with-in a day. There is nothing wrong or “bad” about the meat found here with marked down stickers… the butchers just know it’s getting close to the sell by day and want to help get it home and in your kitchen pronto. Hunting down those stickers and stopping by the “specials” section is one of the ways I save money on beef and other meats.
- Parlor Steak & Fish for a Q&A with Chef Carlos and a DELICIOUS dinner. The Chef surprised the table with a round of meatball slider appetizers which were AMAZE-BALLS. Literally. I then had the most amazing chopped salad on the recommendation of Suzy Sirloin, which had ice berg, cucumbers, red peppers, onions, kalamata olives, basil, feta, and balsamic. It was LEGIT and I need to recreate it in the THS Kitchen STAT.
For my main I had the Marinated Bistro Filet and whipped potatoes, which you can see below and all I can say is WOW. Possibly the highest quality meal I’ve had all year and seriously divine. The beef was so tender and richly flavorful and the whipped potatoes were oh-so-smooth and buttery. << worth the bold.
- Dylon’s Candy Bar was the first stop on our long walk & talk after dinner. I’d been to Dylon’s at the Houston Galleria several times before, but this place is ALWAYS fun for me. Not only because #rainbowismyfavoritecolor and Shugarman is literally my last name but also because – CANDY. We had a blast browsing the store and picking out treats for our loved ones back home.
- Pig & Whistle on 3rd. We continued walking for a while, then turned back to head towards the hotel and decided we wanted to keep talking for a while and grab a drink. We found ourselves at this standard Irish Pub which you can apparently find on several different Avenues and Streets across the city since the first one opened in 1969. We spent some time creative planning and bouncing ideas off each other which brought me to my happy place. I love this kind of quality time with my blogging community!
Fitness in NYC
- A few long walks, because when in Rome NYC…
I got a lot of site seeing in, including both a street light lit and day light filled Bryant Park/Chrysler Building stroll thanks.
- 15 minutes of hotel room yoga…while watching a RHONY special. Now that’s balance.