Joyous Joy 66: FABULOUS Event Publicity = SUPER Joyous Kate

Hi Everyone!

Most of you know that Miss Meredith Adams, owner of Nom and the City Food Tours, and I have teamed up to produce a very special event this weekend called – Culture Crawl: Food, Fluids & Friends.

Our dear friend Meg Kelly, author of the blog “The Compost Cook” wrote about it today and her post is even better than the write-ups we received on more “official” websites like DNA Info and The Brownstoner.

Great job, Meg! YOU are the JOYOUS JOY of my day!

Here is the post –  I know my followers will all agree that this is AWESOME!  Continue reading


Joyous Joy 41: Happy Birthday to The Queens Kickshaw! (and thanks for making the best grilled cheese on the planet)

As some of you know, I am the quintessential social butterfly and love planning and attending events. Nothing brings out the best in me like throwing an amazing party, meeting new people and of course spending time with friends. I recently went to the 1st Birthday Party of The Queens Kickshaw, a fabulous restaurant/bar in my neighborhood.

The rustic meets hip bar area of The Queens Kickshaw – Photo by John Tyson

This place is a labor of love for husband and wife team Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim. They have been living in Astoria for over 4 years, and wanted to create a place and community that reflected their love for the neighborhood, and their passions for good food and drink. Continue reading

Joyous Joy 10: Being Stunned and Impressed with a Restaurant

Egyptian dips

Here are various yummy dips from a mezze platter

For my birthday, two of my amazing friends took me to an Egyptian restaurant that I can only describe as stunning. This was by far, hands down, absolutely the coolest restaurant experience I’ve ever had!

Beef kabob and rice

Beef kabobs served with rice is delicious

Kebab Cafe, in Astoria, Queens, is an anomaly. The tiny restaurant is filled with an eclectic mix of photos, paintings and collectibles from Egypt. Among these are posters which celebrate the long awaited freedom the Egyptians recently won!

Intentionally not having a menu, the owner, Ali, begins asking what type of meat you would like (or vegetarian). Then, in his thick Egyptian accent, tells you about all of the dishes he can whip up before your very eyes. I say before your very eyes, because the wide-open kitchen is right next to the total of 5 tables. Continue reading