Me next to a living work of art in MAC Pro makeup
MAC Pro brilliantly showcased what their makeup is capable of by hosting a block party under NYC’s Highline last week with their “Hit the Pavement” event. Blink and you might accidentally bump into one of the many body-painted living statues:
Living statues at the MAC Pro event under NYC's Highline
I was kinda in awe at how the makeup didn’t even seem to melt away with the sun.
Green Greek statues
I was digging his wind-blown hair
Crowd at Hit the Pavement
More street performers. Photo Credit: Philip Robertson
Photo credit: Philip Robertson
(Last two photos by PHILIP ROBERTSON. See more on his website HERE
I think the cutest thing I saw was this little girl painting away on a graffiti wall with her own MAC lipstick…I think we could have been friends:
Tiny lipstick artist
Cutest moment #2: when the same little girl saw this MAC-clad street performer approaching her…she freaked out for a second but then continued her masterpiece.
Nice to meet you
I felt like I was wandering in an outdoor makeup-museum, it was the coolest thing. But to top it off, we were surrounded by food trucks…more reason why MAC and I speak the same language. There were so many trucks I was trying for the first time, including Wafels & Dinges. My friend Archana and I headed straight for dessert first.
I hear the Spekuloos sauce (a type of gingerbread sauce) is their specialty, but we went with a nutella/banana combo. It was still crazy good:
Wafels & Dinges
MAC Pro x Wafels & Dinges
Our nutella-banana waffle
We then skipped over to the Rickshaw Truck for edamame dumplings, and right after to Van Leeuwen for Earl Gray and Strawberry ice cream.
The Rickshaw Truck
Edamame Dumplings -- these were OK, but was craving some meat and they ran out of their chicken :(
Van Leeuwen Earl Gray ice cream
Not sure if it’s a food blogger thing, but our whole dessert->appetizer->dessert meal made perfect sense to us. After we ate to our hearts’ content, we walked a few blocks over to the West Side highway to catch the sunset…little reminders on how NY really has its moments.
I’m so happy there have been so many pleasant days this Fall in the city, and last Sunday was one of them. After pretty much spending the whole afternoon in the West Village, I came across Van Leeuwen’s ice cream truck — now I’m just thinking, how did I ever miss this before?
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck
This is seriously one of the best ice cream I’ve had in a while. The day I stumbled upon the truck, they had a special Earl Grey Tea flavor. If you’re a tea lover like me, you will loveee how this tastes so true to its flavor. The hazelnut also had such a crisp, buttery taste (they use Piedmont hazelnuts, straight from Italy).
Van Leeuwen hazelnut ice cream
Van Leeuwen’s keep their ingredients simple: fresh, hormone-free milk, pure cane sugar, and lots of egg yolk. It’s preservative-free and they donate a portion of the profits to Wildlife Direct, a grassroots organization based in the Congo dedicated to protect endangered species. I love do-gooder trucks.
If you have stalkerish tendencies, track the truck via their Twitter (@VLAIC). Otherwise, they have a shop in Greenpoint (address below), and also sell their ice cream through vendors like Whole Foods.
Ice Cream Shop:
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
632 Greenpoint Ave.
at Bedford and Nassau
Brooklyn, NY 11222
By Burger Guy
The other day I was fighting criminals that were trying to break into this orphanage that I volunteer at. All of a sudden I realized, I was starving. So I samurai punched the last criminal in the face, and after the cops took him away, I went with my friends to Kebabalicious.
You know all those Turkish places Shyema’s always raving about in NYC? This is like those, except good.
Get your grape leaves and feta out of my face, and indulge in one of these delicious wraps instead. The wraps are composed of some kind of thin turkish flat bread, wrapped around beef and lamb kebabs, mixed in with some salad and doused in white sauce and hot sauce. This place is the “chicken and rice” equivalent in Austin. The food’s sold out of a truck and 5 bucks will get you a regular sized wrap. I had to go king-sized though because of my aforementioned workout. This place totally lives up to its name.
450 E 7th St / 7th & Trinity
Austin, TX 78701
By Melissa Stephans
I may be the only person in Los Angeles who is not an actor. However, when duty calls…
Being interviewed for the Food Network - airing Aug 15
BATF had the great fortune of being asked to contribute to a new television series on the Food Network called The Great Food Truck Race. The show will debut on August 15th at 10pm EST / 7pm PST, and yours truly will make her grand debut as a certified food expert (well, blogger anyway) on the August 22nd episode. The host will be a famous American chef who already has a show on the network, but since his identity has not yet been revealed on their site, I don’t want to blow his cover (hint: he is the speaker in the promo).
I can’t wait to see this because I am dying to watch a show devoted to the national food truck phenomenon. It’s fascinating to compare these sophisticated vendors from cities across the country, and it is downright inspiring to see some of their creations. But please–when the time comes to watch me speak, I ask that you attribute my dry, lackluster lips to the many mouthwatering foods I had to endure in prep and research. I mean, my complete lack of lip gloss–thanks to the subpar staying power of MAC’s Cremesheen Glass–had nothing to do with my nerves. Nope. (Did that convince you?).