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Jun 18, 2014

We Heart Astoria Food Talk *Summer Solstice Edition*

Food Talk covers summertime food activities such as the Astoria Tour de Bar, the new PUB We Heart Astoria cream cheese at Brooklyn Bagel, more World Cup eats, a dumpling pop-up shop at Bear and more!

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As we kick off the official start to summer this week, we’d like to shine a light on some festive Summer Solstice activities that’ll have you salivating.

Tour-de-BarThe first Tour de Bar event is happening in Astoria this coming Saturday in honor of the solstice, and during which participants will have the chance to visit over 20 bars in Astoria.  The fun starts on Saturday at noon at Katch Brewery and continues well into the eve.  Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.


Via Bear.

Have you heard of the new dumpling pop-up coming to Bear this summer? We give you a preview of the menu as well as share with you other exciting details about this doughy event.  12-14 31st Ave, LIC.  917.396.4939

crabbies-with-ginger-thirsty-koala-astoria-queensWith the World Cup officially in full swing and with the U.S. first win under our belts, everyone is getting excited.  Last week, Meg brought you an awesome Where to Watch the World Cup go-to-guide in Astoria and LIC.  We’ve been spotting new places to watch along the way and recently spotted a fun special at The Thirsty Koala, which includes early happy hour, $3 drafts, $4 well drinks and enticing lunch specials.  35-12 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria. 718.626.5430

storefront-astoria-bier-cheese-ditmars-astoria-queensAstoria Bier & Cheese Ditmars is hosting an official grand opening party next week on June 26th, featuring the very things they do best – copious amounts of beer from a hand-picked selection as well as delicious cheesy eats.  Purchase your tickets here.  35-11 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria. 718.255.6982

classic bareburger with beefWe heart this recent BareBurger kudos in Thrillist’s 12 Small Burger Chains that Might Take Over the World piece.  Watch out world!

wha-pub-cream-cheeseICYMI, last week BK Bagel announced a special new cream cheese flavor based on a collaboration with yours truly, in which they named their first Pub cream cheese.  See a recap of this grand unveiling, including the awesome Astorian, Lindsay G. who named the flavor.  36-14 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.777.1121


Sarah Bean

Yeah, actually. That’s what a grand opening party is for. You lose some money to welcome yourself to the neighborhood and allow them to try what you offer as a business. Every other business does it. You pay for advertising. You don’t ask the advertiser to pay you.

Tom Bosley

Yes you are right! Instead of charging $32 for unlimited beer and food they should give it away for free.

Sarah Bean

Who charges for a Grand Opening Party?! That’s so tacky! Isn’t the whole point to welcome the neighborhood to your establishment and try to gain some new customers with a nice offering like free food or drink? I guess they feel they don’t have to do anything to get customers or introduce themselves to the neighborhood. I guess we should be the ones welcoming and thanking them.


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