Choice Eats: Activate Food Coma!

2016 Village Voice Choice Eats. Metropolitan Pavilion. © 2016 NY Social Agenda (

Hello, Friday. Where have you been for the past seven days?! Anytime an event presents an opportunity to be around a group setting not involving Power-Point presentations, insanely large volumes of emails and phone conferences, I’m on it – because this is living.

On March 11, the Metropolitan Pavilion played host to the 9th annual Choice Eats tasting event presented by The Village Voice.

First of all, where have I been for the past nine years and second, I know where I will be for the next upcoming years should this event continue to manifest and grow.

The event was well organized, however, after a while, even the map couldn’t come close to enormous and welcomed intensity of witnessing tons of foodie aficionados walking around enjoying and contributing to the end-of-the-weekday-ready-for-the-weekend energy.

I tried following the guide and I think I may or may not have fallen into an early food coma by the tenth station. Immediately after that, I also may be guilty of giving up posting on social media altogether.

At this point, I couldn’t even tweet or Instagram fast enough. I think my fingers just surrendered.

Between trying to fool myself that I danced the calories away, investing the senses of smell and sight to other stations while making mental notes to remember to go upstairs for more….. choice eats, complimentary spirits, and beer, please don’t wake me from this foodie heaven dream.

Wondering who was guilty of this excessive indulgence? For starters the list included: Awadh, Bara, Belle Reve, The Black Ant, Black Tree, Broken Spoke Rotisserie, Calle Dao, Egg, El Quinto Pino, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Flinders Lane, Fonda, The Gander, GENUINE Superette, Grandaisy Bakery, The Handpulled Noodle, ilili Box, Javelina Tex-Mex, Kailash Parbat, Kuma Inn, Littleneck Outpost, Loi Estiatorio, Luke’s Lobster, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Meatball Shop, Nha Minh, No. 7 Veggie, Ofrenda Cocina Mexicana, Queens Comfort, Sheep Station, Sigmund’s Pretzels – and the list goes on.

Spirits and Beer to wash everything down included Stella Artois, Asahi Beer (Japan), Brockman’s Gin, Wines of Germany, Four Roses Bourbon – just to name a few.

Oh wait, then Choice Eats had the nerve to include Choice Sweets from Ample Hills Creamery, Butter Lane, Doughnut Plant, Sugar Couture and so much more.

Is this considered a sweet international gluttonous sin? I surely hope so and definitely look forward to repeating it once again very soon -especially sampling Vietnamese, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Tunisian, Greek and Cajun/Creole among many others.

Block out the calendar for May 11, to be part of the first annual Brunch Eats -also presented by the Village Voice. Who doesn’t love #BrunchEats?! Consider this a warning. Click here for more deets. See you in a couple months.

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