One Saturday morning I woke up and decided I was tired of going to the same brunch places in Astoria. Don't get me wrong, I love my go-to spots, but it's always nice to liven things up a little bit.

I literally Googled "endless brunch in Astoria" and MexiQ Kitchen & Draught was the first thing to pop up. The menu looked absolutely scrumptious, and the endless mimosa option was a definite plus.

Despite it being nearly noon, Jake and I were ushered in and seated immediately. I loved the sleek vibe of the interior, plus the juxtaposition of wood, metal and brick. The light fixtures were pretty cool, too.
Photograph by Michael Toolan
The highlight of my first New York City Wine and Food Festival was definitely Thrillist's BBQ & The Blues event presented by Merillat. I obsessively check my inbox for new emails from the trendy site (and awesome rewards program), so I was stoked when an editor of mine passed along an invite.

The sold-out event at Hudson Terrace included custom-crafted BBQ creations from some of Thrillist’s favorite NYC chefs, who, along with celebrity chef Curtis Stone, conducted live cooking demonstrations, as well as performances by local blues band Baby Soda.

Guests washed down the jaw-trembling ‘cue with ice-cold Coors Light, wine from Big House, and delicious Michael Collins Irish Whiskey cocktail pairings.


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