A lot has happened over the past several days. First, I met a couple of friends at the annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party in Madison Square Park. This was my first time attending, think of it as NYC’s version of “Memphis in May” minus the competition. If you’re used to or know the taste of real southern BBQ, then you know much of what is found in NYC barbecue restaurants is not up to par. It’s a must attend if you want the taste of what is standard fare in restaurants all over the south. There were long lines everywhere for each of the pitmasters so unfortunately I only had one platter. Some ribs and cole slaw from The Checkered Pig out of Virginia, which were really good. Nice and tender, well seasoned with just the right amount of sauce.
Afterwards on a tip from my friend Ketrina, I wound up checking out Doughnut Plant a few blocks away for something sweet. Seeing their uniquely flavored donuts on the menu triggered a memory. Years ago, I remembered watching a local news report about a man making donuts in the basement of his apartment building and selling them out of local gourmet shops. I bought one of his donuts for the first time at Dean and Deluca in Soho. As soon as I saw the pistachio donuts on the counter, I immediately recognized this was the same person now having opened not one but two stores in the city. Ended up buying a pistachio, strawberry & blueberry donut. They were just as good as I rememebered.
The next day I went to Chic and Kinky’s Natural’s Night Out which has now become an annual event.
I missed most of last year’s event, so I was looking forward to this one. I can say the organizers set the bar higher this year. More vendors, seminars, and a new location which included a beautiful rooftop terrace. What I like about these types of events is I get to learn about new products I would probably otherwise never had heard of. And it also serves as a gathering place for meeting friends you don’t get to see often, like Audrey from Miss Moon’s Musings.
This lady gave us a great demonstration on the use of Curls products. And she has a beautiful head of hair as well.
According to the organizers, the event was sold out with a waiting list for tickets. One of the things I always look forward to are the swag bags with free product samples that come with attending the gatherings. Whenever I get one I feel like one of those celebs when they leave awards shows with their swag bags full of jewelry, makeup and other free goodies. Plus I got some bargains on a few others.
I never heard of Eden Body Works products until now. But I find it inspiring that the founder of the company was a teenage CEO.
I’ve yet to try Jane Carter’s curling cream but selling for $15 each was a steal!! They’re regularly sold in beauty supply stores for $30.
I noticed a lot of hair vendors have products now for enhancing curls kinky hair. At first I thought ever since Miss Jessie’s curly pudding hit the market, everyone else was just jumping on the bandwagon coming out with their own “me too” products. When I had loose hair before locing I gave the curly pudding a try with not so good results. I think the reason mainly being in my opinion Miss Jessie’s curl enhancing products are more suitable for looser textured curls. These new products claim to be designed to enhance curls on type 4 hair like my own. Now that my hair is loose again I’ll revisit the curl enhancing thing again.