Welcome Back!!

a small welcome sign

Image by: Ramdlon

Welcome back to all my fellow students and faculty as well as my colleagues who work with me on the OpenLab’s “The Buzz”. When I found out that I would be the first one to post this semester, I continually pondered on what to write about and decided to share the happenings that occurred this summer for me. As summer is slowly coming to a close, autumn will soon begin but before then there are still some last minute activities we can pursue. I had the opportunity to visit a few gelato shops this summer and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.


  1. PopBar  

Address: 5 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

gelato on a stick covered in melted chocolate and pistachios

Image by: L.A. Foodie

Popbar is a small shop that is located in the West Village that offers an array of popsicles which consists of handcrafted artisan gelato that is delicately placed on a stick to resemble a popsicle. I was thrilled by the potency of their flavors, I had the coconut bar which had such a strong, captivating flavor intensity that I felt as though I was trapped on a tropical island with a gorgeous beach front view and sand between my toes as I indulged in eating the bar until, of course, all that was left was a lonely stick, and I was suddenly back in crowded train on my way home.


  1. Amorino

Address: 60 University Pl, New York, NY 10003 and 162 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

gelato shaped into a white rose

Image by: Brianna Vasquez

Amorino sells a large variety of artisan gelato that can easily be molded and shaped into an artistic masterpiece that resembles a flower. With multiple locations, they are easily accessible despite where you are located. The pricing is reasonable even though they are located in Manhattan. The workers are extremely patient with you as you *ponder which flavors to choose from their large selection. Then, they use these specialized gelato scoops which enables them to craft your chosen gelato into a delicious art form that is truly unbelievable.


a view of a baseball field

Image by: Ted Kerwin

I had the honor of being able to work at Citi Field this summer which allowed me to gain a better understanding of what occurs in a commercial kitchen to serve a larger scale of guests. I got to train as a chef and learned many new techniques while having a lot of fun being able to meet new people each and every home stand. Being that I been to a few New York Mets games, it was great to experience both sides of what happens at Citi Field as a guest as well as an employee. And, if you would like to enjoy watching a Mets game, McDonalds is offering a New York Mets Buy One Get One ticket deal offer for everyone.

If interested, click the link below:


The Coupon Code is: MCD


Finally, I will be attending the Club Fair next Thursday, September 10th and I will be bringing a few treats for fellow students to freely eat while we describe the importance of “The Buzz” in the college as well as its impact. I cannot wait to share the news of “The Buzz” to other students especially the freshman who may not be informed of our public forum.




Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to all those who have served in the Armed Forces, or are family and friends of one, or have lost one in the service. Today, I was conflicted on what to post on such a historic day that truly marks the importance of those who have fought for our country. But I decided to write about an iconic American pastime, baseball. Although, many will camp, go to the pool or beach, enjoy time with friends and family, this sport is great to watch with fellow loved ones for this particular day.

Major League Baseball is very dedicated to the honoring the fallen veterans by holding moments of silence to show respect to the troops. Each of the players wear camouflage uniforms still embroidered with their team affiliated logo to represent the appreciation that Major League Baseball has for those serving in the Armed Forces. They happily show their support by having a reduced pricing for all veterans not only for Memorial Day but for all games. New York is luckily honored to have two Major League Baseball teams to represent the state with both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets.

Personally, I have went to plenty of baseball games with my family to Citi Field to watch the New York Mets and whether they win or lose, the most entertaining part of the game is being able to watch this exciting sport being played out while being surrounded with loved ones. The simple experience of cheering for your favorite team while simultaneously watching the game and having the chance to eat the concession stand food in this fantastic atmosphere, it is truly a great memory to last a lifetime.

I simply wanted to share a recipe for a concession stand food item that is commonly consumed at baseball stadiums by customers to have better experience while watching the game.  So if you cannot attend a MLB game this weekend and can only watch on television, this is an easy recipe to make the experience seem that much more connect to the game.

a tower of funnel cakes covered with powdered sugar

Image by: KirstyJoan

Funnel Cakes

makes 4, 12″ cakes

4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups milk
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
5 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered Sugar for dusting

Heat oil in an electric deep fryer or cast iron pan to 375°F. You will need at least an inch and a half of oil. We chose to use the electric fryer, which recycles its heat quicker and kept the fried foods smell and heat out of the house! Line plates with paper towels, the process will go fast once you start!

Mix egg and milk together with a wire whisk or fork until combined. Stir in other ingredients until batter is smooth.

Fry Tip: If you will be frying more than 4 funnel cakes or if you wish to make the batter up to an hour in advance, increase the amount of baking powder by 1 teaspoon to help give it lift during its long wait before frying.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and squeeze batter in a random, yet overlapping pattern. (It’s all mainly a haphazard process, but crossing the batter back over itself will help it stick together when it’s time to flip.) Once it’s floating and golden brown (usually 60 seconds in), flip using tongs, allowing the other side to cook.

Continue cooking until desired color is achieved and remove from grease and set on a paper towel lined plate. Apply powdered sugar liberally to the top, add fruit toppings if desired and enjoy!

Note: You can use an actual funnel for this process, or even a zip top bag with one corner snipped off. Just as long as the better is able to get into the oil quickly and efficiently, that’s all that really matters.

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn 

So enjoy this Memorial Day holiday weekend kick back, relax, and enjoy a baseball game. And Major League Baseball teams, batter up!!