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cooking with ivan orkin

Whenever we hear that the French food magazine/event company Le Fooding is setting up shop in New York, we get awfully excited. This time around is no different. Taking over Rockaway Beach 97 from Friday July 11th to Sunday the 13th, and gathering a few of its favorite chefs and DJs in the process, the sure-to-be-delicious event in the form of an Italian-inspired feast is something you don’t want to miss.

Kicking off at noon each day in partnership with Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages, the culinary gathering of every foodies dream will include a three-dish menu, created by a different cast each day, including the likes of Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, Andrew Field of Rockaway Taco, and Ivan Orkin—the man behind the newly opened Lower East Side restaurant Ivan Ramen.

So as we prepare to take in the good tunes and even better food for the next couple of afternoons, Orkin is dishing out the recipe to one of his favorite plates: Eggplant Mazemen. Take a look at the recipe below, and be sure to get your tickets to the Le Fooding Beach Club presents: Sanpellegrino Fruitstock at the Rockaways event HERE.


Ingredients: (per bowl of mazemen)
• 60 ml eggplant sofrito
• 20 ml soy sauce
• 20 ml mirin
• 20 ml sake, boiled for one minute and cooled
• 10 ml rendered chicken fat
• 100 ml of vegetable stock or half and half chicken stock and dashi
• 130 g ramen noodles
• to garnish: slivered scallions, chipotle powder

1. Mix together the sofrtio, soy, sake, and mirin. Warm slightly, and place into the bowl to serve.
2. Boil the chicken/dashi mix or vegetable stock, keep hot
3. Cook the noodles (our noodles are thin and take 40 seconds)
4. Pour the hot broth into the bowl
5. Drain noodles very well.
6. Add the noodles and slightly agitate the noodles in the broth to mix them
7. Top with a pile of scallion shreds and dust with chipotle powder.

Chili Eggplant Sofrito:
• 500 gg Yellow Onion (small dice)
• 150 g Japanese Eggplant (large dice)
• 400 g Canned Tomato (rough chop)
• 11 g Chipotle Powder
• .75 L Canola Oil

• - Prepare onions, eggplant, and canned tomato. Keep separate.
• - Add oil, onion, and eggplant to pot and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 2 hours
• - Add tomato and cook for another hour
• - Add chipotle and cook out for another hour
• - Cool

Stolen Coffee & Cigarettes Spiced Rum

Imported from the Caribbean, Stolen’s Coffee and Cigarette’s Spiced Rum is here just in time for summer.

Unlike its competitors, Stolen Rum brings a new approach to its recipe. Infusing fine Caribbean rum with roasted coffee bean and smoke flavors that delivers a completely unique style. We found that this method gave it a smooth dark taste and added some coffee feels in the air–we’re definitely fans of this combo.

Not only are they bringing a new look to the rum world, they’re also upgrading your classic rum and coke to the Smoke & Coke:
1oz STOLEN Spiced
5oz Cola
1 Wedge of Fresh Orange

To find out if Stolen is sold in stores near you go HERE, and don’t forget to check them out on Facebook HERE.

-words by Yung Will

sprite 6 mix slurpee

The 7-11 girls stopped by the office last week, and they didn’t come empty handed. In fact, they brought two dozen Slurpees of their newest flavor!

A couple weeks back we had the pleasure of getting a first taste of the new Sprite 6 Mix collaboration with Lebron James–now they’re taking it to the next level. With a recent partnership with 7-11, they have managed to turn the 6 mix flavor into an ice-cold Slurpee just in time for summer. If you’re a fan of this flavor do not sleep on this!

Head to the app store on your phone and download the 7-11 app to receive a coupon for a free Slurpee. And If you’re not going to use your coupon you can gladly send them our way!

-words by Yung Will

twix unwrapped bites

It seems the feud between left TWIX and right TWIX has come to an end, and from it, they have brought to the world TWIX UNWRAPPED BITES.

Mars inc. is home to some of the world’s most popular chocolate candies and despite being on top of the game, they have found a way to re-invent these classic favorites without losing any flavor. The new Twix Bites are still jam-packed with rich caramel on a crunchy cookie and covered with milk chocolate. As a bonus, they pair incredibly with your morning coffee– just in case you missed breakfast. The unwrapped pieces make it easy to share– luckily[, they sent us enough packages so we didn’t have to.

In case you’re curious what took them so long to come up with such a game-changing candy, the people at TWIX have set up a hotline you can call to hear all their excuses for the delay just dial 1-844-WHY-SO-LONG. You can also find out more on their Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.

-words by Yung Will

Waffle Taco by Taco Bell

For all of us here at Nylon Guys, Taco Bell has been a staple in our diets at one point (some of us are at that point currently) and now they’re bring us “The next generation of breakfast.”

Before today, the closest to having breakfast at Taco Bell was that 4 am craving before going to bed and we never dreamed a waffle taco would exists. This is now a reality, and to be honest, it’s delicious. Syrupy waffle-filled with savory eggs, cheese and bacon or sausage? It’s impossible to put those ingredients together and it not be good.

We know the struggle can be real to get to any restauarant during breakfast hours, but for a waffle taco, it’s worth getting out of bed. Once you have one go thank Taco Bell for creating such a tasty breakfast dream on Twitter HERE and Facebook HERE.

-words & photos by Yung Will

orphan barrel rhetoric

A few months back we were introduced to Orphan Barrel, a company who has scoured the globe locating lost and forgotten barrels of whiskey and bringing them to a retail level. What we didn’t know is while they were announcing their intial releases “Old Bowhard” and “Barterhouse,” they were also working on “Rhetoric”.

Rhetoric is similar to the Barterhouse as it is a 20 year-old Kentucky bourbon from the warehouses at Stitzel-Weller Distillery, but flavor-wise it’s a totally different ball game. We’re told that the barrels for this strain were aged at a lower level of the warehouse and that is what gives it its creamy oak taste, but the sweet notes keep the wood flavor in check.

With a release date on the horizon be sure to keep up with Orphan Barrel HERE, and don’t commit whiskey crime– always enjoy neat.

-words by Yung Will

Nizza – Italian done different

Anyone who’s ever tried to take someone with a gluten allergy on a date and surprise them by taking them to a place they’ve never been knows…even in New York city, it’s nearly impossible. The truth is, even when you find a place that accommodates the dreaded gluten allergy, it’s highly likely that the vegan-vibes can often give you creepy feels. We love our hippies, but for real–can’t eating on the GF side of the tracks be sexy? Well friends, we found the spot where the food is radical and the ambience is on-point!

We ventured to Midtown on the pro-tip that Nizza was a must-try and somehow the restaurant was full, but there was no wait–how do they do that? The lighting wasn’t too low and the crowd wasn’t too loud, which somehow made it one of those situations where a New York night feels like a movie scene.

To kick it all off we’ve gotta tell you about the first gluten free secret: a little discovery called socca. Now, maybe everyone is already in on this, but socca is a crispy chickpea pancake cooked in a brick oven and it basically makes the best gluten free bread substitute ever! For the gluten eater folks at the table, there was a sheep’s milk and ricotta gnudi to start, which was good, but the introduction to socca had everyone’s full attention.

The kale salad with grilled zucchini was incredible–and actually, we’ve gotta say that grilling healthy stuff basically just makes it taste just as awesome as the not-so-healthy stuff. Yeah, we know it’s not re-inventing the wheel, but it’s so simple yet nobody does it!

The cheese menu at Nizza is solid, but we opted to try the Crispy Octopus. We’re going on the record with this one–the crispy octopus at Nizza was the best we’ve ever had! The watercress, radicchio, endive, and baby tomatoes were all very fresh but most importantly, the octopus was not undercooked or chewy and overcooked. It was just right, and the only problem was the fact that it was gone to fast.

The Carciofo pizza featured totamoes, roasted artichokes, peppers, olives and fresh mozzarella on the gluten-free brick oven socca crust and it was totally insane! It’s incredible what roasting vegetables and just the right seasoning can do, but this pizza was out of this world. The crust was crunchy and filling but there was no heavy feeling of being grossly full.

There was no need for dessert, but we ordered the fresh berries and whipped cream for good measure. They were every bit as fresh and good as they look in the photo above.

This was one of the best dining experiences we’ve had (if not the best) in our search for the great gluten-free answer. If you need a second opinion just go have a look at Nizza’s Yelp page HERE. Complete with a gallery that looks like a Facebook photo album and a review section that reads like a fan message board, it’s impressive to say the least. You can find Nizza on Twitter HERE or get thee to 630 9th Avenue for the discovery of your new favorite spot!

Zevia x Biz Markie x Shepard Fairey

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his mega-hit “Just a Friend” and recent 140 lb. weight loss (due to cutting sugar out of his diet) Biz Markie has teamed up with none other than sugar free soft drink maker Zevia.

Biz and Zevia got Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One involved to create a limited-edition can for the cherry-cola flavored goodness. Learn more about Zevia HERE and follow the brand on Twitter HERE. You can follow Biz on Twitter HERE, ind Shepard Fairey over HERE and listen to “Just a Friend” below!

perky jerky

I’ve had this Perky Jerky on my desk for a few days now thinking it would make the perfect snack for a late night at the office. Yesterday however, I missed lunch, and as the hours ticked by, the shiny packaging started to seem like a mirage. Finally, giving in, I reached for the jerky only to find the package was empty.

At first I thought there could have been some sort of mistake at the manufacturing plant. But then I noticed a small piece of tape on the back. The girls in the office had cut a tiny opening in the seam and been sneaking pieces until it was gone–I guess this stuff is awesome! Lucky for me (and all of you) Perky Jerky is available at your local natural market–-so I had to find out what I was missing.

This jerky is like nothing I’ve ever had before, and it’s definitely not your typical dried-out bland gas station snack. With cuts of meat marinated overnight, the strips consist of a tender texture that far surpasses all its competitors. And while healthy may not be the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word “jerky,” Perky Jerky may have you reconsidering. The snack is low in calories, fat, and carbs, and doesn’t contain any nitrites, preservatives, or added msg.

Basically, what we’re saying is that we found the perfect snack for any adventure this summer has in store for you. Be sure to check out Perky Jerky on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.

-words by Yung Will


m&m mega

Some of you may know that us NYLON Guys are borderline candy fiends, so we try to keep all stashes out of the office– but when a large round box with a giant holographic M shows up on our desk, all bets are off.

The team at M&M’s has been putting out all kinds of new flavors, from raspberry to dark mint, but they aren’t stopping there. Our box had something we’d never even thought possible: M&M’s Mega! They’re about to bring you the world’s biggest M&M’s, with three times more chocolate, and peanuts bigger than the original size candy! We personally took down the bag of Peanut M’s faster than you’ll read this Chow. They truly found the only possible way to make these iconic chocolate candies even better than before.

To quote the company: “In this case, bigger is definitely better!” We couldn’t agree more.
Despite the flavor assortments, we will always have a special place in our hearts (and stomachs) for the classics. We’re just hoping next year M&M can step up from mega size to Nylon Guys size… we’ll have our people contact yours about getting production started.
Be sure to keep up with M&M’s on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.

-words by Young Will