Think Pink - Where to Drink Rose Wine this Memorial Day Weekend

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Rosé Wines at The Gander
Like permission to wear white, Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off pink wine drinking season, although many of us are partial to doing both year-round. If you're grounded in the city over the holiday, here are three spots to get your summer rosé drink-a-thon started.

Celebrate "Hip, Hip Rosé" at The Gander (15 W. 18 Street; 212-229-9500)
If your drinking can't wait until 5 o'clock, The Gander's got your back. Chef and owner Jesse Schenker has launched a summer special in The Bar Room called "Hip Hip Rosé!" which features $25 bottles of pink drink from around the world, every day, starting at 2:30 pm. Wines hail from Italy, New York, Greece, and even the Republic of Georgia, like Pheasant's Tears Tavkeri Rosé, 2013. Other selections include a crisp, pale Provençal version from Chateau de Roquefort, and a bright, berry-scented Txakolina from Ameztoi Rubentis out of Spain's Basque region.

The list is curated to complement the new Bar Room menu, highlights of which include gnocchi with sofrito, spring peas, and ramps dusted with Pecorino; and hamachi collar with worcestershire, radish, and lime.

Drink "Rosé All Damn Day" at Pearl & Ash (220 Bowery; 212-837-2370)
Snag a table early to launch your "Rosé All Damn Day" drinking session on the patio of Bowery hotspot Pearl & Ash. Interesting wines and unique rosé magnums — we expect nothing less from wine director and Renegade Wine Dinner founder Patrick Cappiello and team — will be sourced from their favorite producers. Selections drawing from California, to the French pétillant naturels and crémants, to Provence, will rotate frequently. Offerings include a 2014 Matthiasson from Napa Valley and bubbles by Nathalie Gaubicher out of the Loire Valley. In addition to having the full Pearl & Ash menu available, the restaurant will offer a selection of East and West coast oysters (6 for $18).

Sample "Rose All Day" at SixtyFive (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor; 212-632-5000)
If you're stranded in the city on Memorial Day, cheer up. A rare opportunity to drink and dine al fresco with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline has opened up, and you'll have fewer folks to battle for it. On Monday May 25, SixtyFive, the cocktail bar and lounge steps from the iconic Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, will host "Rosé All Day." The theme "Rosé All Day" is a misnomer; SixtyFive doesn't open until 5 pm, although specials run until midnight, effectively giving you a 7-hour drinking "day."

Glasses of sparkling rosé and Prosecco will be on offer for $10 all night, while wine flights of Fritsch rosé of Zweigelt, Josep Foraster cava rosé, and Sakura Emaki sake rosé, will be available for $15 (2 ounce pours of each). Complement your wine with bites from the recently launched small plates menu, with dishes like spicy tuna tacos with smoked ancho mayo, and fried garlic or langoustine tartare with peanut, tofu and chilled Tom Yum broth.

Bacon Festival and Roti Making Class: This Weekend's Events

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Bottomless bacon strips anyone?
Spring has sprung, and the weather is cooperating. So get out and do something. Here's what's on the docket this weekend.

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Unlimited Beer and Chocolate Made From Scratch on This Weekend's Agenda

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National Margarita Day is this weekend!
With any luck, we'll get a reprieve from the snow and cold this weekend -- which means you should get out and enjoy the city while you can. Here's where:

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Five Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend

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The backyard scene at Maison Premiere is a fun option for those sticking around for Labor Day Weekend

Instead of frantically searching for last minute getaways--or taking a crash course in barbecuing 101--you should focus instead on these food-related reasons to stick around the city for the long weekend, none of which involve TSA pat downs or rush hour traffic.

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Chocolate-Dipped Altoids: Four Strange and Very Funny TV Commercials

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Part breath mints and part nose-clearing lozenge, Altoids was invented in the 1780s in England. The high dose of peppermint oil used in "The Curiously Strong Mints," as the advertising slogan went, was partly aimed at smokers whose taste buds had been blunted by pipe and cigar tobacco. In the U.K., Altoids were eventually manufactured by Callard & Bowser, which licensed it to the Mars subsidiary of the U.S. chewing gum manufacturer Wrigley.

But how to grow a brand known mainly for its anti-halitosis and medicinal properties? Turn it into candy. And that's what Mars did in 2006, introducing, contrary to logic, a strong breath mint coated in chocolate, manufacturing them in peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon flavors. The new brandlet had bombed by 2010 and been removed from the retail marketplace (though you can still buy a dark chocolate version on Amazon), but not before this series of four amazing TV commercials were introduced in 2007, by turns odd, hilarious, and slightly repulsive.

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Upcoming Events: Learn How to Prepare an Entire Pig, Brooklyn Grub Crawl

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Sunday, June 3

Pig Preparation at Jimmy's 43
People in town this weekend can learn how to prepare an entire pig from head to feet the way it's done in Mexico. The event begins on Sunday beginning at noon. Chef Zarela Martinez will show participants how to make chorizo, carnitas, carne adobada, tamales, manteca, pickled pig feet, and cueritos. Class includes lunch. Cost: $65

Brooklyn Grub Crawl
The Belvedere Vodka and Bon Appetit Grub Crawl continues on Sunday at Red Hook from 11:30am - 4:30pm. Vendors: Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Fort Defiance, The Good Fork, Mile End, and Sunny's.

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Weekend Special: International Meats Local (Discount) + Big Gay Ice Cream

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Bertha Mason will be serving pie at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop this weekend

1. Big Gay Ice Cream
On Sunday, Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff over at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop will be throwing a party in honor of Humphry Slocombe, the San Francisco ice cream shop with a newly released cookbook. Jake Godby and Sean Vahey will be there to sign copies and Big Gay Ice Cream will be giving out special treats. Event time: 4pm-6pm

2. New Amsterdam Market + Street Vendor Project
New Amsterdam Market is joining forces with the Street Vendor Project Vendy Awards for a locally sourced food cart event. On Sunday, each participating vendor will be using greenmarket ingredients from local farms and meats from Marlow and Daughters and poultry from Bobo Poultry in their dishes. Specialties offers include: Taiwanese beef and kimchi dumplings by A-pous, Mexican egg and chorizo dumplings by Eggstravaganza, pork tamales by Guadelupes Tamales, chicken pupusas by Solber Pupusas, Jamaican Jerk Chicken by Veronica's Kitchen. Details after the jump.

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The Redhead Crawfish Boil: $30 for Two Pounds of Crawfish

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The Redhead

You don't have to go far to get your hands on straight-from-Louisiana crawfish.

It's the second week of the Redhead's annual crawfish boil. Every Sunday until May 13, $30 will get you two pounds of crawfish, sausage, corn, potato, and artichoke. There will also be New Orleans's Abita Beers on tap.

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Baltimore: In John Waters' Footsteps

Baltimore kitchen, Saturday morning

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Our 10 Best: Holiday Weekend Edition

Celebrate America with the best of everything.
After what seems like weeks of bad weather, Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, which means a number of things: sunshine, road trips, and barbecue, to name a few. We're going to be unveiling Our 10 Best Barbecue Restaurants tomorrow, but why stop there? One of the best things about a long weekend is keeping everything easy and hassle-free, which is why we decided to compile our favorite "10 Best" lists for you to use as a handy guide for enjoying yourself. Whether you're traveling, staying put, or enjoying the warm weather, we've got you covered with the ultimate guide to 10 Bests for summer.

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