Finding a World Cup Squad to Root for through Street Food

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off yesterday, and we’re struggling to find a team to support. So we decided to turn to some of the street food and market vendors that we work with to find a substitute for the disappointing USMNT. Of the 32 squads playing in Russia, we’ve whittled it down to these 10 – notice none of them are favorites or powerhouses, just respectable teams with sizable NYC diasporas and delicious food.

Belgium

One of the highlights of the 2014 World Cup was US goalkeeper Tim Howard’s performance in the first knockout game against Belgium, when he made a World Cup-record 15 saves. The US still lost, and this staggering achievement overshadowed just how spectacularly the Belgians outplayed the Americans. They are a very, very good team in a weak group that seem to have an easy path to at least the quarterfinals (sorry, England). Kevin de Bruyne absolutely smoked the US as a 22-year-old, and now he’s developed into one of the world’s best midfielders.>> Continue reading

Food to Eat Hosts a Downtown Relief Food Crawl

Our friends at Food to Eat, an online ordering service for food carts and trucks, have been very involved with both street vendors and restaurants – from both a business standpoint and as advocates. This weekend they’re helping out many restaurants who suffered losses and damages from Hurricane Sandy.

Their Downtown Relief Food Crawl will take place this Saturday, November 17 from 12pm to 4pm. Participants can purchase tickets online here or at a registration location on Saturday. Food crawlers will receive a map of the participating venues, including East Village favorites like Maharlika, Prohibition Cupcakes, and Cafecito, where they can sample one of their specialty food or drink items. After many hours of eating and drinking, an after party with entertainment will commence at Kafana from 3-4. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the venues to help them with their business recoveries. For more information on this delicious and worthwhile event, check out their Eventbrite page.>> Continue reading