The Big Chocolate Show in New York City

If you can’t get enough chocolate, the Big Chocolate Show has you covered. Now in its third year, this chocolate focused, annual expo offers over 50 exhibitors from Europe, North, and South America. It’s a truly epic celebration of everyone’s favorite decadent treat: chocolate.

The Big Chocolate Show runs from Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd. At the show, you’ll meet chocolate artisans, chefs, and experts from across the globe. This year’s show will be held at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, NY.

You can attend demonstrations by award-winning pastry chefs. Enjoy guided tasting classes. Learn from experts about the chocolate making process. Even join workshops to see how to roast, crack, grind, temper, and mold amazing chocolates for yourself. And don’t forget to participate in The Big Chocolate Show’s FAVE awards and vote for your favorite brands, flavors, and textures.

Visit and old favorite’s booth or discover a new love. Either way, The Big Chocolate Show is one sweet trip.

For additional information, such as tickets, event times and a list of exhibitors, check out the event site here.

You can find our coverage of the 2018 show here.

And if you can never get enough chocolate, check out our post The Chocolate Addict’s Guide to New York City here.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the tri-state area’s favorite fall spectacles. More than seven thousand hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate Van Court Manor’s nine sprawling acres.

In addition, the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze doubles as an elaborate land art installation. Over one thousand volunteers and artists design, scoop, carve and light the jack o’lanterns leading up to this one-of-a-kind event.

During your visit, watch the synchronized light show and listen to the events original soundtrack.  Visit the Museum of Pumpkin Art to see classic paintings “given the gourd treatment”. Watch a show at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Take all the selfies at the Pumpkin Carousel, the Pumpkin Windmill, and 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.  Oh, and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats!

So don’t miss out on this veritable “Halloweentown” in the Historic Hudson Valley. It’s a blast! Er, a blaze!

You can find all the pertinent info, including FAQs, hours and admission pricing, here. Note: We have listed this event as All Day, but only because availability and specific hours vary. Please check the website to confirm hours on any given day.

If you want to get a sense of the what will be in store for you, check out our blog post from a previous year here.

-L. & J.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. More than 3,000 creatives and over half-a-million parade-goers descend upon the festive, seaside neighborhood located in Brooklyn, New York to celebrate ancient mythology, creative expression, and community pride. The parade was founded in 1983 by the non-profit arts organization Coney Island USA.

The 37th annual iteration of the parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and roll east to West 10th Street. At West 10th Street, the parade then turns south towards the boardwalk. Cars and Motorized Floats continue down Surf Avenue, passing W. 10th Street and exiting the parade. At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats turn west and head towards West 17th Street. At Steeplechase Plaza, the Parade disbands.

Immediately after the last participant passes the review stand at West 19th and Surf Avenue, parade founder Dick D. Zigun leads the King and Queen procession from the review stand at 19th and Surf Avenue, through MCU Parking lot, and on to the beach for the official Beach Ceremony, officially opening the beach for the summer swimming season.

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is a one of a kind New York City event. Don’t miss it!

You can find more information about the parade here.

You can read all about our experience at the 2017 parade here.

Hotel Caravana at Four Brothers Drive-In: Retro Heaven in the Hudson Valley

We love New York City. But we also love a good getaway. Especially when the weather warms up and tourists descend on the city en masse. Unfortunately, circumstances–often a lack of time, money, or transportation–prevent a holiday to the exotic destination of our dreams. Luckily, there are innumerable locales to explore in the tri-state area. Even better, there are tremendous options in the state of New York itself. And it just so happens we recently stumbled upon a new destination for the perfect getaway that is less than two hours from Manhattan: Hotel Caravana at the Four Brothers Drive-in Theatre in Amenia, New York.

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