I heard about the Day Life Festival from this new great app called Sösh which features all the fun activities going on in New York City. I gathered a couple of girlfriends, and we headed down to the lower east side to check it out. There were a variety of food vendors, outdoor shops, and live music. One of the main events was the pastrami eating contest to celebrate Katz’s Deli’s 125th anniversary, but I got there just after it had ended. I’m sure that must have been a sight! My personal favorite was DJ Kai Song an eight year old dj who was fantastic and had the whole crowd fist pumping with some awesome music!
We started off at Mimi and Coco’s Japanese street food station, they were serving Takoyaki and Teriyaki Balls. What is that, you ask? Please see the picture below for a description…
We decided to go for the Octopus Balls because we were feeling adventurous. It reminded me of a corn fritter filled with small cuts of chewy octopus and covered in sweet and tangy Asian sauces. It was a very interesting combination of flavors and textures, including the salty bonito flakes on top. I’m glad we tried it, but I don’t know that I would order it again.
Next we went to a “safe bet”, The Meatball Shop and got the spicy pork meatballs over polenta. It was soooo good! The meatballs were soft, tender and juicy with just a little bit of spice, and the polenta was creamy and melded so well with the tangy tomato sauce. Loved it!
Our last stop was the Melt Bakery and it was the perfect weather for these frozen treats! They all looked so delicious, I couldn’t decide which one to get – they had sinfully delicious flavors like snickerdoodle with cinnamon ice cream, chocolate chip walnut with vanilla ice cream, and the one I went for – red velvet meltcake with cream cheese ice cream! It was out of this world divine! The cookie was cold and refreshing but not frozen so you didn’t break a tooth trying to eat it, and the red velvet flavors shone through. Melt Bakery is an absolute must go, next time you find yourself in the lower east side.
Overall Festival Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥