#SCBDEventRecap The Village Voice Choice Eats Event 2014


So, I’m not a foodie. In fact, if I could choose between eating and not, I’d take the latter. That’s just me though. But, when our editor-in-chief sent out an email stating she was ill and needed someone to attend The Village Voice “Choice Eats” Seventh Annual Tasting Event, I decided to dive in to help her out. It’s not like it was a burden because I was already in the city that night.

Getting there was a doozey because I hadn’t a clue where Basketball City was. But after I hopped onto the M line, got lost and hailed a cab, I was there. I forgot about everything else and focused on the event.

After checking in with the press table, how special I felt, it was time to mosey around. I had no clue where to start and I felt extremely disorganized. I’d never attended an event and I wanted to present myself as professional and organized as possible. My hope is that it showed.

The VIP area was upstairs and I made my way to check out the selections. Before my eyes were desserts, burgers, barbecued items, chicken, alcohol, you name it. Wherever food you were in the mood for, it was present. But, you must remember a fact about me, I’m all about health & fitness and even still, at an event such as this, I wanted to try to keep my cals in check.


When I inquired about the amount of calories in one of my favorite desserts, the Peanut Butter & Blackberry Jam from Doughnut Plant, one of the women laughed at me and said, “Oh, honey, you can’t worry about calories at this event.” I mean, I totally wanted to be conscious of what I ate, but at the same time, I had to sample these delectable foods. Between you & I, some of the time, I bit half of it and then threw the rest away because that is the protocol at events like this, because there is food for days. I bet you’re thinking, “how dumb of you,” but, hey, I couldn’t enjoy it too much. I’m sort of trying to lose a couple of pounds.

Primarily, I was hooked to the back, where the desserts sat. I tried pastries, brownies, ice cream, butterscotch popcorn, Bubble tea and strawberry shortcake. Then, I made my rounds to the real food. I tried chicken burgers, a sandwich at Pickle Shack, Clarke’s famous cheeseburger, pork tacos and a vegan apple sage sausage sandwich. After that, I tried not to worry as much about calories. Oh well. I would just work out tomorrow harder.

I made my rounds. I couldn’t help but circle round and round. I told myself to stop, quit it, cut it out, but I couldn’t help myself.


I would say my favorite was definitely the Chocolate chip cookie bar with chocolate ganache and pretzels from Robicelli’s in Brooklyn, NYC. The chocolate and pretzels went together well and I fell in love! I can’t hide it.


My second was probably the OddFellows Ice Cream Company’s Cedar Creamiscle orange infused foam, graham cracker ice cream. It tasted so creamy and the graham cracker bits added to the taste.


And, my third was from Fayda Bakery in Chinatown served their Strawberry Shortcake, which was out of this world! It was served with a strawberry and whipped cream on the top. Yummy much?

I was filled to capacity and needed to leave before I made another round. All in all, I believe this event allowed foodies to get a taste of popular desserts and foods of all kind. I was happy to attend and try everything from vegan, vegetarian to the not so healthy foods.

Happy eating!

Have A Divine Valentine’s Day with This Giveaway

Note: This contest has ended.

Nothing screams out Valentine’s Day like chocolate. You’re in for a treat with what Divine Chocolate has to offer this Valentine’s Day. Last week I received an early Valentine’s Day treat including a variety of chocolate to bake with, to eat, and more!

 Divine Chocolate, the premium Fair Trade brand owned by cocoa farmers, has a delicious array of Valentine’s Day treats for lovers and lovers of chocolate. When I saw the Milk Chocolate hearts in my package I couldn’t wait and had to try them and they were surely worth it! They were so good that I had to start eating the dark chocolate hearts before I got sick last week! I plan on conquering the rest of the chocolate once I’m back to full health in time for Valentine’s Day next week. I’m also hoping to come up with some  Divine Chocolate recipes in time for the holiday.

So in honor of the holiday I will be doing another giveaway with Divine Chocolate including:

  • Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Hearts – Critically-acclaimed, smooth, rich, dark chocolate hearts wrapped in shiny red foil, glinting through heart-shaped cut-outs in a black and gold cathedral pack.
  • Divine Milk Chocolate Hearts – Milk chocolate hearts made with the finest cocoa, smooth cocoa butter and real vanilla. Wrapped in gold foil revealed in red and gold packs.
  • 70% Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries – Smooth, rich, 70% dark chocolate with the fruity tartness of real raspberries.
  • Divine White Chocolate with Strawberries – Smooth white chocolate made from the creamiest cocoa butter with crunchy pieces of real strawberry crisp.

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Here’s how to Enter:

  1. Like Divine Chocolate on Facebook
  2. Like Small Chick Big Deals on Facebook
  3. Comment below why you should win

Three winners will be picked randomly and announced this Sunday at noon!

Cheers to Chocolate! :D

PS: If you’re planning on being in New York for Valentine’s Day you’ll want to enjoy a special Divine-inspired menu, chocolate giveaways and more at Ivy Bakery (138 West Houston Street, between Sullivan and MacDougal, New York, NY 10012) on Valentine’s Day.

 Ivy Bakery has created a special Divine-inspired sampler menu for you to share with your sweetie or indulge on your own! The $10 sampler menu includes five delicious treats all made using Divine Chocolate products:
–Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pie
–Chocolate Butter Gooey
–Mini Chocolate Cupcake
–Chocolate Dipped Strawberry
–Chocolate Truffle
You can find out more details & RSVP, here.

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*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me their products. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

Divine Chocolate Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe & Giveaway!

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Note: This contest has ended.

A few weeks ago, I received a package from Divine Chocolate. It included bars to bake with, a variety of their dark and milk chocolate, and their signature hot chocolate. From the moment I tasted it, I knew this chocolate was truly divine and unlike any other. It’s because the chocolate is grown under the shade of the rainforest canopy in Ghana, the cocoa beans used by Divine Chocolate are hand-harvested, slow-fermented and carefully dried by the family farmers of Kuapa Kokoo who co-own the company.

My personal favorite, milk chocolate, toffee, & sea salt.

My personal favorite, milk chocolate, toffee, & sea salt.

My favorite out of the chocolate bars was the milk chocolate, toffee, and sea salt. I could eat like five of them. All of the bars are amazing and unique in flavor. I love a great warm, cocktail for the winter, so with the hot chocolate I came up with a spiked hot chocolate recipe.

SCBD Spiked Hot Cocoa Recipe

Serving: 1


  • 1 can of Divine Cocoa powder
  • milk of choice
  • Kahlua (for a shot or two)
  • sugar, as needed


  • Take 1 tablespoon of Divine Cocoa powder & apply some cold milk until it makes a paste.
  • Leave paste in mug. In the meantime heat up a cup of warm milk.
  • Mix warm milk and paste until its hot chocolate consistency, give it about a minute.
  • Add sugar as needed for taste
  • Add a shot or two of Kahlua
  • Mix & enjoy :D

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In honor of Divine Chocolate and my recipe I am holding a Divine Prize Pack Giveaway! Three lucky winners will win a Divine Prize Pack filled with some yummy, chocolate goodies.

How to Enter: ‘Like’ Divine Chocolate on Facebook, then comment saying that you liked it and why you you should be one of the winners of the prize pack. The winners will be chosen at random via random.org this Thursday at 10PM! Make sure you enter before its too late.

Good luck, I will be replying to all the winner’s comments Thursday night & announcing them on the Small Chick Big Deals Facebook Friday morning! :)

Happy Eating & Drinking! :)

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*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me their products. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBD Places to Celebrate Halloween in NJ & NYC!

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are tons of parties throughout New York & New Jersey starting this weekend. If I were you I’d grab your costume & an appetite for night of fun.

Here are some the hottest parties in Jersey:

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe (Englewood & Wyckoff locations) will be holding an Adult Halloween Costume Party on this Friday 10/26! It will be a night filled with live Bands, a costume contest and a Patron XO Dark Promo Party with fun giveaways.   First place winner of the costume contest will win a $200 BMMC gift card and $100 BMMC gift card for runner up.

Also, On Halloween, they have their annual family contest – all children who dine at the Blue Moon in costume are entered to win one of 3 prizes $100 to Toy Store, $50 to Toy Store or Dinner for 4 to BMMC.

Village Pourhouse in Hoboken will be holding a carnival on Halloween night. Drink specials include $4 Sailor Jerry Redrums, Sailor Jerry RIP Rum Punch, Devil’s Cut shots & cocktails,  and Vision Vodka Blood Bath Cocktails. $3 Coor Light drafts, & $6 pumpkin pie cocktails & pumpkin bombs! Cheers!

If you plan on celebrating in the city, here are some places to go:

Maxwell’s Bar in Tribeca is hosting their Halloween Party this Saturday, October 27th starting at 9PM. Cover is $10 at the door but proceeds go directly to the LGS foundation. They will have a Dj and drink specials throughout the evening– costumes are a must! Insiders note– they will also be serving a special Halloween menu on Halloween including a Blood Orange Margarita, The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary, or The Killer Transfusion for $10.

Maxwell’s Halloween decor!

Love bakeries as much as I do? Then you are in for a treat Halloween night at Ivy Bakery in SoHo! Make sure you attend the Halloween ”Truck or Treat” EventCelebrate some of Divine’s darkest flavors at the “Truck or Treat” Food Pop Up Event during New York City’s Halloween Parade on October 31st. Presented by Ivy Bakery and Farm2Me, in conjunction with NYC Food Truck Association and Cheap Eats, the fun kicks-off at Ivy Bakery138 West Houston St (between MacDougal and Sullivan) at 5pm.

From 5-8 pm, Divine Chocolate’s Trick or Treat station at Ivy Bakery will feature wicked samples of our 70% Dark, 70% Dark with Raspberries and our Limited Edition bars, including Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle and Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Cranberries. They have samples for Milk Chocolate lovers, too!

Now the question is where to celebrate– in Jersey or the city?

Decisions, decisions– maybe I’ll see you at one of the parties mentioned above!

Cheers! :D

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