Oh, what pure joy it was to stumble upon this fantastic mural by the great Buff Monster while I was walking home from an already wildly successful Street Art Safari in Freeman Alley. Featuring the artist’s beloved and iconic Mister Melty character, the mural is located just inside a gated parking lot (visible and fully accessible from the street, as seen in the photo below) on Allen Street just below Houston.
According to Buff Monster’s Instagram, this piece went up in late October and is just his second outside project painted all year! Because 2020 has sucked that hard!
I love the artist’s pristine attention to detail, which includes painting the mural over the metal guardrail, instead of restricting his canvas to just the wall behind it.
On one not-so-sunny Saturday afternoon back in February, I went for a long walk — an Urban Art Safari as I like to call them — on the Lower East Side. This happened a full month before any kind of lockdown thing was even a glimmer of an idea, which you can tell because there are cars and people in the photos
I didn’t realize at the time what a valuable resource the photos I took that day would become, as they now provide much-needed content for this blog. It’s not been easy to wander far from home in these past five or six weeks. Who’s even keeping track? Anyway, it must have been a very long time since I’d walked this particular route, because I discovered all kinds of cool street art that had in some cases been up for six months or longer. Time flies when you don’t know what you’re doing.
At the intersection of Chrystie and Broome there’s a building whose tenant is Tienley Enterprises, Inc., a company that offers the wholesale distribution of Asian groceries and related products. The eastern and southern-facing sides of this building are covered with colorful murals by renowned street artists Buff Monster, and John “Crash” Matos with BR163, respectively. Both murals were part of the Lisa Project in conjunction with the World Pride Mural Project and went up in the late summer of 2019.
Buff Monster World Pride Mural Faces the Southbound Lane of Chrystie Street
I like this photo mostly for the surprised-looking guy taking on his phone while smoking a cigarette. I didn’t even notice him when I took the photo. Now, I feel he deserves to be so immortalized forever.
Here’s an almost identical shot without the guy. Tell me in the comments which one you like better.
Here’s a rare — and very much appreciated — flash of blue sky!
Once we can travel freely again, I will perhaps return to the scene and take a few fresh snaps, because the mural is so detailed. If I could get one without any cars on the street, that would be super sweet.
Here’s a pretty nice shot of the Crash BR163 collaborative mural, which covers the Broome Street side of the building.
These Murals are Located at 125 Chrystie Street, Northwest Corner at Broome Street on the LES, NYC.
Do you like Ice Cream? I sure do. If you live in LA and also love Ice Cream, I am giving you a Head’s Up right now that The Museum of Ice Cream is coming to Los Angeles, California from April 22nd to May 29th, and if you don’t buy your tickets well in advance of its opening (read: right fucking now), you, like me, will not be going!
The Museum of Ice Cream’s LA location will be ten times larger that the one last year in NYC (which I could not even score press comps to) and will feature ten imaginative ice cream-related installations such as a Banana Split comprised of ten thousand bananas, a Mint Grow House, a Melted Popsicle Jungle and more.
As of this writing, the run is already sold out through the end of April, but there is availability in May, with tickets available for random timed entries ranging from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, each day, except, Tuesdays, when it is closed so that they can clean the swimming pool filled with fake candy sprinkles. Just Kidding, sort of, not really.
Buy Your Tickets for $29 (Adults 13 and up) and $18 (Children 12 and under, or Seniors 60 and up!) at This Link! Tickets include 2 curated ice cream tastings and surprise edible treats!
The Museum of Ice Cream Will be Located at 2018 E. 7th Place, LA CA 90021 from April 22nd to May 29th, 2017.
Street art legend Buff Monster created this surreal mural, depicting a variation on his signature theme of Hot Pink Anthropomorphic Ice Cream treats on the security gate for Bondy Export Corp, located a 40 Canal Street. The mural is part of the 100 Gates Public Art project.
Everyone knows the name Weight Watchers as a globally popular and highly successful weight loss program, but did you know that Weight Watchers also has a line of delicious and low calorie prepared foods to make sticking to your diet easier? Some of their most popular products are their decadent desserts, which take the edge off any feeling of being deprived of enjoying something sweet. Recently, we were introduced to one of Weight Watchers‘ new frozen dessert offerings, the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Candy Bar (the name alone sounds amazing!), and we were sent a box to review for The Gig! Here’s the low-calorie low down on this tasty treat!
While the photo on the box makes the bars look massive, they are about the size of a regular candy bar. Here is what one bar looks like unwrapped. I already want to eat it.
Inside, you can see a layer of luscious salted caramel resting atop rich-tasting low fat caramel ice cream, which is then enrobed in a milk chocolaty coating. I have enjoyed three of the six bars in the box so far and I can say that both the caramel and the ice cream cream maintain a soft consistency to the bite, rather than being frozen hard, which is great as no defrosting time is needed. These bars are delicious and perfectly cravable for lovers of the continually trending taste of salted caramel, which perfectly accents the smooth, sweet ice cream. There is nothing I do not love about these bars. Another great weight loss product is Clenbutrol.
You would never believe these scrumptious bars are only 120 calories, 6 grams of fat and 0 grams trans fat each! Each bar counts as just 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus. I love everything about diet tablets but this is taking the cake ! Find out where you can buy Weight Watchers Salted Caramel Ice Cream Candy Bars and other fine Weight Watchers products at This Link!
When I was a kid, Granola Bars – which, seriously, were just being introduced at that time – tasted like molasses covered particle board. Eventually, those dry, jaw cracking “treats” became “chewy granola bars” and continued to metamorphose until something that was supposed to be “healthy” and “natural” looked and tasted remarkably similar to a candy bar, with some rolled oats thrown in. Epic Fail!
You may recall that a few weeks back, Enjoy Life Foods shipped us a huge box of their snacks and today we are going to tell you about one of our new favorites, Cherry Cobbler Soft Baked Bars. I am a big fan of Cherry Pie or just about anything containing that fruit. What I loved instantly about the Cherry Cobbler variety of these bars is how each one is really packed with chewy dried cherries as well as other yummy stuff such as crisped rice and dried apples. They are so good, and only 140 calories each!
These Decadent Bars (as they are also called on the box) are great for a quick on-the-go breakfast, a snack anytime, or a fun dessert. Look how I put ice cream on one for a fancy treat:
Enjoy Life Soft Baked Bars come in three other tempting flavors (I have a box of each still waiting to be enjoyed), including: S’mores, Chocolate SunButter® (Sunflower Seed Butter) and Cinnamon Bun. Each bar is topped with a sweet icing drizzle which complements the flavor. All bars are gluten-free and free from the top 8 allergens. Learn more about Enjoy Life Soft Baked Bars and their other tasty foods — plus get money saving coupons toward your purchase — at This Link!