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Scenes From “Sweet Suite” 2018 @ Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers: Part 1

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Hello my friends and welcome back to another exciting adventure here on “The Chronicles”. The summer was here in full sway and while its getting hot, the special events and happenings are even hotter. One such event that we have recently enjoyed is the “Sweet Suite” that is curated by our friends over at The Toy Insider.  Longer tenured site readers know about them already but the newbies might need a tad bit of education about them.

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The Toy Insider is a collective of industry experts that examine and share the findings about the hottest toys and games that are hitting the shelves and the “Sweet Suite” event is where they bring in the companies behind these items and put them face to face with those YouTube personalities, Social Media Influencers and members of the media (that’s us).  The event was once again held at Pier 60 down in the Chelsea Piers area and when you walked in there was this awesome Statue of Liberty greeting you.  This was made with a 3D printer to my knowledge.

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This ballroom maze was also at the entrance for those who chose to brave it.  I did but sadly there is no video of me doing it although I did shoot a clip of the whole thing from the pathway you see to the right in this image.  It was really cool.

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Appetizing Explorations @ Summer Fancy Food Show 2018 (Part 2)

Yes my friends we are back with another installment from the exploration of the Specialty Food Association’s “Summer Fancy Food Show”. I’m back to share all the delicious findings with you.   Let’s start with my friends from the NYC Hot Sauce Expo who had a booth for their respective sauces.  If you’ve never attended this expo and love the spicy side of life you should click HERE to see what you are missing.

specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018The charming ladies of Hella Cocktails.  I love their stuff and met them at a recent Foodie event at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

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specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018Something interesting for the little ones.  It brings the blind box idea to a soft drink.  Take a look.

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specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018I love a good sour pickle.   The Backyard Brine folks had some tasty stuff.

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specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018A New Yorkers favorite is definately a hot dog.

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specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018Chanced upon the One Potato Snacks people and their provisions were superb.  One of my weaknesses is salted chips and all of their stuff was tasty.

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specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018Chips from the Emerald Isle.

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specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018The folks at Funny Farm Foods were serving up a big bowl of Mac n Cheese and by the time I saw them I was famished.  Yes one can get hungry at a food expo.  Remember you need to be wise with the sampling to avoid getting yourself sick.  These folks stuff hit the spot proper.

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specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018Had to get a media moment with my buddies John and Steve back at their booth.

specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018All of this wandering and sampling made me realize that I could use a vacation.

specialty food association, summer fancy food show, summer fancy food show 2018Hold my calls.  Actually, I will not even be taking them.

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So that’s going to bring me to the end of the exploring from my first day at the convention. I’m going to stop now but don’t worry I will be back with another chapter tomorrow. Remember that “The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken” is very active on the social networks and will be sharing a number of visuals and thoughts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so be sure to follow us. Before you go, we also ask that you click through on the links provided below to learn more about the people we’ve visited in this chapter. I made sure to feature a lot of them for you and really cannot stress their awesome any harder.

Official Websites:
Summer Fancy Food Show: https://www.specialtyfood.com/
Backyard Brine: https://www.backyardbrine.com/
Bjorn Qorn: https://bjornqorn.com/
Cheribundi: https://cheribundi.com/
Drink and Play: https://us.surprisedrinks.com/
Funny Farm Foods: http://funnyfarmfoods.com/
Green Bag America: https://greenbagamerica.com/
Heartbreaking Dawns: http://heartbreakingdawns.com/
Hella Cocktails: https://hellacocktail.co/
High River Sauces: http://www.highriversauces.com
Keogh’s Crisps: https://www.keoghs.ie/
Morris Kitchen: http://www.morriskitchen.com/
One Potato Snacks: http://www.onepotatosnacks.com/

Appetizing Explorations @ Summer Fancy Food Show 2018 (Part 1)

I was really excited to be attending the Specialty Food Association’s “Summer Fancy Food” show once again because last year was just such a great time for me. It’s events such as this one that make me glad that I started “The Chronicles” Lifestyle Blog. I’ll be talking here and there during this photographic wandering and offering my opinions on certain things as I deem necessary.

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I’m going to need to pop into the Press Office and get my badge to explore the floor and this year my plan is to be a little more organized than I managed to do the last time around. To say that this show is massive would be an understatement.

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As you can see by the badge, sometimes based on the space in the registration form, I need to use the simpler “Piercing Ken Blog” title. Who knows, maybe I need to modify the title altogether at some point.

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“Fell In Love With A Girl” (Single) by Lena Hall

Artist: Lena Hall
Title: “Fell In Love With A Girl” (Single)
Label: Ghostlight Records
Release Date: 6/29/2018
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4/5

Since the next musical “chapter” in her “Obsessed” series is due any day now, it wasn’t a surprise to find singer Lena Hall serving up a single from the release. The song is “Fell In Love With A Girl” and is a part of the “Obsessed: Jack White” EP. Speaking frankly, I never really followed Jack or his band The White Stripes despite knowing that he’s a talented musician. That said I am here to speak about Lena’s take on this signature track. As we’ve noted before, Lena has been stripping these down to basics and its been working so far so I expected “Fell In Love With A Girl” to sound pretty solid and it does.
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Exploring The Reading @ The 2018 Book Con

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Hello there readers it’s nice to see you returning for another convention exploration. I have to say that it’s been a whole lot of busy here at the Media Command HQ with the Book Expo that we attended almost two weeks ago and was documented HERE in case you missed it. Then I headed over to my grandmothers old neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn to attend the Five Points Festival for PiercingMetal.com and you can see that by clicking its name. I was back that day after, the Sunday for the Book Con but had to hold off on the narrative based on my wrangling one of the “final” shows by the legendary Thrash Metal titans Slayer. That report will hit PiercingMetal as well of course and now its time to share the coolness and the faces we met at the 2018 Book Con.

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