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OBAMA DECLARES JUNE GAY PRIDE MONTH…

Posted in Gay & Lesbian, Political with tags , , , on June 1, 2010 by thefrogge

President Obama has officially declared June “Gay Pride Month.”

The Frogge would like to take this moment to personally let President Obama know that WE DON’T NEED A GAY MONTH! WE NEED EQUAL RIGHTS NOW!

Until Gay Marriage is legalized in all of the states, as far as The Frogge is concerned President Obama can have the month of June back, because having a “Gay Pride Month” doesn’t mean anything.

Let’s not pretend to be progressive… Let’s actually really be progressive.

Marc Jacobs said it best on one of his t-shirts, “Dear Mr. President… You promised… I voted… Now please deliver!”

T-shirt by Marc Jabos. Pick one of these bad boys up at 403 Bleeker Street.

Love your friend who won’t be fooled,

The Frogge ❤

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“Yo, Lemme Get a Tranny with a Side of Pierogi.”

Posted in DJ's, Gay & Lesbian, Music, Nightlife, Parties with tags , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by thefrogge

Good day! Frogge here… I hope that everyone is feeling lovely even though the weather has been so yucky! I have some news for all of you little froggers & froggettes! The Frogge was asked to contribute to ScallywagAndVagabond.com… The Scallywag’s over at Scallywag and Vagabond describe themselves as, “A dissection of pop culture, a platform for the avant-garde, an offering from the arbiters of taste and probing interviews. Imagine; a fusion of editorials from the New Yorker meets the savagery of Gawker with the allure of Vanity Fair.”

I wrote about a provocative party called GERMS, which takes place every Friday night at Club Europa (98 Meserole Avenue. Greenpoint, BK.)

Gorgeous GERMy Girlies Complete w/ Green Jello Shots!

The post starts off like this: Saturday morning. 2.30 am.

As I stepped out onto the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a man (? )approached me, “I knowww you,” s/he howled. Under his strange hat, Lady Gaga style sunglasses, white face makeup, ruby lipstick, and clothes that looked like s/he time traveled here straight from 1994 I could make the tell tale signs of an oscillating mouth.

“It’s One-Half! One-Half-Nelson, sweetie!”

I look at him a little longer, observe the dangling yellow green glow sticks and the barrage of glamorous kids suddenly flowing up the barges of Club Europa and suddenly realize that  I have come to the place that I had been hearing so much about lately- Germs, a weekly party that was ‘going off’ on this side of the universe…

To read the rest of this ravishing post of this post, click HERE! You will be redirected to Scallywag and Vagabond for the rest of the  juicy details. Rock on!

Resident Photographer Elle Rex & Friend Showing the L<3VE @ GERMS!

Love your (sniffly & under the weather) friend,

The Frogge ❤

Not Your Grade School Cafeteria.

Posted in Food, Gay & Lesbian, Nightlife, Restaurants with tags , , on August 12, 2009 by thefrogge

Last night I did not have a drink at Cafeteria… I had the entire drink menu. Yes… the entire drink menu. I know that sounds pretty insane, and believe me, it was. So why would I do such a thing, you may ask? The answer to that is simple: It was research. For you. So be appreciative because I have a lot of information for you… here we go…

FACT: Today is August 12th… What does that mean? Only six weeks left until autumn starts.

FACT: Cafeteria (17th street & 7th ave) has a fabulous summer drink menu AND an amazing outdoor cafe.

FACT: Everybody loves Cafeteria… and I mean EVERYBODY. (Unless you are 1. Homophobic, and therefore are silly 2. Trying to lose weight, and therefore are resentful of their Mac and Cheese or 3. Have bad taste or faulty taste-buds, and therefore The Frogge can’t help you.)

YOU ARE. YOU EAT.

YOU ARE. YOU EAT.

The Frogge loves Cafeteria for a few reasons. It is open 24 hours and is fun day or night, the food is YUMMY, they play great, eclectic music, the servers are hot, and it is affordable. How can you go wrong? You can’t… Also… the tables are so close together that you can easily eavesdrop on your neighbors conversation, which is always fun… especially when they are talking about dirty things. [Insert mischievous smile here.] Plus, there are frequent celebrity sightings there… To be completely honest, The Frogge does not really care about this… The Frogge is not a Celebrity Whore, but incase you are a Celebrity Whore… here is an abridged list of celebs that The Frogge has seen at Cafe… Susan Sarandon (classy,) Adrian Grenier (discreet,) David Blaine (accompanied by two models who literally did not touch their food,) Kelis & Nas (very smily with some cute kids,) Lindsay I’m a Dumb Bitch Lohan (who did coke under the table,) Paris Hilton (The Frogge likes tall ladies,) Mariah Carey (causing quite a stir among the gays,) Jessica Zhor (really is that pretty in real life,) Adrian Brody (low key and casual,) Leighton Meester (practically in her PJ’s and very sweet,) Blake Lively (cold)… and one of The Frogge’s favorite actors… Wallace Shawn… Oh, I love him… He played Mr. Hall in Clueless… I heard he is on Gossip Girl now? The Frogge wouldn’t know… as she does not XOXO Gossip Girl… I tried to get into it, I couldn’t… Blake Lively does not do it for me… I find her work untruthful and one-note. However, I do have to say that I like the girls who play Nelly Yuki and Penelope. And yes, Chuck Bass and Blair are hot… but other than that, it’s Grade A Bologna.

The cafe at Cafeteria

The cafe at Cafeteria

So, as I said, last night I was at Cafeteria and my dear friends Clark Gale (manager) and Jennifer Castillo (head mixologist) bravely took me on a guided tour through their summer cocktail menu… Here are some of my favorites…

FARMER’S MARKET SANGRIA (The Ellen Degeneres) I have named the Farmer’s Market Sangria after Ellen because it is bold and progressive… and it is a great thing to enjoy in the afternoon… just like Ellen’s show. It is made with white wine that is from a local winery and it is organic (Yay!) The apples, white peaches, and raspberries that are in this refreshing, crisp and surprisingly strong sangria are also grown locally and are organic as well (double Yay!) We (The Frogge, Clark, and Jenny) decided that it would pair nicely with the Fig Salad or the Crispy Cornmeal Calamari.

Next, I tried the INFERNO BLOODY MARY and let me just say that it blows all other Bloody Mary’s away. I have named this cocktail after Eva Mendes because it is hot and spicy! Jenny made it for The Frogge table-side, and creating this drink is quite the impressive procedure. First Jenny put a fresh, whole jalapeño in the glass… then she ‘misted’ the inside of the glass with bourbon. She lit a match, which set the bourbon on fire… and this cooked the jalapeño in the glass… forcing it’s juices to extract. (This procedure is called to ‘flambé the jalapeño.’) After the jalapeño is flambéed, Jenny poured ice in the glass to cool it down… she then adds the vodka and the freshly home-made tomato juice mixture. And ta-daah! You have the most amazing Bloody Mary ever. Of course this is simply perfect to have at brunch (with the Farmer’s Frittata or the Monterey Eggs, to be specific.) But we also thought that it would pair nicely with the Prince Edward Island Mussels.

I am not quite sure how I went from the Bloody Mary to the LYCHEE AND LAVENDER MARTINI… but it happened… and it was delicious. Normally The Frogge doesn’t even like lychee… but the lavender flavor did something nice to it. I am naming this drink after Jennifer Aniston because it is classy, sweet, very feminine, and I think most Americans would enjoy it, the way most Americans enjoy Jennifer Aniston. This cocktail is a triple threat because it has it all. 1. A delicious lemony taste. 2. A fabulous lavender aroma. And 3. A tasty lychee texture. To top it all off, the lychee and lavender martini is made with an organic vodka called Rain. It also has the most beautiful garnish. They take a large basil leaf and put ‘lychee caviar’ on it. It is really very beautiful. We decided that this cocktail would pair nicely with Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata… Mmm… The Frogge is getting hungry writing this article.

After tasting all these different flavors, I wanted to try something a little more subdued, so I went for the ALOE CITRUS MARTINI. This drink seemed a little more masculine to me, so I named it after Ryan Gosling. He is plain and simple, but at the same time, he has a great appeal, and that is exactly how I felt about the Aloe Citrus Martini. It is made with fresh aloe juice, fresh lemon juice, Bulldog Gin, and garnished with a lemon twist. We thought this drink would be the perfect compliment to the Seared Yellowfin Tuna appetizer or the Grilled Mahi Mahi entree.

Since the Aloe Citrus Martini was made with gin, it seemed natural to try another gin cocktail next, so I choose the CUCUMBER MARTINI. The Cucumber Martini is made with my favorite gin, Hendrick’s gin, a fresh cucumber puree, triple sec, and a splash of lime. It is served up and is as cool as a cucumber… which is why I am naming it after George Clooney. To contrast with the cool, we thought it would be great to pair it with something spicy like the Spicy Roasted Chicken, or something very flavorful like the Crab Crusted Halibut.

After being low-key and cool with the Aloe Citrus Martini and the Cucumber Martini… I wanted to go back to big flavor, so I tried the BLACKBERRY CARDAMON MARGARITA. This drink is definitely not for everyone because it is so different, but thats what I loved about it. I have never had a cocktail that had the spice cardamon in it… which is why I am naming this cocktail after Freido Pinto… the cute chick from Slumdog Millionaire. Something about this spice reminded me of India… and then I thought of Slumdog. There is something about this cocktail that is very warm and passionate. We thought it would go lovely with the Almond Stuffed Dates, the Crispy Baked Polenta, or the Smoked Double Cut Pork Chop… After all, most people in India do not eat beef… so we felt it was only natural to suggest pork.

Almond Stuffed Dates

Almond Stuffed Dates

Last but not least… The Frogge’s personal favorite, the PASSION FRUIT CAIPIRINHA. Cafeteria is well known for their Passion Fruit Cosmo… which is sooo delicious. It is their staple cocktail and will probably stay on their menu forever (I would probably have to name the P.F. Cosmo the Carrie Bradshaw.) No one is dissing the P.F. Cosmo, but the P.F. Caipirinha is kind of like the new, fresh, updated version. It is made with Leblon Cachaca, fresh muddled passion fruit and garnished with an edible flower (that tastes really good!) It is the ultimate girly drink, which is why I am calling it the Katy Perry… because she is a girl and… she kissed a girl and… she liked it. (Incase you forgot.) When you drink the P.F. Caipirinha, you need to go all out so get the Mac And Cheese… or get really nuts and get the Mac Attack (which is a tasting of the three varieties of Mac And Cheese that Cafeteria offers.)

Mac Attack! (Pretty please make a vegan version!)

Mac Attack! (Pretty please make a vegan version!)

There are many other cocktails on Cafeteria’s cocktail list, however those were my favorite because I felt that they were the most innovative, interesting, and yummy. By the way, if you do not drink alcohol, do not feel left out by any means! Cafeteria offers a list of Mocktails as well! The Blackberry Lemonade is so delic, that I want to bathe in a tub of it… not to be dramatic or anything. The bottom line is, they have a drink for everyone… and a dish for everyone too. The restaurant has been open since 1998, but if you haven’t managed to make it over there yet, now is the time to go. Their outdoor area is so nice and very dog friendly! They will even give you doggie treats and a bowl of water for your pups. So, if you head over to Cafeteria, tell Clark, Jenny, and the whole gang that The Frogge says Ribbit!

Love your friend,

The Frogge ❤

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PPS- My good friend Doug Rand will be DJing at Above Allen tonight at 10 p.m. If you are on the LES go check him out… The gem of a host Tim Sharp will be there as well.

Fanny Pack’s are Back… and Better Than Ever!

Posted in Gay & Lesbian, Interviews, Music, Nightlife, Parties on July 29, 2009 by thefrogge

This may be a very bold statement to make but… I think that a city is only as cool as it’s gay community. Great cities have tend to have great gay communities. Let’s look at the state of California as an example; San Francisco is pretty awesome and LA kind of sucks. Now, ask yourself this… which city has a better gay community? Obviously, the answer to that question is San Francisco. Miami is also another good example of a great city with a great gay community. But the best gay community is in the best city, New York City. 

I feel that whether you are part of the gay community or not, its always nice to know that it is there. That said, last night I went to check out Fanny Pack, a semi-new monthly party for lesbians that takes place at Local 269 on the LES. I sat down with Evie… one of the creators of Fanny Pack, and this is what she had to say… 

Fanny Pack: A Lesbian Party!

Fanny Pack: A Lesbian Party!

The Frogge: Hi… I am here with Evie at Local 269 on Houston and Suffolk. So… tell me about Fanny Pack… was this party always called Fanny Pack?

Evie: No, my initial conception for the party was that is would be called Fur Trade, but that was vetoed because my friends said it that sounded too vulgar… but I disagree!

TF: I think that would have been funny!

E: The owner of Local 269 is Irish and she told us that in Ireland ‘Fanny Pack’ is actually slang for pussy… so I guess we were on point with that one.

TF: Interesting, I never heard that term before… Is this the first lesbian party that you have ever thrown?

E: I used to date this douche bag DJ in Baltimore… and I watched him throw this party, and I thought to myself, “Well if he can throw this party, we can!”

TF: So, you used to date men before you started dating women?

E: Hmm… its kind of been all over the place…

TF: What made you choose Local 269 as the place to throw Fanny Pack?

E: Before this bar become Local 269… this bar was called Meow Mix… did you ever come here when it was Meow Mix?

TF: No… can’t say I have…

E: It used to be this really tough girl, lezzy bar in the early 2000’s… and they were really hardcore, they wouldn’t even let men into the bar…

TF: That’s not nice!

E: We are definitely more inclusive… as you can see, there are men inside… but this bar has had that history for us, so that’s really nice. Also, it’s a great location. The owners just got this place in February or March and they were open to try new things…

TF: So, let me get this straight… Meow Mix used to be in this spot and it was a total lezzy bar, but it went out of business and Local 269 took it over. Local 269 is not a lezzy bar, but you host a lezzy party here?

E: Right…

TF: So who started this party?

E: Myself and two of my friends, Emily and Carol… we are all native Brooklyn girls.

TF: What kind of women do you attract to this party?

E: No Polo shirts allowed!

TF: Really… why?

E: That was a joke, wait, no its not! I really wanted to put that on the flyer, but that would be too exclusive.

TF: There was a man running the door with you, tell me about that…

E: Its because we are not anti-men! Even though this is a lesbian party I have guy friends both gay and straight that want to help out.

TF: I think that’s great… there is no reason why we all can’t coexist at the same bar, no matter what your sexual orientation is…

E: Right… we are inclusive…

TF: What’s the deal with the music at Fanny Pack? What vibe do you girls go for?

E: It’s definitely upbeat… we like to keep a certain energy level…

TF: Let me ask you a question, and I am not trying to sound obnoxious, but what’s the deal with the cover charge? I just feel like every lesbian party I have ever been to has had a cover and it’s not fair to the lesbian community!

E: Believe me, no one is getting rich off of this endeavor. The cover charge is so we can keep the party going. We don’t make a profit. All the money we make goes right back into the party to cover the cost of promoting the party… the cost of making the flyers…

TF: I only ask because if you walk into most bars… there is no cover… so I am just trying to get to the bottom of this…

E: Our cover charge is only three dollars… where as if you went to Snapshot [another Tuesday night lezzy party at The Delancey] their cover is ten dollars!

TF: That’s insane… Normally, I think covers are tacky. It takes the fun out of walking through the door. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem spending money, but I’d rather spend it at the bar… A ten dollar cover is the equivalent of one drink… or three PBR’s! But I do understand that this party, because it is a specific type of party, it needs additional promotion, so if you have a three dollar cover to cover the cost of your promotional efforts… that’s cool, I get it. That’s why I asked…

E: I think that the ten dollar cover at Snapshot is ridiculous… that’s why we did a three dollar cover… its reasonable, it doesn’t hurt your wallet and we worked with the bar to give us drink specials!

TF: Oh, what are they?

E: Four dollar well drinks and for seven dollars you can get a shot and a beer…

TF: Is this party every Tuesday?

E: No, it’s just the last Tuesday of every month!

TF: Just once a month?

E: We want to make it twice a month…

TF: Well keep me posted!

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So… Fanny Pack… a chill, lesbian party on the last Tuesday of every month at Local 269… go check it out because a city is only as cool as its gay community.

Love your friend,

                               The Frogge ❤