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Who Loves BBQ? I Attended The Big Apple BBQ Block Party And Am Still Full


Holy smokes!! I can safely say this was one of the BEST events I’ve been to this year. I am a SUCKER for BBQ – particularly fried chicken and brisket. This weekend however, it was all about the pig. I sucked it up and chowed down until I was sick (well, almost).

The Rachael Ray Magazine was kind enough to extend an invitation to me for the Big Apple BBQ Block Party held at Madison Square Park. If I knew how much food I would be consuming, I would have wore spandex instead of something with a button. OUT OF CONTROL.

Just look at some of the dishes we had:




Yes PLEASE!!! Bill and I made sure to hit up the vendors from down south. NY was represented, but we could go to those restaurants any day of the week. Give me some Kentucky pulled pork baby!! LOL!!


(Excuse the over-excitement in my face. I was just REALLY HAPPY)


The event happens once a year and the streets were JAMMED with hungry visitors.


Once we tried practically ALL the vendors, we joined the rest of the group at Tabla for some scrumptious side dishes and desserts. THIS is how I ended my day. Like I said, best event ever!!!

SO MANY PICTURES! Click on the continue reading link to see them all.











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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


  1. DebbieinParadise : June 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    BBQ is soooooo good. We have alot here in Florida. Vera you’re so stinkin cute 🙂

  2. Vera, you look GREAT with a big smile. I am laughing at the pic of you and Bill…it’s cute, but I have NEVER seen Bill w/o a smile.
    I love BBQ chicken (white meat only) and the BBQ beef brisket. Yum

  3. Vera, your camera is phenominal(sp? lol)! I wanted to take a bite of the screen! Looks like a great day!

  4. Good to see Jim ‘n Nicks from Alabama there! I hope you got to try Big Bob Gibson’s from Decatur, AL and their delicious white BBQ sauce. Looks like a fun event!

  5. Thanks! It’s a canon rebel in case you were wondering.

    And i tried them ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL, but my favorite was ‘The Pit’ http://www.thepit-raleigh.com/
    OH BOY! it was good.

  6. Oh and Bill wasn’t smiling because he said he didn’t realize I took the picture! Then he said he didn’t care to retake it – so we left it as it.

    Believe me, he was like a kid in disneyworld

  7. I still want to be around in the next 20 years or so so I will pass this time and the next 20 times. When I am sure that it is my will to see my creator then I will see ya there!

  8. Melissa Chapman : June 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

    How cute are you and bill- I LOVE these pics-

  9. Sound fun and looks absolutely yum!!! The great day indead!

  10. Fashion Finds? Love your necklace!!

  11. TARGET!! My jewelry is always cheap. 🙂

  12. Your tan looks beautiful!!!! I hope they have a mystic tan in Omaha so I can try it too. You are so beautiful by the way and don’t apologize for smiling so hard. It’s incredible and you should do it more often! Love your blogs btw, been following you from the beginning!

  13. aw thanks for saying that 🙂

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  16. I’d do anything to get my hands on this amount of free food. Makes my mouth water…I think I am going out to get some b-b-que pork chopos.

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