pencil it in: a long weekend back

January 18-19: A World Away in Brooklyn

Head over to Brooklyn for the annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, a celebration of all things Balkan and Middle Eastern. Sample unique regional treats, music and dance at this weekend long fair that will transport you away to another time and place. For full festival information to and purchase tickets visit the official site at www.goldenfest.orgGrand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, Fri 7:30PM- 12:30AM & Sat 6PM- 2AM, $25-55

January 18-24: Railyard Squash

Nope it’s not a new Apple Store but rather, a pop-up squash court set-up to host the 16th Annual Squash Championship inside New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal. The tournament is free for all to watch through the court’s front wall, with premium seating inside the glass cube available for purchase. For tickets to the fast moving spectacle, click here. Grand Central Terminal, 42nd Street and Park Ave

January 20: And They’re Back!

The Rangers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins, finally taking to this ice this Sunday at Madison Square Garden after a long lasting lockout with the NHL. For tickets to this game and others this season visit www.ticketmaster.com. Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, 7 PM

January 20: Mutz Baby, Mutz

This weekend, the community of Hoboken, New Jersey will be showing off their Italian roots. The first annual Mutz Fest will take place this Sunday, showcasing all things mozzarella in the city claimed to be the bastian of the curd. A cheese-off as well as tastings, demos and more will all be part of the cheese fueled festivities. Elk’s Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2-6PM, $10

January 21: Personal Inauguration 

While President Obama will be eating his inauguration feast in Washington D.C., 606 R&D will be hosting their very own here in Brooklyn. With lobster, bison and apple pie on the menu, this all-American extravaganza will surely feel Presidential. Make sure to guarantee your spot by calling ahead for reservations. 606 R&D, 606 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, 718 230 0125, $75 prix fixe ($100 with pairings)

January 22: A Global Affair

This Tuesday, the truly awesome endeavor, Global Kitchen will host a launch party and fundraiser to get business off the ground. The project empowers immigrant entrepreneurs to showcase their cuisine to a wide audience, gastronomically and socially benefitting all those involved. At the opening  fete, instructors from Guyana, Ethiopia and Senegal among others will whip up and share their culinary heritage with plenty of beer, wine and cider to wash it all down. For more information and tickets click here. Projective Space, 72 Allen Street, 3rd Floor, 7 PM, $45

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