20 THE QUEENS COURIER • JULY 18, 2013 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com LIC Flea will be on TV! HGTV is coming to LIC Flea this weekend. “Flea Market Flip,” which airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on HGTV, will be making its way to the LIC Flea and International Food Bazaar on Saturday, July 20 to film one of its upcoming episodes. “LIC Flea and Food is thrilled to have one of the most popular national television shows focused on flea markets coming to our market this weekend,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea president. “This will be a great visibility for Queens, Long Island City and our vendors at the market.” Each week, contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned. “We look forward to a great weekend,” said Schneps. “LIC Flea already has so much to offer in terms of a great weekend destination and this will make it even more exciting.” Also starting this weekend, LIC Flea will offer free bus service to the market from Astoria, on the corner of 30th Avenue and 31st Street, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on the corner of Nassau Avenue and Manhattan Avenue. You can register for a free spot on the bus shuttle at www.queenscourier.com. On Sunday, gift cards or “Flea Market Bucks” will be given away to lucky visitors to spend all day at the flea market. LIC Flea is located at 5-25 46th Avenue in LIC. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PAELLA VALENCIANA email@example.com Savor a taste of Spain at Paella Valenciana. Taking the recipes he learned while traveling abroad, chef Giorgio Bianchi sears chorizo, Spanish onion, artichokes, chicken, olives, peppers and yellow rice with a blend of spices to create that authentic taste. The red and white sangria made with grapes, sliced apples, pears, peaches, lemons and oranges have sold out every weekend at LIC Flea. “They’re so refreshing on a hot day,” said Bianchi. Inspired to bring restaurant-quality food to stands at food fairs, Bianchi is focused on bringing “hearty and healthy” food to markets and through his catering business. “I have a real passion for food,” he said. Speaking of the atmosphere at LIC Flea, Bianchi said, “I love it; it’s great. I love all the people there. There’s so much variety as far as the food goes. The people that work there are amazing. It’s been a great experience being there.” OCONOMI 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City myoconomi.com Kazuko Nagao & Hideki Kato are selling oconomiyaki, a Japanese vegetable pancake, at LIC Flea. Nagao was introduced to the Flea by her friend Metin Mangut, a partner of Foodcellar, a market in Long Island City. Though Nagao is part of a Japanese PR marketing company, she has participated as a food vendor before. Their featured dish at the LIC Flea is oconomiyaki, a pancake that is traditionally made with cabbage, scallions, ginger, eggs and flour. In Japanese, the first part of the word, “oconomi” means “whatever you like,” so customers are able to add virtually whatever vegetable they’d like to their pancake. The pancakes are served with a variety of different sauces, including white sauce, yogurt cilantro, chipotle mayo and spicy ketchup. In addition to the food selection, yuzunade, Japanese lemonade, will be available as well. Nagao has teamed up with some of the farmers who also participate in the Flea, and uses their vegetables in preparing her dishes. “We are excited to be able to introduce a healthy vegetable dish and be able to share Japanese food culture with an American audience,” Nagao said. “I like the little community of vendors; we are there every week so we’ve all become friends.” BEADTOPIA VINTAGE www.beadtopiavintage.etsy.com Flushing resident Dian Wroblewski has been selling vintage items for the past 30 years, and will be bringing her years of experience to the LIC Flea through her store, Beadtopia Vintage. Founded by Wroblewski five years ago, Beadtopia Vintage sells more than just beads. LIC Flea-goers will find an assortment of vintage rings, lockets, necklaces and dozens of other vintage items at Beadtopia Vintage every Saturday. Wroblewski is also particularly fond of her necklaces she makes out of rubber bands. She also sells vintage components so that customers can make their own items as well. “I love it when people come to my booth and find things they’ve been looking for for years,” she said. VINT & YORK EYEWEAR www.vintandyork.com 99 Franklin Street, Brooklyn Founded by Dmitriy Israel and Larisa Ginzburg in late March, Vint & York Eyewear sells quality eyeglasses for a fraction of their retail price. Its current stock is prescription lenses, and a line of sunglasses will be launching in late August/ early September. LIC Flea will be Israel and Ginzburg’s first-ever market, and they are greatly looking forward to sharing their glasses with Queens residents, especially their popular Hell K model. If you can’t wait for Saturdays and Sundays, interested customers can also try on Vint & York Eyewear at Old Hollywood in Brooklyn, or do a virtual try-on at their website, www.vintandyork.com. The website for Vint & York also features a frame trial, which allows customers to order up to five frames to be sent to their homes so they can try frames before they buy them.
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