Archive | January, 2011

Your New Stumptown Spot

30 Jan

You’ve probably heard me rave about Stumptown Coffee before, as its my favorite NYC coffee brand and I can’t help it. When I want to buy my own to brew at home, I usually head to Iris Cafe or Choice Market to buy my bag, but I found a new Stumptown spot– Cafe Pedlar. An adorable artisanal coffee joint at 210 Court Street, Cafe Pedlar offers a wide selection of Stumptown bagged beans, with flavors like Hairbender and Holler Mountain (my choice).

Need a snack to go with your brew? The cafe serves up baked goods like apple tarts, chocolate chip cookies, and pretzel braids. The spot is owned by the owners of Frankies Sputino, Merlin Merchant, and Prime Meats, so you know it’s good. Visit Cafe Pedlar’s website here, and check them out on Facebook too.

Wash Up with Brooklyn Style Pizza!

28 Jan

No, that’s not a slice of Grimaldi’s– it’s soap! “Brooklyn Style Pizza Soap” by Ajsweetsoap, actually. With realistic details all the way down to the oregano flakes, this soap is 5 inches from tip to crust and weighs about 5 ounces. You can even ask for pepperoni, peppers or mushrooms if you prefer.

Ajsweetsoap is made by local soaper Denise, a stay at home mom who creates all kinds of soap creations– from Italian Jelly Cookies to Mac & Cheese. Check out her Etsy profile and other designs here.

…and then it got messy.

27 Jan

A look up Washington Street in DUMBO

It’s actually kind of pretty…

26 Jan

Cadman Park Plaza

Where to Eat Right Now: Rose Water Restaurant

25 Jan

My favorite thing about Rose Water Restaurant? The eatery is committed to using as much local, seasonal, organic ingredients as possible– and you can tell. An infamous Park Slope brunch spot, Rose Water’s current menu includes dishes like a frittata with sunchokes, cauliflower, parmesan, and acorn squash salad, honeycrisp apple pancakes, and my choice, the baked polenta with goat cheese. The brunch prix fixe is $14, and that includes and entree and a beverage; homemade spiced cider perhaps?

Along with your meal, make sure to start with the bread sampler for the table: a basket of fresh pear scones, challah, and pumpkin bread with apple jam.

Head to the Saturday or Sunday brunch from 10am to 3pm, but be prepared to wait, this place gets busy!

Map it.

25 Jan

I have a thing for maps. I also have a thing for Brooklyn. So you can imagine my excitement when I found this map from delaflamant on Etsy. This $40 print was printed by hand with red and black ink. The artist offers a variety of architectural-esque pieces, but this one is clearly (and obviously) my favorite.

The Perfect Sandwich

24 Jan

Egg Salad Sandwich eaten at Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights

Chocolate Beer Cupcakes: Brooklyn Style

22 Jan

For a dinner party last night, I decided to bring some dessert. Rather than going with the generic cupcake, I made Chocolate Beer Cupcakes– with a little Brooklyn flavor, of course. They were rich and delicious, without being overpowered by the beer. Here’s the recipe:


3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 cups dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

1 cup stout (I prefer Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout)

3/4 cup sour cream

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 cups flour


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the butter and beer in a large saucepan and heat on low to melt. Remove from heat, and whisk in cocoa, sugar, and espresso. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla, then whisk that into the beer mixture. Add the flour and baking soda. Pour into a cupcake pan and bake for 25 minutes.

I like a whipped cream cheese based frosting, as it balances out the chocolate. Here are the ingredients for the frosting:

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups whipping cream

In a small bowl, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and fold in whipped cream.

Have we gone too far with Brooklyn-themed Cigs?

21 Jan

You know I’m all about Brooklyn-themed anything. Clothes, food, home decor– I’m down. But Brooklyn cigarettes? I’m not so sure. Camel recently launched “Williamsburg” cigarettes; they aren’t any different from regular Camels, except for the packaging. The label is a bit insulting to Williamsburg-ians (and Brooklyn-ites in general), associating the neighborhood with “last calls, a sloppy kiss goodbye, and a solo saunter to a rock show in an abandoned building.” Who writes this stuff? I can’t imagine a Williamsburg “hipster” eyeing this packaging, and thinking, “Yeah, that’s what I’m all about! I’ll take a pack.”

Smokers, thoughts?

Consider a Collage

20 Jan

Add some local style to your apartment with a collage by Faune Yerby, available on Etsy. Made in Brooklyn, this artist’s shop is full of NYC-inspired pieces. My favorite is the Water Tower collage for $45, but the $20 Brooklyn Bridge piece is also fabulous!