Archive | March, 2011

Archway Cafe Gets New Signage

31 Mar

The usually discrete Archway Cafe in Dumbo got a new accessory– yellow and white stripey signage. If you haven’t been by the cafe, I definitely recommend the soy latte!

Sleep with this Bearded Man

30 Mar

I bet you’ve never seen a pillow shaped like a heavily bearded man before. Brooklyn designer Species by the Thousands created just that. They’re combining painting, drawing and design to create a variety of jewelry and printed wares made from sustainable materials such as vintage, reclaimed metals, organic and recycled fibers.

Get the bearded man in your bed for $80, and check out the rest of their handmade, sustainable goods.

Where to Eat Right Now: Bino

29 Mar

(picture via sbrunthiscity)

In honor of Dine in Brooklyn (Brooklyn’s version of Restaurant Week), I made my reservation at Bino, an Italian spot in Carroll Gardens. Sometimes taking part in a restaurant week, you’re taking a chance, as you often get something second-rate, or a lower quality version of the menu– not at Bino. The meal exceeded my restaurant week expectations– with an appetizer “Insalto di Farro,” or a salad of pea shoots, rice, black olives, and feta, followed by a crispy branzino (seabass) entree, and chocolate bread pudding with vanilla gelato for dessert, all for the $25 special.

Aside from the swoon-worthy dinner, Bino offers a rustic atmosphere, charming decor and a friendly staff. The Dine in Brooklyn deal only lasts through March 31st, so make sure to put your reservation in ASAP. Won’t make it in before then? Stop by for their $28 prix fixe menu 5-7pm daily, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the deal lasts all night.

A Sunday Brooklyn Flea Find

27 Mar

Breakfast is served.

26 Mar

Egg and Avocado toast at Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights (don't forget to order your Stumptown coffee on the side)

Brooklyn Must-Have: Aziza Jewelry

25 Mar

This Brooklyn native is celebrating the borough the right way– with cute sterling silver jewelry. Etsy seller Aziza Jewelry is offering up this Brooklyn necklace for $32. She will make Queens, Manhattan, or the Bronx for you too, but who wants one of those? Get yours here.

You New Favorite Snack: Brooklyn Nuts

23 Mar

As I browsed Foragers Market, set out to get a bag of Gorilla Coffee, I came across a display of cutely packaged nuts, topped off with a ribbon– Brooklyn Nuts. With four flavors to choose from, Original (pecans, almonds, & hazelnuts), Gwen’s Batch (walnuts, pecans, & almonds), Scott’s Batch (almonds only), and Larry’s Mix (cashew, peanuts, & almonds).

Where can you get a bag? There’s three New York locations, Foragers in Dumbo, Brooklyn Women’s Exchange in Brooklyn Heights, and The Brooklyneer in Manhattan. OR buy yours online– check out the website: http://brooklynnuts.com/.

My thoughts exactly.

23 Mar

Blanc and Rouge in Dumbo talks weather.

Fondue for Two

22 Mar

Everyone likes hot, melty, gooey cheese. Jakewalk in Carroll Gardens has perfected the art of melty cheese in their cheese fondue. Accompanied by crisp green apples, crusty bread, and salty-spicy salami, this little bowl of cheesy heaven is the perfect date dish to share with a bottle of wine. Looking for something sweeter? Jakewalk also offers chocolate fondue, with strawberries, apples, graham crackers, and marshmallows for dipping.

Check out the full food menu and wine list here, and stop by for your next fondue session at 282 Smith Street.

Fish Tales: The Ultimate Seafood Shop

20 Mar

Because I’m from New England, seafood is very important to me. And if I’m cooking up a seafood dish– whether it’s lobster rolls, sushi, shrimp stir fry, or baked haddock– I’m going to make sure I’m using the freshest ingredients possible. That means there’s only one place to shop, Fish Tales at 191 Court Street in Cobble Hill. You’ve probably heard of them before, maybe you saw them on Throwdown with Bobby Flay or raved about in Zagat, but you can’t comprehend the quality of the seafood until you’ve tried it.

The little shop serves up plenty of fish, lobsters, crab, and shrimp for cooking, but also prepared seafood dishes if you’re not a chef (or just hungry!). Make sure to pick up some of their New England Clam Chowder AND Manhattan Fish Chowder, but also pick from the other entrees on the menu, like Louisiana Shrimp Creole, Fish Tales Crab Cakes, and Maine Lobster Roll.