Archive | April, 2011

Dumbo Goes Royal Wedding Crazy

29 Apr

And I don’t even want to talk about the giant viewing party underneath the Manhattan Bridge.

Where to Eat Right Now: Van Horn Sandwich Shop

28 Apr

Van Horn Sandwich Shop is new to the Cobble Hill neighborhood, just opening a few months ago. If you haven’t stopped in to grab a bite, I suggest you run over there right now if you haven’t had dinner yet (it’s open until 11pm). The menu offers unique, Southern-inspired sandwiches and sides like cornmeal battered catfish, North Carolina Style BBQ pulled pork, and my favorite– the Sweet PLT, or smoked sweet potato, lettuce and tomato. Make sure to try the Mac & Cheese, baked with parmesan, cheddar and breadcrumbs, and the hushpuppies too.

The eatery’s style is simple and comfortable, with light wood tables and exposed brick. The long wooden bar is inviting, serving up local brew like Kelso and Sixpoint. Visit Van Horn at 231 Court Street, and view the whole menu here. Try not to eat your hand while you read it.

Take a Sip at Colonie

28 Apr

You may remember my post about the recently opened Colonie on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights. Since its opening, it’s been reviewed by all kinds of local foodies and is now one of the top spots to grab a drink in the area. The cocktail list is worth talking about, with selections like the Blood Orange Margarita, the Pineapple Pisco Sour, and the Kom Collins (like a Tom Collins but with Kumquat!). The wine list is just as exciting, with local wine on tap like Channing Daughters of North Fork. Don’t worry beer drinkers, there’s a great selection for you too, like Brooklyn local Sixpoint. Bring a friend and order some cheese for the perfect post-work unwind.

Clean for Good

27 Apr

Born on the idea that we use too much plastic, Common Good is a home-grown soap company from Brooklyn. They believe in safe, green, hard-working household cleaners and soaps in bottles you can refill right at your grocery store! It’s easy– just grab your plastic or glass container and fill up in bulk at any of the eight Brooklyn locations. Common Good offers laundry, dish, hand, and all-purpose soaps that are free of dyes and chemicals. Plus, the minimalist designs are hard to resist. Check out the website to find a location near you.

The Newest Trend in Brooklyn Coffee

26 Apr

Sure, you know all about local coffee faves like Stumptown and Gorrilla– but have you tried The Brooklyn Roasting Company yet? Based in Dumbo, the roaster is committed to offering best quality Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified coffees and espressos. The selection of blends includes a Mocha Java Eden Blend, Fair Trade & Organic Sumatran, Organic Guatemalan, and Tamper Tantrum Espresso. You can learn more about each blend on the website, where they even include a bean rating, which indicates the degree of roast. Buy your bag at Stinky Bklyn on Smith Street in Cobble Hill.

This Summer: We All Deserve Good Beer

25 Apr

Add this to your summer itinerary– Good Beer, presented by Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan on July 26, 2011 from 6 to 9 PM. An edible homage to good beer and food, the soiree will feature over 20 craft beers paired with 20 of New York City’s best restaurants. For $40, you’ll be able to sip on a variety of delicious brews and munch on tastings from some of Becoming Brooklyn’s faves, like Mile End, The Meatball Shop, and The Good Fork. The third annual event will take place at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Buy your tickets here!

Wear Brooklyn Around Your Finger

23 Apr

You can always have a piece of Brooklyn with you when you wear this three-finger brass knuckles acrylic ring by Plastique. It’s just $17 on SupermarketHQ. Buy yours here.

Brooklyn Heights Crumbs Bakeshop Gets Festive

22 Apr

Peeps-flavored cupcakes!

Whistlin’ Brooklyn

21 Apr

Add this Vintage Brooklyn Whistle Necklace to your jewelry box. Hand engraved with a stamping kit by the designers at Brooklyn Charm, this must-have necklace is just $32 on Etsy. Get yours here.

Need a Recommendation? Try Bizzy.

19 Apr

We all love a good restaurant/bar/shop recommendation, and sometimes review sites like Yelp can be a bit overwhelming– who’s opinion can you really trust? Enter Bizzy, a brand new website and iPhone app that gives you personalized recos based on the spots you already love! It’s easy to use too. Just sign up and answer a few questions about your favorite places. Bizzy also learns more about your favorites by “checking out” on the app while you’re out and about. The better Bizzy knows you and other community members, the better your recommendations will become.

Then, next time you need a recommendation, you can type in a spot that you already like and Bizzy will generate other places you might like, or just pick a category– maybe Italian restaurants, and Bizzy will give you personalized options.

The best part about Bizzy? It’s all about community and helping each other discover the best restaurants, bars, shops and hangouts. Sign up now and make sure to try some of Becoming Brooklyn’s favorites!