Archive | June, 2011

Your Go-To Date Spot: D.O.C. Wine Bar

30 Jun

If you’re anything like me and think cheese plates, paninis, and red wine make the world go round, you’re going to love D.O.C. Wine Bar in Williamsburg. The rustic Italian eatery exudes charm with its tiny candlelit tables, each with its own fresh flowers. It may be a wine bar, but it’s not snooty. It’s comfortable and low-key, and the staff is friendly (and don’t mind if you haven’t mastered the Italian words on the menu).

Don’t leave without getting a panini; I tried the Dorgali, with eggplant, tomatoes, and basil. The prices are reasonable too– $7-8.50 for a panini, $6-$9 for crostini, and some bottles in the $30-$40 range. Take a date, bring some friends, and visit their website here.

Celebrate Good Beer Month at Kegs & Kluckers

30 Jun

July is New York’s official third annual “Good Beer Month,” and you can celebrate in Brooklyn July 6th 6-9pm at “Kegs and Kluckers” at the Brooklyn Brewery. Have a love for beer and chickens? This event’s for you; it includes home-brewed beers, local eats, Egg Olympic Games and even appearances by NYC chickens. Just Food and NYC Homebrewers Guild present Kegs & Kluckers for urban chicken keepers, aspiring urban chicken keepers, home brewers, chickens, and the people who love them.

It’s only $15– or if you are a home beer brewer it’s free– just bring a couple growlers of your brew. All proceeds will benefit Just Food’s City Chicken Project. Sign up here! Kegs & Kluckers is just the start of the fun– check out the full list of event on the Good Beer Seal’s website. 


Savor this Sundae

29 Jun

It’s Ice Cream Sundae Season (okay, maybe it’s always Ice Cream Sundae Season), and I’ve found the ultimate indulgence to cool you down in the sweltering city heat. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain is serving up the largest, most decadent sundaes in the neighb. This photo is of the classic sundae, but they are also offering “The Sundae of Broken Dreams,” topped with broken pretzels, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. Not up for the monstrous mound of ice cream? Go for a milkshake, egg cream, or just a plain scoop of one of their delicious flavors.

The old-school soda fountain not only serves a variety of sweet treats, but they also sell some of my fave local Brooklyn goods, like McClure’s Bloody Mary mix and Early Bird Granola. Brooklyn Farmacy is located at 513 Henry Street. Check out their blog before you visit!

Your New Brooklyn Tote

28 Jun

Every Brooklynite needs a canvas tote bag for those weekly Farmers Market and Flea Market trips. Make sure you have the cutest one in your brownstone with this Coney Island Tote by vipermxns on Etsy. This tote goes for $40, and is perfect for summer. Check it out here.

Farmers Market Find of the Weekend! 6.26.11

26 Jun

Vineapple Brings Caffeinated Life to the Heights

25 Jun

Brooklyn Heights is beautiful, but it isn’t known for its new and exciting cafe scene– but there is hope! Just a couple weeks ago, Vineapple opened up on Pineapple Street near Henry Street. It feels like a living room, a very nice living room with comfy couches, exposed brick, and a bar. The cafe/wine bar is serving up (my favorite) Stumptown Coffee, fresh baked goods from Pickle Petunia Bakery, wine, and beer.

Vineapple is the perfect spot to bring your laptop (free wi-fi!), grab a coffee and a muffin, and kick back in a comfortable chair. Like Vineapple on Facebook and print out the coupon for a buy one, get one free beer.

Play a Technicolor Piano Under the Bridge

23 Jun

Another Sing For Hope piano is set up under the Manhattan Bridge. This one matches another item spotted in Brooklyn– this bike.

Encased in Brooklyn

22 Jun

Are you an avid e-reader? Check out this case for the Nook/Kindle/Sony Reader. It’s sylish, padded for protection, and features Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The handmade case by PlaidCupcakeDesigns is just $22 on Etsy.

Where to Eat Right Now: Smith Canteen

21 Jun

I’ve found it. My new favorite coffee shop– Smith Canteen. Kerry Diamond and Rob Newton, the owners of Seersucker (one of the best Southern-style eateries in the city), opened the cafe just a couple weeks ago. Smith Canteen is serving up perfectly baked pastries, muffins, and other baked treats, as well as a selection of sandwiches, soups, and of course– Counter Culture Coffee. I highly recommend the strawberry muffins and red velvet macarons, but the almond croissants and homemade poptarts can’t be missed!

The decor of the space is almost (I said almost) as good as the muffins– with a simple and comfortable style. In fact, the cafe used to be a pharmacy, so Kerry and Rob chose to keep some of the original details like the shelving, tin ceiling, and tile floors. Smith Canteen is located at 343 Smith Street, just down the block from Seersucker. Make sure to stop in for your next caffeine fix.

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Farmers Market Find of the Weekend! 6.20.11

20 Jun