Archive | August, 2011

Let’s party at the Dekalb Market.

30 Aug

The Dekalb Market, Brooklyn Bodega, and Freedom are teaming up to host a party complete with dance music, food, beer, wine and sangria. Stop by the market between 5pm and 9pm on September 3rd to check it out. and to read more about The Dekalb Market, read my review here. 

Brooklyn Hurricane Aftermath

28 Aug

Irene swept through the city over the past 24 hours. I braved the conditions to survey the damage and report back to my readers. Check out the havoc Brooklyn Heights is currently experiencing.

Ravaged tree limbs

Coastal flooding

Battling high speed winds

Brooklyn Heights Preparing for Irene.

27 Aug

Brooklyn supermarkets and convenience stores are jam-packed this morning with residents frantically stocking up on canned goods and water bottles. I braved the wrapped-around-the-store lines at Peas and Pickles on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights to get some supplies. Others are preferring to hide out in a beer filled-oasis like Henry Street Ale House, who plans to stay open until 5pm or later, depending on the weather. Michael Towne Liquors is also staying open today, if you need to replenish your home alcohol supply. Where will you be during the hurricane this weekend?

Swap your Homemade Goods at 61Local

26 Aug

Are you a cook, baker, canner, or brewer? Head to the BK Swappers event at 61 Local on September 8th 6:30-9pm. You can swap anything that you make yourself, whether it’s jams, pickles, kombucha, candies, bread, cookies, syrups, infused liquors or oils, sauces and salsa, anything! A few people who keep chickens and bees will also be there with plenty of locally laid eggs and Brooklyn-cultivated honey.  61Local suggests portion sizes between 4–16 oz, depending on the cost of the materials involved.

All you need to do is bring 3-5 items (though some people bring more, some less), which can range from a jar of jam you put up a few months ago to a loaf of bread you baked that day. The swapping itself is a friendly and casual barter transaction. You will make in-kind trades with other swappers and leave with as many items as you came with.

Go to this site to RSVP! 

Cure your Croissant Craving at Bien Cuit

25 Aug

There’s nothing like freshly baked bread (or cookies, pies, tarts…), and luckily for those near Smith Street, Bien Cuit is serving up some delicious baked goods.

The charming cafe with exposed brick and French-inspired decor is the perfect spot to grab an afternoon coffee and croissant. Try the Basque Turnover (a Lagrima Olive Oil Infused Puff Pastry with Peach and Txakoli Custard), the Almond Pear Danish, Chocolate Croissant, or the Basil Blueberry & Lemon Meringue tart.

Visit Bien Cuit at 120 Smith Street in Cobble Hill. Just be careful– once you go in, you won’t be able to leave without snacking on something.


Tote it Brooklyn-Style.

23 Aug

I’m always carrying a lot of stuff. Whether I’m headed to work, Prospect Park, or on the way home from the farmers market. My tote bag has been a lifesaver, and now I’ve found this simple but fabulous tote from Brooklyn Larder. It’s perfect for trips to the market– whether you’re going to pick up fresh bread and cheese at Brooklyn Larder or vintage goods at the Brooklyn Flea. Visit Brooklyn Larder at 228 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights to get yours.

Here’s $10 for you to spend on OpenSky.

21 Aug

If you haven’t heard of yet, you have to check it out. It’s a social shopping platform that helps you discover and buy Food, Style & Beauty, Healthy Living, and Design products selected by celebrity and expert curators. Are you a Bobby Flay fan? Molly Sims? Dorie Greenspan? You have the chance to follow your favorite people, and buy the products they really recommend. There are over 60 curators to choose from.

The website even features some local Brooklyn products (so you know I can’t resist). Michael Ruhlman can’t get enough of this Stinky Bklyn Domestic Bliss Cheese Basket, filled with a variety of cheeses from my favorite local cheese shop. Local mustard company My Friend’s Mustard is also available on the site, curated by Carolyn Murphy. If your go-to chocolate shop is Jacques Torres in Dumbo, you’re going to be pleased to know that Jacques will also be offering his favorite baking and chocolate products on OpenSky soon.

As my gift to my readers, I’m offering you a $10 credit when you sign up for OpenSky. Just click this link to sign up, and the credit will be added to your account. Happy shopping, and be sure to let me know what you buy!

New Subway-esque Signs from Flying Junction

20 Aug

Do you remember those awesome subway signs I told you about from Flying Junction? Well, the fabulous designer, Ace Harrison, has added a few new designs to his Brooklyn collection. This time, he brought Brooklyn together with two other New York boroughs, Manhattan and Queens. A peace offering perhaps? Check out the designs below, and make sure to visit the Flying Junction Etsy shop.

Jolie Cantina Moving to Smith Street

19 Aug

The corner of Smith and Douglass Streets will no longer be empty, as Jolie Cantina is moving in soon. The space has a freshly painted red strore front, which is a little different than the original Jolie restaurant on Atlantic Ave that recently shuttered. According to Brownstoner, the eatery will serve a mixture of French and Mexican cuisine. I don’t know exactly what that means… foie gras burritos?

Are cats the new Brooklyn restaurant accessory?

17 Aug

This black and white feline was spotted at Homemade in Red Hook.