Archive | October, 2011

Must-Have Fragrance of the Moment.

30 Oct

It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday shopping, and I discovered the perfect Brooklyn-made perfume for the lady on your list, MCMC Fragrances, at one of my fave Brooklyn shops Thistle and Clover.

Each fragrance is formulated by Anne McClain, who studied natural perfumery and aromatherapy before moving to Grasse, the “perfume capital” of France, for a more intensive study of the history, techniques, and practices of modern perfumery. Anne is now based in Brooklyn, crafting small batches of each fragrance and bottling them by hand.

MCMC created a variety of scents, like “Maine,” a combo of Bulgarian rose absolute, local clary sage, wild Somalian myrhh and French seaweed, and “Phoenix,” with top notes of peach and cherry blossom, gradually giving way to sturdy Tunisian neroli and a light, powdery vanilla. I bought “Hunter,” a mix of tobacco absolute, organic Bourbon vanilla and fir balsam.

Check out their website, or stop by Thistle and Clover to pick up a bottle.

Celebrate Tea Weather.

29 Oct

Yes, it’s snowing in Brooklyn, and that means it’s tea weather. For the ultimate tea experience, the tea pot is crucial, which is why I’m excited I discovered this cute brownstone teapot on Etsy. It’s a hand painted bone china teapot inspired by the brownstones of Brooklyn. Park Slope, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens. Each piece is unique and individually hand painted. Get yours here for $36.

I’m having a Brooklyn Meetup and you’re invited.

26 Oct

If you missed the last BK Meetup hosted by me and sponsored by OpenSky, we’re bringing you another! If you’re a Brooklyn blogger, tweeter, writer, techie, or just have a deep passion for the borough over the bridge, come hang out at Flatbush Bar(n) at 7pm on November 8th.

This time around, we’re going to have ah-mazing prizes from Becoming Brooklyn’s local favorites like Colonie, Seersucker, Brooklyn Winery, Local Roots NYC, and more.

We’ll chat about all things Brooklyn, and of course, some OpenSky too, as we are sponsoring this evening of merriment. What’s OpenSky? It’s a website that allows you to design your own shopping experience. They recruited 75 of the best people in food, style, health, and design to help you shop– like Bobby Flay, Molly Sims, Tom Colicchio, and Veronica Webb. They pick the products they really like, and you can shop their picks. Cool, right?

Please use the hashtag #bkmeetup.

RSVP here, and feel free to invite your friends.

My Go-To Cookware Shop

23 Oct

The Fall and Winter months always give me an urge to cook more. I can finally turn my stove back on again after the sweltering summer. My favorite shop to stock up on cooking tools is A Cook’s Companion on Atlantic Avenue. The store is filled with unique kitchen accessories, and even a few Brooklyn-centric pieces like this apron that I couldn’t resist putting on. This weekend was A Cook’s Companion’s 14th anniversary, which means 14 percent off everything in the store. I love that everything’s high quality and you can’t find stuff like this just anywhere.

Stop by the store to browse when you’re in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill area, located at 197 Atlantic Avenue.

Just a perfect day in Brooklyn.

23 Oct

Where to Eat Right Now: Rucola

21 Oct

Obviously, I love a lot of restaurants in Brooklyn, but there are a handful that I recommend to everyone with a “You HAVE to go.” I’ve recently added another one of those to my list– Rucola. It’s a charming spot on a charming corner in Boerum Hill with a rustic style and a comfortable vibe. If you need a Brooklyn date spot– this is it.

The menu is super seasonal, with dishes like skate with maple roasted pumpkin, radicchio, and pomegranate, as well as duck with figs, swiss chard and turnips. I suggest starting with a selection of cheeses or meats (or both), as well as a salad. Being an Italian eatery, Rucola also has fresh pastas, like fusilli with toasted walnut pesto, tuscan kale, and pecorino.

Ok, too many things I want to recommend to you. You just have to go. Tonight. Visit Rucola at 190 Dean Street on the corner of Bond, and let me know how much you love it.

The Perfect Combo of Salty and Sweet

18 Oct

I’ve told you about my deep passion for Baked bakery in Red Hook, but I haven’t raved to you about the perfect combination of salty and sweet– the Baked Brownie in “Sweet & Salty” flavor. They’re rich and the perfect in between of cakey and fudgy– and this variety is made with deep dark chocolate, homemade caramel, and fleur de sel. I’m not the only one that loves Baked brownies, they’ve won lots of awards and even an accolade from Oprah. Get yours in Red Hook, or if you’re in Brooklyn Heights, stop by Tazza at 72 Clark Street.

Stock up for Thanksgiving at this Pop Up CSA

16 Oct

I was a part of the Local Roots NYC CSA over the summer, and I was thrilled to see that they are holding a Pop Up CSA for Thanksgiving. They’ll be curating a delicious Thanksgiving dinner sourced from all New York Farms. You can pick up Turkey, Vegetable, Fruit, Baking, and Bread shares, all from farms utilizing healthy growing practices, of course.  Veggies include Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Broccoli, Squash, and Celery. Pick up locations are in Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill. Can’t make it? Delivery options are also available to Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. And you don’t even have to be a member! Applications are due October 28. Visit their website for more info. 

The Cutest Book in Brooklyn

16 Oct

I was browsing P.S. Bookshop in Dumbo when I came across this super-cute book, “The ABCs of Brooklyn.” If I knew a Brooklyn kid, I would have definitely bought it for them. The holidays are coming Brooklyn-ers; make sure to check out P.S. Bookshop for unique and rare book finds.

Ride a Carousel by the Bridge

13 Oct

If you’ve been to Brooklyn Bridge Park recently, you may have noticed a new addition to the area– a carousel. It’s Jane’s Carousel and it opened just a few weeks ago. The carousel was originally made in 1922, and then was restored by Jane Walentas, an artist who lives in DUMBO with her husband David, who was the original developer of the area. AND It’s only $2 to take a ride. Check out the website to learn more about the carousel’s history, and make sure to stop by the park soon.