Archive | November, 2011

The On-The Go Cold Brew

30 Nov

I don’t know why I’ve been talking about coffee so much lately. Maybe it’s my brain’s way of telling me I’m overtired? Anyways, sub-conscious blogging aside, I found a great way to drink your coffee on the go. Stumptown is now bottling their brew in these glass bottles. I found it at Stinky Bklyn, and it’s a great way to get that strong caffeine fix without having to take the time to make a pot. I like to add ice to make it super chilled.

This is how I start my morning….

27 Nov

I only buy local coffee. My latest local discovery? Brewklyn Grind Coffee & Tea Company born in in Bay Ridge and based in Red Hook. The three guys who started the coffee company are all about Brooklyn. They started making the coffee in their own home, deciding to combine their passion for great coffee and tea with their love for Brooklyn, so of course I’m obsessed.

I’m drinking the Ethiopia Queen City Harrar, and Im loving the rich flavor– it tastes almost cocoa-y. It’s also Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified, which adds to it’s appeal. The Brewklyn guys only roast in small batches, preparing each roast with the specific customer in mind. Plus, they only roast when they receive an order for ultimate freshness.

If you’re in the Red Hook area, you can get your Brewklyn coffee there, or contact them for more locations.

Farmers Market Find of the Weekend 11.26.11

26 Nov

Bookish Brooklyn-ites, I have the event for you.

25 Nov

Every winter the librarians of New York City let down their hair, dust off their dancing shoes and party with the literati. Archivists, authors, readers and nerds of all kinds gather to enjoy live music, trapeze, a bit of film and some of the city’s finest DJs at Brooklyn’s most wildly bookish event: the Desk Set’s Biblioball. On Saturday December 3rd from 8pm to 3am, the Desk Set returns to the Bell House for the fourth annual winter celebration.

Here’s your chance to listen to some live music from Brooklyn’s The Jay Vons and The Nouvellas, DJs Duane Harriott, Marty McSorley, Shakey, Mikey Post, John XI, jon & jsn, Jimmy T, and Brian Blackout, AND you could win some fantastic prizes from local shops, restaurants and artists.

PLUS, it’s all for a good cause. The proceeds will go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (LIT), serving incarcerated and detained youth in New York. Tickets are $20-$40. Get yours here.


The Must-Try Holiday Cookie

23 Nov

Now that we’re getting into the holidays, sweets are a party staple. I discovered the cookies you’ll want to bring to your next holiday gathering– butter + love cookies made right here in Brooklyn. As they say, they’re “delicious, inventive, and downright addictive baked goodness,” and they are like little sweet sandwiches. I found these at Stinky Bklyn, but follow them on Twitter to find out where they will be available next.

Brooklyn-ize your Kitchen.

20 Nov

Are you still using those old Ikea hand towels that are fraying at the seams? Eek. I know how you feel. I think I still have some that I bought for my college dorm. I want to replace them with something not grimy and much more attractive– and luckily I just discovered these Brooklyn Kitchen Hand Towels. They’re 100% cotton and machine-washable with a hand cut stencil. Have friends that just made the transition to become Brooklyn? I think these would be a unique house warming gift. Pair ’em with a little Sprout Wellness soap and voila! A Brooklyn-ized kitchen or bathroom. Get it here. 

Score. BQT has Totes too.

18 Nov

I’ve told you about how much I love the tees from BQT, but I just discovered that they BK-centric totes too. Check out this one that I got from the BQT team recently. One more tip– if you’re in need for tees for an event, give them a call; they do a great job and they are easy to work with. For more designs, check out their website.

Best Bloody Mary in Brooklyn

16 Nov

Get the bloody mary at Olea in Fort Greene.

ALL DAY Thanksgiving Party this Weekend

15 Nov

My favorite Brooklyn bar 61Local is throwing another unique event that I’m so excited for– an all day Thanksgiving party on November 19th 1pm to 11pm. They’re going raffle crazy with prizes from Red Hook Winery, Saxelby Cheese Mongers, Brooklyn Soda Works, KBBK Kombucha, BK Farmyards, Cut Brooklyn, Brooklyn Brine, Oslo Coffee, Mast Brothers Chocolate, and more. Plus, they’ll all be in house to chat.

The raffle proceeds will go to support their good friend Carlo Scissura for his campaign for Brooklyn Borough President. 61Local has a close relationship with Carlo, as he helped the bar make progress in opening when they had some delays, because Carlo believed in their cause. Carol also helped many food and beverage companies get affordable commercial space.

Here’s the schedule:

1pm: They break out the Kings County Special – a beer and bite combo sourced from you guessed it… Brooklyn!  Purchase raffle tickets for gift baskets filled with Kings County products and take some local goodness home.

6pm – 8pm: Meet + Greet session with Carlo on the mezzanine to answer questions and talk about how he is involved with local production, small business and building the Brooklyn community. (Email for details.)

8pm: Brooklyn’s first “Orange Wine” from Red Hook Winery goes on-tap.  This northern Italian specialty was crafted in the new world facility of Brooklyn’s Red Hook Winery and contains all the love and character that the old world intended.  Sample this unique wine and meet Christopher Nicholson from the winery.

10pm: Raffle prizes are drawn and everyone’s a winner! (Redeem any raffle ticket for a ½ price Brooklyn made craft beer or wine.)

See you there.

Craving of the Moment: No Bake Makery

14 Nov

I found the treat I’m reaching for when I have my next sugar craving– bite-sized non-baked goods from No Bake Makery.  They’re little balls of goodness in flavors that change weekly, like Vanilla Honey, Coconut Kiss, and Oh So Smore. I tried mine after meeting Cristina Suarez, (the lovely lady behind No Bake Makery)  at my last Brooklyn Meetup. I had to snap these photos quickly because I couldn’t help but gobble them up immediately after receiving my dozen.

Going to a holiday party? Need a tasty gift ? Get a couple boxes of these. You’ll impress your friends with these unique, irresistible, and super cute bites. Cristina delivers to Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. They’re $9 a dozen. Get ’em here.