Archive | February, 2012

Flea Finds: Vintage Jewels

28 Feb

My Top Three BK Grocery Destinations

27 Feb

While for others, grocery shopping is a chore, I thoroughly enjoy this errand and consider it a leisurely past time for discovering new local products. If I had the time in my schedule, I’d gladly take a few hours to stroll around my favorite markets, pouring over the selection of produce, cheeses, prepared foods, and other goodies. So I’ve picked out my top three favorite spots for local shopping. Beware– I’m not saying they are the most affordable places, but to me, it’s worth it.

1. Foragers

Since I live so close to DUMBO, this spot comes in first place for me. The market was born on the idea that born of the idea the neighb lacked quality food options, so they strive to show the pleasure that food should bring to the lives of their customers and those who make it. The produce always looks beautiful, AND (BONUS) they have my favorite snack of all time, Early Bird Granola. Make sure to try the prepared food too, like the sandwiches and salad bar.

2. Brooklyn Fare

Ahh, Brooklyn Fare, how I love you. The first time I went into this Downtown Brooklyn market, my jaw dragged on the floor behind me as I browsed all of the Brooklyn products. This spot is all about community, so as a Brooklyn blogger, I’m drawn to it. I love that they have all of my local faves, like Mast Brothers Chocolate and Phin & Phebe’s ice cream, plus their own products. Brooklyn Fare has their own bagged coffee that I highly recommend.

3. Greene Grape Provisions

Every time I’m in Fort Greene, usually for brunch at Olea, I make sure to hit up Greene Grape before I head back to Brooklyn Heights. It’s a small market, but it’s packed with local and artisanal goods that I can’t resist. They have an awesome cheese section, as well as Oslo Coffee and  spectacular baked goods. This is the perfect spot to go if you’re in the mood for trying something unique.


CSA Needs Help

24 Feb

The Brooklyn-based Tenth Acre Farms CSA has provided the community with the freshest produce for the last three years, and now their future is uncertain. They’ve been using the abandoned basketball court at St. Cecelia’s school in Greenpoint to home 20 plus garden boxes, but were notified that they have to vacate.

The team behind Tenth Acre is looking for space to keep the CSA alive, so they can continue to offer the herbs, spices, fruits and veggies for the 2012 season. Do you have some space? Know someone who does? Contact and let them know you can help. For more info about Tenth Acre Farms visit their website here. 

My New Wall Art

23 Feb

This Valentines Day, I received a gift that trumps any heart-shaped jewelry or Whitman’s sampler– this wall art from Dream Digital Download on Etsy. It’s printed on vintage paper and shows a little map of BK within the heart shape. Didn’t get one from your Valentine? Don’t fret– you can find one here.

Order This: Chocolate Brioche with Sea Salt and Butter

21 Feb

Next time you’re having brunch at The Farm on Adderley, don’t forget to order a side of the chocolate brioche with sea salt and butter. You can thank Leslie of 27 and Frugal for the tip when you do.

Where to Shop Right Now: Something in Mind

20 Feb

If you asked me a week ago, I would have told you I don’t really shop in Dumbo. I live close by, and I had my mind made up that unless I wanted to spend a large portion of my bank account, I wasn’t going to go down there. I’ve changed my mind. New shop Something in Mind changed my mind.

The store is in that mini shopping mall (although it’s not really a mall at all) at 145 Front Street, so you wouldn’t notice it walking by. It’s a small space, but filled with unique dresses, tops, jewelry, and other accessories. Owner Meilan describes it as “classic edge,” and not too feminine. I love that the pieces come from a variety of under-the-radar designers, but what’s even better? It’s affordable. I tried on some adorable tops randing from $35-$60, which is pretty rare for NYC boutiques.

The staff, including Meilan are extremely helpful, offering advice whenever asked, but never pushy or salesy. Make sure to stop by Something in Mind when you’re in the neighb, they are currently updating their Spring line, so it’s a good time to check it out.

You’re Invited. Brew, Beer, & Bonbons: A Brooklyn Meetup

18 Feb

If you love Brooklyn as much as I do, I’d love for you to join me at my latest Brooklyn meetup, Brew, Beer, & Bonbons at 61Local on February 29th at 7pm. One of my favorite coffee roasters, Brewklyn Grind, will be there offering samples of their delicious brew and No Bake Makery will have non-baked treats for the perfect pairing. As usual, 61Local will be serving up their selection of local beer and wine.

I decided to combine three of my Brooklyn faves to create the ultimate meetup experience. I start my mornings with Brewklyn Grind coffee, and I know you’ll want to too once you try a sample. And what better to pair with a good coffee than sweet treats? I can’t get enough of No Bake Makery’s little bite sized desserts in flavors like Vanilla Honey, Coconut, and S’mores. And you’ve probably heard me rave about 61Local (pretty much every other week), but it’s because I love the bar’s concept. It’s a public house, and they are all about community and supporting local businesses.

Come by, bring some friends, enjoy some local flavor, and chat about what you love about this borough. RSVP here now.

Get your sewer art here.

16 Feb

Who knew a sewer could be so pretty? Etsy shop Urban Street Prints by Julie brings design from the everyday urban built environment into the spotlight. Julie creates screenprints from rubbings of sewer grates, then prints them by hand in a community studio near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. This print is from a rubbing in Fort Greene Park and goes for $42. Get yours here.


Become a Rooftop Apple Farmer.

14 Feb

There’s nothing like the crisp taste of an apple picked straight from the tree of an Upstate orchard. And while most of us Brooklyn-ites don’t have land for replicating that orchard, many of us do have rooftops, so Brooklyn Brainery is here to teach us how to make it happen. On February 25th from 2pm to 4pm Mike Biltonen, VP of Farm Operations at Red Jacket Orchards, will tell you everything you need to know about the status of rooftop farming in NYC, how to get started, where to find a rooftop, how to plan your orchard, costs, and planting it.

BONUS: As you learn, you’ll get to sip on samples of Red Jacket’s juice. The class is just $20. Visit Brooklyn Brainery’s website to sign up. 

Subscribe to a coffee experience.

13 Feb

I was thrilled to discover a new Brooklyn-based coffee roaster this week, but was even more excited when I learned more about Craft Coffee’s unique concept: coffee you can subscribe to. Their mission is to bring new, exciting coffee experiences to their subscribers, and being the local coffee fiend that I am, I had to give it a try.

So it works like this. You pick your subscription (starting at $19.99 per month) and then Craft Coffee brings 12 ounces of premium coffees from small artisan roasters to your door. I received 4 ounces each of Klatch Coffee, OQ Coffee Co., and Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., and so far, I’m impressed. Each blend has a rich flavor, but are distinctly different taste, so I can mix it up all month long.

I photo-documented my first Craft Coffee Journey; check it out below. Visit their website to get in a subscription, or get a one for a friend– it makes a great gift.