Archive | June, 2012

DIY Thai

27 Jun

Here’s your chance to impress your friends with your Thai cooking skills. Learn to whip up soups, stir frys, and tofu triangles with ease at Brooklyn Brainery‘s Thai Cooking Workshop on July 8th 12pm to 4pm. You’ll even pound a curry paste from scratch, and make tasty sauces of lime leaves, galangal, lemongrass, coconut milk and more.

Sign up here! 

Your Perfect Sunday Outing: The Red Hook Winery

25 Jun

To me, Sundays are about unwinding, savoring those last few moments of weekend bliss before Monday sneaks back up on you. So next Sunday, take a stroll down to Pier 41 and stop by The Red Hook Winery. The friendly staff will greet you at the door and lure you in with their giant locally-produced wine selection.

Do. a. Tasting. It’s $5 per person, and it may be the most generous wine tasting I’ve ever experienced. From chardonnay to cabernet, there wasn’t a wine I didn’t like, and it doesn’t hurt that they refill your glass as soon as you finish the last drop of your previous tasting. My favorite was the Rose, so of course, I had to spring for a bottle. And for just $20, it was affordable too.

After you’ve gotten a sufficient wine buzz, take a tour. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at wine production and and the gorgeous view from their back door. These guys seriously have the best jobs ever.

After the tasting, make sure to eat brunch or dinner at The Good Fork (post coming soon!). Cheers.

Brooklyn Meetup: Rep Your Block RECAP

23 Jun

The Phin & Phebes Ice Cream Tasting

Thank you to everyone who came by the recent meetup at Mission Dolores. We had a magical evening filled with craft beer, ice cream, and chewy cookies. I had so much fun chatting with you all about Brooklyn neighborhoods, restaurants, and bars. I want to give a BIG thank you to EveryBlock, the event sponsor, as well as our snack vendors for the night, Phin & Phebes and Cookie Fairy Sweets. Also thanks to Palo Cortado for providing an awesome giveaway prize– brunch for two.

If you missed it, don’t be too sad, I’m sure I’ll be having plenty more Brooklyn meetups in the future.

Cookie Fairy Sweets! Look for ’em in the freezer aisle.

Chewy deliciousness.

Caitlin x 2

 

A Pickle Topped Bloody Mary to Start the Day…

20 Jun

Spotted at Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens

Take a Red Hook Ride with 61Local

19 Jun

Three things I love are coming together this summer, and I can’t wait. Fab bar 61Local + Red Hook + Locally crafted food and drink. On July 7 from 11am to 3pm, you can take a free guided tour with a $5 tasting and tour at Cacao Prieto and a $10 tasting at Red Hook Winery. Bonus! After the tour, end the day back at 61 Local for lunch, beers, and good conversation sparked by a day of exploration.

This trip is part of a series of rides on the first Saturday of each month, where you’ll take a spin through Red Hook for an inside look into the process and production of some of Brooklyn’s finest crafts people,  like Red Hook Winery, Sixpoint Brewery, and Saxelby Cheese. Each tour will include two stops, with plenty of time  to sample the goods at each location and buy some tasty treats to take take home.  Bring your own bike, or rent one from nearby establishments, like Bike Smith or Ride Brooklyn.

Spots are limited on the tour so be sure to reserve your place through our event listing at Brown Paper Tickets here. 

My New Obsession: Bed-Stuy Bounty

14 Jun

My Bed-Stuy Bounty!

At the last Bed-Stuy Crawl, I was lucky enough to win a box from Bed-Stuy Bounty. It’s a private bulk marketplace that offers significant savings on local, organic, and ethically sourced foods. I didn’t really know what to expect when I received my box, but I pictured it to be a little like a share at a CSA.

It’s so much more than that.

Aside from some produce like kale and scallions, I also received a large container of fresh yogurt, a carton of eggs, a bag f coffee, granola, soap, sparkling water, pancake mix, coffee, sockeye salmon, popcorn, and more. Everything was from small farms and local brands, and most importantly, everything was fresh and delicious.

So they have a couple buying options. The first– The bulk buying club— which will save you the most money in the long run by allowing you to purchase the items you use most often in bulk. Grains, legumes, flours, beverages, seasonings, spices, nuts, seeds, oils, nut and seed butters, and dried pasta offer the biggest savings when purchased in bulk. But maybe you don’t need all of that food, in that case…

The second is the box option. The box option is for those who have had CSA memberships in the past and look forward to weekly deliveries of locally grown and produced goods, don’t really want to think too much about grocery shopping. This was the option I sampled.

OR you can just buy products from the Marketplace. 

I highly recommend any of the three options– whether you live in Bed-Stuy or not, it’s worth it! Learn more here.

You’re Invited! BK Meetup: Rep Your Block

11 Jun

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

I’m teaming up with  EveryBlock New York City  to co-host a Brooklyn-centric meetup on June 21, 2012 7-9pm at one of my favorite bars, Mission Dolores.

We’re inviting you to come sip (or chug, if you prefer) on their extensive craft beer selection– first drink on EveryBlock– taste some local grub (including Phin & Phebes ice cream… drool), and chat about all things Brooklyn.

So what’s EveryBlock? It’s a site dedicated to the latest news and gossip in your neighb. Their goal is to help you be a better neighbor, by giving you frequently updated neighborhood news, plus the tools to have convos with your neighbors. Check it out here. 

RSVP at this link, please. Bring your friends, and watch the video below to learn more about this super cool site.

Your Favorite Brooklyn Cocktail Spots

10 Jun

The Breukelen Fields at Building on Bond

I asked. You answered. What is your favorite cocktail spot in Brooklyn? Now that I’ve got some of your answers, which one of these should I go to next?

“Top place for me is Char No. 4. According to @forkly, I’ve had the Noreaster and the Louisville sunset.” -@kingsleyharris

“Clover Club!” -@VictorMLopezIII

“Weather Up!” -@rskamel

“Seersucker gets our vote. The John Daly is great. Named after a wonderful man.” -@barandclubstats

“Isa. I’m a big fan of the dry [orange wine]. Love the whole menu actually.” -@sanakeefer

Where to Eat Right Now: Pok Pok NY

6 Jun

Pok Pok NY has been at the top of my must-try list for a while. I finally made it last week. Everyone was telling me (and tweeting me) that I was going to have to wait forever so I better have a waiting plan– but to my surprise it was only 50 minutes. In New York standards, I think that’s pretty good; I’ve already done the two hour Lucali wait and the two and a half Clinton Street Baking Company wait. Yes, that’s 2 and a half… the pancakes got me.

Papaya Pok Pok

Anyways, Pok Pok NY was MORE than worth the wait. Wanting something spicy, I started with the Papaya Pok Pok with black crab and sticky rice. It’s basically a spicy papaya salad. It was no match for my high spice tolerance, but very flavorful and unlike any papaya salad I’ve had before. Good size to share with someone too. It also paired well with my cocktail, the hunny– a mix of tequila, honey drinking vinegar, grapefruit juice, and lime.

Next, the Cha Ca “La Vong,” AKA Vietnamese catfish. Ah-mazing. Think of a perfect piece of catfish marinated in tumeric, then fried in tumeric oil, scallions and dill over rice vermicelli plus peanuts and cilantro. Get. It. Now.

If I’m going to Pok Pok for the first time, obviously I’m going all out and getting a dessert. So I got this mango, sticky rice, coconut milk dish that was the perfect amount of sweet to end the meal.

rice-mango-coconut milk dessert

So go to Pok Pok, put your name in, go to Alma and drink a mojito or two, and enjoy a meal filled with every Thai flavor that you’ll be thinking about for days. See the full menu here. 

Bed-Stuy Crawl Recap: I’m Impressed.

4 Jun

You may have read that I was at the Bed-Stuy Crawl this weekend. It was a tour of some of Bed-Stuy’s most awesome spots, The Bar at Peaches, Beso, Olivino, and Therapy Wine Bar. I’m going to be honest with you. I had never been to Bed-Stuy before the crawl. I didn’t know what to expect, but the neighborhood typically gets a bad rap, so I wasn’t sure what I would think.

The Bar at Peaches

After the crawl: I’m impressed.  The Bar at Peaches was the kind of place you want to be a regular at. It had a Brooklyn-filled beer list, a comfortable vibe, and a small outdoor space, perfect for an afternoon day drink. Want some guac and a fish taco? Go to Beso, the next spot on the crawl. It paired well with the mango margaritas, and the plain margaritas…

THEN there’s Olivino. this charming wine shop was on their game with our wine tasting. Three wines, all paired with cheese. Who can resist a sparkling rose when it’s nice out? Clearly not me. Finally, Therapy Wine Bar. Big statement coming up: One of the best outdoor setups in Brooklyn. I enjoyed my Malbec on the outdoor patio, and fell in love with the adorable space.

Therapy Wine Bar

Make sure to get on the next Bed-Stuy Crawl… it’s so worth it. Thanks  AlishaNicole, and Clay for being wonderful hosts.

PS. I even won a prize during the crawl… more details to come.