Archive | July, 2012

Spice Up Your Life at The Bell House

31 Jul

Confession: at the tender age of 11 years old, I was a Spice Girls fanatic. I’m talking platform shoes and mini-skirts (sorry, Mom), The Baby Spice ‘do, and all of the spicy accessories, from posters to the kinda-creepy dolls. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw that The Bell House is holding a Spice World Sing Along on August 23rd, doors open at 7:30pm.

They ask that you come dressed as your favorite Spice Girl (no problem) for a Spice Girls tribute performance, a Spice Girls Karaoke-off, trivia competition, themed drink specials including the Girl Power, 2 Become 1, and Union Jack, post-party music videos, and obviously the movie sing along.

I already got my ticket; get yours here. Now– which Spice Girl should I be?

First Look: Dassara Brooklyn Ramen

31 Jul

The anticipation for a ramen place in Carroll Gardens was painful, so I was thrilled to come across an open door and a soft opening at Dassara Brooklyn Ramen. The homey space with exposed brick and two cozy rooms is still undergoing the opening transformation, but the front room offers bar seating, a few small tables, and a chalkboard menu. The soft opening offers a few small plates (“not ramen”) and two different kinds of ramen– mushroom and deli.

I started with the shishito peppers, which are served in a bowl with lightly fried fish and served with a couple sauces– a vinegar based and a mayo based sauce. I was a fan of mixing them a little. A little salty, a little sweet, a little tangy, a little spicy– the flavor combo and the mixed textures of the crispy fish and the peppers won me over. I ordered the mushroom ramen and received a big hearty bowl with a more noodles to broth combo, which I prefer. The noodles were accompanied by a heap of mushrooms and an oozy soft boiled egg. Rather than the salty broth I expect from ramen, it was deep and earthy, thanks to the mushrooms.

Bottom line: I can’t wait to go back to Dassara. I’m even more excited to see the full menu at the grand opening, which I heard will have a few more ramen varieties and a couple more appetizers– and hopefully for me more veggie/pescatarian options. Dassara is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood, and I ‘m sure I’ll be back in soon, if not this week.

Take a Cooking Class with Local Roots NYC & New Amsterdam Market

27 Jul

Some new news from my favorite Brooklyn CSA, Local Roots NYC. They’re teaming up with New Amsterdam Market to offer affordable cooking classes, from knife skills to making fresh pasta to butchering fish.On July 29, join Chef Will Griffin, formerly at Lincoln Ristorante and co-founder of I8NY, for a Basic Knife Skills Class. In this introductory class they will share the tips and skills that professional cooks use in their kitchens.

You’ll learn all about peeling and dicing onions, shallots, and garlic, working with oblongs and cylinders (potatoes, carrots, etc.), dealing with unusual fruits and vegetables, and how to cut herbs too. All ingredients and materials (knives and butcher blocks) will be provided.

Get your tickets here. There’s even an option to purchase a ticket which includes a butcher block courtesy of Brooklyn Butcher Blocks. 

You’re Invited! Pinot for Pink: A Brooklyn Wine Party

25 Jul

If you haven’t heard already, I’m having a Brooklyn wine party and you’re invited. Join me on August 8th, 2012 7-9pm for a night of wine sipping, Brooklyn networking, and raising money for a good cause– The Pink Agenda. Where better for us Brooklyn-philes to party at than The Brooklyn Winery, an artisanal wine epicenter that offers a unique local experience (and wine on tap!)? We’re even going to get a special tour of the winery, so we can see how our tasty pinots, rieslings and merlots were born from grape to glass.

So what’s the occasion? We’re getting together to raise money for the charity I’m running the NYC Marathon for this November. The Pink Agenda is committed to raising money for breast cancer care, research, and awareness of the disease among young professionals.

I’m running in the name of my grandmother, who passed away after battling the disease.

We’re going to be doing a fun little auction too– with prizes from awesome places like Seersucker, Arthur on Smith, home made and more.

RSVP to reserve your spot at this link. You can read more about the cause and see my fundraising page here. 

See you then.

Movie with a View… Clueless!

23 Jul

One of my favorite views in Brooklyn is Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1, and if you haven’t been to the “Syfy Movies with a View” series, you should check it out soon. Like maybe this Thursday when they show 90’s cult-classic (and one of my faces) Clueless? DJs Ronin & Mosart212 will kick off the evening at 6pm, followed by Clueless at sundown, and finally a short film curated by BAMcinematek, Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise by Kelly Sears. What could be better than watching a movie on a grassy lawn with an expansive view of downtown Manhattan in the back? Bonus: It’s FREE. I also suggest stopping by Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a scoop while you watch.

Can’t make it Thursday? Check out the schedule here.

Wear Brooklyn: Engraved Locket Edition

23 Jul

I think there’s something exciting about lockets. Maybe it’s because they open up, so there’s more to them than just what’s on the outside. Although, I like the outside of these engraved Brooklyn lockets from Brooklyn Charm. They’re simple and a little worn, but charming none the less. Plus, they’re only $34, and in jewelry standards that’s pretty good. You can find yours here on Etsy. 

Drool of the Day

21 Jul

Fish tacos from Gran Electrica

BYO Homemade Goodies to a Food & Kitchen Swap

18 Jul

Are you a whiz at baking cookies? Making your own jams? Growing herbs from your garden? Sign up for the Food and Kitchen Swap at Krrb on July 26th at 6 to 9pm. You can bring your own homemade, edible treats and non-edible kitchen items to trade with your food-obsessed neighbors. Plus, it’s a potluck, with prizes to be awarded for the best swap item and best potluck dish. And (score) the drinks are on Krrb, BK Swappers, and Local Roots NYC. 

Even more swaptastic, (sorry I said that word) check out this video of Jane Lerner of BK Swappers making chili infused oil, to be used on stir fries, as salad dressing or on veggies.

Sign up here, the event is just $5. 

Where to Eat Right Now: Gwynnett St.

16 Jul

With a unique, upscale menu filled with perfectly crafted flavor combinations like Mussels, cucumber, green strawberries and watercress and Bavette Steak, bone marrow and alliums, Gwynnett St. is surprisingly comfortable, relaxed, and warm. Their focus is certainly on the ingredients more than anything– with fresh local picks, along with unexpected ones like ash, sunflowers, and curds and whey. The cocktail list offers the same uniqueness, like my pick The Wadsworth, or Beefeater Gin, Luxardo Triplum, lemon, green chili, and coriander.

Hazlenut tofu

I paired my cocktail with a combo of Hazelnut Tofu, asparagus, morels and smoked grapes, which was delicious, but have one piece of advice:

Get. The. Whiskey. Bread. It’s warm and dense and accompanies by a cultured butter. It will melt in your mouth in a Carby Heaven. I finished off with a milk chocolatey dessert that was almost too pretty to eat.

Whiskey Bread

Check out their site here and make your reservation soon. 

Milk chocolate dessert

Try Pop Up Yoga at Dekalb Market

16 Jul

Are you a yoga fan, but intimidated by all of those expert yogis with their legs behind their necks? Or just not into the traditional yoga studio? Pop Up Yoga NYC is here to bring a more vibrant community-based interest in yoga to NYC. They take yoga classes and put them in urban spaces like parks, urban markets, schools, etc. So on July 29th, give it a try at Dekalb Market. On July 29th from 11am to 6pm, you can get your yoga on in this unique setting. Plus, there will be live music, DJ’s, food and drink.

AND it’s free.

Don’t forget to BYOM (bring your own mat). Check it out here.