Archive | January, 2013

Singles: Mix and Mingle on Valentine’s Day

29 Jan

mixerSingle guys and gals, Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for couple-y dates anymore. On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 (6-9pm), MeetMoi and Brooklyn Exposed want you to join other singles for a night of mingling and matchmaking at their Singles Valentine’s Mixer.

It’s at a hot place too– MISDEMEANOR at NU Hotel in Boerum Hill, a loungey spot to get your flirt on. You’ll get to sip on BULLDOG Gin’s “Love Potion” cocktail during the one hour open bar (6-7pm), and Additional drinks and food will be available for purchase. And if the open bar wasn’t reason enough to get there early, the first forty people to arrive will receive a special gift bag from NYC’s female-owned sex toy store, Babeland.

PLUS, guests will get tips during the event from, Rachel Russo, a Sex & Dating guru and an NYC-based Dating, Relationship and Image Coach. She’ll help facilitate introductions for singles, as well as offering sex and dating tips.

So get on this. The cost is $10, but only $8 with registration/sign-up to MeetMoi. There are limited tickets available, so get yours quickly! Learn more here. 

Eat Mac ‘N’ Cheese to Benefit Sandy Relief

25 Jan

stouffersMac ‘N’ Cheese + Food Truck + A Good Cause = Magic.

Get on it: Stouffer’s is running a limited-edition food truck initiative and kicking off its NYC tour in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn from 11am – 3pm on Sunday January 27th.  They’re serving up FREE bowls of one of America’s favorite comfort foods as the community continues to rebuild from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

On top of the free Stouffer’s mac, the truck will offer two restaurant-inspired variations – Chili Mac and BBQ Mac – created by Master of Spice Lior Lev Sercarz and Southern “Grill Girl” Elizabeth Karmel. Dare to try it?

After the kick off, the food truck will travel throughout the streets of New York City from Monday, January 28 – Thursday, February 14,  serving different twists on the classic and donating 100% of profits from macaroni and cheese purchases to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of hurricane relief efforts.  Throughout the three weeks, Chefs Sercarz and Karmel will be joined by six other famed New York chefs as they serve their own specialty macaroni and cheese dish on specified dates.

Follow Stouffer’s on Facebook and Twitter to stay posted, and stop by on Sunday for some mac & cheese for a cause.




Be a Brooklyn Brain

22 Jan

brainery_tote_blogBrooklyn Brainery (that super cool place where you can take fun classes like wonton making and DIY mustard) is looking for some part-time help. For 12-15 hours per week, and $12 per hour they need someone to hang out during some classes, keep the space clean, and contribute to their blog. Sure, it’s not so glamorous, but you’d get to sit in on some classes and learn some good skills while you get paid.

Check out the listing here and apply! 

What to Read Right Now: Brooklyn Styled

22 Jan

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If you’d like a nice accompaniment to your Becoming Brooklyn reading, I suggest checking out a brand new online magazine/blog– Brooklyn Styled. It’s a curated collection of both professional and DIY style in decor and fashion, and it’s all organized by Brooklyn residents to celebrate Brooklyn’s aesthetic.

The site’s posting the coolest Brooklyn-based style and decor finds, featuring Etsy picks, street style, and where to find some design-y inspiration. And now, you can even get your food news from yours truly. Check out my just-born food column, where I’ll be dishing out even more resto recos and foodie finds.

Happy reading!

Send Some Brooklyn Love.

20 Jan

Every kitchen needs some tea towels, so I’m excited to have spotted these Brooklyn-themed towels by 3LeggedDogProvisions on Etsy. They’re handprinted, eco-friendly, flour sack tea-towels finished in denim ink, but also come in a lighter blue or pink ink if you prefer. The shop says the “Brooklyn Loves You” design was originally created as a gift for very close friends who were moving from Brooklyn, and has since proven to be a great universal gift for anyone wanting to send a little Brooklyn love. Get yours here for $15. 

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Where to Brunch During the Inauguration…

17 Jan


Of course you need a brunch spot to celebrate the Inauguration, who doesn’t? Lola BKLYN was genius enough to make it official. They’re getting into the inaugural spirit with on Monday, January 21 with a special brunch and all day coverage of the inaugural events. They’re going to have plenty of president-esque dishes like the Pennsylvania Av. Bloody Mary with lobster and Presidential French Toast– how patriotic.

Lola will be showing the day’s events on their big screen TV above the bar, so stop by between 11am and 5pm to party White House-style. For more info about Lola, check out my review here. 

A Park Slope Satire

16 Jan
(photo via Park Slope Stoop)

(photo via Park Slope Stoop)

We’ve all heard and told our fair share of Park Slope jokes, most of them mentioning strollers, but now the neighb is part of a new joke– or a satire. Daniel Goldberg (the Park Sloper pictured here) and other neighborhood residents are working on a project called The Master Cleanse: A Short Film, which he describes as a cross between Portlandia and Rosemary’s Baby and a “hipster comedy with a paranoid twist.”

So here’s what it’s about: A fictional commune, Manifest Refuge, is founded by a PhD/hippie in a Park Slope brownstone. But all the commune-ers have one thing in common, the very mysterious “The Master Cleanse.” A member falls in love with an outsider, which raises lots of suspicions about this so-called cleanse… and with plenty of romance, suspense, and comedy.

Daniel’s raising money through a Prospect Heights-based startup called Seed&Spark. Check it out and support the film here.


Drool of the Day: Kimchi Bun

15 Jan
The kimchi bun at Ganso in Downtown Brooklyn

The kimchi bun at Ganso in Downtown Brooklyn

Here’s How I’m Caffeinating…

13 Jan

brooklynroastingI’ve  told you about my love for Brooklyn Roasting Company after they hit the BK coffee scene a few years ago, and since then opened up shop in Dumbo. Their coffees are all Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Organic certified, and BRC is serious about “green thinking.” The roaster uses recycled materials and refurbished equipment, as well as clean powered distribution, like bicycle and a bio-diesel van. So here’s what I’m drinking at the moment: The Mocha Java blend– with notes of berry, black cherry, and cashew, as the packaging clearly displays (so you know what you’re getting into). It’s rich and warm for chilly January days, and goes for about $13 a can. Even if you can’t stop by the Dumbo location or find it at your grocery store, you can get yours here.

Clover Club Takes Veggies to the Next Level

10 Jan

If you’ve made a resolution to eat more veggies in 2013, make sure to visit Clover Club for a veggie-centric brunch. Sure, they’ve got great pork ‘n grits, poached eggs and chorizo, but you can stay away from the meat and have a satisfying mid-morning meal. Ready for this? Of course, I think you should start with a bloody mary (does that count as a veggie?), but then order the Tuscan Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad; it’s topped with blue cheese dressing, roasted cherry tomatoes, red onion, and radish. THEN get a side of root vegetable home fries, they are the best comfort food, I promise.

Check out the full menu here, but definitely give the veggies a chance.