Archive | April, 2013

Help the Victims of West, Texas in Brooklyn this Sunday

25 Apr

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This Sunday, April 28th from 3-6pm, head over to the Brooklyn Kolache Co. to help those devastated by the recent fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. A group of Texans living in New York City have banded together to hold a benefit– cleverly called Texpats NYC.  The Brooklyn Kolache Co. and Shiner Bock Beer are sponsoring the event, providing guests food and drinks with a required $20 contribution to the donation jar. 100% of the proceeds from the benefit will go to victims in West via POINTWEST Bank.

Brooklyn Kolache Co. partnered with Meetup group, the Texpats, a collective of Texas transplants in NYC, to create the benefit and are excited to have Texas-brewed, Shiner Bock Beer as a sponsor. Shiner has been produced at the Spoetzel Brewery in the town of Shiner, TX since 1909, but just started being sold at limited locations in NYC on April 15th, 2013.

Here are the deets!

Who: Texpats NYC, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Shiner Bock Beer

What: A benefit to raise money for the victims of West, TX, a town badly affected by a fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013.

When: Sunday, April 28th from 3pm-6pm Where: Brooklyn Kolache Co.

520 DeKalb Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 398-1111
1 block from the G train at Bedford-Nostrand

Why: Residents of West need funds to help with medical bills for those injured and to help rebuild the town. Brooklyn Kolache Co. pays homage to traditional Texas kolaches like those found at West’s Czech Stop.

Required Donation: $20 for sweet and savory kolaches and Shiner Bock beer until they run out! 

Help Kickstart Cherry Bombe Magazine!

23 Apr

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One of my favorite restauranteurs, Kerry Diamond of Seersucker, Nightingale 9 and Smith Canteen has a new and exciting foodie project in the works– Cherry Bombe, a design-driven magazine about women and food that’s launching in May.  She launched the mag with Claudia Wu, who worked with Kerry at Harper’s Bazaar. Cherry Bombe will be published bi-annually, and they’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to help get things going.

They’ve already hit 85 percent of their Kickstarter goal, but you can help get them to 100 percent. Check out their mission, more about the magazine, and donate here! 

Drool of the Day: Kale Frittata

21 Apr
Spotted at Speedy Romeo in Clinton Hill

Spotted at Speedy Romeo in Clinton Hill

Williamsburg Gets Med Spa

19 Apr

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You probably won’t be too shocked that fancy shmancy Williamsburg is getting its first med spa. The N4 Med Spa has arrived to serve up the area with its full suite of spa and medical spa services from massage and Med Spa Facial to sunless tanning and laser hair removal. This Sunday April 21st, the N4 Med Spa staff will host a grand opening event on location to demonstrate their unique treatments and services.

Regretting that full sleeve and in need of laser tattoo removal? Seeking a bit of pampering after a hard week? N4 has services like organic seaweed leaf wraps, lots of massages, and an Infinity Sun Tan to help you out.

Bonus: PRIZES! Attendees at the salon – located at 47 N 4th Street – will have the chance to win gift certificates for $250 and baskets brimming with essential salon products. In addition, guests will receive 20% off gift cards and all services booked at the event as well as 10% off all products. Prior to the event, clients are offered 50% off one laser hair removal treatment with the purchase of a facial when they mention the invite. N4 Med Spa is also offering treatment demos of their hydra facials, laser facials, and spray tanning.

Check ’em out. 


Sweet Chick Serving Brunch THIS Weekend.

18 Apr


Brunch is a crucial part of my Saturday and Sunday ritual, so I was pumped to hear that new Southern spot Sweet Chick will start serving brunch this weekend.


In addition to their house specialty and namesake dish — perfectly crisp and golden Chicken and Waffles — Sweet Chick will introduce a brunch menu of Southern-inspired American fare. That means House-Smoked Pork Hash & Poached Egg (with a Carolina-style spice rub), Cheddar-laced Shrimp & Grits, and chili and cumin-spiced Black Bean Cake & Scramble. On the sweeter side, choose from the fluffy Stack of Pancakes with Blueberry Compote or the Sweet Chick Waffle with Whipped Ricotta, Seasonal Fruit, and Spiced Honey. READ THIS: They’ll have sticky buns generously slathered with cream cheese frosting! Drool.


I’m excited that they’ll also have brunch cocktails because that’s basically the best part. Sweet Chick’s brunch cocktails will include potent libations like the Bacon Bloody Mary (yes, it comes adorned with a crisp shard of house-cured bacon) and the Mint Hibiscus Margarita, made with shaved ice and Brooklyn Soda Works’ hibiscus soda.


Brunch will be served at 11am, get there early!


Sip on This: A Flower-Topped Cocktail

17 Apr

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So this cocktail is like taking a sip of Spring, I swear. It’s a blend of Greenhook Gin, lemon juice, honey, ice infused with rose water, cherry juice and bitters. The fun part about the infused ice is that the flavor of the drink changes as the ice melts. You can get it at Chez Oskar in Fort Greene, as part of the Dekalb Classic– a month-long drinking event through April. Get more info here. 

A Very Brooklyn Engagment

15 Apr

engagement 2I’ve been holding out on you a little bit– there’s something I haven’t told you yet… back in February, Becoming Brooklyn got engaged! It’s all very exciting, and I’m currently planning a very Brooklyn wedding that I’ll probably keep you updated on over the next year or so (if you’ve got recos, please let me know, by the way). BUT first, I wanted to share my very Brooklyn engagement.

I had planned a birthday party for my boyfriend Paul, at the Brooklyn Brewery, of course. With about 20 friends in tow we enjoyed the happy hour and headed to Nita Nita down the street for some eats. We crowded into the restaurant, not an easy thing to manage, but we made it in. After drinking and dining for a bit, Paul said he wanted to go to one more place. Inside I was thinking “Are you kidding? It was hard enough to get all of us here– now you want to go somewhere else?! HA.” But instead I agreed since it was his birthday and all. So we headed out.

Paul gathered the group on the corner of North 8th Street and Wythe Avenue. He thanked the group for coming out to celebrate his birthday, and me for putting it all together.

“And one more thing.” he said. He got down on his knee, “Caitlin, will you marry me?” In shock, I immediately started bawling. But as soon as I could manage to speak, I said yes. I spent the rest of the night in a daze, sipping on cava with the group to celebrate.


So of course, the ring is very Brooklyn too. It’s from an  adorable little antique jewelry store in Red Hook called Erie Basin. The ring is from the 1930’s, with a platinum band and transitional cut diamonds. If you like vintage-y finds, its a great place to get jewels, and the owner Russell Whitmore  is very helpful. They take a curatorial approach to antique dealing, collecting select 18th to 20th century jewelry and objects with contemporary stylistic and cultural relevance– so the collection is very carefully constructed.

Check ’em out here. 


Sign Up Now: Local Roots NYC CSA Summer Share

10 Apr


My favorite BK CSA, Local Roots NYC is now accepting members for the 2013 Summer Season. You can choose from veggies, fruit, eggs, meat, juice, bread, milk, cheese, coffee, honey, and artisanal shares from local farms and small businesses. I’ve gotten shares the last few seasons and I highly recommend it. The produce is super fresh, affordable, and they have a few different Brooklyn pickup locations: Brooklyn Farmacy in Carroll Gardens, 61Local in Cobble Hill, Pencil Factory in Greenpoint, Harefield Road in E. Williamsburg, and Cubana Social in Williamsburg.

Sign up now before May 14th to get in on it. 

Must-Go Event: Tasting Brooklyn 2013

8 Apr

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 6.39.41 PMIt’s time to taste the borough again! It’s Brooklyn Exposed’s Tasting Brooklyn 2013 on April 16, 2013, where you can sample culinary treats and more than ten varieties of cuisine from over thirty food and drink vendors under one roof.

I’ve been stalking the vendor list and I’ve picked out a few of my favorites: Phin & Phebes Ice Cream, Allswell, The Jakewalk, The Saint Austere, Brooklyn Oenology, Dumont, and Clover Club— so don’t miss ANY of them.

It’s going to be at the beautiful Green Building, and there are two ticketing options– VIP or general (VIP gets you an extra hour and a goody bag)! And new to the event this year is DJ Nutritious, who’ll be spinning soulful, eclectic tunes. Get your tickets here. 

Sipping with Bower Hill Society Recap

4 Apr

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If you like fun events and drinking, you should keep an eye on the Bower Hill Society— who strives to gather enthusiasts to experience rare, unique, and local spirits and unexpected conversation. I attended their recent event, “A Tasting with Jack from Brooklyn’s Sorel Liquer, and elit by Stolichnaya” and had a great time. I’ve had Sorel before, but they were serving up fun mixes– particularly my fave, a Sorel and Prosecco cocktail. If you don’t know Sorel, it’s a delicious hibiscus-flavored liquer. Stolichnaya was also serving their “elit” bottle-, which was probably the smoothest vodka I’ve ever sipped.

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We paired the drinks with snacks like these boozy mini Prohibition Cupcakes, cheese, nuts, and other drink-friendly snacks.

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My favorite part– the prizes! I WON a bar set with Greenhook Ginsmith’s gin (one of my favorites), Sorel, Brut, and a mixer. Score. The event took place at The Jar Group’s office, with a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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