Archive | June, 2013

How to Use Your CSA Blueberries

28 Jun

You may have heard me rave about my CSA, Local Roots NYC. This week, the fruit share included two big pints of blueberries. While I don’t mind eating blueberries plain or topping cereal, I wanted to put them to good use… so I went for blueberry muffins. Check out my recipe.

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Becoming Brooklyn Blueberry Muffins


2 Cups Flour of Your Choice (whole wheat, white, gluten free.. etc.)

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

2/3 Cup Almond Milk

2/3 Cup Maple Syrup (my mom makes her own Maple Syrup up in New Hampshire called “Greenland Gold,” so of course, I use that.)

1 Egg

1/2 Cup Olive Oil (or any other oil you like)

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1 Cup Blueberries

(Makes 12 Medium Muffins)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper liners or use a lot of non-stick spray. Mix all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients. Add to dry mixture and stir until completely mixed. Fold in blueberries. Scoop batter into 12 muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden.

Let cool. Devour.

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Help Produce SKINNYFATTIES’ First Collection!

28 Jun

I’m a huge fan of SKINNYFATTIES— the Brooklyn-based brand that tailors fat ties into much more fashionable skinny ties. Now, they’re working on something super exciting, their first-ever collection! But they can’t do it alone; the founder Joshua is asking for our help to make it happen. He’s created an Indiegogo campaign to get things up and running.

Your investment would enable them to place a larger order for their initial inventory in order to provide customers with a lower cost per tie. With this inventory, SKINNYFATTIES can be available for purchase on a global level. They could then hire qualified seamstresses to help keep up with the demand of the tie tailoring service. They also help CareerGear, a fantastic non-profit dedicated to empowering men who are low-income to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.

Donate here and help spread the word! 

Drool of the Day: Ceviche at Gran Electrica

26 Jun
Spotted (and eaten) at Gran Electrica in Dumbo.

Spotted (and eaten) at Gran Electrica in Dumbo.

A Magical Evening at the Sud de France Tasting at The Pines

24 Jun

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There are some nights that can only be described as “magical,” and The Sud de France Tasting at The Pines, was just that. The sparking string lights hung over The Pines’ charming backyard, with distressed wood tables draped in blue and white checkered table cloths and boxes of bright fruit and veggies covered the space. French wine flowed, to pair with each dish, as Chef Angelo Romano worked diligently in the back of the yard, taking chances with flavors every chance he had.

Oysters and Rose Water

Oysters and Rose Water

Sometimes the pace of a chef’s tasting can drag on, or come much too quickly, giving you little time to savor each plate, but this was spot-on, with just enough time to eat and relish each course throughly. We started the an amuse-bouche, followed by the most gorgeously-plated oyster and rose water. I’m still thinking about the second course: mussels in a velvety cheese, with hunks of warm bread. The mussels were followed by asparagus and caviar, then fourth was frog leg agnolotti– a rich and buttery pasta with an unexpected frog leg filling. The dish that seemed to get the most rave reviews amongst diners was the “Duck and a Bean,” with duck prepared three ways and two bean dipping sauces. Finally, the flavor combination least expected, the Cassoulet Gelato for dessert. Surprisingly, the flavors meshed perfectly together– a white bean gelato with a savory cake and a sweet caramel-y sauce. Somehow, Chef Romano made it work.

Mussels and Cheese

Mussels and Cheese

Asparagus and Caviar

Asparagus and Caviar

Frog Leg Agnolotti

Frog Leg Agnolotti

Duck and a Bean

Duck and a Bean

Cassoulet Gelato

Cassoulet Gelato

While the Sud De France fest is complete for this year, you can still savor the flavors and enjoy the backyard at The Pines, and follow Sud de France for future events.


Pigs + Pies Party

21 Jun

On June 28th, $55 is going to buy you all the porky products, pizza, beer, and wine you can drink. Not only that, but also the opportunity to hang out with the team at Roberta’s who supplies their products to awesome chefs like Sean Brock, Paul Kahan, and David Chang. Ah-mazing. If you’re a meaty eater, you won’t want to miss the charcuterie and pizza topped with all of the meaty fix-ins like ham, sausage, and bacon. AND it’s all going down in the garden at Roberta’s.

Get your tickets here. 


Taste the Sud de France at The Pines

20 Jun

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What does the Sud de France taste like? I’m going to find out and you can too. On Sunday, June 23 at 6:30pm, Chef Romano of The Pines Restaurant in Gowanus will cook up a 7-course wine-paired dinner in the restaurant’s backyard as part of the Sud De France Festival. It will all go down in The Pines’ backyard, which just recently opened. They say it has a “funky, laid-back European feel” which seems to pair perfectly with the South of France theme. On top of the fantastic menu, there will bea live jazz band to set the mood.  The experience is $125 per person, all inclusive.

If this sounds good to you, you might want to check out the other Sud de France events happening around the city, but be sure to make it to The Pines on Sunday! And don’t worry, I’ll have a full report for you post-dinner. Get your tickets here. 

Carroll Gardens’ Gardens in Pictures

18 Jun

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Snack + Cocktail at Bocca Lupo

17 Jun

Here’s a Brooklyn date idea: grab a snack and a cocktail after work at one of my favorite Italian bar-restaurants in the borough: Bocca Lupo. Encased in expansive wall sized windows, this charming Cobble Hill corner spot is filled with cozy tables topped with fresh flower arrangements. The menu is ideal for sharing– but I always get the spicy mussels, served with bread for dipping into the tomato sauce. Other great options: the crostini, cheese plate, and calamari salad. Pair your snack with a cocktail (or two); preferably the simple and refreshing Aperol Spritz.




Get Beach-Ready with N4 Spa + Salon

11 Jun

N4 June Event Invite - PublicOne of my favorite spas in Brooklyn, N4 Med Spa + Salon (Williamsburg’s first med spa) is here to help you rejuvenate and get beach ready with its “Fabulous for the Summer” party on Thursday, June 13, 7-9 pm.

The highly trained N4 Med Spa staff at 47 N 4th Street is inviting the community and visitors to experience their treatments and services, such as massages, facials and manicures, that will leave attendees feeling refreshed and relaxed—and ready for summer! In addition, guests will receive 20% off gift cards and services purchased at the event, as well as 10% off all salon products.

Who could turn that down? Read more about them here.

Found: The Perfect Brooklyn Event Space

10 Jun

I thrive on three things:

1. Discovering new restaurants

2. Telling people where to eat

3. Planning events

I assume that not all of you do too– so that’s why I’m willing to help you discover new restaurants, tell you where to eat, AND help plan your events. So email me about one or all three at In the mean time, here’s a tip to get you started.

FOUND: The Perfect Brooklyn Event Space

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Need a space for a bridal shower, baby shower, fundraiser, party, rehearsal dinner, small wedding, etc. etc.? You have to check out 61 Local in Cobble Hill. If you’re a fan of anything local– beer, wine, cheese… it’s seriously perfect. They offer a mezzanine with exposed brick, wooden beams, and a rustic vibe. I had a trivia night fundraiser there last year and the friendly staff was so helpful and accommodating. They can set you up with all the catering in house (if necessary), which makes things much easier. And even better, they’re flexible and affordable for event planners on a budget. Email for more info and to start planning.

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