Archive | December, 2013

5 Sweets to Eat in 2014

26 Dec

Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean it’s the end of sweet snacks. I’ve picked out three of my favorites from this year, to order for the last days of 2013 and beyond.

1. Mixed Berry Biscuit Pudding from Sweet Chick

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2. Churros from Gran Electrica

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3. Baklava from The Bahche

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4. Simi’s Sundae from Brooklyn Farmacy

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5. Pudding from Nightingale 9

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Where to Eat Right Now: Marco’s

23 Dec
Fried egg with pumpkin and mushrooms.

Fried egg with pumpkin and mushrooms.

I was disappointed when I saw Franny’s was leaving their Flatbush Avenue location, but was quickly relieved when I saw they were moving down the street, and that the Franny’s team would be opening a new Italian joint in its place. Marco’s opened its doors with a new look. The space is now filled with dark wood, a marble bar near the door, and an antiquey-style. The wait was a half an hour, but I was happy to sit on a cushioned bar stool and sip on wine recommended by the helpful bartender.

The menu is set up in typical Italian fashion– divided into antipasti, primi, secondi, and contorni. I selected the fried egg with pumpkin and mushrooms, as a starter, figuring you can’t go wrong with a fried egg. I liked that the yolk oozed through the plate, covering the pumpkin and mushrooms in a savory egg sauce. My only complaint is that I could have used one more egg in the dish. I also enjoyed the Ligurian Fish Stew with monkfish, shrimp, bay scallops and mussels– a warming dish for a chilly winter night. The dish was served  with a crisp crusty bread topped with a creamy cheese, best for dipping.

Marco’s is a nice addition to the neighborhood, with a comfortable atmosphere and a hearty Italian menu, proving the team can do much more than pizza.

Ligurian Fish Stew

Ligurian Fish Stew

Celebrate Southern-Style this New Years Eve

20 Dec

seerOne of my favorite BK restaurants, Seersucker, is celebrating New Years Eve with two 5-course dinner menu options, one meat-centric and one vegetarian. Chef Rob Newton will serve up is specialty Southern-inspired cuisine with a twist, with dishes like Mississippi Catfish Roulade, Whole Roasted Strip Loin, Braised Long Island Squid (the one I’m most looking forward to), and sweets like Buttermilk Panna Cotta for dessert. Vegetarians have plenty of options too, like Celery Root Cutlet and Anson Mills Steel Cut Risotto. You can find both menus on their Facebook page here. Call now to make your reservation.

Celebrate the Season at the Sixpoint Holiday Concert & Beer Festival

11 Dec

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I can’t think of many better ways to celebrate the holidays than with a beer fest– especially if Brooklyn-based brewery Sixpoint is involved. The First Annual Sixpoint Holiday Concert and Beer Festival is on December 14th, 3-7pm and will raise money for Sixpoint’s year-long charity partner, The Humane Society of New York.

Enjoy an afternoon of live music and beer tasting, with unlimited samples of 12 different Sixpoint beers like Crisp, Sweet Action, and Global Warmer.  Early Bird tickets are $40, then $50 for general admission, and $60 at the door. Get your tickets here.

Snack on This: Anchovy Toast at Vekslers

10 Dec
Devoured at Vekslers in Cobble Hill.

Devoured at Vekslers in Cobble Hill.

Last Minute Gifts: Affordable Art

5 Dec

giftMy favorite Brooklyn gallery, Ground Floor Gallery, is kicking off the holiday season with the “It’s a Wrap!” Holiday Sale and Show on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6 – 9pm.   “It’s a Wrap!” is a juried exhibition of more than 20 emerging artists selling art and design objects for $12 – $190.   Between the pop art coloring books, jungle animal portraits, homemade planters, and map drawings on offer, there will be something for everyone– AND it’s affordable. In true holiday spirit, guests will be encouraged to buy the work straight off the walls.  Gift bags will be provided and artist Brendan Carroll will take Polaroid snapshots at the “It’s a Wrap!” photo studio.

Learn more about Ground Floor Gallery here. 

Becoming Brooklyn Holiday Gift Guide

2 Dec

Have you started shopping for your favorite Brooklyn-ites yet? My shopping is well underway, and I’ve picked out five of my favorite Brooklyn-y gifts.

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1. For the Foodie:

Know a foodie with a weakness for salty snacks? Hook ’em up with a “Salt of the Earth” Gift Set from With Love From Brooklyn. It’s filled with sweet/salty goodies from Brooklyn artisans, like the Good Batch Brown Butter Salties, Salty Road Salt Caramel Saltwater Taffy, Spoonable Salty Caramel Sauce, Liddabit Sweets Salt Caramels, and Anarchy in a Jar Grapefruit Smoked Salt Marmalade.

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2. For the Guy or Gal on the Go

When I’m running errands, grocery shopping, or even brunching, I’m bringing a tote bag along. I especially love this Brownstone design from Claudia Pearson. Plus, for today only, score 20% off with the code CYBER13.

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3. For the Designy Dude or Diva

If you have a pal with a perfectly designed pad, check out these cute NYC magnets made by Brooklyn Rehab, and available at By Brooklyn. Plus, they are environmentally friendly, since they are made from sustainable bamboo.

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4. For the Beauty Babe

S.W. Basics is a savior for sensitive skin. Their products are created from scratch using only whole, high-potency ingredients. From a Hibiscus Mask to Vegan Lip Balm, this Brooklyn-based beauty brand knows what’s up.

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5. For the Stylish Guy

SKINNYFATTIES is one of my favorite brands of all time. Why? It’s such a unique concept. Joshua Adam Brueckner is making those fat, out-dated ties and making them into skinny cool ties for the stylish guy. I suggest shopping the collection, or just get a gift certificate so your giftee can transform the ties he already owns.