Archive | June, 2014

Food Find: The Everything Mary

15 Jun

bmI visited French Louie for their opening day serving brunch. I was impressed that on their first brunch day, they staff and menu was so spot on, with dishes like Cured Arctic Char Tartine and Creme Brûlée French Toast. But my favorite find was the “Everything Mary,” made with Everything Bagel-infused Vodka and a caraway salt rim. It has a savory oniony taste with notes of poppy and sesame, which goes well with the sweeter tomato flavor of the mix. The restaurant wasn’t sure how brunch-ers would react, so they took it off the menu, but will make it if you ask.

Say Cheers with Medicinal Cocktails

4 Jun

bijansDo I see a “cocktail cleanse” in the future? Ok, maybe not quite, but at Bijan’s in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, you can feel better about happy hour.

Bijan’s serves a “medicinal” cocktail menu—meaning they add herbs and spices with nutritional value to mixed drinks for an extra boost. Take the signature “Bijan” for example, is a mix of vodka, pineapple, healing mint, immune-building elderflower, and cayenne.

“We make all of our own all-natural syrups daily, use fresh squeezed juice, and spices like cayenne ‘awaken’ the body. Nothing is artificial here,” said Erica English, Bijan’s General Manager.

The herbal ingredients, like mint, basil, and their specialty iced tea with rose petals, come from a local shop just down the street—The Herb Shoppe, a retail business selling organic herbs & teas, and providing herbal healing & medication. Bijan’s also brings its health-conscious tendencies to its Persian-inspired menu. Instead of salt, dishes are flavored with Pepper and Sumac, a Persian spice made up of 250 different herbs. And have no fear if you’re dining with your gluten-free, vegan, lactose-intolerant, or nut-allergic pals, Bijan’s makes an effort to accommodate all dietary restrictions and allergies—so no feeling awkward about menu requests.

Bottom line: Go for the cocktails, stay for the food, and enjoy the added bonus of natural, organic herbs and spices.