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5 Brooklyn Foods to Eat Before Summer Ends

11 Aug

We’re getting down to the last few weeks of summer, so it’s about time you started your Summer 2014 Brooklyn Food (and Drink) Bucket List. But where to begin? I have a few suggestions. Here are my top five picks.

1. Hay Rosie Ice Cream

Hay Rosie recently opened in Carroll Gardens, offering up unique ice cream flavors from Sriracha Popcorn, to Lemon Bar, and Sage Chocolate Chip. The tiny tasting room is worth a visit, and you can even stock up your freezer with their ice cream “cubes” instead of pints. I suggest the Malted Chocolate with Honeyed Peanut Butter Swirl if you’re into that kind of thing.

The infamous Sriracha Popcorn ice cream

The infamous Sriracha Popcorn ice cream

2. The Pines’ Yard Menu

One f my favorite Gowanus hot spots, The Pines, created a “Yard Menu” for summer, served in their charming backyard. Head over on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for items like blistered shishito peppers, lobster rolls with bloody mary mayo, and free DIY s’mores.


3. Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ Blueberry Pie

Fresh blueberries are one of the best things to come out of summer. Four & Twenty Blackbirds has managed to elevate the blueberry pie while keeping it simple– with a crisp, buttery crust and sweet blueberry filling that oozes onto the plate with each forkful.

four and twenty

4. Lobster Joint’s Lobster Bloody Mary

True, you can enjoy a bloody mary anytime of year, but I prefer The Lobster Joint in Greenpoint in the summer, when I can sit in the back picnic tables with a lobster roll and lobster roll bloody mary. The spicy, horseradish-filled cocktail is topped with a giant chunk of lobster claw. Ah-mazing.


5. Alma’s Fish Tacos

Alma makes this list not only for the fish tacos (read: crispy battered fish with crunchy cabbage and radishes in a soft corn tortilla), but also for the gorgeous rooftop views of the city and the sweet frozen margaritas. It’s the ultimate summer dinner destination.




Drool of the Day: Fish Tacos

24 May
Spotted at Alma on Columbia Street Waterfront

Spotted at Alma on Columbia Street Waterfront

Drool of the Day: Huevos Oaxaca at Alma

14 Sep

Welcoming 2012, Brooklyn Style

1 Jan

I welcomed 2012 in true Brooklyn style. A group of my Brooklyn-appreciating pals and I headed to Alma for a 3-course meal, margaritas, and plenty of prosecco. I enjoyed an ensalada, followed by a chile relleno stuffed with butternut squash and rice, and finished off with some caramel flan. My counterparts enjoyed paella, pork belly, filet mignon, and lots of churros. We ate and drink on the rooftop, overlooking downtown Manhattan.

After we were completely full, we headed over to 61Local, one of my favorite bars. The fab owner David introduced us to their latest offering– hard ginger ale. How do they make ginger ale hard? No, it’s not spiked, it’s actually made of fermented pineapple, which gives it a sweet taste too. In the usual new years eve style, the entire bar counted down to midnight, cheers-ing to 2012.

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My Brooklyn New Years Eve Plans

29 Dec

I had a difficult time deciding at which Brooklyn spot I would ring in the new year. After careful deliberation, I picked Alma for dinner. With a $50 prix fixe and the ultimate rooftop dining experience, I knew it would be ideal for a new years eve celebration. The menu includes paella de Mexico, braised duck tacos, mexican churros with caramel sauce, and more delectable picks.

AFTER dinner, I’ll  be heading to one of my favorite bars of all time– 61Local. At midnight, they’ll be serving up some off-the-beaten-path fizzy stuff like hard ginger beer, hard apple cider, and a fizzy red blended from Red Hook winery in Brooklyn.

Sound good? Come out and join the party. And even if you can’t make it, I’ll be sure to post about the festivities here with plenty of pictures.

Alma Gets Super Spicy

17 May

One of my favorite Brooklyn restaurants (and a former “Where to Eat Right Now”) Alma is turning up the heat with their tear-inducing chili peppers. If you like hot and spicy food, make sure to find something on the menu with a chili. The pictured dish was a brunch special, eggs chili, and jalapeno potatoes. I can usually handle the spiciest of spicy with class and dignity, but this dish definitely brought tears to my eyes and fire to my tongue. I challenge you, Becoming Brooklyn readers, to eat an entire Alma chili pepper!

Where to Eat Right Now

29 Jul

Where can you find a gorgeous view, rooftop dining, mouthwatering guacamole, and giant pitchers of sangria? Alma Restaurant in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Alma is the perfect summer spot for authentic Mexican food and refreshing icy drinks, so of course it’s currently at the top of  my list of must-go restaurants in New York.

The dinner menu includes entrees like enchiladas, poblano relleno, and  pan roasted mahi mahi with a mango cucumber mint salsa. I suggest the brunch menu– an extensive list of egg dishes like huevos oaxaca, or two fried eggs with black beans, spicy tomato salsa with jalepeno potatoes and plantains. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2:30pm. Visit Alma this weekend at 187 Columbia Street at the corner of Degraw Street; it’s worth the trek to Red Hook!