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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.

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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.




3 Bloody Marys to Drink Right Now

20 Mar

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know I take photos of (and drink) bloody marys every chance I get. So I want to share a few of my more recent bloody encounters. Here are three to sip on soon!

1. Diner in Williamsburg

Seriously one of the best I’ve had in a while. It was tall and spicy, but still simple and classic– garnished with a lemon, a slice of carrot, and a green olive.

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2. Brucie in Carroll Gardens

They’re new on the brunch scene– but serving up uer-garnished bloody marys. If you like a little garden in your bloody, this is it.

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3. Speedy Romeo in Clinton Hill

I recently visited Speedy Romeo and I’m completely obsessed with everything about it– right down to their bloody mary made with soju, San Marzano tomatoes, and lemon.

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Where to Brunch Right How: Hunter’s Restaurant

10 Mar

bloody hunterIt’s taken me a while (in foodie time) to get to Hunter’s, just because I was afraid of being disappointed by a mediocre brunch, when I know there are so many other Brooklyn spots I could have a fantastic brunch. But I went for it, and I’m glad I did. Hunter’s opened a few months ago in a cozy little Smith Street space, a space that many other restaurants have failed before, which also increased my worry levels. It’s got exposed brick walls, wood tables and a rustic decor that fits it’s “Hunter” theme, but not in a cheesy or kitchy kind of way.

I especially liked the bar setup, which lends itself to a weekend afternoon drink or a Friday night cocktail. I chose a table close to the front of the restaurant, and ordered a bloody mary. It came with an elaborate garnish of veggies and meat (which I kind of wish I knew before I ordered), but was spicy and full of horseradish ( just the way I like it). I paired it with a kale salad. I was prepared for a dinky bed of greens, which can sometimes happen when you order a kale salad at a restaurant, but was pleasantly surprised to receive a hearty plate of kale, chickpeas, roasted squash, and hardboiled egg, topped with a mustard seed sauce. It resembled a Christmas wreath, and had layers of flavor thanks to the “grilled” preparation.


Because I couldn’t finish without trying another item on their extensive cocktail menu, I went for the “Katniss Everdeen,” a mixture of apple jack, St. Germain, White Lillet, and bitters. It was sweeter, but not too sweet, and was a nice body-warmer on a chilly March afternoon.

If you aren’t an order-a-salad-at-brunch kind of guy or girl, and I’ll tell you I’m usually not, other options include yogurt pancakes, a seasonal omelet, and an egg sandwich. Here’s the rest of the menu for you to check out. 

So you heard it here– visit soon; I wish I visited sooner.

Where to Brunch Right Now: Calyer

26 Dec


I’ve talked to a few Brooklynites who have told me they “hate brunch.” You can imagine my shock and awe, since brunching is one of my hobbies, but in some way, I can understand what they mean. Brunch can be a scene; long waits, crowded tables, rushed service… I hear you. If you’ve lost faith in Brooklyn brunch, I suggest you visit Calyer.

This Greenpoint spot is unpretentious, comfortable, and when I visited, there was no wait. I started at the bar; the friendly bartender offered me the brunch cocktail list, and I started with a frothy Snap Sour, that was a sweet way to start the day– almost like a liquid gingersnap cookie.

As a Bloody Mary enthusiast, I couldn’t leave without trying the house bloody mary with gin, which had a good balance of tomato and spice, and garnished with a celery stick, an olive, and a pickle. I paired it with a kale salad– tossed with almonds, clothbound cheddar cheese, lemon vinaigrette, and topped with two baked eggs.


If kale salads don’t excite you, the bartender recommends his favorite, the corned beef hash (with confit potato, melted onions, and two poached eggs, and the new sausage and egg sandwich. Calyer also just added nitrate-free bacon to the menu if that’s your thing.


If brunch was this fabulous, I’ll have to go in for dinner. Calyer, I’ll be back in for dinner soon.

A Pickle Topped Bloody Mary to Start the Day…

20 Jun

Spotted at Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens

The Most Underrated Brunch in Brooklyn.

15 Jan

If you haven’t noticed, like most New Yorkers, I eat a lot of brunch. I often recommend brunch spots to my friends, tweeps, co-workers, or complete strangers, and I take a lot of recos too. What’s lacking from our conversations? Olea in Fort Greene. Sure we’re chatting up Buttermilk Channel, Egg, and Cafe Luluc, but no mentions of the fabulous Mediterranean spot on Lafayette Ave. SO here I am to vent about how much I love it.

Three words. The Turkish Breakfast. Order it. It’s pretty much the only thing I get there because it’s so good I would feel bad if I got anything else. It’s eggs scrambled with cilantro, tomato and red onion, fattoush, eggplant salad, herbed yogurt, and grilled pita bread. I also always pair it with a bloody mary, which I have already dubbed the best bloody mary in Brooklyn. It’s not too tomatoey and has just the right amount of horseradish.

I tend to head to Olea during the summer because it’s near the outdoor BK flea, but the winter is a great time to stop by too. When it’s 13 degrees outside, it’s nice to feel like you’ve been transported to a Greek isle for a couple hours. Check out Olea’s full menu here, and add it to your brunch to do list.


Sip on this: Bloody Mary at Colonie

4 Oct

My favorite Brooklyn Heights restaurant Colonie is serving up fantastic bloody marys to accompany their spectacular brunch. So what sets this one apart? The celery salt on the rim.

Where to Brunch Right Now: Colonie

11 Sep

I’ve raved to you about Colonie‘s dinner and drinks, but I’ve fallen in love with the restaurant all over again after brunch this weekend. First of all, no exaggeration, Colonie is one of the prettiest restaurants that I’ve ever visited. The exposed brick, unique light fixtures, and gorgeous garden wall create an inviting atmosphere– especially for brunch when you are still kind of sleepy.

I started off with a french press of Crop to Cup coffee, served with large white mugs. I paired my coffee with the mushroom egg toast topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. The brunch menu also includes shrimp & grits, biscuit benedict, and duck hash with fingerling potatoes and a slow poached egg. If you prefer a brunch cocktail to coffee, make sure to try the blood orange mimosa or the bloody mary with vodka, tomato, tabasco, worcestershire, celery salt, fresh horseradish, lemon, jalapeno, and sherry.

If you haven’t made it in to Colonie on Atlantic Avenue, make sure to check it out soon, whether you’re stopping in for a drink, dinner, or brunch. The staff and owners are extremely helpful and friendly, and they will be sure to take care of your appetite.

Sip This Right Now

26 May

Nothing says Sunday brunch like a spicy bloody mary, and I’ve found the perfect one to top off this Memorial Day Weekend, at Olea in Fort Greene. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Greek Isles as you enjoy the Mediterranean-style brunch menu and mid-day cocktail list. Give the Turkish Breakfast a try, or eggs scrambled with fresh cilantro, tomato, red onion, eggplant salad, herbed yogurt, and grilled pita bread. But no matter what you order, don’t leave without trying the bloody mary– it’s the perfect balance of heat and fresh tomato.

Bonus tip! After Olea, head over to the Brooklyn Flea, just a couple blocks away to score some amazing vintage flea finds.

Where to Brunch Right Now: River Deli

16 Mar

River Deli is usually known for their homemade pastas and extensive wine list, but I suggest heading over for the weekend brunch. With an Italian vibe and the freshest ingredients, the corner restaurant’s bright atmosphere make it a great spot to enjoy a leisurely early-afternoon meal.

Aside from the eggs and homefries, you can’t leave without trying the organic bloody mary topped with basil and olives. Head over to 32 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights this weekend– brunch starts at 11am.