Tag Archives: Fort Greene

The Best Finds from the New Colonia Verde

6 May

Fort Greene’s new Latin American restaurant Colonia Verde specializes in cuisine cooked over an open fire. Their fresh dishes are best enjoyed in their back greenhouse space, ideal for a Spring day– too cool for an alfresco meal, but warm enough to want to enjoy the sunshine. The front of the restaurant features a comfortable bar that overlooks the kitchen, with cool cocktails, including my selection, The Piscosa, as the waitress described, “like a margarita but better.” It’s a refreshing mix of jalapeño, tequila, cucumber, and lime, garnished with a little chile pepper.

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I started with the ceviche, topped with a creamy, citrus-y sauce, and yuca strips. The fish was fresh and flavorful, but I felt like the dousing of sauce slightly took away from the simplicity of the fish. However, the crunchy yuca strips were a nice and unexpected texture addition.

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I stayed with the seafood theme, and chose the Whole Grilled Brook Trout, wood-grilled and filled with pistachio-coconut cream and served with roasted fennel. I loved this dish; particularly the pistachio-coconut cream sandwiched inside the two sides of the split fish. The roasted fennel was a unique choice; it reminded me of caramelized onions, and the cheese on top added some richness. Each entree was served on a wooden board for a clean presentation.

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I almost skipped dessert, but instead selected “The Brooklyn Mess.” A glass layered with coffee ice cream, sweet mango, whipped cream, and a crispy grape nut-like cereal. Each cold, crunchy, creamy bite was the perfect end to the meal.

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Eat Where the Wild Things Are

7 Nov

wild-thing-posterOn Wednesday November 20th, take a culinary journey with Madiba Restaurant, as they offer the third installment of their wine pairing dinner series. They’re teaming up with one of the oldest and most canonical wine estates, Rustenberg Wines for a dinner entitled “Where The Wild Things Are.” The menu will take you from sea to earth, with seasonal South African dishes. Some of the featured items include Ostrich Carpaccio and Cape Seafood Soup.

Through wine pairing dinners like this one, Madiba strives to showcase prominent winemakers from South African Estates, and focus on winemaking style. You can buy your tickets on Madiba’s website, here.

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Celebrate Autumn with a Fall Equinox Dinner

30 Aug

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On September 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm, head to Madiba in Fort Greene for the first of its on-going Fall wine dinners in association with boutique and canonical vineyards in South Africa. The first event will be in partnership with Noble Hill – an estate located in the Simonsberg-Paarl region of the Western Cape, 30 miles outside of Cape Town– and will feature a special live performance by Guy Buttery, South Africa’s quintessential acoustic export.

A three-course dinner will be aptly complemented by paired wine by owner of the Noble Hill Estate, Mr. Kristopher Tillery. He will take you on a journey of each wine, carefully selected for each dish, and guide you along some history of the estate and the vine. Mr. Tillery’s passion for his estate’s creations is unmatched and his often bashful dedication to the winemaking process will leave you with a lingering appreciation for this fine craft.

Get your tickets here. 

Drink the Month Away with The Dekalb Classic

15 Mar
Bartender Stephanie Anderson of Madiba Restaurant

Bartender Stephanie Anderson of Madiba Restaurant

Dekalb Avenue homes some of my favorite cocktail spots and talented bartenders, but where can you find the best? The Dekalb Classic will determine that. Through the month of April, five of Dekalb Avenue’s best restaurants will compete for the grand titles of “Best Cocktail” and “Best Bartender.” Chez Oskar, Roman’s, Dino, Madiba, and Walter’s will create their own signature cocktail to compete.

So how do you get in on this event? All you have to do is buy a $50 ticket, which gets you a signature cocktail at each location. After tasting the cocktail, you’ll collect a stamp, and with all 5 stamps you can vote for your favorite AND enter to win an $80 dinner at the restaurant of your choice.

The bartenders will also be competing, like Stephanie Anderson of Madiba Restaurant, pictured here.

Get your ticket and let’s grab a drink together. The event kicks off April 1.

You’re Invited: Becoming Brooklyn Happiest Hour

10 Feb

drinkI have some fun plans for your February 20th evening: a Brooklyn meetup happy hour with me at Lola BKLYN in Fort Greene from 7-9pm.  As a Becoming Brooklyn guest, you’ll get to enjoy happy hour specials like $5 well drinks, $6 glasses of wine and $1 off draft beer.

PLUS the bar will serve up a special “Becoming Brooklyn” cocktail, and there will prizes for being social. So come down and bring some of your BK friends. I want to hear all about your fave Brooklyn places, and I’ll give you some of mine. 

RSVP here now. 

 

Where to Eat Right Now: Lola BKLYN

7 Dec

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Sometimes it’s hard to find the restaurant atmosphere you’re going for– something not too formal, but not too casual either, it’s that perfect balance in between. Lola BKLYN can help you with that Goldilocks-style dilemma. They’ve made some changes recently since the Lola of the past, and they’re serving up gastropub comfort food with a little twist, just right for a group dinner of share-able plates and cocktails.

Salmon and Chickpea Meatballs

Salmon and Chickpea Meatballs

I suggest ordering a bunch of different items to create your own tasting. Go for the Meatballs– they aren’t your traditional beef meatballs, but a trio of bison, salmon and chickpea. I liked the chickpea variety the best, resembling a hearty falafel ball. They’re also served upon mashed potatoes– a play on “meat and potatoes,” perhaps? Follow up with The Green Devils; they’re like deviled eggs, but instead of an egg, you’ll be served an avocado boat filled with lobster salad, chili con carne, or caprese salad. I also enjoyed an in-house fave, the Tangerine Salad, or arugula with blood orange, feta, mint, pumpkin seeds, red onion, and a balsamic drizzle. Other popular picks include the duck poutine (apparently a good food to pair with a night of drinking), veggie fries, and the bison burger.

The Green Devil

The Green Devil

Tangerine Salad

Tangerine Salad

The cocktail menu mirrors the dinner menu– they’re both fun to read, and with plenty of variety. I went with the “Festival Oaxaca,” which was described to me as a winter margarita, a mix of tequila, Grand Marnier, agave syrup, lime, and topped with Rioja. Not a tequila fan? Try The Headless Horseman, a blend of rum, pumpkin ale, orange juice, and topped with Myer’s Dark Rum.

Festival Oaxaca

Festival Oaxaca

The takeway here: Lola BKLYN is taking Fort Greene by storm with their brilliant backyard space, fun events, Tuesday trivia nights, and fun comfort food. Grab some friends, go for some cocktails, and fill up on duck poutine and bison burgers. Oh yes, and don’t forget the chocolate tart.

Chocolate Tart

Chocolate Tart

Where to Eat Right Now: Brooklyn Sandwich Society

11 Nov

If you’re looking for a place to get unique, farm-to-table sandwiches, Brooklyn Sandwich Society is your place. The new eatery comes from Andres and Melissa, the co-runners of the Brooklyn Edible Social Club, one of the coolest supper clubs in Brooklyn. The duo decided they could reach more people with a restaurant, so they left their supper club behind and took things to the next level.

I ordered  “The Grand,” or pan-fried squid, baby bok choy, cilantro, and hot and sour glaze on ciabatta. I had never had squid on a sandwich but loved the chewy, meaty squid juxtaposed with the soft bread and slightly crunchy baby bok choy. Along with sandwiches, Brooklyn Sandwich Society serves up small plates like pan-fried veal sweetbreads, grilled polenta cake, and my pick, the steamed wild mussels in a garlic broth, served with fried bread.

Good news! The Brooklyn Sandwich Society recently started serving brunch too– offering dishes like baked duck egg with yellow corn grits, a cast-iron pancake, petite muffins with bourbon whipped butter, and a couple sandwich specials. Check out all of the menus here. 

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 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.

Farmers Find of the Weekend 5.14.11

15 May

Now that the weather is getting (semi) better, I’m bringing back one of Becoming Brooklyn’s favorite photo features– “Farmers Market Find of the Weekend.” This weekend I visited the farmers market in Fort Greene and brought back some lilacs.