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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.




A New Flavor of Ice Cream Company Moves into Brooklyn

6 Mar
The infamous Sriracha Popcorn ice cream

The infamous Sriracha Popcorn ice cream

If I was forced to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be ice cream. So any ice cream news (particularly news of ice cream in my neighborhood) catches my attention. That’s why I’m excited about Hay Rosie– a craft ice cream “micro-creamery” that’s slated to open in Carroll Gardens, and will begin producing and distributing in April.

Hay Rosie was founded by Stef Ferrari, a certified Cicerone (which is kind of like a sommelier of beer), who decided to fulfill her retirement life dream early. She went through Penn State’s Ice Cream program and began creating flavors like Mexican Muscovado Caramel and Sage Chocolate Chip. While many ice cream brands purchase a “base” for their product and add to the mix, Stef decided to make her ice cream from scratch, allowing for flavor customization.

“I want to get the most intense flavor out of every bite,” Stef said, seeming to be dreaming up flavors as we spoke. “I’m always thinking about how I can make something delicious into ice cream.” Stef said, then mentioning her “Sriracha Popcorn” creation and her hopes to make horseradish work in ice cream.

Mexican Muscovado Cream

Mexican Muscovado Caramel

Although the Carroll Gardens space isn’t an ice cream shop per se, Hay Rosie hopes to open a tasting room that will be open to the public two days per week. They are currently raising money for this feature on Indiegogo.

If there’s one thing that’s clear in chatting with Stef, aside from her deep passion for ice cream (she was wearing ice cream earrings when I met her), is how much she cares about the Brooklyn community and her residing neighborhood of Carroll Gardens.

“I love this community, and I’m really looking forward to my business being a part of it. I want to work with local producers and educate people about ice cream,” Stef said.

You can learn more about Hay Rosie here, and be sure to check out the Indiegogo Campaign.

Malted Vanilla with PB Honey Swirl

Malted Vanilla with PB Honey Swirl