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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


Simple Vanilla Ice Cream Wanted

17 Nov

I enjoy unique ice cream flavors, with chunks of cookie, hot fudge, or brownie batter, but sometimes you want something simple… particularly when pairing ice cream with another flavorful dessert. If a simple white vanilla sounds like the perfect topper to your holiday pie or decadent chocolate tart, go for Brooklyn Bell.

Founders Ron & Katie Cunningham have perfected the old-school, classic variety, with a clean vanilla bean flavor. The duo believes in simple, honest ingredients and high quality product. I like to top off a hot apple pie or crumble with the ice cream, and pictured here is an Apple, Pear, Dried Cherry, & Bourbon Crumble courtesy of the ladies from home/made Brooklyn, topped with Brooklyn Bell Ice Cream at my latest dinner party with The Sauce.

The_Sauce120[Photo by Tiffany Loria]

Handcrafted Treats from The Brooklyn Bell

24 Jul

gingerBrooklyn-based Ron and Kati Cunningham of Brooklyn Bell Foods & Co. have a good thing going on. They’re making and serving up treats to satisfy your vegan side and not-so-vegan side with chewy vegan oat bars and rich and creamy ice cream. The duo is all bout creating simple, minimally processed goodies… of course, made right here in BK.

I met Ron and Kati at By Brooklyn and indulged in some samples. They created six flavors: Black Lava Caramel, Brown Butter Pecan, White Vanilla, Detroit City Rocks (a twist on Rocky Road), Mixed Chocolate, and Simply Strawberry. Roy confessed his favorite is the strawberry, and while I’m usually drawn to the chocolate/caramel side of things, I had to agree with him. The Strawberry is so simple, yet tastes exactly like a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream. It’s delicious.


The vegan oat “Good Bars” are like like super superfood granola bars, packed with dried fruit, oats, and nuts. I tasted the “Ginger Bar,” made of apricots, ginger, and a touch of coconut oil. I took a bite and decided to combine the two delicious treats: my strawberry ice cream pint and my Ginger Bar. Magic. Other flavors include Brooklyn Blues and Black Standard.

You can buy both here. 


Phin & Phebes NEW Flavor Launch Party

17 May


Have you tried my favorite ice cream Phin & Phebes? Ok, Have you tried their new flavors? Here’s your chance: Head over to their New Flavor Launch Party on May 23rd at 6:30pm to get a taste and meet the lovely ladies behind the local ice cream brand. It’s all happening at 61Local (what do you know, one of my fave bars too!) until 9:30pm that evening. Admission is free and they’ll be giving away some prizes, offering samples of the new ice cream flavors AND serving up some ice cream floats crafted by 61Local and P&P at the bar. What more could you want?

So get this: The new flavors are Peanutty Pretzel and Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel. To. Die. For.

Get your tickets here. 

Drool of the Day: Simi’s Sundae

7 May
Spotted at Brooklyn Farmacy-- with istachio cardamom ice cream & farmacy's warm carmel sauce. topped with farmacy's own pistachio crumbles and fresh whipped cream.

Spotted at Brooklyn Farmacy– with pistachio cardamom ice cream & Farmacy’s warm carmel sauce. topped with farmacy’s own pistachio crumbles and fresh whipped cream.

New England Style Ice Cream in Brooklyn

4 Jul

I admit– I’m a little bit of an ice cream snob. I love thick, cream, New England-style ice cream made with the freshest local ingredients. And I haven’t been able to find a place I like in NYC yet…. until now. Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights is some of the best ice cream I’ve had in the city. The shop serves over 20 flavors, and in the tough decision between the bananamon (kind of like banana pudding) and the mint chocolate flake, I selected the mint. don’t let the summer end without a sundae from Ample Hills; or at least a cone.

The Ice Cream You’ll Melt Over

6 Feb

I’m a sucker for anything made locally. I probably didn’t have to tell you that either. My latest find? Phin & Phebe’s Ice Cream made right here in Brooklyn. It’s the creamiest ice cream I’ve ever eaten– and I’m from New England originally so that’s saying something. The flavors they offer started out as recipes in their home kitchen, but now they produce them on a larger scale. The ice cream duo is serving up unique combinations like Coconut Key Lime, Ginger Cookie Snap, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, and my favorite Banana Whama (banana pudding ice cream with vanilla wafers).

I bought mine at Brooklyn Fare, but you can also get it at Brooklyn Victory Garden, Brucie, Foragers, The Greene Grape, or any of these places listed here. 

Ice Cream + Beer = Pint Mash Up Party

4 Aug

Two of my favorite NYC establishments are coming together in a perfect food & drink marriage– Steve’s Ice Cream and 61Local are teaming up to bring you a Pint Mash Up Party! That means the fabulous craft ice cream and craft beers will come together to create amazing new flavors like Beer Pretzel Caramel, Maple Porter Pecan, and Bklyn Blackout.

Mark your calendars. On August 13th, the day kicks off at 11am with a Steve’s Ice Cream pop-up ice cream stand at 61Local. Steve’s will be serving Ice Cream Floats (yes, I said it) made with all things on tap, PLUS scoops and ice cream sandwiches. To make it even more exciting, you’ll have the chance to win gift baskets full of local stuff like local goodness like Cut Brooklyn, Mike’s Hot Honey, Liddabit Sweets, Ovenly Bar Snacks, The Stand Syrup, Anarchy in a Jar Jam, Brooklyn Butcher Block and KBBK Kombucha.

THEN from 6pm to 1am, they will serve up free samples of those new flavors I mentioned. You’re invited, so come on down! I. Can’t. Wait.

Savor this Sundae

29 Jun

It’s Ice Cream Sundae Season (okay, maybe it’s always Ice Cream Sundae Season), and I’ve found the ultimate indulgence to cool you down in the sweltering city heat. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain is serving up the largest, most decadent sundaes in the neighb. This photo is of the classic sundae, but they are also offering “The Sundae of Broken Dreams,” topped with broken pretzels, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. Not up for the monstrous mound of ice cream? Go for a milkshake, egg cream, or just a plain scoop of one of their delicious flavors.

The old-school soda fountain not only serves a variety of sweet treats, but they also sell some of my fave local Brooklyn goods, like McClure’s Bloody Mary mix and Early Bird Granola. Brooklyn Farmacy is located at 513 Henry Street. Check out their blog before you visit!