Archive for the ‘brooklyn’ Category

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Old School

August 13, 2010

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Watched a little boy beg his mom for a quarter and felt like I had gone back in time.

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Grilled Cheese at the Brooklyn Flea

August 9, 2010

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J and I went to the Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson in Fort Greene, looking for inspiration for our new home (we moved!). It’s very cool how you can see the bank features in the space, like the huge vault doors and high domed ceilings. Still, something about the space feels a bit off for the Flea. I preferred it under the Brooklyn Bridge.

While we were there, we decided to get some grilled cheese sandwiches from a vendor we’d never seen before, Milk Truck. J got the classic grilled cheese with tomato (boring), and I got the classic “with a twist” (made with Aged Wisconsin Gruyere, Champagne Pickled Onions & Whole Grain Mustard on Jewish Rye). Both were sub-par. We also got a chocolate-cherry milkshake which was terrible… we could barely get it up the straw because it was so thick. However, I wouldn’t write this place off. It seemed like the man behind the counter was frazzled beyond belief — we watched him make our “milkshake” and forget to add the milk. Thus, we had a blended cup of ice cream. Maybe it was just an off day? Have you had a better experience?

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Spring Sprung, and then Crawled Back in its Hole

March 29, 2010

Just to cheer myself up, I’m posting this picture I took on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights last week. The sunny, yellow flower buds brightened my day. And now, I’m stuck in rain coats, rain boots, and my turtleneck sweater dress all over again!

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What To Do With a Box of Veggies?

February 22, 2010

That box you see above? That appeared on my doorstep last Monday. For Christmas, my brother signed me up for a service called Urban Organic. It’s a produce-delivery service that specializes in sending organic goodies to urban areas (i.e., Brooklyn).There are all different types of packages you can buy, but I’m getting 4 of the “Little Box” — “More convenience than value, perfect for one. 11-13 items, 1-2 pieces of each item.” I am absolutely LOVING this — a fresh box of fruits and veggies at my doorstep every 2 weeks for 2 months. And not only is it great to have all the fresh, healthy produce, it’s also completely inspiring me to cook “outside the box” (ha!). So far, I’ve made:

… and lots of other more random dishes. It’s made me try recipes I normally would think are way beyond my skills, and it’s made me cook ingredients that I would be too afraid to buy at the store. Every Monday, I feel like I’m on my own version of Chopped — opening a box of ingredients and being forced to figure out a dish to make. We’re almost done with box #2!

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Valentine’s Day in Red Hook

February 16, 2010

Yesterday was such a great day. I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing me gush about my fantastic boyfriend, but he’s pretty amazing and it’s hard not to gush! For Valentine’s Day, I got a beautiful bouquet of roses, and woke up to the sounds of J cooking away in the kitchen. He decided to make me Eggs Benedict — only my favorite brunch item in the world. He made his own Hollandaise sauce, cooked some canadian bacon, and even poached some eggs. Very, very impressive undertaking… and now he’s on a mission to master this dish. Works for me!

For dinner, we went to The Good Fork in Red Hook and had such a lovely meal. We took a cab out there, and we were a bit early, so we walked to the water and got to watch a colorful sunset over the East River (and right behind the Statue of Liberty). I love Brooklyn sunsets. The Valentine’s Day tasting menu at The Good Fork was great — very cozy and homey, but upscale enough to feel like a proper celebration. We had everything from oysters to scallops to steak to braised boar. We also got the wine pairing which is something we never splurge on. We enjoyed everything we ate and drank, and we loved the quiet, neighborhood vibe of the place. It looked like there was a nice garden out back, so I’m looking forward to checking this place out again in the summer!