Great Father’s Day Idea

While I try to work my way out of this rut, I am going to stick to great things to read, try or buy! I was wandering my way around Facebook this morning and stumbled upon a great company based in Brooklyn called Mantry. Mantry is a food-of-the-month club that sends members a wooden box (made in Brooklyn) full of artisanal products from all over the United States.

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If you are still struggling with a gift idea for the father(s) in your life, check them out! For $75/month this is a great way to try some new and unusual products while supporting local producers!

Gwynnett St.

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For those of you who don’t know, I work at an amazing restaurant in East Williamsburg Brooklyn called Gwynnett St. A co-worker of mine from my days at Esca opened this place about a year and a half ago. I ate here many times last spring and when I was looking to do something different for work last September, Carl offered me a job. I love working here (even though its about a hour commute each way!) because the food is just so good- it makes my job as a waitress easy when the food sells itself.

I was lucky enough to go in for a tasting menu last night with Lauren. I helped her move about two months ago so she insisted on treating me to dinner. How could I refuse? Normally the tasting menu is 7 courses (and at $85 it is one of the best deals you’ll find in the city) but Chef Owen sent us out 9 courses! We were even able to try a dessert that isn’t on the menu yet! Here’s what we got!


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Our first round of cocktails:

Green Acres (L)- hendricks gin with fennel

Darling Buds (R)- ford’s gin with riesling and strega

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Stinging Nettle Soup (before the broth was poured)

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Stinging Nettle Soup- raw clam, pickled kombu seaweed, parsley root and nasturtium

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Fluke crudo with cucumber broth, marinated shaved cucumber, green almond, knotweed and fresh horseradish

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Cocoa nib pasta with braised artichoke, sunflower seed puree and charred white onion petals

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Second round of cocktails:

Mr Pink (L)- mexcal, absinthe, elderflower with a rim of pink peppercorn, salt and sugar

Flower Power (R)- pisco, aperol, rose petal, rose water and lemon

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Lauren enjoying the last bites of the cocoa nib pasta

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Lamb’s tongue with fresh fava beans, fava bean emulsion, dried fava bean cake and smoked feta

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Cashew tofu with cauliflower and turmeric puree, pickled turmeric, charred cauliflower and black garlic (this is my fav!)

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My last cocktail:

Road to Nowhere- rye whiskey, amaro and orange bitters

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Cobia with roasted celtuce, asparagus and fermented cranberry

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Beef with beef heart, broccoli raab, broccoli florets, pickled ramps and flowers

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Our first dessert (which isn’t on the menu yet)- Strawberry with elderflower meringue and lemon verbena custard

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Our final course- Carrot/cardamom cake, carrot custard, caramel sauce, milk and honey candies with milk and honey sorbet

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And to finish it all off? A montenegro on the rocks with orange to help my very full stomach!
Gwynnett St really is a hidden gem so make sure to check it out next time you’re in the city!

Sunday Funday Round 3: Red Hook

Nick and I had to make a trip to the Ikea in Brooklyn on Sunday so we decided to make a day out of it by wandering around Red Hook afterwards. Red Hook is a little off the beaten path mostly because it’s not directly off any subway lines so we took advantage of having a car to get there!

Our first stop post-Ikea was a restaurant called The Good Fork. A few people from Haven’s Kitchen recommended I check it out and the fact that it was only a quarter-mile from Ikea made it a no brainer. We found a parking spot right out front (score!) and wandered in. It looked a little empty but then I noticed sunshine coming from the back of the restaurant outdoor seating! The backyard was packed but we were able to grab a table for two.

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Nick ordered a bloody mary made with clam juice (pictured above) and I ordered a French 75 (gin, sparkling wine and lemon). Both were unbelievable. We had an egg white omelette for breakfast so we weren’t starving. We decided to go with the bibb lettuce salad with a soft boiled egg and lardon. It even came with a piece of crispy sourdough bread to get all the yummy goodness that is a runny egg yolk!

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We also ordered a side of their homemade kimchi that was super spicy and super delicious! It was the perfect amount of food to keep us going!

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Next we wandered towards to the water to check out the views. We stumbled upon a Fairway and a few other spots. What initially drew us that way was Sunny’s Bar. We are huge Anthony Bourdain fans and he visited Sunny’s on the last episode of No Reservations. Bourdain filmed his last episode- Brooklyn- before Sandy hit. Sunny’s, like a lot of places in that episode, was devastated by the hurricane. Sunny’s still hasn’t reopened. I was honestly shocked to see so many places in Red Hook, not only open, but thriving. I was happy we were there and able to help the local businesses a bit! Here’s a picture of me about a block from Sunny’s:

IMG_5715Our next stop was right around the corner- Brooklyn Crab. We weren’t hungry at all but we decided to stop in for a beer.

IMG_5679We sat down at the bar inside (outdoor seating was for diners only) and ordered two Peak IPAs. Nick saw oysters on the menu and couldn’t resist! Sitting there, eating oysters and drinking a beer that reminds me of being on the beach in Maine made me feel a million miles away from the city. I will definitely be visiting this place again when I am in need of some time on the water!

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IMG_5682Beer and oysters- two of my favorite things!

Our final stops of the day were the Red Hook Winery and Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. Both are located on Pier 41 just a few minutes walk from Brooklyn Crab. I have seen Red Hook wines in a few places (and where I work) so I was really excited to see that they were open for tastings. They were almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy so to see them up and running (only their 3rd weekend open since Sandy) was amazing! We bought two bottles of wine before heading to Steve’s to pick up a small key lime pie to share. Another amazing Sunday Funday!

Magpies

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I’ve been meaning to post about my friend’s company so here it is! Paul is one of my co-workers at Gwynnett St and he is such an amazing guy! His girlfriend started this company making pop tarts using Brooklyn-made jam to sell at farmer’s markets and the it has taken off. Magpies are now sold in bakeries and coffee shops throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan and they just launched at Whole Foods Bowery. It has been fun watching this company grow so quickly and to hear about the day-to-day logistics of starting something like this.

I have tried a few flavors (triple berry, pear/chipotle and blueberry) and they are amazing! I believe they have 5 or 6 flavors now (including strawberry balsamic and triple ganache) so I cannot wait to try them all. Check them out on facebook and twitter! And here is a write up from New York Serious Eats!

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