In celebration of Fat Tuesday, The Habitat is hosting a beer tasting with Bayou Teche brewery from Louisiana. The brewery crafts beers specifically to complement Cajun/Creole dishes – so it will go perfectly with my favorite dish – a generously portioned Chicken and Andouille Gumbo served with a side of warm cornbread. Plus they will be serving a Stout paired with special house made ice cream!
A flight of four following beers ($14) will be served with complimentary food pairings:
On Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 7pm, the Greenpoint community is invited to a Public Meeting at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) to discuss the cleanup plan at Former Paragon Oil Company and Apollo Street Creek Parcels sites – both on the other side of McGuinness (#OSOM). There will be a presentation and Q&A with members of the NYSDEC. If you live or work anywhere near these sites, I strongly urge you to attend this meeting to find out how this remediation will affect your health. Continue reading →
Metalheads don’t always wear black; some prefer to don bubblegum pink. Enter Buff Monster, the street artist and recent Brooklyn transplant who flashes his artistic devil horns through murals of cotton candy landscapes inhabited by one-eyed ice cream monsters. Continue reading →
Q: It seems that certain people make the assumption that drug addicts tend to engage in criminal behavior. Is that a form of homophobia? I say that because when I came out as a gay man, simultaneously my family and classmates and professors were treating me like so (around my teens and twenties).
On a related note, why do some gay people have bad relationships with their families (mothers) while others don’t?
A: You bring up some great questions. Assumptions and judgments are made all the time. They are usually born out of pop culture stereotypes, personal fears, or plain naiveté. Often a lack of education on the subject matter reduces an individual’s ability to think more deeply about a subject. Continue reading →
Keeping with the theme of cool and amazing couples, this week’s sweeeeeet recipe comes from one of my very favorite couples— Ryan Kuonen and Yolim Khoo. I first met Ryan and Yolim at a Greenpoint-Williamsburg CSA signup shortly after my move Brooklyn. Not only did they encourage me to put together a community cookbook for that CSA (which came out beautifully thanks to everyone’s talent and contributions) but they also brought the Greenpoint Church Soup Kitchen to my attention. Next thing I knew I was in the church kitchen, digging through Ryan and Yolim’s delivery of organic fruits and veggies, prepping beautiful salads and stews for hungry Greenpointers in need. Fast-forward: these days you can find them hosting homebrew-tasting parties and putting together potlucks in conjunction with their Southside CSA. I’m always excited to see what they’re stirring up, be it social activism or delicious treats like this recipe by Mark Bittman for chocolate-covered biscotti. I suggest you bake some for your darling Valentine. Continue reading →
Today marks the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and what better to celebrate the opening ceremony than with a big bowl of borscht? I’ll admit that I until recently I never really thought too much of this blood-red soup. But a trip to the McCarren Park Greenmarket last fall changed all that. They were hosting their own Borscht Olympics of sorts, and in the lineup were Greenpoint strongholds such as Karczma and Lomzynianka, but there was also a submission from Eat, that gorgeous little vegetarian restaurant on Meserole. From one spoonful to the next, each soup was so unique and delicious—some more vinegar-y, some more vegetal and garlicky—but it was Eva Schmidt (of Eat) whose beautiful borscht I wanted to give the gold medal to. I asked her if she would share the recipe for it with us, and she graciously sent it over– a party-sized recipe at that! Continue reading →
After attending TedXGowanus yesterday, I can honestly say I now know more about that superfund site, its history and the clean-up effort – than our very own superfund site near and dear to us in Greenpoint – the Newtown Creek. This is a good thing. Continue reading →
Before becoming a Greenpointer, I was a Williamsburger, living near the bridge with a lovely French lady and her feisty kitten, whom we’ll call Tache (to protect the innocent). In what I understand as a typically French behavior, my roommate would not refrigerate her stinky cheeses, but rather would let them ripen, over the course of a week or so, atop the counter. Just like his caretaker, Tache the kitten was crazy for blue cheese in the way that most cats are crazy for catnip, and daily I’d hear my roommate cry out “Tache!!!! Nnnnnnnoooooooon!!!” upon finding her frommages pilfered and devoured by that mischievous fur ball. Poor Tache simply couldn’t resist an odiferous, bloomy blue. But where is this whole kittens and cheese tangent going? When I asked Beth Lewand of Eastern District if she’d like to help me think if something to cook this week, she sent her beautiful Random Green Gratin recipe, enhanced with ripe, tangy notes of firm and soft cheeses, a dish that no kitten could resist. Plus, if you know Beth, then you know she’s really into kittens. Can’t blame her. Kittens ‘n’ cheese. The epitome of the good life. Continue reading →