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Greenpoint Cheap Eats Diaries Volume 1: Peter Pan

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Cheap Eats Destination Number One: Peter Pan Donuts

We love cheap food. And we don’t just mean your regular budget-friendly fare. We’re talking down and dirty, there’s-only-$12-left-in-your-bank-account cheap food.

Our mission is to find satisfying, delicious meals for under $5-$7 per person. Rosie and I are going to wade through this wasteland of small plates and $15 kale salads to bring you the very cheapest of the cheap. It’s no easy task, but we (and by we I mean me, Gina) are willing to try just about anything (keep an eye out for our White Burger post) in the name of broke-ness.

To kick things off we met for a power breakfast at Peter Pan, which we have deemed the best breakfast bang for your buck in, quite possibly, all of North Brooklyn. There, we said it. Continue reading

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Littleneck Lobster Rolls Coming to Greenpoint Soon!

Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin in front of soon-to-be Littleneck Outpost

The duo behind the much loved Gowanus seafood restaurant Littleneck are all set to unveil their newest venture in Greenpoint in April. The new cafe, aptly named Littleneck Outpost, will be located at 128 Franklin Street, right next door to Shayz Lounge and at the corner of Milton Street.

When we met with owners Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin they told us that the plan is to keep the Greenpoint cafe as more of a daytime operation than its Gowanus counterpart. They will start brewing La Colombe coffee and serving breakfast to early birds from around 7am, then continue through until early evening. Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Indian Upma with Oats

Happy spring, and happy Monday, Greenpoint. I’m resolving to be healthy and renewed after a shameless and somewhat regrettable Saturday night binge on freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, prompting a fairly intensive trip to the fruit stand Sunday morning. No more excuses about not cooking now that my fridge is officially bursting at the seams with all sort of fresh, beautiful produce. The change in season’s got me all excited to try some new things in the kitchen, and after some digging around on the web I came across this twist on one of my old favorites– upma– a savory Indian breakfast porridge studded with diced veggies, cashews, peas, and spices, traditionally made with semolina, but made here with rolled oats instead. It’s got all the ingredients you need to get your day started on the right foot– healthy, delicious, and honestly kind of awe-inspiring. Make a big batch and enjoy it reheated as the week goes one.  This dish’s flavors are bright enough to shine for days. Continue reading

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Top Brunching with Brooklyn Label’s New Chef José Luis Diaz

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Cuban Tamale with Pulled Pork

Whenever we have friends in town, the weekend usually starts with a hearty Greenpoint brunch to show off the neighborhood. And although there’s been endless new places opening up recently, when it comes to wowing visitors we often end up leaning on old classics for great food and reliable service

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin St.) is one of these classics. Continue reading

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Meet the Baristas at Cafe Edna! #OSOM

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Cafe Edna Royal Scramble

At Cafe Edna, an #OSOM coffee shop on Nassau Ave in Greenpoint, the baristas rule! If you live on “the other side of McGuinness” not only will you get great coffee and bites here, but in my personal experience the service is always lovely.

In this post we get to know a few of the baristas and some of Cafe Edna’s delicious food options.  Continue reading

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Roll up! Bread for the Eater Brings New Flavor to Driggs

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Bread For the Eater

There has been a glut of interesting new enterprises springing up on Driggs recently.

One of the most delicious is Bread for the Eater (168, Driggs Ave). This bakery and restaurant opened its doors in September and is the most recent venture from Din Yates, the man behind the extremely popular Cheeky Sandwiches in LES.

Din describes wanting to create ‘a place where warmth exudes’, and this is certainly something he’s achieved. They bake their own bread right there in the restaurant, so the smell that greets you as you enter is nothing short of heavenly. Especially on a windswept fall night. Continue reading

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Shrimp n’ Grits! You’re Invited to Sunday Brunch at The Diamond (10/6)

Our Sunday dining series is popping up at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) this Sunday October 6, 2013 at noon with an elaborate three course brunch by Clean Plate Co.

If the weather is perfect, we will brunch in the yard!

Clean Plate really makes the most delicious shrimp n’ grits that I have ever had, so I can only imagine how fantastic brunch appetizer and brunch dessert will be! Complimentary beer or wine also included.

Menu:

• Chevre Stuffed Baby Heirloom Tomatoes w/ Garlic-Herb Crumbs & Anchovy Vinaigrette

• Cajun Shrimp & Creamy “Stone Ground” Grits

• Cran-Apple Tarts, Pecan-Crumble, Local Honey, Whipped Cream

• Choice of Beer or Wine

$35

*Reserve Supper (Space is limited) via paypal.

*Reservations are non-refundible.

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Recipes Gone Wild: A Summer Breakfast Porridge

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

In a recent conversation with a friend, I was asked “have you heard about the latest rage in breakfast?”

Well, no, I thought.

When it comes to breakfast, had I not seen it all? Could any new ground truly be broken in this meal category?

“Two words…” he continued. (The suspense was killing me!)

“Summer porridge.”

Well that sounds a little dull, I thought.

But he followed up by sending numerous links and data on just how amazingly tasty and healthy a breakfast this is. “Perfect for summer”… “loaded with superfoods”… “might start feeding it to my cat”…

Far be it from me to jump on a new food bandwagon, but this particular wagon had so much to offer compared to other wagons I’d recently let drive by (e.g. Peter Pan’s ice cream donut sandwich). This concoction is cool, delicious, and maybe best of all, can be made in a mason jar.

At a glance: Made from oats, chia seeds, yogurt, and fresh fruit, this cool, hearty breakfast is full of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, potassium, fiber– roughly enough satiation to please and pacify a hungry bear.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup milk of your choice (I like it with almond milk)
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup chopped peaches, blueberries, or other summer fruit

Assembly:

In a half-pint mason jar, stir together oats, milk, yogurt, and honey. Pour in your chia seeds, screw on the lid of the jar, and give it a good shake (which will keep the seeds from clumping together). Now add your fruit to the mixture, and give a gentle stir.

Place the mixture in the fridge overnight, and in the morning you’ll find that the oats have softened, and the chia seeds have expanded, creating a rich pudding-like consistency.

Enjoy it right out of the jar.

Summer porridge can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Adapted from The Yummy Life’s Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

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Liquid Lunch: Smoothie & Juice Spots in Greenpoint

When it’s just too hot to put solid food to your lips, the only option is a liquid lunch, and I’m not talking about booze for once. Greenpoint has a pretty good selection of smoothie and juice spots depending on which end of the nabe you live. Continue reading

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Milk and Roses Chef Makes Simple Bread Pudding with Broccoli Rabe, Egg and Chili

egg broccoli rabe bread chiliThe most satisfying dishes are often the most easy and simple to prepare. When I met with Chance Jones, the new chef at Greenpoint’s Milk n’ Roses, a cafe and wine bar that has just rolled out a new menu, I asked him to show us how to make the simplest dish on the menu.

He chose the Acuasale all’Uovo, which is Traditional Southern Italian Bread Pudding, Broccoli Rabe, Soft Egg & Chili.

This was the first time I have ever seen bread being boiled! It was a fascinating technique and the results were very delicious.

Boil day old bread with chopped and clean broccoli rabe in generously salted boiling water. Meanwhile, fry an egg in chili oil, and top it with more chili flakes. Cover it. Then drain the bread and broccoli rabe and toss with more chili oil. Add the egg on top and that is it!

It was the perfect rainy day lunch.

Don’t you agree that Milk n’ Roses should add this simple hearty dish to their brunch menu?

I am definitely going to try to make this at home… perhaps sweeten it with some milk and honey (no egg of course!) and maybe top it will some berries.

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