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 →
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 byClean 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.
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!)
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.
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
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.
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 →
The 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.
You have to love how incredible search engines are. A while back I heard about a taco joint in Williamsburg that makes breakfast tacos with potato chips sprinkled on top, a major hook, but I couldn’t remember the name so I typed into the google: “breakfast taco potato chips” and there was the article, New York Magazine’s The Most Important Taco of the Day, featuring Whirlybird breakfast taco: Continue reading →
Julia, owner of Greenpoint Heights (278 Nassau Ave), over on “this side” of McGuinness, invited me to try brunch recently.
I selfishly schedule meetings at Greenpoint Heights because it is around the block from my apartment and I only need to give myself 5 min to be on time. Whenever anyone comes for the first time, they always say, “This place is great! I didn’t know this was here!” Well now you know.
Aside from a great bar with a huge backyard equipped with a marble cherub fountain and a smoker, they serve a full menu for dinnertime with lots of taco options. I personally love the chicken enchiladas and the delicious raw kale salad with smoked gouda.
When I walked into the new wine bar called Adelina’s on Greenpoint Ave for a tasting, two things caught my eye: the back corner of the bar was lined with wine barrels labeling each wine on tap with white chalk, and seated at the bar was a row of gorgeous faces, the staff, who was there for a tasting.
“Care to join us?” Toby Buggiani, Adelina’s owner asked.
“Are you asking me to drink before noon. Of course!”
Adelina’s passed the Greenpoint restaurant test of friendly servers without a doubt. Not a surprise since Toby is such a sweetheart.
I also chatted with Josh, a customer who said he liked the former Gypsy Bar, but Adelina’s is “perfect” because he lives up the block and “to get a vibe like this [he'd] have to go to Troost,” which also has a morning coffee routine and a wine and beer menu. Continue reading →
I remember the first day I learned that white was not a good color for me to wear. I was sitting in PS49 having my free summer lunch and I dropped ketchup from my “meatless” hamburger all over the front of myself. I used to remove the burger meat and just eat the buns because even then I was a food snob and still am a food slob. My favorite meals were morning pancakes, meat ravioli, tater tots and the occasional strawberry milk. My Mom, who worked for homeless services, stressed how important the program is for kids who rely on public school meals during the school year and might not eat as well when school is out. I think she personally appreciated that it gave her a break from us.
To find out where to send your kids for a free meal nearby, either call 311 (it actually is a really effective service) or text “NYCMEALS” to 877-877. I never thought I would be able to text NYC, but I did and in moments they ask for my address and sent me a list of locations, including McCarren Park Pool (776 Lorimer St) & Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St.)
The only requirements for a free meal: you are a kid!
We knew we wanted healthy, but did we want want savory or sweet for breakfast? Oh, our first world problems! EAT is now serving breakfast, so Jon and I moseyed on over like the little old couple we are.
I’d been seeing the transformations of the interiors and the gorgeous new ceramic collection growing each week when I picked up my veggies from the CSA , but I hadn’t dined there in a while. Last time was with Joann and it was hard for us to gossip like hens because there was no music. I remember it feeling a bit stark with big empty walls and my loud Queens accent does not need an echo.
The first thing I noticed when we walked in was the old country tunes coming from the record player. Relief. Then the cozy new wooden benches, great artwork and the lovely drying herbs hanging all gave the place a cozy rustic feel.
The chalk board listed our breakfast options and while I was eyeing the French Toast with Maple Syrup and Whipped Cream, I decided to go savory with a Fried Egg, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli Rabe.
Jon also went savory with Stewed Pinto Beans, Cole Slaw (without the egg) over Polenta. Both were served with delicious tangy biscuits. Our friendly server Brandt had made them and told us he added some yogurt.
Jon got rejuvenating Nettle Tea, that was twiggy tasting in a good way. My coffee as Justine would say was “slammin’” served out of a ceramic mug that Jordon had made.
It was a great breakfast, something I might make at home. The egg was perfectly fried, the polenta was deliciously creamy and the portions were perfect. We left feeling like we ate a hearty but very wholesome meal. We will definitely be back, next time for the sweet and to buy some new bowls! I break everything…