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Thumb Cookies’ Love For The Ladies

Thumb Cookies' Rosemary Pecan & Apricot Pistachio Cookies

Especially with crafts like cooking and baking, our teachers are often those near and dear to us and the process takes us back to warm and happy days. Robyn Frank, Thumb Cookies‘ baker, who will be bringing delicious baked goods to our Valentine’s Market on Sunday, told us that her baking inspiration comes from the ladies in her life  Continue reading

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Easy Like Sunday Morning Coconut Macaroons!

When a friend invites you to a party and you ask, “Can I bring anything?” be prepared for “How about dessert?” And if you don’t want to take the easiest route and go to the bakery, try this incredibly simple and festive macaroon recipe.

Aside from how tasty they are, there are two things I love about this recipe: 1. most of the ingredients (aside from coconuts) are in my cabinets and 2. I can easily remember all the ingredients. They also survived despite our wonky oven temperature fluctuations. Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Isshimo

With over 70 vendors there are over 70 reasons to come to our Holiday Market this Sunday 12/8/13! Here is just one: Japanese Honey Sponge Cake aka Kasutera!

I discovered the Japanese bakery called Isshimo one fine Saturday morning at the Bushwick Farmers Market, which is run by lifelong friends and music partners Ai Isshiki and Sakiko Mori. The name Isshimo is a combination of their last names ISS -hiki + MOri.  Continue reading

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Peter Pan Loves Greenpoint Hipsters!

This awesome 1 Minute Meals video about Peter Pan Doughnuts from Serious Eats NY stars co-owner Donna Siafakas who says that hipsters are wonderful people and before they settled in Greenpoint it was black and white, but now it is more colorful. The doughnut shots are spectacular, too.

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COFFEE’S NIGHT OUT RECAP

Greenpointers was very proud to present the inaugural Coffee’s Night Out on Sunday evening, an idea conceived by smdlr coffee blogger Chermelle D. Williams.

Greenpoint was buzzing with caffeine and creativity. Nine Greenpoint coffee shops participated and we hit each and every one! Coffee lovers enjoyed an evening of local cafés open late with curated cultural events.

Thanks to everyone who came out, to Chermelle for her tireless efforts putting all the events together and to our sponsoring coffee shops: Café Grumpy, Charlotte Patisserie, Tar Pit Coffee Shop, Champion Coffee, Cafe Edna and SPINA.

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Cold Brew Tiramisu made with Peter Pan Donuts, Mascarpone Cheese and Rum!

I know I shouldn’t pick favorites so I’ll just say the evening started out on a (sugar) high note at Champion Coffee. Manager Mark wanted to create a menu that pulled from different food makers in the area. He hit the nail on the head with his Cold Brew Tiramisu made with Peter Pan Glazed Old Fashioned Donuts, Mascarpone Cheese and Rum! I hope they keep that on the menu! Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Concord Grape Crumb Bars

A friend of mine and I were just discussing which of our senses we could live without. After a bit of thinking I had settled on smell— a decision directly related to living in a city where ambient smells are cheap, plentiful, confusing, and often punishing as summer wears on.  But it’s autumn now, thankfully, and the air is crisp (or it’s going to be soon? Next week? By Halloween?), and if I couldn’t smell I’d miss some of the best things about this season…leaf piles, wood stoves, hot apple cider, and fresh concord grapes!

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Recipes Gone Wild: Sour Cherry Far Breton

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

Following Jen’s lead on Monday, I’ve got more love here for The Bounty, plus a recipe! On my last visit there, surveying the menu my eyes immediately closed in on the dessert section. Sour Cherry Far Breton? Could my eyes be deceiving me? I can’t recall ever seeing a Far Breton on a menu in Brooklyn, but it is this dessert about which I dream. I had hit the jackpot.

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You’re Invited: Reggae & Cake Blog Birthday! (9/27)

It’s been an entire year since we celebrated our blog birthday!

We are having a proper party with Cake from Ovenly and this year Reggae from Soul Imperial at The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) on Friday September 27, 2013 at 9pm.

Drink Special from 9-10pm: $1 OFF Beer & Wine

Come early to get a free piece of cake – it will run out!

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For the record, Justine C. started Greenpointers in 2007, and Jen G. took over it in 2011. So it’s 2 & 6 years old.

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Brooklyn Raspa’O: Colombian Shaved Ice Near McCarren Park

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot and muggy day than fresh shaved ice. A group of local artists opened Brooklyn Raspa’O, a Colombian shaved ice stand at McCarren Deli & Grill (57 Nassau Ave) open Thursdays-Sundays in the afternoon. Their homemade syrups are 100% organic with lots of interesting toppings to chose from.

Since Brooklyn Raspa’O is around the block from Greenpointers HQ, I have been there multiple times. On my first visit I tried the strawberry mint and the lemon ginger honey, but I didn’t get fancy with toppings.

On my second visit, I ordered the Espresso from Ky, who said she would make it the way she liked it. Being an espresso purists, I would never have ordered it with sweet red beans and mochi, which are gooey rice cakes, drizzled with condensed milk. That sounds crazy, but it was out of this world! The toppings served the same purpose as sweet marshmallows in kid’s cereal; even after the last one you keep searching for that sweet flavor and satisfying texture beneath the shaved ice, which is not sickeningly syrupy sweet.

I can’t wait to go back for the Passion Fruit Chili!

Have you tried Brooklyn Raspa’O yet? What do you think?

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Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream Rules! (And it’s GMO-FREE)

Attention all you ice cream freaks who happen to be vegan, Van Leeuwen (632 Manhattan Ave) just rolled out a new line of Vegan Ice Cream – and it rules!  So stop feeling sorry for yourself and grab some VEGAN ice cream.

I taste tested Van Leeuwen’s vegan ice cream at a non-vegan dinner party in which I was asked to bring dessert. More specifically I was asked to bring Tiramusu, but no Italian bakeries were open and besides I don’t eat Tiramisu unless my cousin Roseanne makes it. So vegan ice cream it was and everyone loved it! It was gone in a few minutes and everyone wondered wanted more.

Personally I preferred the chocolate, which was extremely rich, creamy and chocolately. It has an underlying hint of coconut in a very delicious way. I am looking forward to new weekly flavors!

We chatted with the folks at Van Leeuwen about this new and miraculous vegan creation. Continue reading

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