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 →
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.
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 →
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!
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.
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?
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 →
I was honored to be asked to judge a Cupcake Bake-Off fundraiser for NAG a few weeks back and I actually delayed my vacation a day in order to attend. Cupcakes in mass quantity totally beat vacations. It’s instant brain happiness.
This is the second major “celebrity” judge opportunity I’ve had – the last one was the Halloween Dog Parade Costume Contest. I admit it’s starting to get to my head. The other judges were Ovenly’s head baker Hannah Duke, Carmen Rodriguez of Brooklyn Cupcake, and Councilmember Diana Reyna.
The Cupcake Bake-Off was held in The Brooklyn Kitchen’s awesome event space and as the contestants filed in with their goodies, I was drooling. The colors, shapes, sizes – cupcake overload! Continue reading →
Hanana Yogurt at 99 Nassau Avenue, had its soft opening about two weeks ago and invites the community to come celebrate Mother’s Day on May 12 with free servings for all moms!
Hanana yogurt is made using only authentic, high quality ingredients with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. It contains calcium, protein, and live active cultures, which provide nutrition while satisfying the sweet tooth with a smooth and creamy taste. Packed with nutrients and probiotics, Hanana frozen yogurt helps to maintain a healthy diet.
Hanana Yogurt offers 12 flavors which rotates every month. Most of the flavors are gluten-free certified, non-fat or low-fat, and geared for the most health conscious individual, allowing customers to indulge without the guilt associated with eating desserts. Hanana Yogurt will always have flavors available for customers with special dietary needs. The store currently offers Original Tart, Strawberry Banana with No Sugar Added, and 10 other flavors.
Hanana’s self-serve model allows customers to create their own unique treat. Choose any of the delicious flavors, top it with any of the 48+ toppings, including a variety of fresh fruits and other goodies. Hanana Yogurt lets customers enjoy many health benefits of yogurt while satisfying the craving for dessert.
The store has a modern and fun atmosphere including music and special lightings. Stop by the new location and treat yourself to the healthier alternative to ice cream. Enjoy a guilt free pleasure that tastes good and is good for you! Eat right, live well!