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The Moonlight Mile: Greenpoint Whiskey Bar Brings Rock’n'Roll to Franklin St

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The Moonlight Mile

Beer, Bourbon and Rock’n'Roll! This unholy trinity forms the solid foundations of The Moonlight Mile, a spanking-new Greenpoint watering hole co-run by Garry Embry who, by no coincidence, lists them as his three absolute favorite things in life. Continue reading

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Gumbo + Mardis Gras Beer Pairings at The Habitat Tomorrow (3/4)

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Celebrate Mardi Gras @ Habitat!

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:

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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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We Love Everything About The Beach Bazaar at The Diamond on Saturday (2/15)

Winter Beach Bazaar at The Diamond Saturday!

Yes I need fish tacos, a bikini, the limbo, beer, sun and warmth! The Diamond Bar can provide a few of these wonderful things that remind of us summer and help us of forget about this dreadful winter we all wish was long in the past.

This Saturday (2/15) from 4-8pm join a handful of summery local vendors at The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) and forget for a little bit that it’s still February in New York.

And don’t forget to wear you Hawaiian shirt – duh!

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Greenpoint Power Couples – Dave & Alex, The Diamond

Dave & Alex Pollack at The Diamond (Dave said: "This is when we first opened; look how bare the walls are!")

Many of us in Greenpoint have enjoyed a nightcap at The Diamond on Franklin Street – but did you know that a husband and wife team is behind this awesome tucked-away bar? For our Valentine’s Day series, owners Dave Pollack and his wife Alex tell us more about their power partnership and their favorite things about the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Beer Pairings + Tips for Mac n’ Cheese Perfection – PLUS SKI TRIP! Only at The Diamond (1/25)

Every year The Diamond (43 Franklin St) – the Greenpoint bar with the gondola in the yard – organizes a ski trip to Plattekill Mountain in upstate New York, followed by an Aprés Ski Party. This year the after party involves a Mac n’ Cheese competition, live ski lounge music and free drinking for skiers from 8-10pm!

Over some delicious mulled wine, I chatted with bar owner and beer genius Dave Pollack about the three most important things in his life (this weekend) – skiing, beer, and mac n’ cheese.

This adventurous and cheesy day is happening this Saturday 1/25/14. Skiing is 6am-7pm. After party starts at 8pm. If you want to get in on this ski trip or enter your mac n’ cheese into the competition, email Dave dave (at) thediamondbrooklyn (dot) com. Continue reading

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Coquito – That Funny Feeling Christmas Drink Popular Among the Puerto Ricans

Coqui Frog Native to Puerto Rico

When I was a kid my Titi Pat, whom my Dad called “the Irish woman,” (her real name was Patria) would drop off a big bottle of Coquito during Christmas. My parents don’t know it but I took swigs of the stuff. It was like coconut vanilla ice cream and made me feel so – funny.

Coquito

Coquito is Puerto Rican, coconut flavored, rum laced eggnog. It is creamy, tropical and still promises that happy rum feeling.

It takes about 10 minutes to make and it’s the perfect drink to bring to any holiday party – especially when it’s presented in a mason jar with sharpie scribbled on it. Thats the good stuff, your alcoholic friends will think. Warn the fearful ones, it’s just rum but take small sips.  Continue reading

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Gift Guide: City of Daughters + Ramona – New Bar Opening!

Elsa's Rose Hip Grenadine by City of Daughters

City of Daughters offers specialty cocktail goods handcrafted by cocktail experts from Elsa in New York City. And these same folks will be opening a bar in Greenpoint this month called Ramona (113 Franklin St).

Their product – Elsa’s Rose Hip Grenadine – will instantly enhance and refine your cocktail experience – making it the perfect gift for cocktail lovers and budding mixologists on your gift list this year.

Don’t settle for just any grenadine. Using the highest quality, natural and organic ingredients, City of Daughters has infused homemade pomegranate syrup with a delicate blend of rose hips and petals to create the perfect addition to any home bar and kitchen.

Elsa’s Rose Hip Grenadine is made in small batches in Madison County, NY and is available nearby at The Brooklyn Kitchen, Whisk, Kill Devil Hill and The Grand St Bakery.

Jack Rose Cocktail

And if you need some cocktail creation inspiration they have graciously shared some fantastic cocktail recipes on their website, like the simple Jack Rose.

JACK ROSE

  • 2 ounces applejack
  • ¾ ounce Elsa’s Rose Hip Grenadine
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice; strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime wheel.

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Veggie Burgers Diaries: Matchless

It was our first week shaping our “social life” around our new pup “D” – ain’t she a cutie? Basically unless we find a dog sitter, we can’t go anywhere for more than a few hours because her bladder is the size of a pea and she really doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal to sneak into the living room and take a mini dump on the floor when Jon and I are passed out on the couch at 9:30pm. See what I mean about our “social life”? Continue reading

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Getting Schooled On Small Batch At Duke’s Liquor Box, Plus Tastings This Week!

You may have noticed on Franklin St that Kill Devil Hill moved next door and in its place is Duke’s Liquor Box (170 Franklin St), a liquor store named after the son of Kill Devil Hill‘s Mary Brockman and Patrick Dacy. The kid is in my opinion “officially” the cutest kid in Greenpoint.

According to Patrick, the loan that jump started the business was from Duke’s Grandma, and it will be paid back to Duke in the form of a college fund or “travel the world fund.” An adorable letter from Grandma is framed up front and reads, “this is the weirdest college fund I’ve ever heard of.” It’s okay Grandma, this kid is set! Continue reading

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