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New Bistro Opens at Coco 66

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Bistro kitchen at Coco 66

Greenpoint’s Coco 66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) has had its ups and downs over recent years but, as of last Wednesday, its future is looking decidedly brighter.  A new bistro has opened in the adjoining space, run by Michael Callahan, the Manhattan restauranteur behind the likes of Indochine and BondSt. Continue reading

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Sunday Supper # 9 @ The One Well – Paleo Vegan Menu Announced (9/8) – SOLD OUT

We are very excited to have Kerry Jones as our chef for Sunday Supper #9 on September 8, 2013 from 7-9pm at her own shop The One Well (165 Greenpoint Ave). Kerry Jones not only owns and curates The One Well but she has also worked as a private chef for the last several years.

This three-course meal will be dairy-free, grain-free, and animal-free, utilizing the freshest local and seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs, to highlight the best that late Summer has to offer and will include a cocktail from The Noble Experiment. Plus you can browse all the wonderfully curated artwork and locally made goods she features in the shop.

Menu

• Green Beans, Nectarine, Red Onion, Dill, Toasted Almonds

• Zucchini Spaghetti, Arugula, Basil, Walnut Pesto, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushrooms

• Carrot Cake

• The Noble Experiment Cocktail

$45

*SOLD OUT

*Reservations are non-refundible

That’s right.
Spaghetti without grain!
Carrot cake without dairy!
Prepare to be amazed.

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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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Selamat Pagi Is Open!

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If I wasn’t sick as a dog, I’d walk right out of my house this instant and try out Selamat Pagi, the new Balinese Restaurant on Driggs Ave that is now open!

selamat pagi dinner menu greenpointIf I could get off my couch I would enjoy a crisp walk across McGolrick Park and order Bali Style Deviled Eggs, Lemongrass Fish Curry, with pollack, noodles, fresh cucumbers and roasted peanuts and a Shirley Temple. For dessert I would get the Coconut Creme Brulee. And I wouldn’t share! (Because of germs.)

They also serve breakfast and lunch. They are open 7 days, but the kitchen is just closed Monday (so only ice cream, coffee and pastries then.)

For now I can only imagine and stalk their Instagram Feed.

Please go and tell me how it is!

Selamat Pagi
152 Driggs Ave

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Autumnal Equinox Supper at The One Well ($10 off) – Sat. 9/22

On Saturday, September 22nd at 8 p.m., Kerry Jones, owner of The One Well and fellow foodie Niki Jackson will be hosting a delicious Autumnal Equinox Supper through Feastly, a website that connects passionate cooks with hungry eaters to offer homemade meals prepared and served in a cook’s home.

Tickets are $40, but Greenpointers’ readers get $10 off!

The Menu
• Local Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds and Dried Cherries: Farmer’s market kale salad with toasted almond slivers & dried cherries, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette made with local honey from The One Well.

• Summer Meets Autumn Roll: Rice paper wrapper stuffed with roasted butternut squash, sauteed shitakes, pear slivers, scallion, toasted pumpkin seeds, and Farmer’s Market lettuce, served with a curry coconut dipping sauce.

• Sweet Shepherd’s Pie: Spiced sweet potato over curried lamb shepherd’s pie with carrot, parsnip, green peas, shallot, roasted garlic, and sauteed shitakes.

Seasonal Fruit Crisp: Apples and pears from local farms topped with spiced gluten-free crumble and local maple syrup from The One Well.

To sign-up: email info (at) eatfeastly.com and mention Greenpointers. Hurry there aren’t many seats left!

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Recipe: Eggplant Talk

While shopping at the Farmer’s Market, I cannot resist fresh eggplants! There is nothing better than to simply slice and fry an eggplant and eat it, soggy with olive oil, on a piece of Italian Bread. When I fry it in little chunks, it’s perfect on red sauce with spaghetti.

When I see these little itty bitty purple eggplants, I have a mental freak out. My Japanese friends taught me the simplest and easiest way to prepare them. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Point Cafe

If there is a place in the hood where I have my food pulse tuned into, it’s the stretch of Manhattan Ave. between Greenpoint Ave. and Java St. Quite the small focus, I think of it as the La Taverna/McDonald’s line. Dead center of that line was the restaurant Happy End:  an old school Polish spot that drew me in with a 70′s looking brown and orange sign and made me a customer with the curvy counter and the simple menu.

More than that, the owner Martin kept me coming back. Over the years we developed a friendship and discussed the restaurant in it’s old incarnation, at length. A few weeks ago he popped his head from the newly painted roll gates and said with a big smile, “doing some work, but it’s a secret.”

Last week that secret was let out of the bag with the re-opening of Martin’s place under the banner Brooklyn Point Cafe. Of course I was one of the first people to pop in to get the low down (It’s only 23 ft from my front door.)

It has been gutted and turned into a fresh new restaurant with a menu that is anything but Polish. Of course they kept the grilled Polish sausage on the menu to stay tied to their roots. Continue reading

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Fried Pizza: Adelina’s

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

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Adelina’s is open! A look at the menu…

Remember when we introduced you to Toby, who was opening a new “wine on tap” bar and restaurant where the old Gypsy Tavern was. It is open! And he sent Greenpointers the menu.

Things I plan on mouth-shoveling: Truffled Egg with Fontina and Asparagus, Porcini Bruschetta, Pizza Fritta with Sopressata. And of course, the espresso and the wine!

Stay tuned for a full review.

Adelina’s
159 Greenpoint Ave

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Food Events That WILL Sell Out!

• Monday, May 21st, 7pm – Roberta’s Garden Dinner Series: Lamb (261 Moore St, Bushwick) – $95 – Look at that menu! I am talking about those adorable lamb baby angels… BUY TIX

• Wednesday, May 23rd – The Great, Pinch Head, Suck Tail Event – CRAWFISH FEST @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St.) – $40, Just the name alone is enough reason to go! And the heaps and heaps of delicious daddies! BUY TIX

• June 23rd, 6pm – The Cheesemonger Invitational @ Larkin (47-55 27th St. LIC) - $50 – um, yeah, cheese, lots of cheese! And Beth from Greenpoint’s Eastern District is competing! BUY TIX

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