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?
Don’t you just want to stick your face into this plate of food? It tastes as good as it looks.
For only two more nights, tonight and tomorrow (6/20 & 6/21) from 6-11pm Bunna Cafe is taking over Little Skips (941 Willoughby Ave) in Bushwick for an authentic and amazing Ethiopian & Vegan Pop-Up. I would never tell you to leave Greenpoint for Bushwick, unless it wasn’t absolutely worth it, so we rode our bikes over last night to try it out first. I say go! Continue reading →
Ensure your yearly BJ; don’t go home empty-handed on Valentine’s Day. A great pop-up near Greenpointers’ studio is happening now. The shared studio of Fay Andrada Jewelry and Nicolette Camille Floral Design (50-52 Dobbins St) will kill two birds with one stone. Fay’s jewelry is delicate, modern, and uniquely shaped. It made my sausage fingers actually look dainty. And Camille’s bouquets are almost too gorgeous to take home for my evil cat to tear to shreds.
We are very excited to announce the menu of our very first Sunday Supper taking place on January 6th, 2012 at Beloved (674 Manhattan Ave) from 7-9pm, prepared by a trio called Plate Tectonics, made up of Lee Walker, Will Stark & Dean Haddock.
Oeufs Aux Champignons
Kale Caesar Salad
Barbara’s Blue Deviled Crabs
Mitzi LaPorte Shrimp Creole with Cornbread Muffin
Bread pudding in Cognac Sauce
+ Special Cocktail
This supper has been sold out. Stay tuned for our next supper on Feb. 3rd, 2013.
Tonight I will be at From The Source stringing holiday lights and setting up for tomorrow’s holiday market and just upstairs six of my drawings will be on view at two great Greenpoint galleries! As you might have noticed I am an organizer and my events always promote the work of artists, so it’s funny to be on the receiving end. (Shameless self-promotion begins here.)
While on a trip to Florida this year I picked up a Muji market set and drawing pad at the airport in order to fill in the downtime and ease my traveling nerves. I began taking photos of local signage in Gainesville and drawing them. Deep down I want to be a sign maker.
During Hurricane Sandy, drawing was the only way to get my mind off the storm and my fingers off my keyboard. I began taking screenshots of interesting images I found on instagram and drawing them. Then the obsession began, as it always does, and I began filling drawing pads. Mind you, I am a photographer!
What do you think? (I don’t know if I’m prepared for the criticism!)
While walking through McCarren last night, I called contributor Yana, AKA “Yana Banana,” to talk about ideas for our holiday market. Yana is our number one tipster for fun and obscure events around town. And she’s bananas.
“What are you doing now? I on Norman and Kingsland. There is a show. Come now! Come now! Come now! Come now!”
Yana can literally repeat the same phrase a hundred times until you have no choice but to do what she is begging you to do. We turned back home. Into a commercial building on our corner and up the stairs. Once in the large open space we hit a wall of people, one of them Damon, organizer of SoFar Sounds, who welcomed us with more kindness, enthusiasm and a clearly Brooklyn accent, all rare things at loft parties in Brooklyn. Continue reading →
Hurry! People in NY are crazy about brisket. Daniel Delaney - who we talked shit with during BrisketLab – just opened BrisketTown to the public – which is a pop-up shop where you can score his delicious Central Texas Style BBQ. So buy your meat, before it runs out, which will most likely be in a few hours, given he has sold over 2300lbs in the last 24 hours. New Yorkers are officially insane about food – AND MEAT!
48 hours ago Daniel Delaney’s paypal had a balance of $0. Since then he has sold 2500lb of brisket at $25/lb. Do the math. It’s a lot of money to make in 2 days for someone when asked, “What do you do?” jokingly answered, “Nothing.”
But Daniel, who started VendrTV, has been up to something called Brisketlab. After driving an 18ft smoker from Texas to Brooklyn, he devised a genius marketing plan with a “strong viral backbone” and essentially brisket mind-fucked everyone.
“I didn’t disclose a lot of information… and the way that the copy was written, it was very lavish: ‘I’m forming an underground smoked meat guild. I’m recruiting tallow loving carnivores.’ It was very colorful. But also very ambiguous. That combination drove a lot of interest. Folks had a sense they had to shit or get off the pot. They had to act quickly.”
I shat. Daniel used the fundraising platform Launch Rock. When I logged in there were 800lbs, the next day when the likes of Brooklyn Based and The Brooklyn Kitchen were tweeting all over it, only 7lbs were left, then none. As we ate biscuits at Marlow & Sons, Daniel received email after email from disappointed brisket lovers, “Is it too late?” For now, it is.
Don’t worry, Daniel isn’t stopping at 2500lbs and plans to open a restaurant in Brooklyn, so there will be plenty brisket for everyone. In the meantime he has corralled a drooling bunch of “brisketeers” who will be the first to taste and critique his brisket skills in 100lb increments at over 25 pop-up events over the summer, which he envisions ”underneath bridges and on rooftops and on a boat.”
Gardening can sometimes feel like an ominous fitness regimen. You’ve committed to a challenge, invested in supplies, and now you must maintain the project every day in order to succeed. You watch other people around you excel with leaps and bounds, all the while your tiny basil plant has just start to make it’s way out of the ground.
I can see why it might be discouraging to some people – but just like the world of diet and exercise, there is a ridiculous amount of resources and information out there to help you reach your goals. What I have found thus far is that sticking to one plan is best, and seeking inspiration from the world around you only improves your drive. I mean, I see a particularly pretty rosemary bush, and I want to go home and COMPOST, know what I mean?
Anyway, it’s been a little chilly outside, so my garden is still hanging out indoors – which means there not a lot to report right now. So this week I thought I’d hook you up with a couple of my favorite inspiration resources, as well as share something I am very excited about.
If you have a few hours to spare and want to fall into a container gardening worm-hole (haha) there is Life On The Balcony. It’s filled with all sorts of Pinterest/Apartment Therapy-looking inspiration that pretty much screams, “do this on a Sunday afternoon.”
I’m not always the DIY type, but I love to support those who are. It’s no surprise that Etsy has some of the best, most original gardening accoutrements around. You can also look for stuff directly from Brooklyn sellers, if you want to keep things wicked local.
And finally – this is sort of my dream come true. There is going to be an urban gardening pop-up shop in Greenpoint from April 4 through the end of June. HaySeed’s Big City Farm Supply will provide everything from soil to lessons to bees. And it’s just down the street on India!
Until then, do you have any great resources you’d like to share with me? Tweet them to @everydaycaitlin !