Glugg? Gloog? Glerg? “Ö” is a difficult letter for me to pronounce, so when it comes to asking for this sweetly-spiced, Scandanavian mulled wine, I sometimes simplify my request to “I’ll have some of what’s simmering in that crockpot.” While spending the winter in Stockholm a few years ago, I regularly indulged in 3 pm glögg-fikas (glögg-themed coffee breaks), 5 pm jul-glöggs (glögg-themed Christmas parties?), after-work mugs-o’-glögg (i.e. happy hour)…and so on. It seemed that my Swedish friends were exceptionally good at coming up with reasons to drink glögg— reasons bound in traditions which were justified by statements like “Because. That’s just what we do.” Hard to argue with that when you can’t even pronounce an “ö” . And in the interest of keeping with tradition, you could always count on there being a plate of crispy, crunchy pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) at the table to nibble on as you sipped your beverage. Let’s just say is was a gluttony of glögg. Continue reading
If the weather is perfect, we will brunch in the yard!
Clean Plate really makes the most delicious shrimp n’ grits that I have ever had, so I can only imagine how fantastic brunch appetizer and brunch dessert will be! Complimentary beer or wine also included.
• Chevre Stuffed Baby Heirloom Tomatoes w/ Garlic-Herb Crumbs & Anchovy Vinaigrette
• Cajun Shrimp & Creamy “Stone Ground” Grits
• Cran-Apple Tarts, Pecan-Crumble, Local Honey, Whipped Cream
• Choice of Beer or Wine
*Reservations are non-refundible.
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On Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 6-9pm Adelina’s Fraschetta Romana is teaming up with Eastern District, a nearby Beer & Cheese shop, for an evening showcasing some of our favorite wines and cheeses – at Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave).
For $12 try 3 delicious pairings, available for one night only.
“We believe great food and drink is meant to be simply enjoyed, so the evening will be casual and unpretentious: a chance to try out some fabulous flavors without breaking the bank.”
This is sure to be a delicious and fun evening!
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Milk and Roses has always been to me the charmingly quaint little cafe situated on the end of Manhattan Avenue, the part I should explore more often.
After dark it turns discreetly into a pleasant wine bar.
Recently, the lure of both a new menu and a Saturday night Lambrusco Special gave me cause for a visit.
The deal: Buy two glasses of Lambrusco, get one free.
Accompanied by a writer friend, we were struck by the romantic atmosphere immediately upon stepping through the door. Low lighting, candles, exposed wood and bookshelves, like WORD with a speakeasy in the basement.
It’s not the best atmosphere for a platonic business discussion, but on vibe alone it’s instantly a great date spot.
Are you preparing a special meal tonight for your special someone? Don’t screw it up by serving a subpar wine.
Good thing Robert from Vine Box has your back! His warm, casual friendly approach to guiding you to the proper wine pairing is a delightful experience.
Vine Box Wine store is offering handpicked selection of well-made and fairly priced wines. They believe that wine is an important part of the meal enhancing the food’s taste. That is why they arranged wines by their structure and flavor profile; starting with light-bodied whites to full-bodied reds. They believe that shopping for wines should be an uncomplicated process similar to that of picking your favorite cuts of meat at your local butcher’s shop or to that of choosing the freshest of fruits from your grocery’s produce section.
Post Courtesy of: Vine Box
Meg at Dandelion Wine (153 Franklin St) put together a Super Bowl Wine Guide:
Super Bowl Sunday is one of the booziest, most gluttonous American holidays. And we know the first instinct may be to reach for an ice cold brew, but I highly recommend considering wine! It’s less filling, so you can drink more of it! And we’ve got something for every minute of the game. Dandelion Wine delivers from 5-9 pm, so you won’t have to miss a single touchdown!
WINE FOR JUNK FOOD:
If you’re indulging in pizza, wings, and nachos, you’ll need some wine with a bit of acidity to balance out all that cheese and fat. With spicier foods, my go-to red is the Buchegger Zweigelt, a fresh, peppery Austrian red with a screw cap for easy access. The liter bottle of dry and zesty Gruner Veltliner from Mayr, from Austria, is a no-brainer for a party white. For something a little different, I recommend a lightly sparkling Italian red like the fruity Gragnano (made popular by our friend Paulie Gee) or the drier, earthier Lini “Labrusca” Lambrusco.
Buchegger Zweigelt 2010, $15
Mayr Gruner Veltliner 2011, $14
Federiciane Monteleone Gragnano, $18
Lini Labrusca Rosso, $18
DRINK WITH BEYONCE
“What type of wine pairs with the greatest superstar in the universe?” That’s a question I’ve probably spent an excessive amount of time thinking about. And for me, a hesitant football fan from every city but the ones competing, she’s really what this Sunday is all about. Beyond being incredibly entertaining, half-time is a good time for you to cleanse your palate and take a dance break, and for that I suggest pink bubbles, like my good friend “Frankie Mo” (Francois Montand), a dry, pink, unserious sparkling blend of the serious grapes Grenache Noire and Cinsault from Gascogne in France, or the fuller-bodied, slightly fruitier staff favorite Le Colture Prosecco. Or, for the beer lover, try an all-natural, fruity, sour candied, and yeasty pink bubbly like the sparkling Monastrell from Spanish producer Vina Enebro.
Francois Montand Brut Rose, $13
Le Colture Prosecco Rose, $18
Vina Enebro Monastrell, $23
We chatted with Diamond owner Dave Pollack:
GP: Why did you pick Greenpoint to open The Diamond?
Dave: We left nyc after living in eat village for many years to open this bar on the eastern shore of CT. We were going to be a big fish in a small pond. We both had history there. Changed our minds and move back to nyc. This time we settled in Greenpoint at Freeman St and Manhattan Ave. I worked at Spuyten Duyvil and was always captivated when my car service short cutted through Banker St to bring me home. Found the space then looked at a bunch of other spots and it turned out that the first place we looked at was the best!
GP: How has Greenpoint treated you in the last 5 years?
Dave: Incredibly well. I am so happy with our customers. Lots of really loyal folks and although we have gotten busier and busier, the crowd has generally remained full of cool friendly people. Continue reading
On Saturday June 23rd, 2012 at 6pm, in Long Island City, over 40 cheese geniuses, including Greenpoint’s own Beth Lewand from Eastern District will be competing for over $1000 in prizes. But let’s be honest, the real prize is being the best and cheesiest champion.
Greenpointers will be there, and please forgive us when we talk to you with our mouths full of delicious cheese and beer. Did I mention the best part? It’s all you can eat and drink!
I’ll admit that I walked into Beloved a little ready to hate on it. When I passed by the newly opened space a few nights earlier, I peered in through the gray doors painted with the name of this new place that inhabits the recessed cave that used to belong to the denizens of Stones Tavern thinking that this was just a bar hurriedly wedged into an odd middle space in Greenpoint. A bar like a street-fair goldfish: short-lived. Best not to get too attached.
Entering, I passed a sign out front promising ‘gangster times’ to be had within. If the times of a gangster include:
- Amazingly delicious original cocktails,
- Friendly, laid back times, and
- staying 2+ drinks longer than you meant to just because,
then yes, Beloved delivered on the promise of ‘Gangster Times.’ While I can’t say there will always be donuts waiting there for you, talking to René, designer of the cocktail list, and Vivek, one of the owners, suggested that what you will reliably find is a bar that honestly cares about what they’re serving you. They believe that they’re not settling by focusing on just being a solid place to drink, and while there were certainly hints about parties in the future – a DJ booth may one day soon occupy a back corner, and the yard has serious potential – Vivek suggested that Beloved has no intention of becoming an ‘event space.’ The focus is on a killer cocktail list, a well-designed interior sporting luxe wallpaper and custom lighting, and bartenders who actually seem to want you to enjoy your time there. I love being wrong sometimes.
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