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Lessons in Vegan Wine at Adelina’s

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Vegan Chianti at Adelina's

Call me ignorant but, until recently, I wasn’t remotely aware that most wine production is largely un-vegan.

This changed when I paid a visit to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave.) to sample a glass from their newest wine casks and Toby, the lovely owner, told me that their new Chianti is not only produced in an organic way but it is also vegan, to which I expressed some surprise. Aren’t all wines vegan? Isn’t that the joy of grapes? Apparently not. But given the way that vegan friends of mine happily knock back any wine available, I had a hunch that they weren’t in on this fact either. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Meg McNeill

Meg McNeill © Fabian Palencia

The page on the calendar may have turned, but we had such a great response to our Women’s History Month interviews in March that we still have a couple of fantastic ladies to showcase throughout early April. This next profile took us to Dandelion Wine on Franklin Street on a quiet Monday night, to meet with the inimitable Meg McNeill, who was nominated for these reasons by her friend, Rachael:

Meg is an all-around wonderful person and especially awesome Greenpoint woman! She’s thoroughly involved in the neighborhood and Greenpoint community. From servicing it directly and providing us all with wonderful wine at Dandelion Wine, to supporting neighborhood businesses and friends, attending her friends’ music and art shows, to bringing a positive ‘tude to nearly every situation. PLUS she just became a Certified Sommelier, which is no small feat. All-around stand-up lady.

Meg opened a bottle of wine for us, set out some She Wolf Bakery bread for snacking, and a fascinating conversation followed with a very smart, warm, and funny neighborhood fixture. Continue reading

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Jello Shots & $1 Beer – Time to Get Happy! The Definitive Guide to the Greenpoint Happy Hour

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Greenpoint Happy Hour: Part I

It’s March, the clocks have gone forward, and the sky’s almost all out-of snow. It’s time to put all this exciting extra daylight to good use by taking advantage of some of Greenpoint’s finest Happy Hours.

After some exhaustive research we’ve compiled a bumper list of some of the happiest hours around, featuring $1 fish tacos, 2-for-1 margaritas, and $6 champagne cocktails. But if we’ve missed your favorite drinking haunt, be sure to let us know!

Key to happiness:
☺ – Extra Happy Value
★ – Food Deals
♥ – Editor’s Picks

Achilles Heel
180 West Street (between Green St. and Huron St.)
Weekdays 2pm -6pm
Weekends 12pm-6pm
- $6 Champagne cocktails/Irish coffee

Adelina’s
159 Greenpoint Avenue (between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
Weekdays 5pm-7pm
- $4 Draught craft beer
- $5 Organic wine

★☺ Antek Restaurant
105 Norman Avenue (Between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
Daily 2pm-7pm
- $1 Beer and wine with food purchase Continue reading

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Scalino G.P. Brings Italian Comfort Food to Greenpoint’s Manhattan Ave

Scalino_G_PIt’s January, the long weekend is almost over, and the vortex cold-spell is returning. Sometimes the only thing that will bring light to these dark days is the promise of a warm plate of glossy pasta and a glass of good red wine.

Lucky for us, there’s a new neighborhood Italian opened to offer up all kinds of comforting  dishes, and it’s just far enough from Adelina’s not to serve as competition. Continue reading

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El Born: Modern Spanish Restaurant Opens on Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint

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Bread, garlic, wine. Divine.

With so many new restaurants opening in Greenpoint, it’s becoming hard to think of a cuisine that hasn’t already been covered. But modern Spanish is, surprisingly, something we’re lacking, and something which El Born (651 Manhattan Ave) looks set to do very well. Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Glögg and Pepparkakor

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

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Shrimp n’ Grits! You’re Invited to Sunday Brunch at The Diamond (10/6)

Our Sunday dining series is popping up at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) this Sunday October 6, 2013 at noon with an elaborate three course brunch by Clean Plate Co.

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.

Menu:

• 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

$35

*Reserve Supper (Space is limited) via paypal.

*Reservations are non-refundible.

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Adelina’s & Eastern District Come Together For A Night Of Wine & Cheese! (3/20)

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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Review: Lambrusco Night at Milk and Roses (Saturdays)

This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund Raffle by Word Brooklyn.
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.

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