I’ve lived in Greenpoint for eight years and have always felt a void in wellness offerings. Thankfully, that’s begun to change as juice bars, gyms, and yoga studios started blooming on almost every corner. The emergence of establishments like Lucent Yoga, Botica Apothecary, and Help Your Self is exciting. Until recently, the one thing still lacking was somewhere to buy workout gear. Not just sneakers or a jump rope, but truly functional, cutting-edge activewear. As a former apparel buyer turned full-time yoga teacher, I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into a well-made pair of leggings or running shorts. What you wear when you workout can totally change your experience, as anyone who’s suffered from inner thigh chafing or bleeding nipples can attest!
On a recent morning jog, I was intrigued by a sleek silver sign that read: “Solfire.” The storefront was a beacon of light on the once desolate stretch of Driggs Avenue from the south tip of McCarren Park to the Bedford L Train. I peeked in and saw a plethora of colorful capri pants and made a mental note to pop by during store hours. When I revisited the shop later that week, I was surprised to discover that Solfire (483 Driggs Ave.) was so much more than a clothing shop. Continue reading →
Warning: This is not your traditional tomato soup.
Sure, it’s hearty and comforting, and it is definitely chock-full of tomatoes, but it also offers a unique richness that allows it to stand apart from others of the variety.
Thickened with creamy coconut milk and protein-packed chickpeas, this soup is just right for a rainy afternoon, lazy evening meal, or any time you need a few spoonfuls of home.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Extra virgin olive oil
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of cooked chickpeas
1 can of full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup water (more if you want soup to be thinner)
Heat oil and add onion and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add salt, pepper, and paprika.
Stir in tomatoes, then add chickpeas, coconut milk, and water.
Add red pepper flakes and any additional seasoning.
Simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Transfer contents to blender and pulse until soup turns thick and creamy.
If you’re like me and enjoy a little crunch with your meals, you can lightly coat some small pieces of kale with extra virgin olive oil and put them in the broiler on high for four to six minutes. Top your bowl of soup with crunchy kale and enjoy.
If you’ve ever taken a run around McCarren Park track, the chances are you’ll know Kiki. Kiki Morris has been a regular fixture at the northwest corner of the track for almost 18 years and is one of the most well-loved figures in the neighborhood. He trains people in the park every day of the week and is greeted by pretty much everyone who passes by. Mothers with strollers come up and say hi, NYPD cars slow down on Driggs to honk and wave, shirtless muscle-rippling joggers remove their earbuds and stop for a chat, and little kids run over and high-five him. It’s no wonder he’s earned himself the unofficial title of Mayor of McCarren and the official title of Village Voice’s ‘best outdoor personal trainer in NYC’. Continue reading →
The contemporary Brooklynite’s diet (I’m looking at you!) which consists of going out and enjoying overly indulgent bacon infused everything (even cocktails) can leave us all feeling sluggish, unwell and not ourselves. Sound familiar? Not to mention it may put us at risk for disease down the line.
For the price it costs to go out to a fancy (heavy) and expensive dinner once, why not take a course (which includes 4 informative & hands-on classes) and learn to cook for your health!
Looking for a place to celebrate the holidays with family, friends or co-workers?
Miranda offers a delicious mix of Italian cuisine with a Latin American flair featuring handmade pasta as well as vegetarian and gluten free options.
Everything from bread to dessert is made in house, with LOVE! Husband and wife team Sasha and Mauricio Miranda create a relaxed atmosphere with warm servers and boutique wines which makes for a great place to both bring a group or a date.
$10 off of YOUR next visit with every $50 gift certificate purchase when you mention Greenpointers.
Now accepting reservations for New Year’s Eve!
Miranda is also an excellent place to host your holiday party now or throughout the year.
Miranda 80 Berry Street (corner of North 9th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11249
Clams have feelings too, you know…maybe? Disturb them and they’re liable to spit right in your eye. Such an action, so uncouth, so impulsive, warrants a long vacation in the soup pot, if you get my drift. What I’m saying is Ahoy! It’s time to make chowdah. And I’m not talking about that silly Manhattan version that some people have to mention when the word “chowder” comes up. You don’t live on that island across the river, do you? So why would you make a stew that bears its name? The choice is clear (actually the choice is opaque, but whatever). This week’s recipe, New Amsterdam Clam Chowder, will keep you pleasantly fortified, as you brave the cool and craggy Brooklyn coast line. It has all of the traditional New England version’s flavor, but less of the cream—using more broth and potatoes to attain that silky-smooth texture. And while your simmering, maybe you can make some of these too, for dunking. Otherwise, a nice, hearty slice of Balthazar multigrain boule works perfectly as an accompaniment. Continue reading →
To wake up at 6:30 am on a Saturday, you must be nuts, you say? Maybe I am. But I woke up hella early because I was going on the Epic Bike Ride! Just a quick rundown: it’s 40 miles, from Williamsburg to the Rockaways, taking the coastal route of Brooklyn.
Epic Bike Ride was organized by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. These are the fine folks who have been working with the DOT on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, which is a 14-mile landscaped route, physically separated from traffic with separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists. When complete, the greenway will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge. IMAGINE! Oh, the places we’ll go! Continue reading →
There’s nothing much cuter than a fuzzy raccoon, even when it’s peeking out of a greasy dumpster in the summer heat. Case in point here. But if you have the pleasure of seeing one of these masked mammals lumbering around during daylight hours (as I have this summer at Prospect Park), it might make you wonder what’s up? Does this furry friend, noctural-by-nature, have rabies, and is it about to sink it’s sharp little canines into my shin, only to infect me with it’s life-threatening disease? Continue reading →
You may notice my father, whose name is Rocco, is always making fun of all our vegan recipes in the comments section. But what he doesn’t realize is my affinity for vegetables is actually his fault.
Sicilian cuisine is mostly a peasant food and back in the day meat was for rich folks. A Sicilian dish called Caponata, which references capons (castrated roosters) is actually a delicious and totally vegan sweet and sour eggplant stew. Thank God because I never want to eat a castrated rooster.
I grew up on fava beans and cauliflower lentil stew. As a child, my father packed Broccoli Rabe sandwiches in my school lunch plastic bag, which was a hard one to explain to the PB&J crowd.
So it’s his doing that I love vegan food. Sicilians are the original vegans, before that was cool.
Broccoli Rabe Sandwich
Cut off the woody ends and soak a bunch of Broccoli Rabe in water (this removes any sand and dirt) In a pan, sautee garlic and peperoncino (hot red pepper flakes) in extra virgin olive oil Add the Broccoli Rabe – it can be wet because the water helps it steam Season with salt and pepper and drizzle more olive oil on top Put a lid on the pan so the Broccoli Rabe steams Turn the heat off once it is soft and let it cool a bit Pile it high onto semolina or any kind of Italian bread It’s best when the bread is soaking with olive oil
Quick Fitness (16 Eckford St) is a special gym somewhat secretly tucked away by McCarren Park. Upon entrance to the gym, you will notice that Quick Fitness is flooded with natural sunlight, exposed brick and a lack of waiting lines for equipment! Month to month membership also set this gym apart!
What you need to know: * No Commitment * No Registration Fee * $85/Month * All Classes Are Included w/ Membership
The classes are a main attraction at Quick Fitness. From Spinning to Yoga to Bootcamp and Kettlebell – you will never get bored while kicking your butt.
Start 2013 right with a gym membership you will actually want to use! Stop by Quick Fitness to check it out.
January Member Special: Current Members: Get a month free when you get a friend to join! (Valid Jan 2, 2013 -Feb 1, 2013)