Eighth Annual Brew ‘n’ Chew at The Diamond this Sunday (09/21)

brew_chew_diamond_greenpointDoes your perfect Sunday afternoon involve gallons of homebrew and a whole load of delicious snacks? If so, you’re in luck because this weekend brings The Diamond’s infamous Brew ‘n’ Chew!! Now in its eighth glorious year, six teams of homebrewers and home chefs will compete to bring guests the very best beer and snack pairings, all for just $25.

Pairings are subject to change but currently on the cards we have tempting combinations such as:
– Table Saison with apricots served with a smoked pork tenderloin slider
– Coffee, maple syrup & cardamom stout served with a waffle-taco hybrid
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Recipes Gone Wild: Tamarind-Curry Apple Chips

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

Stopping at a gas station upstate the other weekend, I had my first taste of this fall’s apple crop. A lady had set up a fruit stand just outside the food court, and there was no way I could pass up the little pint of slightly waxy Macouns she was selling. After months of resigning myself to the mealy leftovers of last year’s harvest, I couldn’t shut up about how much I was enjoying this freshly harvested apple– its bright, snappy crunch, it’s still-slightly-green astringency, it’s sweet-tart flavor. Continue reading

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Taste Test: Little Duck Organics

Kids are like aliens to me; when I see them I can’t believe they exist. Until we get a small-human-owner to contribute, I will do my best to cover kids stuff in Greenpoint.

Little Duck Organics just moved to the neighborhood and asked Greenpointers to review their snack food product. A box in the mail, even if it’s fruit snacks – actually, “certified, organic, no-sugar added, Non-GMO Project verified 100% fruit snacks,” which are also “gluten-free,” is exciting. According to the well designed packaging that you want to read like a cereal box, there are “no zombies” in it either. But is it artisanal, people?

There were no kids in sight, just a bunch of workaholics sitting around the table, exhausted on a Friday night after a huge meal of pasta carbonara (and there may have been a funny cigarette going around, but I can’t remember.)

We made do and polished off 3 bags before I could properly perform the taste test!

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East River Ferry SnacksThe East River Ferry is already the most pleasant and gorgeous commuting experience, and now it is the most delicious with a new snack bar run by Bench Marc Events. While Karen was making us a Housemade Egg Cream ($3), which blew my mind, she told me that everything on the menu is “made in Brooklyn,” including the McClure’s Potato Chips and the Butter Lane chocolate caramel cupcake we enjoyed on the short ride from Midtown to India St. They better put some extra large life preservers on the ferry!

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