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Brooklyn Series – Part One [Restaurants]

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hi all –

I know you’ve missed me…. apologies. Well, I don’t really feel bad to be honest. I’ve been busy – judge me if you’d like. SO I am going say from the onset that I am not a real Brooklynite, I live in Williamsburg – which is the NYCer version of Brooklyn, HOWEVER, I am still in love with this city and want to share some of my favorite restaurants I’ve found so far on my journeys through the better borough:

Dumont

Alright, so Dumont A) is close in proximity to my apartment which helps B) has killer food C) has an adorable back garden I always resort to when parents, dates, non-BK friends come over the bridge. Definitely try the crispy artichokes, Dumont salad, OUT of control mac and cheese entree (yes you heard right) and Dumont Burger, duh.

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Fabiane’s 

Once you get over the fact it’s unfortunately ON Bedford Avenue, which is the main drag and hub for all non residents, you’ll fall in love with this unassuming French cafe that not only offers incredible baked egg dishes (my favorite is the eggs, feta and pepper combo with a phenomenal toasted baguette) but also a good inexpensive spot for low key dinners with cheap wine and turkey meatloaf. Count me in.

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Stone Park Cafe

Yes, just…. yes. Go immediately. Charming, local favorite nestled in Park Slope offering incredible dinners without any fuss. Some dishes worth trying ASAP include: the shaved brussel sprout salad, beet “tarte tatin,” swiss chard raviolini (helloooo) and the roasted chicken with a mushroom tagliatelle.

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The Pines

Located in Gowanus, which has become a sick spot to spend a night in, this funky, fast-buzzing restaurant is totally unique, confusing and delicious all at once. Since the menu changes every day and we sat at the bar when dining there, everything behind the kitchen doors, was more or less presented to us. I remember having some incredible octopus with pickled pepper, scallop with watermelon, sablefish with manila clams and great bread with house cultured & caraway butter.

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 Hunter’s Restaurant

While I still think this Cobble Hill new American restaurant has some kinks so work out, I think it has a ton of potential. Check out the red quinoa risotto, grilled kale salad with couscous, squash with pesto tagliatelle and the chicken with the new potato salad. I wish it was a bit bigger, as the tables are all super close to one another but hey, beggars can’t be choosers with NYC real estate man.

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Bravo TV – Thanks for all that you unfortunately do for us

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I don’t want to begin this post by apologizing for my ridiculously long hiatus, I’ll just leave it at that my work, new Brooklyn residence and dog have taken over my life in a very, very good way.

One thing I have taken up since having moved over the bridge is falling victim to watching  extremely, mind numbingly stupid shows on Bravo i.e. Shahs of Sunset, Real Housewives of Atlanta and Millionaire Matchmaker. Since I know I’m not alone in my adoration for these shows, I thought I’d rundown my thoughts on each of them (yes, opinions included clearly):

Shahs of Sunset

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While I can’t guarantee that the show will be returning for another season, I will say it has been one DAMN entertaining season. These women are nuts, well more just GG but they all can’t seem to get out of each others way. Just STOP attending Persian get togethers when you know some of the people you utterly despise will be in attendance – it’s VERY simple!!! Also, GG constantly pulling out knives on the show… when is Bravo going to step in and yank that nutcase out of the cabana and put her into a psych ward?? While I hate to admit it, I am in love, love with Lilly. She’s freakishly Barbie doll-esque, apparently loaded and “too cool” for alcohol – I want to be her in a nutshell. Reza is of course my favorite  – he’s real, not perfect and level headed. I think he should do his own spin off show like Rachel Zoe’s assistant got!

Real Housewives of Atlanta

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What else can I say other than that I’m totally addicted to this show/season/group of women – WHATEVER. No, I don’t watch RHOW of Miami or LA or Jersey, but these women have just trapped me into this superficial totally outrageous fairy tale and I’m in for life. I adore Cynthia – she’s so hot and level headed. Kandi and Porscha mean well, they’re not all too exciting or bright for that matter but they both don’t have any ill intent. Phaedra, Kim and Kenya all need to get their heads checked out – they lie, are completely delusional and off their rockers. Kenya kills me – what is that woman’s deal? Where is her alleged money from anyway? And her boyfriend Walter? I mean…… come on….. For anyone who watches the show they know just how batshit that woman is.

The Millionaire Matchmaker

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This show is awesome, stupidly awesome. I love Patti – I thought before I watched the show that I’d absolutely despise this chick but she is super good at her matchmaking job and gives these men who clearly have never had instructions from any women before, great advice pre-dates. The women who sign up, I can’t deal – I mean… every one of them has boobs bigger than the size of my head and dresses shorter than my underwear. I would never be seen on a show vying for an unattractive millionaire’s love, but with that being said, I don’t think I’d get a call back even to begin with – so that’s that.