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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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Fast versus Slow Food Movements

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Very rarely do I voice any politically heated topics into my blog, yet at the same time, I think it’s time I start expressing my opinions about things of interest. With that in mind, I thought I would share my opinions/ knowledge about the Slow Food Movement, and discuss the ways in which it is being implemented worldwide as well as the major controversy surrounding it.

Here are the reasons in very clear language why I agree with the Slow Food Movement:

1) I believe it is essential our society begins to understand what it is what they are actually putting in their mouths

2) There is a crucial relationship that must be kept sacred — and that is our relationship with food, as well as those with whom supply us with the food (farmers, bakers, fishermen)

3) The time spent eating,conversing, and enjoying other people’s company ultimately results in deeper family and friend bonds

4) The concept of Edible Schoolyards, which are popping up all over the country, most recently in Brooklyn, NY, are crucial for students to see the relationship that should be formed at a young age between people and the food they consume. By allocating money towards these “schoolyards” people are helping in instilling not only mental ideas as to how to eat right but also visuals as wellchildren can and very often do eat the food they produce, making them feel more capable of re-attempting this lifestyle in their own homes

While many argue that this movement, known as Slow Food, is for the wealthy and aristocratic — I beg to differ. I believe our society is one of morbidly obese American’s whom whether by choice or by financial situations, eat canned and processed foods on a daily basis. These foods are created with chemicals and as well as various fats and unknown substances. While the lifestyle which demonstrates eating only what you know comes from the Earth as well as taking time to enjoy meals may be costly, it will ultimately save years of your life.

In addition to the health risks associated with eating extremely processed foods, the “relationship between the consumer and the food” is completely void — when walking in McDonald’s one may order a burger, for instance. Thinking that there is nothing more to the burger than pure ground beef a bit of ketchup — in reality, there are various parts of animals and other ingredients mixed into the patty, making it a heap of processed confusing food.


IN SUMMARY… I believe it is time American’s stop closing their eyes to what they “think” is pure/cleaning living and really understand that the majority of processed and fast foods consumed are not only hurting your own physical body but they are harming the environment and severing relationships with farmers, bakers, fishermen etc.