Archive for the ‘Brooklyn’ Category

Where I’ve Been – Boozy Edition

July 11, 2009

Sunday – Made some St. Ginger cocktails and had a picnic in Prospect Park.

Tuesday – Met up with my friend MC for drinks at nearby Flatbush Farm Bar(n).

Wednesday – Met up with my friend HH for drinks at Lillie’s Bar in Union Square. This might be my new favorite bar in Union Square. Proceeded to treat myself to a Guinness (or two).

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Thursday – Went wine tasting with our friends B & L in North Fork, Long Island. It was a lot of fun and the wine was good.

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Friday – Met up with our friend KW at Brooklyn Social Club. I liked the old-school vibe and enjoyed the cocktail “Matt’s Ginger Old-Fashioned” but think I like Weather Up in Prospect Heights better. Afterwards, we had a great dinner at Joya – tasty Thai food in large portions and affordable prices plus a DJ spinning random tunes like Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen” and a re-mix of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.”

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Dinner at The General Greene

July 5, 2009

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The other night we had dinner at The General Greene in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Here’s their official website.

The restaurant is spacious and inviting and the selection of American small plate dishes were tasty.

We tried the bacon dates, lamb and cucumber salad (arugula, goat cheese, beans and dill yogurt), peekytoe crabcakes (with spicy coleslaw and herbs), grilled steak (with smoked garlic and parsley) and mashed potatoes (with blue cheese butter).

My wife washed it down with some sangria while I had the green lemonade (vodka, lemonade, mint, cucumber) and the sunblock hefeweizen (from captain lawrence brewing company in pleasantville, ny).

We finished the meal with some dessert – a rhubarb crisp.

Frenchiepalooza at Prospect Park

July 5, 2009

Yesterday, we met a few other French Bulldogs (including a puppy, another pied french bulldog, a couple fawn ones, plus a special appearance by neighborhood frenchie legend “Jean-Claude”).

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On the way out of the Park, we also came across this dog, who was chillin’ in the mud.

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Scenes from the Grand Army Plaza Farmer’s Market

July 5, 2009

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Where I’ve Been

July 5, 2009

Sunday – Had a picnic in Prospect Park. Tried Franny’s pizza again that night and still don’t think it’s worth the hype. We liked Grimaldi’s much better.

Wednesday – Met up with my friend JY at Soda Bar in Prospect Heights. Gotta love that their happy hour goes from noon to 7pm. Afterwards, he grabbed a slice at Brooklyn Pizza Factory. Then we checked out Weather Up – a speakeasy type place with great decor and high-end cocktails. It has a nice vibe and a terrific outdoor patio. I tried the Sazerac (rye whiskey and bitters) and it went down easy.

Here’s a pic that I took of their drink menu:

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Thursday – We ventured out to my friend LC’s condo in the Slope and have drinks on her balcony. It rained cats and dogs but we stayed dry and nice to see a rainbow appear afterwards…

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Friday – We explored Fort Greene, Brooklyn and stumbled across 67 Burger. We got a cheeseburger with sauteed mushrooms and side order of fries. It was tasty and no wonder they’ve gotten good reviews. After, we headed to BAM to watch the film, Food Inc.

Street Hoops

June 28, 2009

Yesterday, we walked by the b-ball courts on Bergen and saw some kids playing in the Conrad McRae Youth League…

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Rainbows

June 28, 2009

I took these pics yesterday afternoon in the hood…

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The BK Flea

June 27, 2009

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This morning we headed over to the Brooklyn Flea. There’s lots of cool things there like vintage clothing, furniture and antiques but we like the tasty treats there. Best of all is the Mexican food from the Red Hook food vendors.IMG_0378

We each got a chicken taco ($3 a piece) and it was one of the best tacos I’ve had. It was fun sitting outside and people watching while the DJ played some music – including some MJ in honor of his passing. 

Here are some other pics from the Flea – which runs on Saturdays in Fort Greene, Brooklyn from 10am-5pm.

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Baracklyn

June 24, 2009

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Yesterday, we headed to Coney Island for some afternoon fun. We walked down the boardwalk, played some skee ball and a couple other arcade games and got a hot dog at Nathan’s. I don’t know if it was the bun or the ketchup-saturated onions but something was off and these dogs were not good. Pretty disappointing since we usually look forward to Nathan’s dogs and they usually deliver. Also, service at Nathan’s was horrendous! The lines weren’t long but the service was inefficient and slow (seemingly a prerequisite for NYC).

We had some time to kill (it was only about 4pm) before the game so decided to get some drinks before the Cyclones game at nearby Peggy O’Neills. We settled in for our drinks but noticed that a line was already forming to enter KeySpan Park – over an hour and a half before gates open and over three hours before the first pitch! The line continued to grow and grow as it became clear the “Baracklyn Cyclones” promotional night was getting people to show up early so that the first 2,500 fans would get their Barack Bobblehead

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My hand was forced – I could not sit there casually drinking my beer and be shut out of the damn bobblehead when I had already been in Coney for an hour. Eventually, I downed my beer and got in line with the rest of these suckers. Damn groupthink! The line began to snake around the corner and yes, we stood there for nearly an hour before the gates opened just to get that dumb bobblehead. It was also interesting to see the awful behavior exhibited by some – such as a couple of adult men (with their kids I assume) who totally cut in line! Way to teach your kids that cheating is wrong!

In any event, we got in, got the bobblehead, and the rest of the evening was pleasant.

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It looked like it was going to rain, but it never did. The promotional night was fun – besides the bobbleheads, the players wore special “Baracklyn” jerseys which they raffled off.

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Another nice touch was the inclusion of a Barack Obama impersonator who took part in the festivities by throwing out the first pitch and starring in some taped segments that aired on the jumbotron. 

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We left after 5 innings with the Cyclones up 6-0. They ended up winning 7-3

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BK Bridge and Grimaldis

June 17, 2009

On Monday, my wife and I did something we hadn’t done in a while (no, not that). We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Here are some pics.

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Afterwards, we headed to Grimaldi’s for some pizza. I don’t know if it was the best pizza I’ve ever had but it certainly was good. There was a line prior to it opening at 11:30am and by noon the place was packed. It was also funny to see the staff put on Sinatra’s “New York, New York” once the tourists arrived from the Slice of Brooklyn tour. 

After lunch, we did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and then walked home.