Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Celeb Sighting – Foodie Edition

July 24, 2009


The celeb: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

The sighting: I met my wife for lunch yesterday at Todd English’s Olives in Union Square yesterday. Afterwards, we decided to walk around the area and I saw Jean-Georges walking down B’way between 18th and 19th. Typically I wouldn’t recognize a chef unless he or she had a program on the Food Network, but Jean-Georges is a badass, plus he was wearing his chef jacket.


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).


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.


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.”



Dinner at The General Greene

July 5, 2009


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.

Scenes from the Grand Army Plaza Farmer’s Market

July 5, 2009



Food, Inc.

July 5, 2009



On Friday, we checked out the film Food, Inc

It was an enlightening film along the lines of The Corporation and An Inconvenient Truth.

Food Inc. exposes the food industry, revealing among other things:

  • The use of corn as a cheap universal food and corn products seeping into candy, soft drinks and almost everything in one’s cupboard
  • The handful of powerful companies (and the politicians in bed with them) that dominate the industry
  • The poor treatment of farmers, workers and the cattle and chickens that eventually make their way to our plates (and how their illnesses can become ours)

So, how can we combat this? Here are 10 tips and even more suggestions are here.

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:


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…


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.

The BK Flea

June 27, 2009


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.





The Lunch Rundown

June 27, 2009

We checked out two Japanese restaurants in our neighborhood this past week which pitted the lunch specials at Picasso against those of Oshima.

It was close, but Oshima pulled out the victory.

For roughly $10 per person, you get salad, soup, a few pieces of California roll and shumai plus the main entree (I got chicken teriyaki) while Picasso offered salad OR soup, gyoza and the main entree at about the same price point.

In other lunch news, we also stopped by the latest incarnation of Press 195. They added quite a bit to their menu and did some remodeling. Their lunch special (at $10 per person) includes: Any 1/2 sandwich (there are over 40 to choose from), side order of Belgian fries (or salad or soup), and a drink (we got the Strawberry lemonade). The fries were tasty, the lemonade too, and the sandwiches were terrific. My wife got the prosciutto de parma, sliced pears, fontina, arugula, and extra virgin olive oil sandwich while I got the one with turkey, monterey jack, fresh cilantro and honey jalapeno mustard.

Check out their menu here.

Where I’ve Been

June 24, 2009


Sunday – Walked the dog through the 7th Avenue Street Fair in Park Slope (pictured above).

Later that evening, we headed to the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre for some improv. I was a big fan of the UCB team back in the day (before Amy Poehler hit it big). I’ve got their short-lived Comedy Central show on DVD and saw them perform live a couple times when we lived in Chicago. I’ve also been a fan of improv comedy, going to shows at Chicago’s Second City, Improv Olympic and the Chicago Improv Festival.

I couldn’t believe the line at 7:00pm that was forming for the free 9:30 show (we had pre-purchased tix for the 7:30 show). Thankfully we got in before too long and settled in our seats to watch Asssscat 3000 – their Sunday night improv show. The format was a tad different from what we’ve been used to – using a bit of suggestion from the crowd combined with a longer stand-up like monologue from another comedian that the group would then play off of for their performance. The show got off to a slower start with some less than funny material but got better as the evening progressed. 

Afterwards, we had a late night snack at Shake Shack – a burger and strawberry shake that were pretty darn good.

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.






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.