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Gone Fishin’ :: Back in a Week…

Farewell Bachelorhood!

As I referenced in a previous post, I’m off in San Francisco to be the best groom’s girl I can be in my brother’s wedding this weekend. Jackie, my soon-to-be sister-in-law, works for Ghirardelli. She’s pretty darn sweet as a person, but it also doesn’t hurt that she brings a dowry consisting of a lifetime supply of chocolate. Welcome to the family!

I’m sure I will have no shortage of things to blog about upon my return — I promise it will be more interesting than a post about rice and will include musings from Napa. In the meantime, visit some old favorites…

Make A Delicious Dinner For Friends:
Kickin’ Ancho Chili Fresh Citrus Margarita
Avocado & Tropical Fruit Salsa
Orzo, Spinach & Feta Summer Salad
Whole-Grain Mustard & Rosemary Pork Chops
Grilled Thyme-Cumin Vegetable Kabobs
Violet’s Lemon Cheesecake with BBQ’d Summer Berries {bottom of post}
More Recipes >>> EAT@HOME

Keep Busy in the City:
Do This!: Artisanal Premium Cheese & Wine Classes w/ Jessica Wurwarg
Greenmarket: Put Smarter, Cheaper & More Scrumptious Food on Your Table
NYC Best: Summer Sausage & Other Seriously Good Eats @ Summerstage
NYC Best: Take the Dull Out Of Cooking {Knives} with Samurai Sharpening @ Chelsea Market

Enjoy a Cold One in the Garden:
Not so Standard Biergarten
Mission Dolores {Accomplished}: Great New Brooklyn Beer Garden
Nothing says Warm Weather Like a “Gut Biergarten”

And in the Spirit of Weddings, Go on a Date!:
Summer Lovin’ Me Some Oysters @Mermaid Oyster Bar
Highlands Highlights: Scottish Plaids, Pub Fare and Hand Crafted Cocktails
The Red Cat: Comfortable Quarters & Cuisine
Love, Love Shabu Shabu: Fun to Say and Eat
August in April
Bocca di Bacco: I say PotaTO, You say PoTATo
barmarche: Some Clever Crudites

Eat Up!
Christina

Sibling Fun in Tokyo

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Do This!: Help SCRATCHbread Make Some Dough, Get Free Goods

Have you ever dreamt of quitting your day job and opening your own small bakery, where customers know you by name and come in craving your warm, creative creations? Well a fraction of that dream is now a reality through a website called Kickstarter, a forum where small businesses can propose a business plan and readers, supporters, consumers like us can help fund the plan and get rewarded as determined by the business. Brilliant.

One of my favorite NY bakeries, SCRATCHbread, just found a new bake space in Brooklyn and is raising money to gather all the tools, ovens and goods to continue rolling out great baked goods, from scratch. Through their “right to deliciousness campaign” on Kickstarter you can be part of this movement to bring wholesome, simple, delicious food to market AND get free goods in the process.

SCRATCHbread Founder, Matthew Tilden’s Focaccia Goodness:

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Here’s how it works:

  1. DONATE: From as little as $5 to $5,000 or more, you can chip in as much dough as you can stomach. It is important to note that the project will only be funded {your check cashed} if the minimum is met within a designated period of time through the collective community of supporters.
  2. GET FREE GOODS: Depending on your donation amount you can come away with a range of awesome gratitude goods — how does a year of free SCRATCHbread delivered to your door, a private teaching session with the founder and a private SCRATCHgathering for you and 7 friends hosted in their delicious workshop sound? Amazing? Time to pull out the checkbook.
  3. SMALL BUSINESS KICKSTARTED: Thanks to a collective micro-donator effort, a small business is on its way to pursuing a dream, you get some cool swag and to feel good about being part of something small, but brilliant. Imagine telling your friends you helped buy the wood-burning oven that baked the bread everyone is raving about.

So go on, it doesn’t have to be SCRATCHbread you support {although I do really think they are doing something pretty spectacular in the food world}, but find a cool new business plan and get involved. There are plenty of categories to choose from and plenty of foodies looking for a Kickstart.

Looking For More Good Things to Do?
Greenmarket: Put Smarter, Cheaper & More Scrumptious Food on Your Table
Do This!: A Taste of What to Expect @ Artisanal Premium Cheese Classes
Do This!: Vote for The Chocolate Gallery Cafe for Best Breakfast

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Do This!: Good Beer at BAM Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 28, 4-8 p.m.
BAMcafé at Brooklyn Academy of Music,
30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene

$40 (or half price when you subscribe to Edible)
BUY TICKETS HERE

Watch Food.Curated’s Video from Last Year’s Event: http://vimeo.com/5857294

On July 28, Edible magazines, in partnership with the Good Beer Seal, and with the support of Brooklyn Brewery and Stella Artois, celebrate good beer with their second annual sudsy soiree at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Driven by the conviction that our great beer town deserves an annual bang-up beer bash we’ll serve up the best brews and, of course, the eats, too. In contrast to the typical overwhelming swill sloshfest, Good Beer at BAM offers an intimate setting for breweries, food artisans, and we who love them, to raise a glass (or few) to the role beer plays in the contemporary culinary culture.

Because everyone deserves good beer, Good Beer at BAM will bring together 600 NYC food and drink enthusiasts to sip and sup from:

  • 12 to 15 breweries from New York and the region will pour alongside an edited list of tastes from Brooklyn and Manhattan restaurants and food makers, from lobster rolls to pretzels, and from steak house schmaltz to local seafood crudo.
  • Never-before shared beers brewed just for the event, including a homebrewing demo by Brooklyn Brew Shop.
  • Good Beer Seal bars will be on hand showcasing the best that New York City offers in beer culture.
  • Good Beer helps to culminate July Good Beer month, the city-sanctioned celebration that was launched last year. Learn more here.

Beers by: Brooklyn Brewery, Stella Artois, American Beer Distributors, Southampton Publick House, Fire Island Beer Company, Peak Organic, Kelso of Brooklyn, Palm, Brooklyn Brew Shop, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Blue Point Brewing Company, Ommegang, Heartland Brewery, Abita, Magic Hat

Food by: Esca, Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House, Brandt Beef, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Luke’s Lobster, Northern Spy, Jimmy’s 43, Gramercy Tavern, Fette Sau, Cafe Glechik, Lucy’s Whey, Organic Valley, Back Forty, Orwasher’s, Co., The Good Fork, Umi Nom, Brooklyn Greenmarkets, Whole Foods Market.

BUY TICKETS HERE

Interested in Good Beer? You Might Also Like:
8.ate@eight #3: Went Whole Hog and Hog Wild @ the Big Southern BBQ
Do This!: Summer Cheese and Beer Extravaganza
Mission Dolores {Accomplished}: Great New Brooklyn Beer Garden
Not so Standard Biergarten
Nothing says Warm Weather Like a “Gut Biergarten”

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Do This!: Summer Cheese Extravaganza!

Jessica Cutting the Cheese

Summer Cheese Extravaganza!
Saturday July 24
7:30pm until the cheese runs out…

The Red Hook Bait and Tackle
320 Van Brunt Street
We will give you cheeses and some desserts too!
We’ll tell you about them and help you pair with wines, beers or spirits.

And YES! The tasting is free!! So get there early before the supply runs out.

Matt Bonano and Jessica Wurwarg (Cheese people)
Colleen Riley (Chocolate/Dessert Person)

Check out more cool cheese events:
Summer Fancy Food Show: Full Belly and Learnings Digestion
Do This!: A Taste of What to Expect @ Artisanal Premium Cheese Classes
8.ate@eight #2: Who Cut the Cheese Didn’t Stink!

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Mission Dolores {Accomplished}: Great New Brooklyn Beer Garden

Mission Dolores Beer Garden

Looking for a local watering hole where the beer selection and fresh air is abundant? Mission accomplished at Mission Dolores, the new beer garden in Park Slope that recently opened its doors and the roof. What was once a run down auto repair shop, has since gone through its own renovation from the two brothers behind Cobble Hill’s Bar Great Harry. The simplicity of the cement floors and small wood tables and stools, makes it easy to focus on the main draw of the 21-tap beer selection — everything from premium local brews to a number of well-known international selections {two of my favorites: Aventinus and Hitachino made the list}.

Full Range of Beer Selections from 21 Taps

If you plan on settling in for the long haul from dusk to star-gazing late night, you can also order food in from a number of local restaurants {book of menus is conveniently available at the bar} that are all too willing to drop off a bite to eat. Might I suggest the taquería, Oaxaca, across the street? For under $10 you can get a selection of 3 fresh tacos, rice and beans — what a deal!

Take Out from Oaxaca Taco Shop

The Skim: It’s smaller than some of the well-known beer gardens around New York, but Mission Dolores delivers a large selection of premium beers at very reasonable prices {$4-$7}. With two pinball machines along the wall and plenty of mini tables and stools, this beer garden has the makings of a good night out and is definitely worth the trip to Brooklyn. {249 4th Ave. Brooklyn}

Interested in Good Beer? You Might Also Like:
8.ate@eight #3: Went Whole Hog and Hog Wild @ the Big Southern BBQ
Not so Standard Biergarten
Nothing says Warm Weather Like a “Gut Biergarten”
Do This!: Summer Cheese and Beer Extravaganza

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Lamb Takedown @ The Bell House – Ewe Will Love This!

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It’s spring and that means spring lamb. As I get ready to kick off the first 8.ate@eight, which will feature this under-appreciated farm friend, I thought it only responsible of me to do some research. Armed with a camera, notebook and an appetite, I headed to The Bell House in Brooklyn to the Lamb Takedown, which can only be described as lambastic!

20 competitors served up their perfect version of lamb — stewed, smoked, slow-roasted, sliced, you name it — for a sold out fan-of-lamb crowd of genuine foodies. It was almost impossible to vote for a favorite, but the stand-out for me was the Baa Baa Bruschetta: sliced spit-roasted leg of lamb served over a honey infused goat cheese spread with a cayenne pepper dusting on a crusty baguette. Sweet, savory, spicy, salty — for the love of lamb!

The Bell House provided a perfect venue for the unique Sunday-afternoon event. A converted 1920’s warehouse, the bar features a two-room space serving local microbrews, signature cocktails and a limited bar menu that includes Beer Cheese & Ritz crackers. The smaller “FRONTier” room is a throwback to the 20s, with velvet couches, leather chairs and your grandma’s wallpaper. The larger room, home to the lamb cook-off, is also utilized for weekly live music events.

The Skim: You don’t have to be a lamb-lover to enjoy The Bell House. Check out the calendar to find an excuse to see live music while enjoying a microbrew from the comfort of a velvet couch. However, take note, next on the Takedown calendar is Ice Cream. I love ewe! {The Bell House @ 149 7th Street, Brooklyn}

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