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Mile End – Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NYC

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Mile End Delicatessen - Brooklyn, NY

Mile End is one of those unique spots that are rare to find outside of New York City. The interior hosts a modest and modern diner without the mediocre food usually accompanies them. The smoked meat sandwich and the homemade hot dog are the stars here and are both terrific. It’s located on a beautiful street in Boerum Hill just off of Atlantic Avenue.

Mile End
97 Hoyt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 852-7510


Mile End Delicatessen - Brooklyn, NY

Mile End Delicatessen - Brooklyn, NY

Mile End Delicatessen - Brooklyn, NY
SMOKED MEATS

Mile End Delicatessen - Brooklyn, NY

Mile End Delicatessen - Brooklyn, NY
smoked meat sandwich | cured & smoked beef brisket, mustard, rye

Mile End Delicatessen - Brooklyn, NY
hoyt dog | house beef frank, kraut , split top roll

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Brancaccio’s Food Shop: Windsor Terrace/Kensington, Brooklyn

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Brancaccio's Food Shop
The day I photographed this place, I sampled some of the food, and that night I came back for dinner. Its a very tiny food shop where you can pick up some San Marzano Tomatos and some pasta for dinner that night or pick one of the many wonderful things in Joe Brancaccio’s deli case. Or just simply have him make you an amazing sandwich. I show up around lunch time and he’s working on this dish which he calls Italian Cassoulet. Brancaccio’s is located in the Kensington area of Brooklyn, just a stone’s throw from my neighborhood on the other side of the Prospect Expressway. We actually don’t venture over there too much mainly because we didn’t have a reason. Now we do. Below is a recipe for Joe’s Italian Cassoulet which he made in the shop and is pictured below. Enjoy.

Brancaccio’s Food Shop
3011 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Tel: 718.435.1997


Brancaccio's Food Shop

Brancaccio's Food Shop

Brancaccio's Food Shop

Brancaccio's Food Shop
Pasta Aglio E Olio

Brancaccio's Food Shop
Chicken Soup with Fregula Sarda

Brancaccio's Food Shop
Chicken Soup with Fregula Sarda

Brancaccio's Food Shop
Italian Cassoulet (recipe below)

Brancaccio's Food Shop
Talapia Sandwich with Polenta Crust


Italian Style Cassoulet Serves 4-6

8 Boneless Chicken Thighs
8 Duck Legs (optional)
¾ Cup Double Smoked Bacon small dice
Braised Pork Shoulder (optional) (We braise pork butt for 2 1/2 hours at the Shop) 1 inch cubes
1 pound G. Esposito (Carroll Gardens) Sausage Parsley and Cheese Links cut 1 inch
1 Cup Cannellini Beans rinsed and soaked
2 Cups Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1 Cup Brandy
2 Cup Chicken Stock
Medium Spanish Onion small dice
4 Sprigs Thyme
Extra Virgin
S&P

Method

Season chicken thighs. Using a Dutch Oven brown chicken on all sides with the extra virgin, remove and do the same with sausages then remove.
Sautee diced bacon and onions (may need to add more extra virgin oil)
Place chicken and sausages, (also optional duck and pork) back on the fire with the bacon and onions for a few minutes the add brandy. *Note when using alcohol make sure pan is off the fire.
Reduce by half, then add chicken stock
Cover and place in a 350 degree oven for 1 ½ hour
Add cannellini beans thyme sprigs and bread crumbs
Place back in the oven for an additional hour until liquid is dry. All meats should be moist

Steps for Duck Legs total cooking time 1 ½ hour
red wine
4 garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
extra virgin olive oil
s & p

Method

Season duck legs, place in a sauté pan with a ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and bay leaves
Cover pan and cook in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour
After 1 hour discard the duck fat (save for future cooking)
Pour the red wine over the duck legs and finish cooking uncovered for 30 more minutes

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Behind the Scenes at Brooklyn Commune & some food – Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

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Brooklyn CommuneI blogged this place a year ago. I have little to say except I love this place, the people (Eugenie & Chris), the atmosphere and the pride they take in their food. Conde Nast Traveler recently did an article on cool Brooklyn spots, and they were one of them on them. They were gracious enough to have me back for some more amazing food. Enjoy a little photo tour.


Brooklyn Commune
601 Greenwood Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 686-1044

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune
Smoked lemons

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune
Sea Scallops

Brooklyn Commune
Pan-fried Red Snapper

Brooklyn Commune
Raw Kumamoto oysters with preserved smoked lemon

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune
Spicy Seitan wrapped around preserved figs

Brooklyn Commune
Chopped Salad with Bacon

Brooklyn Commune
Foie Gras

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My Favorite Cupcake: Robicelli’s

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Robicelli's Cupcakes
(clockwise from front):The Blatt: Vanilla cake filled with raspberry jam, cheesecake buttercream, jam topping, fried cookie bits, powdered sugar / Port Poached Pear: Pear cake, vanilla buttercream, port poached pear, port reduction / The Hansel: Gingerbread cake, white chocolate pudding, speculoos buttercream, white chocolate dipped gingerbread cookie / Eggnog: Eggnog cake and buttercream, freshly grated nutmeg

You know that trend that you have going on in the midwest right now? The one that everyone is raving about and you can’t wait to be a part of? It’s over already in NYC. It came and went. For a while that trend was cupcakes, started by the annoying women from Sex and The City and the horrid cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery – they taste like oil people…they aren’t good and if you’ve ever walked through the West Village and watched some tourist act out their Carrie Bradshaw fantasy, you’d be just as disgusted as me.

So the moment passed, but it doesn’t mean cupcakes are out. They are just less talked about now. Probably because our mouths are still full with frosting. And besides this is a trend, not a fad – these are not SKIDZ we are talking about here. Its food. We all need food, even if it comes in the form of flour, sugar and butter – lots and lots of butter by the way. I mean, there are entire BLOGS dedicated to the cupcake. And there are cupcake companies out there that push the culinary boundaries. One company in particular, Robicelli’s in Brooklyn is a prime example. For me, Matt Robicelli redefined the cupcake when he put a piece of fried chicken on top of it. These cupcakes will never fall out of fashion or favor. Recently they’ve branched out into brownies, hot chocolate and whoopie pies – The cupcakes and the whoopie pies are the best I’ve every had, hands down! Here is a look at their operation and the wonderful things they do.

Robicelli’s at DeKalb Market
332 Flatbush Avenue Extension
Corner of Flatbush & Willoughby
Downtown Brooklyn

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

Robicelli's Cupcakes

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Smorgasburg: Savory – Brooklyn, NY

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Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY

editors note: this is part 2 of a 2 part series on Smorgasburg, for part 1 click here

Sorry you had to wait an additional day for the rest of the Smorgasburg stuff, but I like to start things out with dessert first. Here is a sampling of some of the wonderful things going on at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. This event will be ever-changing so I will be going back and updating new things going on with additional blog posts, so check it out later. Big rec’s on checking out the fresh mozzarella from Speedy Romeo, the mayo’s at Empire Mayonnaise, and the amazing anchovies at Bon Chovie, who get extra props for having the most amazing web address ever – jonbonchovie.com

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Bon Chovie – Deep Fried Anchovies with Aioli and Lemon

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Bon Chovie – Deep Fried Anchovies with Aioli and Lemon

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Bon Chovie – Deep Fried Anchovies with Aioli and Lemon

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Bon Chovie – Deep Fried Anchovies with Aioli and Lemon

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Liza Queen of Queen’s Dahn Tu making Banh Xeo (a Vietnamese crepe-style omelette)

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Banh Xeo (a Vietnamese crepe-style omelette)

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY

banh trang tron (a shredded rice paper, green mango, and hard-boiled quail egg salad

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Landhaus BLT’s

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
The Meat Hook cook’s “rapture dogs” on the grill

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Brat’s on the grill from The Meat Hook

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Fresh vegetables from Speedy Romeo

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Fresh handmade Mozzarella with fresh vegetables from Speedy Romeo

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Fresh handmade Mozzarella from Speedy Romeo

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Cold Sesame Noodles from Shorty Tang & Sons

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Empire Mayonnaise

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Radish serves a seasonal salad in a bamboo paper cone

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Radish serves a seasonal salad in a bamboo paper cone

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Lobster Roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound

Smorgasburg - Brooklyn, NY
Mimi & Coco

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Stellar Pizza from Motorino: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC

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Motorino in Williamsburg Brooklyn could easily be the city’s best pizza. “The Best” is a relative and subjective term and for me, depends on my mood. I’m a huge fan of Di Fara’s Pizza as it has been my favorite for years. After tasting a wood fired pie at Motorino, I’ve begun to question that. Even if Motorino isn’t the best they do have a lot more going for it. They have amazing appetizers, plenty of seats in their clean establishment and they also serve desserts – really amazing desserts. Their house red pairs really nice with any dish you should choose.

Motorino East Village
349 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-777-2644

Motorino Brooklyn
319 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-599-8899

Motorino

Motorino
Octopus Salad – Fingerling potatoes / onion / celery / capers / chili oil

Motorino
Two Pizza’s at the Bar – Brussels Sprout & Margherita

Motorino
Brussels Sprouts – Fior di latte / garlic / smoked- pancetta / pecorino

Motorino
Margherita DOC – tomato / mozzarella di buFala / basil

Motorino
Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Jam

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home/made: Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC

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We have a bit of a peeve about brunch. It’s a bit overrated and so popular right now that we go to the supposed hot, new places and have to wait for 1+ hours for a table only to find the meal mediocre at best. home/made, in Red Hook, is an exception to that rule. They focus on a few small things and do a great job. The espresso and coffee are wonderful, the scrambles are inventive and delightful and the potatoes with whole roasted garlic; Oh my, the potatoes are phenomenal. In addition to their indoor dining area they also have a small shaded and sun-drenched garden. The prices are reasonable and the waitstaff does not have a stick up their ass either. Enjoy!

home/made
293 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 223-4135

home/made - Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC

home/made - Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC
frothy cappuccino

home/made - Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC
Pecan Sticky Bun

home/made - Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC
roasted tomatoes, arugula & fontina scramble

home/made - Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC
double smoked bacon

home/made - Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC
Ramps and Goat Cheese Scramble

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Buttermilk Channel – Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

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Oh Brunch. It’s a long celebrated tradition that makes it socially acceptable to get sloshed either before, or slightly after noon, as long as its something foo-foo, like bloody mary’s, bellini’s or mimosa. This combination of alcohol and/or fruit and vegetable allows us to throw our inhibitions into the wind, have a big hearty meal and then go shopping, which usually leads to maxed out credit cards. Oh Brunch, how I love thee…BTW, easter sunday brunch is coming up very soon – perhaps the biggest brunch day of the year. You might want to check out Buttermilk Channel – they make a mean Bloody Mary!

Buttermilk Channel
524 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 852-8490

Buttermilk Channel

Buttermilk Channel
Cheddar Waffles

Buttermilk Channel
Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Channel
Short Rib Hash

Buttermilk Channel
Antipasto Bloody Mary

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Amy’s Cookies – Brooklyn, NY

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I suppose it’s time to come clean and tell you that I’ve been a bit preoccupied with another little project. I’ve had my writing hat on for the last few weeks writing reviews of advanced screenings for the Tribeca Film festival for ScreenComment – a friends blog. Film, along with food is among my passions so, yes, I’ve neglected your salivary glands long enough. So to start you off, I bring you cookies! Amy’s cookies is a rare treat. I haven’t met an Amy’s cookie that I didn’t like. So here is a sampling of those cookies and if you feel so inclined you can order directly from here My personal favorites are the Ginger Sandwich cookies as well as the Key Lime Cookie – YUUUMMMM!!!! (styling by Emily Pugh)

Amy’s Cookies
225 34th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 797-1513

Amy's Cookies
Assortment of fruity window cookies

Amy's Cookies
Assortment of Sandwich Cookies

Amy's Cookies
Assortment of Sandwich Cookies

Amy's Cookies
Assortment from the Tea Cookie Collection

Amy's Cookies
Amy’s O’s dipped in Chocolate!

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A Young & Hip ‘Mom & Pop’: Brooklyn Commune

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Finally something that my neighborhood has been waiting for a very long time. Just a little history. I moved to Windsor Terrace about 7 years ago and at that time we had a few deli’s, a mediocre pizza shop and an italian restaurant that was way overpriced for what it was and possibly a very good candidate for Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. Then a few years later we got a small little coffee shop which was a help and then a little cafe called Lonelyville which was great for the community but was gone just as quickly as it opened up. I used to do my laundry down the street on Greenwood Avenue and I loved that place, but it closed up and the space remained vacant until a few months ago when we started to see construction for a place called Brooklyn Commune. Not much was known about this place but we had high hopes for it – the name alone brought images of farm to table, quality wholesome food and hopefully, good coffee.

And sure enough, two Windsor Terrace residents, Eugenie and Christopher, opened their doors and filled our stomachs with some much needed comfort food paired with a small market that sells fresh produce, homemade prepared foods and Stumptown Coffee. Christopher also packages some nice little custom salts and spices that they sell in the market, and during the winter they host the Garden of Eve CSA (if you are unaware of CSAs you should definitely check them out)

This might be my longest blog post ever…how about some photos?

Brooklyn Commune
601 Greenwood Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 686-1044

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune

Brooklyn Commune
Egg Frittata – Russet Potato, Toybox Tomatoes, Herbs

Brooklyn Commune
Egg Sandwich – Egg, Muenster, Spinach

Brooklyn Commune
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad – Farmers Greens, Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberry Thyme Vinaigrette

Brooklyn Commune
Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Brooklyn Commune
Classic BLT – Maple Glazed Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato Jam, Country White Bread

Brooklyn Commune
Roasted Pork, Monterey Jack, Guacamole, Sauteed Onion, Pickled Peppers on Ciabatta

Brooklyn Commune
Piedmontese Style Meatloaf with Savory Hazelnuts and Golden Raisins. Roasted Garlic Risotto Cake, Mushrooms.

Brooklyn Commune
Pumpernickle Bread Pudding with Dates, Chocolate and a Port Creme Anglaise

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