Food & Drink

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Twin Peaks Weekend in Brooklyn

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

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  • Owl's Head co-owner John Avelluto outside the bar, doing his best Agent Cooper
The Owl's Head is not what it seems: two Bay Ridge businesses are celebrating film composer and neighboring Dyker Heights native Angelo Badalamenti's birthday this week by offering Twin Peaks-themed events and foods. The newish bakery Robicelli's, run by the city's favorite cupcake magnates the Robicellis, will offer a Peaks-inspired menu all weekend: the Audrey Horne is a whoopie pie filled with maraschino marshmallow buttercream; the Laura Palmer is an hibiscus tea cupcake with lemon buttercream, lemon cookie shard, and hibiscus syrup drizzle. (LAUUUURA!!!) And so on. You can see the menu on Facebook, though there have been off-menu surprises, too, like a Jerry Horne cupcake! Or, to keep it simple, five bucks will get you a cup of coffee and a slice of cherry pie.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

NPR Maybe Doesn't Understand The Super Bowl Very Well

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

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  • The perfect accompaniment to the REAL football.

Generally, if you preface a statement with "I hope this doesn't expose me to ridicule... or any more ridicule," you probably know what you're getting yourself into. Ridicule, most likely! As such, we don't really feel too bad about taking a minute to look at Scott Simon's interview with Katie Parla about Super Bowl beverage options. It's not the least silly thing we've seen from NPR in recent memory:

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Jackie's 5th Amendment Will Now Stay Open Until October

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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We've all been bought a little more time to get sloppy on half-sized beers, express diehard appreciation without ever setting foot in the place, or continue ignoring this news entirely: in spite of initial plans to shut the bar down for good on September 14th (i.e. this Saturday), Jackie's 5th Amendment will now be closing its doors sometime in October.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bar 4 To Close

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Bar 4 in Park Slope has been forced to close on August 15. The bar, on Seventh Avenue and 15th Street, was a popular performance space, home to bands, artists, karaoke—whatever—for the last 14 years. They had the usual problems with the landlord, which every local business seems to run into eventually, but there was also the problem of continuing to draw locals.

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Dr. Martens at the Northside Festival with <i>The L</i>'s Bands You Need to Hear

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

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As we move into the dog days of summer, we can't quite help feeling a little nostalgic for June. After all, it was the first blush of summer; the temperatures were warm (but not too warm) wearing shorts still had a bit of novelty appeal and, oh yeah, we were right in the midst of the Northside Festival, our favorite eight days of the year. Today's gray, arguably chilly day prompted us to dig this video of the Dr. Martens Stage on Bedford Ave out of our video archive. Watch four of this year's 8 Bands You Need to Hear, including Caged Animals, The Denzels, Juniper Rising and Coastgaard, play to a totally car-free Bedford Ave.

You'll find the complete video after the jump. Watch, rewind, watch again. Get pumped for June 2014.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Williamsburg May Be Losing Its White Castle

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

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  • Dave Kim/The Brooklyn Rail

"Place you've never thought about at all?" "Place to drunkenly stack chicken rings on top of mozzarella sticks at 2am?" "Place where you can't be guaranteed not to find a full diaper and used syringes in a blood-spattered bathroom if you visit late enough at night" (true story)? Whatever your experience of the Williamsburg White Castle, it may soon be reduced to a distant memory—the Metropolitan Ave property has been purchased for $6.72 million (roughly 7 million tiny burgers), the Observer reports.

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The Northside Festival is Nine Days Away!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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The Northside Festival is quickly approaching, which means time is running out to buy your badge. Don't miss out on your chance to see The Walkmen, Solange, Black Flag (ft. Greg Ginn and Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes), Swans, Lambchop, Iceage, Chance the Rapper, A Place to Bury Strangers, Widowspeak, Body/Head (ft. Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) and more. Over 350 more, to be precise (check 'em here). And, if you don't believe us, check out the story New York Magazine wrote about us: The Rise of Northside.

Need a reminder of what a badge will get you? Let's break it down:

1. Access to over 350 bands including the Walkmen and Solange, 70 speakers and 50 films.
2. Food and drink discounts from local bars and restaurants during the festival.
3. Access to lots of happy hours and complimentary cocktail hours.

And how much will a badge set you back?

NExT Expo Tickets
Totally free with RSVP!

Northside Badge Options:
Northside Music Badge: $80
NExT Conference Badge (includes Expo): $250
Northside Film Badge: $35
Northside Premium Badge (access to Music, Film and NExT events): $260

Click here to get a Northside Badge of your very own.


And for the latest Northside news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

See you in nine days!

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Great GoogaMooga Canceled

Posted By on Sun, May 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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The parks department, the Prospect Park Alliance, and the organizers of the Great GoogaMooga, the music and local food festival that's been going on in Prospect Park all weekend, decided earlier to cancel the festivities today, the last day of the festival, citing the poor weather and potential for damage to the park because of how soggy it was out there. People who paid for VIP passes will have the cost refunded; the rest of us just won't have a thing to go to today, I guess. Oh, good, cuz, uh, actually I was against the thing the whole time...

A friend had been on line for an hour when the decision to cancel came down. "CazzoMooga," he said, because he's Italian. Then I opened my Facebook and it's all damp people with mobile updates like "#screwgooga."

"Too bad they didn't put their money where their mouth was when they said 'rain or shine,'" wrote one.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

GoogaMooga Welcomes Vegetarians After All

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

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In March, when the Great GoogaMooga, the food and music festival in Prospect Park happening this weekend, first announced their lineup of restaurants, they were ones known mostly for their meat dishes and little else. What about us vegetarians?, I asked. You know, not to demand special treatment, but because this is Brooklyn. Vegetarians live here. Why would you not serve food they would buy? Then in May the menus were released and Gothamist ran a piece titled "GoogaMooga Doesn't Care About Vegetarian People," noting that the vegetarian options would be mostly pizza, which is boring. (And leaves the vegans out in the lurch!)

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Salt is Good for You! Doctors Are Lying to You!

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

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When I eat with other people, they often express concern for my health—not because of the needle full of insulin plunging into my arm, but because of the excess of crystals I joggle out of the salt shaker. I like salt, and I like to put a lot of it on my food, more than is deemed acceptable or appropriate in polite society. I'm told my grandfather was the same way—that he "put salt on salt"—and he never had a problem with high blood pressure, the health problem most commonly associated with high sodium consumption, so I'm not particularly concerned as of now about how it will affect my health. I figure it's genetic: an oft-unmentioned truth of health is that, while we all have human bodies that require roughly the same things, all of our bodies are also different and require different things, and my body needs salt just like grandpa's did. "[Studies suggest] how much salt we eat is determined by physiological demands, not diet choices," Gary Taubes wrote in the Times last year. But try telling that to a concerned dining companion across the table.

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Angelina Jolie, Christine Quinn, and the Art of the <i>New York Times</i> Overshare

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

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  • Brad Pitt for W Magazine
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Late last night, or rather, early this morning, I was doing what I typically do when I am procrastinating. I reorganized the bookshelf by my bed, I considered folding laundry, I put my Elizabeth Taylor mask on my dog and myself, I obsessively refreshed twitter. I did anything except what I was supposed to be doing because what I was supposed to be doing was transcribing an interview, and that involves the specific horrors of not only listening to my own voice, but also being reminded of a terrible habit I have, which is thinking that my interview subject needs to be entertained by me, which means that I then have to listen to the awkward patter that I subject innocent people to and so, yes, I am the worst. I also always forget to ask real questions. Ugh. But so anyway, I turned to twitter to avoid my work.

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Win a Spot for You and a Friend at MAKESHIFT's DIY Chair Workshop this Sunday!

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

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We're giving away two spots to this weekend's Chair DIY Workshop, hosted by Build It Green!NYC and Krrb. Get crafty at MAKESHIFT 2013 on Sunday, May 19th from 2-5pm alongside fashion designer Alabama Chanin and design experts, Amy Devers (AE's "Fix This Yard" and DIY Network’s "Freeform Furniture") and Tanya Aguiniga (Los Angeles based furniture designer/maker).

Sound good? Here's how to enter to win.

1. Follow @thelmagazine on Twitter.

2. Tweet at us to let us know why you want those tickets!

3. Use the hashtag "#makeshift2013"

You have until midnight on Thursday, May 16 to enter. We'll announce a winner on Friday, May 17. Good luck!

And even if you don't win, attend the Exhibition, Sale + Party following the DIY Chair Workshop. The event will be located at Build it Green!NYC's Gowanus location (69 9th St., Brooklyn NY 11215) from 5-8pm on Sunday, May 19th. To get a preview of the space, their goods and what will be on sale on Sunday, check out their Krrb corner at Krrb.com/bignyc. Learn more about the workshop, party and sale at bignyc.org/makeshift-party.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

It Sucks to Own a Food Truck

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 2:35 PM

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Last year, there was a big fight in Bay Ridge between restaurant owners and food-truck vendors. The people at Lonestar on Fifth Avenue were incensed by the presence of a halal cart down the block, on the corner of 86th Street; it got so bad that "someone" tore out public benches from across the street and bolted them in front of the food truck's regular spot; that the brick-and-mortar side formed human chains to stop the truck from parking. The restaurant owners argued that the trucks were bad for businesses that paid rent and property taxes, undercutting them in a way that wasn't fair. The kerfuffle turned neighbor against neighbor. Even the politicians got in on it: "How can a brick and mortar business owner—who is already paying a premium to rent a storefront on a main strip while covering business and property taxes, water bills and private sanitation—compete with a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ food cart?” the local councilmember asked. The local state senator blamed the food trucks for the closure of beloved local luncheonette/soda fountain Hinsch's. Even the owner of Hinsch's had to call bullshit on that.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Are Vegetarians Welcome at the Great GoogaMooga?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

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Last year a guard outside the Great GoogaMooga found a used syringe in an open pocket of my backpack. "I'm diabetic," I told him, and he asked to see my, um, uh, um, uh, "insulin?" "Yeah," so I showed it to him, and then he asked to see my ID, which I also showed him, the name on which he compared against the name on the prescription. You know, in case I were one of those crafty intravenous drug users who carries around a bottle of someone else's insulin to psych out music-festival security guards. (They're so much more common than, you know, people with fucking diabetes!) Meanwhile, the friend I came with hid his one-hitter in his palm underneath his cell phone and strolled right into the festival.

So, the Great GoogaMooga did not feel like a welcoming place for diabetics. But it was also unwelcoming to the other annoying thing I identify with (and that keeps me from being invited to dinner parties): I try to keep vegan. And trying to figure out which vendors might have even just non-pizza vegetarian options was as confusing if not more so than trying to figure out how to buy beer. (Guys, I didn't stay long at the GoogaMooga.)

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Scientific Proof: Williamsburg Hipsters Love PBR

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

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  • Locu

Guys! Guuyyyys? Have you heard that great joke, the one about hipsters and how they like PBR? It's a real doozy. And also, apparently, based on hard scientific fact! The menu management experts over at Locu have crunched the data, and there's no going back for us now.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

The 10 Best New Brooklyn Restaurants in 2012

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 5:00 AM

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Everyone needs to eat. Brooklyn is lucky to have what seems like infinite options—you could get lost in the vast and varied dining scene. Every year, new restaurants crop up all over the borough, but not all of them are worth a visit. This is our list of the 10 that stand out from all the rest, the ones you need to visit as soon as possible. Everyone needs to eat, but not everyone gets to experience food at this level. Treat yourself.

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The 10 Best New Brooklyn Bars of 2012

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 5:00 AM

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  • Blackbook

Obviously there will never be a shortage of places to go and get a drink in Brooklyn. This is not a real statistic, but a new bar opens roughly every minute of every day around here, give or take. We're pretty lucky in that regard. And as such, we can afford to be choosy. So after a long, laborious year of investigatory drinking on our readers' behalf, we've managed to narrow our list down to ten of the very best places that started serving up drinks to ever-thirsty Brooklynites this year. Go ahead, grab a cocktail at every single one of them. Tonight.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy Repeal! Five Seasonal Cocktails to Drink in Celebration

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

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79 years ago today, the dark times of Prohibition were ended, and liquor flowed freely again in these United States. Why not have a little cocktail tonight to celebrate? Freedom! USA! Etc.! Even in this unseasonably warm weather, a nice winterish cocktail could be just the thing.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

"Our Product Will Probably Not Kill You," Promises New 5-Hour Energy Ad

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

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A few weeks ago, news broke that 5-Hour Energy is currently under FDA investigation for thirteen deaths over the past four years that may or may not be linked to their cough syrup-y caffeine shot. This in addition to over 90 other F.D.A. filings, one of which blames the drink for a spontaneous abortion. It's a rough spot to be in for any company.

Now, most business experts will tell you that the best way to handle this kind of PR crisis is to face the claims head-on by releasing a hastily assembled, really budget-looking YouTube ad explaining that your product, in all likelihood, will not kill anyone. Which is exactly what 5-Hour Energy has done.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Stress Bake Your Hurricane Anxiety and Your Extra Halloween Candy Away

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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Saturday's parties are done, and Wednesday's trick or treating looks to be curtailed or even cancelled, depending on your zone. If you are a Halloween person at all, you probably have lots of extra candy lying around. Not that I think it's a bad idea to just eat the candy (or save it for hurricane rations), but if you're feeling cooped up or freaked out, the classic combination of stress baking then stress eating might be just the ticket. Here, then, are some recipes that you can make with stuff you've probably already got around the house, depending on your level of food hoarding.

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