We even like saying the word more knowing there is an I on the end. New to the scene, this unassuming shop, Bakeri, sits nestled on Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. Bikes and dogs sat parked out front and the window welcomed us with a fall still-life. Inside, the artistic touches continue—each more beautiful than the last. A vintage display case, bowls, rolling pins, robust loaves of bread all perfectly placed. The garden out back has an espresso drinker today, cozy in chilly fall air with her book and mug. Each element is so perfectly done, words will ruin its sweetness and perfect charm. Instead, we encourage you to stop in for a lunch of soup and hearty sandwich, or for one of their delicious sweets—which they’ll wrap in brown wax paper with perfect twists at each end. We left with Lavender shortbread and a brownie—sweetest way to end a long work day.
This Sunday Jean-Luc Le D?, of Le D?’s Wines on Washington Street, is hosting a luncheon at Bouley with Burgundy vineyards serving their wines. Enjoy delicious food and wine and meet the producers. Sunday January 31st at 163 Duane Street (Hudson Street), Lunch is from noon to 4 and costs $195 (212) 924-6999.
The Noble Rot, a roving wine tasting and lesson group, is holding their latest event this Sunday from 7 to 9pm at NY Vintners in Tribeca. They describe the events as wine and friends focused. You might be exploring a specific grape, varietal, or region always grounded in the history. Look forward to theatrics, friendly banter, and full pours. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org, tastings usually cost about $30.
You can’t beat the hot chocolate at City Bakery. We’d venture to say it would even be good in the summer, but at this height of winter get excited about a month long Hot Chocolate Festival. Check out this calendar to find out what hot chocolate to expect each day this month. The first ? Lemon hot chocolate… We’re lining up Sunday ! 3 W 18th Street, All. Month. Long.
The always anticipated “ Food Experiments” at the Bell House in Gowanus is bringing the Taco Experiment to you this Sunday. Same drill as always—you can test other’s tacos, or you can enter your own for a chance at two tickets to anywhere in Mexico. YUM. To enter visit the site!
Winter is about to remind us its January and this weekend, curling up with a cup of this—Tay Tea might be just the thing. Uncapping the jar of “Persian Rose” is as much of an experience as drinking it. The delicious smell is not to be believed. And how cute are Nini’s other names : “Marry me again” or “A Day in Provence” ? Each is a sight too—vibrant rose petals, currants, or cornflower. A full sensory experience we might say. And Nini’s love of tea is articulated perfectly. She says, “What inspires me is the simple truth that tea, like love, has no boundaries. It is available everywhere and within the reach of everyone. It is simple and pure. All you need is hot water and the patience to linger a few moments while the tea leaves dance. And much like love, tea is layered and complex. It is sophisticated and mysterious. The more I dig into the deep culture of tea, I seem to never get to the bottom of it.”
Also in the Ace hotel is a great midtown pit stop or hang out for a hot drink: Stumptown. Stop for a gourmet cup of coffee, or as with The Breslin, your dose of all things hipster. This light filled storefront has busy bee workers in bow ties and glasses filling espresso shots and steaming milk. We love the white, cream and brown palette and the grandness of the coffee bar. Grab a latte on your walk by or stop and enjoy it in their awesome lobby with their mismatched furniture, board games, library desks with hard-at-work apple laptops, and the best finishing touch : a gargantuan American Flag as the backdrop. Oh, and another bonus, Stumptown is camera friendly.
Position Description :
Opportunity to work behind the scenes on collaborative events. Meet and work alongside varied chefs and designers in the event/entertaining industry. Applicant should be an enthusiastic hard worker who is interested in facilitating these relationships and coordinating for events. Internship will be 2 days a week with flexibility, but including weekend hours during events. Some tasks might include event production, prop sourcing, DIY projects, online research, and assisting at Photo shoots. Internship is unpaid but you will eat well!
Applicant must be :
- Comfortable working in a kitchen with food
- Knowledgeable about current food trends, design and event publications and blogs
- Outgoing and personable, able to engage strangers and facilitate social events
- Creatively minded – Enthusiastic about design elements and able to make tasteful decisions
- Highly organized and computer proficient
*Applicants especially desired with interest/education in any of the following: culinary arts, photography, graphic design, floral design, and PR.
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Without sounding snooty, we think it’s fair to say that any side street lining Broadway from about 25th to 34th is somewhat of a taste wasteland. Bordered top and bottom by Madison Square Park and the Garment district, there isn’t much here except perfume and Hanes T-shirt shops—a sort of final frontier for Manhattan. Enter stage West (20 W 29th Street) : The Breslin in The Ace Hotel. We walked through the label-less door, hidden behind endless pumpkins and cabbage plants, and found ourselves in a pretty cool bar. Black painted wood, mirrors and taxidermy made us feel like we’d walked out of the wasteland and into…well…Hipster Brooklyn. How this demographic finds themselves in this oasis everyday we’re not sure. But we like it—a refreshing view of hipsters when we’re used to them in their usual haunts. What wasn’t so refreshing was their photography policy. Just a few snaps and we were reprimanded for taking out a camera. We tried reason, but got nowhere. So where these pictures could have continued into a beautiful lunch, we were cut off. We had to go about our way, grumbling tummies and all, since we were there to review. It’s a tough job keeping up the too cool for school attitude, but somebody’s got to do it !
To complete of breakfast gift (from this series) were little pillows of granola. Granola is such a hearty and tasty breakfast, and couldn’t be easier to make. We packaged it in simple cellophane bags available at many stationary and craft stores. And as a sweet last detail we hugged these little guys with a piece of twine. Here is the basic recipe we used, you can always add in extras like other nuts, dried fruit or coconut :
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
3/4 cup honey
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
Heat oven to 320 degrees.
Place the butter and honey in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until the butter is melted. Place the oats and nuts in a large bowl, pour over 1/2 the butter mixture and toss well to combine. Spread evenly over the base of a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Stir, pour the remaining half of your butter mixture over the granola and bake for a further 5?10 minutes or until crisp and golden. Allow to cool and stir through additional items like raisins cranberries, pumpkin seeds or pistachios. Store in an airtight container.
The Savoy, a longtime locavore favorite and pioneer, is serving up a warm winter lunch – cassoulet style. Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 you can taste seven different French bean stews, slow cooked, all for $65. Visit them in Soho at 70 Prince Street to warm up your soul and fill your belly. Reservation is required ! So call ahead : 212.219.8570.
Come taste some pies (or show of yours) at the 3rd annual BK Farmyards Pie contest. For just five dollars you can taste numerous pies alongside famous foodie judges and contribute to a worthy cause. This Saturday – 5:30 at K&M Bar at 225 N 8th Street in Brooklyn. A perfect dessert course to your 7 cassoulets !
Edible Manhattan wants you to join them for a cocktail party this Monday from 6 to 9pm, at Almond (12 E 22nd Street). “Good Spirits” will present 7 different meals by 7 different chefs with 7 different drink pairings. All you have to do is eat, drink, and tell them your favorite (for only $40).
Locanda Verde (337 Greenwich Street), a recent Tribeca favorite, is hosting a black truffle dinner this Monday January 25th. For just $49.95 savor 3 courses of amazing truffle goodness. Make your reservation now : 212.925.3797
* And don’t forget — restaurant week starts this coming Monday. Take some time this weekend to decide what to treat yourself to !
In case you do decide to make fromage blanc at your next even here is the recipe. And just FYI—this also serves beautifully as a dessert at a dinner party with berries ! Recipe courtesy of the Ina Garten.
32 ounces fromage blanc
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup good honey
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
Vanilla seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
Stir the fromage blanc, cream, honey, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and vanilla seeds together in a medium bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
We the filled the bottoms of clean jars with honey (your favorite will do), and covered it with the fromage blanc. Refrigerate until event.
Last but not least in our cream and white event story is our gift table. We knew we wanted something unique from our display but still a continuation of sorts. What comes after dessert cheese? Breakfast cheese ! Here, we made a Honey Fromage Blanc (adapted from Ina Garten), and layered it in small jars with honey. We also added a pouch of granola to complete the meal. This gift was easy to assemble, inexpensive, thoughtful, and displays adorably. The idea could be adjusted even without a cheese theme into a yogurt and granola.