Month: September 2015

An Event-Full Weekend

A panel at Taste Talks Brooklyn about staying current in the ever-changing landscape of food. The last few weeks have just zoomed by. How is it already Wednesday again? How am I just catching you up on three educational/inspirational events from two weekends ago just now? How is it fall already? Ok, enough with the existential questions. Slow Food NYC recently held a series of events with Canadian cheesemaker David Asher, known for tinkering around with molds in his home to get his bloomy rinds just right. I went to the opening night reception in a cave (that was once a 19th century brewery!) somewhere in Brooklyn that I had not yet ventured to before and learned about the history of kefir. How typical of me. Here’s Slow Food USA Executive Director Richard McCarthy introducing David. At first I wondered, “Who is this guy in a suit?!” Most people were wearing Birkenstocks. And then I realized it was him. Alrighty then. Anyways, back to fermentation. According to David, kefir grains originated somewhere in Central Asia. Apparently …

Taking a Breather from the Concrete Jungle

Roaming through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. At a rooftop party recently (how New York of me, I know), I found myself with the perfect (well, nothing’s perfect) analogy to describe how I occasionally feel after a month of living and working in New York City: it’s the same feeling I get when I have that second cup of coffee in the afternoon that I didn’t really need and I feel my pulse racing when I really don’t need it to be. It’s that shot of espresso plus that ingenious fight-or-flight response that has kept us humans alive for so long that keeps many a New Yorker on their toes (and dashing across enormous intersections for dear life), but that also is just utterly exhausting once the adrenaline wears off. Although my (temporary) home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn has been a welcome escape from the craziness of Manhattan, I’ve also looked a little further beyond the walls of the concrete jungle in the last few weeks to just catch my breath …

A Few New Edible Discoveries

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is also my favorite meal. By far. I mean… just look at this spread from Reynard at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. So I’m coming up on my one month anniversary with New York City. How will I celebrate, I hear you asking through the internet void? Probably with an iced coffee and some kind of pastry involving berries, if I had to guess. I’ve made quite a few food-related finds (shocker!) since returning to the homeland from Europe, so I thought I would take a few moments to share some of this newfound knowledge with the world. Please prepare yourself for an eclectic list that very much reflects the personal tastes of someone who is a self-professed probiotic aficionada (is there even a feminine version of that word?). 1. Dimes Restaurant, Chinatown An intimate, most vegetable-forward restaurant with surprisingly large portions. Hello, leftovers. Expect to find organic wines, lots of avocado (see above), and candles. Doesn’t take reservations, so if you want a table …