Bacon should be considered it’s own food group. If I were religious, I might call it food from the gods. Speaking of bacon, I stumbled across Bacon Today which is my favorite new website. While bacon infused vodka sounds curiously disgusting, I’d probably be interested in sampling a bacon shell taco.

Gobble Gobble all! Should you be in NYC for Thanksgiving this year and don’t have any special dinner plans, here’s an idea:

A reminder to everyone still making last minute holiday plans. This year Palo Santo will be open on Thanksgiving from 4pm to 9pm. Join us for a four course prix fixe menu priced at $45 per person. You are welcome to bring your family - you can be sure that I’ll be bringing mine! We will be serving our take on some seasonal favorites including Heritage Turkeys done as Pavo en Mole Poblano with Cranberry Salsa and Sweet Potato Gratin. We will also have options for pescatarians and vegetarians.

Jacques Gautier
chef / owner

In 1960, one fifth of the nation’s beer was produced in Brooklyn, New York. By the mid 70’s there were no breweries left in Brooklyn. And now there has been a major resurgence of local breweries opening again. Here is a NY Times article on what happened.

This weekend, The Brazen Head located in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn will host a cask festival offering beer from several of the breweries mentioned in the article.

It’s Saturday afternoon and I should be thinking about getting my bum to kickboxing. Instead, my mind is drifting in the direction of beer. I’m thinking of two breweries whose potions I would like to sample at the moment. The first is from Yards Brewing Company of Philadelphia and is their “Saison” variety. The second is from Brooklyn based Sixpoint Craft Ales and is their “Sweet Action.” You have to love a brewery that makes a beer called “Hop Obama.”

The politics of food is very important to me. How we cultivate our food, obtain it and ultimately eat it directly affects our quality of life. I was pleased to learn that the super creative ad firm, Mother had launched a unique venture that speaks to this very topic. Dogmatic is a new kind of sausage vending experience that offers grass fed and free range foods. Additionally, some of the ingredients are locally sourced and this is absolutely an imperative trend to set for a sustainable agricultural system and economy. Former Burger King CEO, Brad Blum has bought a majority stake in the company and has hopes to take the sausage shop across the country. My big suggestion is for them to obtain a beer and wine license as well. What is a sausage without a beer?

Here is more on Dogmatic Sausage Systems.  In celebration of the “sausage” I share my favorite episode of The Kids in the Hall (has something to do with the love of meat stuff intestinal lining).

 

 

I had been meaning for some time to drop by Flatbush Farm. Most of the ingredients at the restaurant are locally grown from small farms, and of course this includes grass fed organic meats. This weekend, I finally had a chance to check it out and stopped in for brunch. I don’t know what I liked more, the food or the ambiance; they have an amazing dining yard in which it is easy to forget where you are. I’m looking forward to checking out their dinner menu one night.

If you live in Brooklyn and happen to be a beer guzzling foodie like myself, you should know about Grab. The small specialty food shop opened just a few months back in Park Slope. They have a wonderful selection of cheeses, meats, chocolates and beer. And now they offer beer growlers featuring different brews each week. Today I stopped in for bread and olive oil and John Hodgman let me cut in line in front of him.

At the other end of the Slope is Bierkraft. Much like Grab, they offer an amazing assortment of specialty food items, however they’ve been around for many years now. While both shops are worth knowing about, Bierkraft does boast a larger selection of beers and chocolate, as well as a more pleasant staff.

Last night we went to one of my favorite local Park Slope eateries. They very well may make the best cocktails in Brooklyn at Sidecar. They also grill a pretty flavorful steak frites from happy pasture raised cows.

 

I’ve lived in the south end of Park Slope, Brooklyn for 8 years. The neighborhood is fantastic and the location is ideal. Just a few hundred paces away the neighborhood changes names and becomes known as Gowanus. As a musician who has rehearsed in Gowanus for many years, I was pretty excited when a watering hole called Bar Tano opened up just across the street from my studio. Little by little this industrial area built along a polluted canal is beginning to transform.

The latest news is that two music venues will be opening up in the neighborhood this fall. I’m told that The Bell House will be something very special. Knowing that the venue’s proprietors did a bang-up job with another local bar-venue called Union Hall, I have no doubt that the space will be a success. A hop skip and jump away, a 6200 square foot warehouse has been converted into Littlefield. I guess this is all very exciting. I’m just wondering how long before the Williamsberg hipster population discovers the neighborhood. Between the too-cool-for-schoolers and the hideous over-priced condo buildings going up, I may have to start searching for a new place to call home. European suggestions anyone?

 

Brooklynites no longer have to run to midtown Manhattan for Korean food. Moim serves traditional Korean dishes with a contemporary twist. Now that I’ve had them, there is very little that I wouldn’t do for a plate of their spare ribs.

 

Most of the stores in the neighborhood that I call home are independent and locally owned. When I saw construction taking place for a 7-eleven convenience store, I was horrified. Considering that there are bodegas on almost every corner, the attempt to open up shop in the neighborhood seemed like an unneeded threat. What I found most disturbing was how the store was introduced to the neighborhood. 7-eleven’s visually offensive and brighter then Vegas store sat empty for months waiting for a franchise buyer to come scoop it up. The company had built out the space with no immediate plans. This was simply a territorial move by a corporation to be the first of their kind in the area. Other chain stores in recent years have tried to do the same thing and failed. What makes 7-eleven different? The difference is the Slurpee.

With all of my voiced criticism, when the weather got hot I was the first to go buy a Coca Cola flavored Slurpee. My friends, neighbors and loved ones pointed and laughed. They ridiculed my hypocrisy. Today, I have the last laugh. In honor of today’s date, the store will be giving away free Slurpees

 

This week I was taken out for a lovely meal at The Farm on Adderley. The restaurant in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park neighborhood is a must visit. It boasts a beautiful interior and backyard, but the real reason to check out The Farm on Adderley is the quality of ingredients. The pork chop was exquisite (yes the word used only to describe paintings and food). Thanks again for the meal Nicky & Rich.

 

Marilyn Manson has finally decided like so many other celebs to endorse his own product. The rocker was instrumental in developing his label of absinthe. And yes, its true that certain brands of true absinthe are now legal in the US. It is also absolutely false that absinthe will make you go looney more than any other type of spirit. That was all actually a giant smear campaign created by a threatened wine industry in France during the early 1900s.