Monthly Archives: September 2010

Redhook Round-Up

Yes, yes…we hear a lot about Redhook these days.  Pretty much every major magazine featured a piece on this neighborhood this summer…but you know what? this area deserves it…it’s this neat little gem nestled into the coziest corner of Brooklyn.  It’s filled with great shops and even better food and when I go there I feel like I am transported to a 19th century portside enclave complete with anchor garbage cans and nautically named locations.

On Tuesdays you can find me helping out the lovely illustrator and shopkeeper, Jane Buck of Foxy and Winston.  You’ll recognize this place by the darling shop window full of onesies and cards – where occasionally you will find Hope… the cutest beagle ever, this is her favorite spot. One Tuesday in July, my pal Cia met me in Redhook and we did a tasting tour down Van Brunt street.  Here are some of the highlights!

I started with lunch at Fort Defiance.  I ordered what I normally order there; the smoked salmon on multigrain bread with crème fraiche, cucumber and watercress (although they are known for their Muffaletta).

We made our way to the Redhook Lobster Pound where we ordered one Connecticut style Lobster roll (warm with butter) and one Maine style Lobster Roll (cold with a little mayo).  Usually I’m all for Connecticut style (seeing as though I’m from there) but their Maine style sure is yummy.

Since we were just steps from Baked we stopped in for a Chocolate Chip Cookie.  SERIOUSLY yummy.

Even though we were pretty stuffed at this point we went to The Good Fork for some cocktails and their well known dumplings.  Annnnnd we slipped in a lovely grilled calamari salad as well.  Couldn’t hurt at this point!

We finished the night with a twilight tasting of Domaine de Canton at Dry Dock.  It was a good day.

I think we covered all the basics, besides IKEA and Fairway that is.  If you haven’t, I hope you can visit Redhook some day. It really is one of my favorite one stop neighborhoods in all of NYC.

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Baked Long Island Clams

Music: Acid Tongue – Jenny Lewis

Growing up on the Great South Bay of Long Island, nothing defined my childhood more than the beach, the boat and the waterways of my home.  In the summers when I was young one of my favorite culinary adventures was to go clamming with my cousin off Squaw Island.  For anyone who does not know what Squaw Island is, well it is essentially a little mound of earth that is only visible during low tide about a ten-minute ride southwest from the Amityville Cut just past Snake Channel.  For anyone who doesn’t know where Snake Channel is, well it’s just west of the Tobay Beach marina.  Hang a right at The Four Corners and…OK, none of you know where any of this is but I can attest that is some of the most beautiful stretches of local beaches, marshes and bay I have ever seen.

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End of Summer

Hello Friends!

It’s been too long…and for that I’m sorry.

It was a long summer filled with kitchens that were too hot to cook in, travels to exotic locale (not really) and enjoying the summer in the city. But stay tuned! We’ll be back!  I’m taking this week to make a few updates and then we’ll be back at ‘cha – and better than ever.

Thanks for your patience! And for not chewing my head off for making our hiatus announcement earlier.  I know you are all tired of reading about homemade beer 😉

Toodles! Jess/James

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