Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brooklyn Restaurant Week 2014

Brooklyn is a land onto itself. Therefore it only makes sense that it has its own restaurant week. It's 11th Annual restaurant week kicked off on Monday, October 20th. It will run through Thursday, October 23rd and Monday, October 27th through Thursday, October 30th. As if you needed an excuse to enjoy Brooklyn there are more than 150 restaurants participating and reasons to help stimulate the local economy. The options are $25 prix fixe dinner per person and $15 prix fixe lunch for two sans tax and gratuities. 

Although many of our favorites are not listed it's not too late to convince them. Our tummies are bleeding us dry. Help ease our pockets and continue to delight our palettes. We're begging you. 

Tell a neighbor, tell a friend...We CAN'T keep calm its time to Dine in Brooklyn!

For more information and a complete listing of participants click on the link: http://dineinbk.com

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Food for Thought: Big Brother is Watching....Big Brother

"All I ask of food is that it doesn't harm me." Michael Palin (Monty Python's Flying Circus)

Now, if only NYPD and all other police precincts across the country could follow suit. As with warning labels on foods the police should wear a label that says, "can be hazardous and even deadly when in contact with Blacks or Latinos". 

Disclaimer: this does not apply to all police officers but the ones that have tarnished the reputation of many and particularly those with blood-stained hands.

NYC is testing a new program and fitting 60 officers from five precincts with body cameras. The precinct with the highest recorded stop and frisks in each borough will be the first to don the body cams. The 75th Precinct in East New York; the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem; the 40th Precinct in the South Bronx; the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens; the 120th Precinct in Staten Island. It will be interesting to see if this will be a deterrent. It is still not quite clear what the procedure will be regarding when to use and when not to use but our chances cannot be any worse than they are without them.  Fergusson is a reality for most Blacks and Latinos in America. Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Patrick Dorismond, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Michael Brown to name a very few. It is said that a Black man is killed every 28 hours by an officer. Even if the killing is justified, this is horrendous. It seems like gentrification has a new face. 

Either way the fate of Black America is depressingly dire. If the cops don't kill us, We're  doing a pretty good job of doing it ourselves. Not sure which is sadder. Neither option sits well with me. I am eternally grateful to the creator for blessing me with a daughter and pray every night for the safety of "our" sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, nephews and friends. Perhaps if we truly adopted the notion of loving our neighbor the world would be a safer place for every race.

Until then, let's see where the cameras leave us. Hopefully, not unplugged.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Food Porn: How Sweet it is...Sweet Chick

Sweet Chick
164 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Located in Williamsburg

This is one of those restaurants that people rave about. We wanted to know for ourselves if the world has gone mad or if we were truly missing out. Siri told us that we have arrived at our final destination and it was a nice quaint location very reminiscent of the Lower East Side. We waited patiently for about a half and hour for a table that could accommodate our mini-food whore. Thank goodness for sweet potato puffs or we might not have made it.

We sat down and was greeted by our waitress who informed us of the daily specials. Did she just say buffalo chicken with blue cheese waffles?? What?!? (We had a Lil' John moment) we ordered our cocktails to take a little time to absorb all the wonderful food options. Note to selves: we must return because we want everything.


The cocktails were refreshing but we'll probably skip them next time around and opt for more food. Note to bartender, no one ever needs to drink Beefeater Gin. The cocktail above consisted of blueberries, elderflower, blackberries, ginger, and god awful beefeater gin. Put all those wonderful ingredients together and then you add the death blow. We swapped the gin with Brooklyn gin and we were back on track.

Now, let's get down to business. Decisions, decisions, decisions. According to everyone that walked by this place is the truth and worth the wait. We ordered the classic fried chicken & bacon cheddar waffles (there are tasty chunks of bacon baked into the waffle), buffalo chicken & blue cheese waffles, and house Mac-n-Cheese with a ritz cracker crust for the little one.

Our one main hang up would be that our food took about 40 minutes to arrive which was beyond excessive and the mini-food whore was starting to run out of steam. She expressed her frustration by banging loudly on the table with whatever she could get her hands on. It got so bad that she took to tapping the guests at the table behind us to ogle at their fried chicken. However, when the moment of truth happened upon us we were not disappointed and forgot all about the wait. The guest at the table behind us said it best, "this chicken is amazing." The pieces of chicken given were a little weird but it was so damn good that we would eat all of their chicken backs. We said mixed but again, the point we make is that if they only served the tips of chicken wings we would still take it. The buffalo chicken was covered in our favorite Frank's hot sauce so it was delicious. The waffle flavors were so pronounced and true to its name. You can taste all of the flavors. We must find our way back and eat through the extensive menu offerings.  They need a frequent eater's card. The Mac-n-Cheese was tasty but the noodles were far from al dente. Perhaps the chef knew that our mini-food whore was sans teeth and was cooking it to perfection just for her. The crust is what gives it a little texture but truth be told, we've had better.

All in all, we will be back very soon and often. This place is like a fat kids candy store but with chicken and so much more. Yes, it is that good. We haven't even made a dent in the menu YET. 

Stay tuned...
Sweet Chick on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Food Porn: The Farm on Adderly

The Farm on Adderley
1108 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Located in Ditmas Park Brooklyn

Don't you just love it when you've been thinking about something and it suddenly appears. Well, we have been meaning to visit this restaurant for many moons and for whatever reason the food demons have prevented us. Well, we arrive at the prospect park bandshell promptly at 8 and died right at the entrance to the bandshell when we witnessed the line to enter our proverbial backyard. Who are all of these people and how dare they not miss the non-stop advertising of the Janelle Monae concert to Celebrate Brooklyn? 

We were so famished that we ventured back to Prospect Park West to seek nourishment. We use the term "nourishment" lightly as the only thing in sight is a good-old NY hot dog stand. We ordered a hot dog with mustard and a peach Snapple iced tea. It gave us just enough sustenance to cook up a plan. With hot dog on the breath we did what any hot-blooded attractive women would do. We found the first single guy in line walked over put our hands around his waist and said, "there you are honey". Gotta love NY. Next thing you know we are in and off to the beverage line to thank the Good Samaritan our "long lost beau" with a cocktail. Two Budweiser Lime-a-Rita's, a glass of Pinot Grigio and let the festivities begin.

Oh my, what do we spy? The food Gods are here to redeem us. The Farm on Adderley is offering a delightful snack for parkgoers and with a pretty price to boot. Janelle Monae is thumping out a tune, the crowd is vibrant and we are about to have another intimate food experience. We almost forget about the concert but it will be a lovely backdrop to our meal. We ordered the guerrilla fries and codcake sandwich. We might have been really hungry or the guerilla fries were that good because our plates were empty and we found ourselves back online ordering yet another order. Delish is all that is left to say. The codcake was seasoned just right on a soft potato bun with siracha mayo. The guerilla fries were seasoned with chili salt and was accompanied with life-destroying chilli-mayo. That is the only way to describe it. And if that wa not enough at the end of the concert we scored free sandwiches. Tonight was a very good night. 

Now we are even more determined to find out what The Farm on Adderley has to offer us once we get there. These tasty bites were very motivating. Stay tuned to find out more about their full menu. If it's anything like these teasers it's a must eat.

The Farm on Adderley on Urbanspoon


Friday, June 6, 2014

FOOD PORN: Joloff: A Trip to Senegal

Joloff Restaurant
1168 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Located in Bedford Stuyvesant

The aesthetic was bright, comfy, and eclectic. The words shabby chic comes to mind. There were several pieces of furniture that we're certain could be found in our grandmother's home. Probably the reason we felt so comfortable. We went on a Monday afternoon because we had a mini food whore in training with us and her stroller is a force to be reckoned with in a crowded restaurant. Not to mention that it happens to be one of our B'days and we were in the mood for a specific type of cuisine. In other words, an excuse to eat out. We had the fortune of eating Senegalese food in the past and wanted to know if Joloff could hold a match to the mom pop walk-in restaurants in Harlem. After all, Brooklyn, we go hard!

First off, let's put it out there...they Do Not serve alcohol. Really? The Bissap (sorrel & hibiscus juice) and lemon ginger drinks were refreshing but, come on, we're adults. We ordered the fish pastels which were tasty but very fishy. A little lemon juice could've brightened them up a bit and eliminated the fishiness. It was a nice start to our meal; Unfortunately, we were a tad disappointed when our long awaited star dish arrived. Teibou Jean is a traditional Senegalese dish made with Joloff Rice, carrots, cabbage and baked fish. It was okay but we've definitely had better. We were underwhelmed and our taste buds wanted more. We can only hope that they were having an off day because many folks have raved about this dish. To say the least, if we never ate it again there would be no love lost. As luck would have it our curiosity or greediness got the best of us so we also ordered the dibbi (grilled lamb chops) and it was delicious as was the accompanying salad with a tangy citrus dressing. We could definitely eat it again but, probably to go.

We would not suggest skipping Joloff but there is no need to rush over either. Perhaps you should have a cocktail or two beforehand and who knows, it could be an entirely different experience.

Joloff Restaurant on Urbanspoon


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