Bed-Vyne Wine’s Thanksgiving Tasting

Bed-Vyne Wine Shop Postcard

There’s a new wine store in my Brooklyn neighborhood. The shop, Bed-Vyne Wine, is located on the corner Tompkins and Putnam. In their small, specially designed space, their selection of wines is organized by taste: Earthy, Floral, Sweet, Port, Sparkling and so forth. It makes searching for wine quite easy for burgeoning oenophiles (myself included that category). Read more

Demo Chef with NYC’s Fresh Bodegas Initiative and making Crostini

Chili Spice Goat Cheese with Tomato Corn Salsa Crostini

This Saturday on July 30th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., I want to meet you. Let’s talk about your life on food. I’m serving sweet and savory crostini outside of Common Grounds Coffee Shop at 376 Tompkins Avenue (between Putnam & Jefferson Avenues), Brooklyn, New York. It’s my first personal event, and I’m super excited to introduce new and old fans to  Read more

Appetizing Places: Peaches July 4th Cocktails


Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with a few cocktails. Craig Samuel, co-owner of Peaches Restaurant in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn has three special drinks for the July 4th weekend (they’re probably available year round, tell the bartender sent you): Blackberry Smash Infused with Blackberry Vodka, White Julep (a variation on a mint julep using clear corn liquor), and Stuyvesant Sidecar. Their signature cocktail, The Brownstone Punch is the popular sweet thirst-quencher with the locals. Read more

Appetizing Thoughts: Dance Africa 2011

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) at sunset.
Dance Africa is the unofficial Memorial Day event commencing Brooklyn, New York’s summer festivities. For the last 34 years, The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has successfully organized this dynamic festival celebrating the African Diaspora. We had the pleasure of attending the dress rehearsal to this year’s dance performance, “Expressions and Encounters: African, Cuban and American Rhythms.” Lively dancers and musicians in colorful costumes danced, leaped, sang, and pounded drums in a fluid choreography of grace and strength. The other large attraction to Dance Africa are the various vendors selling furniture, vintage music, clothing, West African musical instruments, jewelry, and food. Read more