My favorite Brooklyn gallery, Ground Floor Gallery, is kicking off the holiday season with the “It’s a Wrap!” Holiday Sale and Show on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6 – 9pm. “It’s a Wrap!” is a juried exhibition of more than 20 emerging artists selling art and design objects for $12 – $190. Between the pop art coloring books, jungle animal portraits, homemade planters, and map drawings on offer, there will be something for everyone– AND it’s affordable. In true holiday spirit, guests will be encouraged to buy the work straight off the walls. Gift bags will be provided and artist Brendan Carroll will take Polaroid snapshots at the “It’s a Wrap!” photo studio.
Have you started shopping for your favorite Brooklyn-ites yet? My shopping is well underway, and I’ve picked out five of my favorite Brooklyn-y gifts.
1. For the Foodie:
Know a foodie with a weakness for salty snacks? Hook ‘em up with a “Salt of the Earth” Gift Set from With Love From Brooklyn. It’s filled with sweet/salty goodies from Brooklyn artisans, like the Good Batch Brown Butter Salties, Salty Road Salt Caramel Saltwater Taffy, Spoonable Salty Caramel Sauce, Liddabit Sweets Salt Caramels, and Anarchy in a Jar Grapefruit Smoked Salt Marmalade.
2. For the Guy or Gal on the Go
When I’m running errands, grocery shopping, or even brunching, I’m bringing a tote bag along. I especially love this Brownstone design from Claudia Pearson. Plus, for today only, score 20% off with the code CYBER13.
3. For the Designy Dude or Diva
If you have a pal with a perfectly designed pad, check out these cute NYC magnets made by Brooklyn Rehab, and available at By Brooklyn. Plus, they are environmentally friendly, since they are made from sustainable bamboo.
4. For the Beauty Babe
S.W. Basics is a savior for sensitive skin. Their products are created from scratch using only whole, high-potency ingredients. From a Hibiscus Mask to Vegan Lip Balm, this Brooklyn-based beauty brand knows what’s up.
5. For the Stylish Guy
SKINNYFATTIES is one of my favorite brands of all time. Why? It’s such a unique concept. Joshua Adam Brueckner is making those fat, out-dated ties and making them into skinny cool ties for the stylish guy. I suggest shopping the collection, or just get a gift certificate so your giftee can transform the ties he already owns.
Do you make something awesome? Maybe it’s beaded jewelry, knit winter hats, or crazy-good chocolate caramels? Bring your creativity to the first-ever Red Hook Maker’s Market Holiday Pop-Up on December 7th from 12pm to 8pm at Atelier Roquette at 63 Commerce Street in Red Hook.
Some of this year’s participants include Home/Made, Maker’s Toolbox, Red Hook Winery, Uncouth Vermouth, Saipua, Artemas Quibble, and Kerry Quade. There’s no fee to participate. Contact the Queens of Creative at Roquette Catering if you’re interested in joining.
And if you’re more of a homemade-appreciator than maker, be sure to stop by and start your holiday shopping.
The Carroll Gardens Vietnamese hotspot Nightingale 9 made its debut last Winter with a stellar catfish dish, Caramel Berkshire Pork, and unique popsicles for dessert. Then, they moved onto lunch with bahn mi sandwiches and pho. Now, Chef Rob Newton has created a brand new breakfast menu, served Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 3pm.
Here are 3 dishes to check out.
1. Egg Bahn Mi
3. Vietnamese Omelette with a Warm Baguette
I enjoy unique ice cream flavors, with chunks of cookie, hot fudge, or brownie batter, but sometimes you want something simple… particularly when pairing ice cream with another flavorful dessert. If a simple white vanilla sounds like the perfect topper to your holiday pie or decadent chocolate tart, go for Brooklyn Bell.
Founders Ron & Katie Cunningham have perfected the old-school, classic variety, with a clean vanilla bean flavor. The duo believes in simple, honest ingredients and high quality product. I like to top off a hot apple pie or crumble with the ice cream, and pictured here is an Apple, Pear, Dried Cherry, & Bourbon Crumble courtesy of the ladies from home/made Brooklyn, topped with Brooklyn Bell Ice Cream at my latest dinner party with The Sauce.
I enjoy hard cider during the Fall, but often times cider can be too sweet or too apple-y. That’s why I’m excited to have discovered Wölffer, a Long Island winery with two varieties, white and rose. The rose is an elegant premium sparkling dry cider, sourced from only the best New York State Apples. Plus, I love the gorgeous packaging.
In New York, you can buy the cider at Astor Wines or Chelsea Wine Vault, and in Brooklyn can be found at Brooklyn Wine Exchange.
Wölffer Estate Winery is perched on a rise overlooking the lush vineyards to the east and the gently rolling Hamptons landscape to the west. Rivaling European wineries, the rustic, Tuscan-style building with its warm ochre walls, houses a lavish tasting room with imported stain glass doors, an expansive portico and underneath is the state-of –the-art winery. It’s owned by Joey Wölffer and Marc Wölffer, children of founder Christian Wölffer, and along with Winemaker & Partner Roman Roth, this team’s innovation/creativity has created a new niche for the winery by the introduction of the two hard ciders.
If you’ve been following Becoming Brooklyn and have attended my meetup events, you probably know that I love getting people together. That’s why I want to introduce you to my latest venture, a lifestyle club called The Sauce. It’s for those passionate about food, wine, mixology, art, and music. It connects its members with a curated social experience, including access to dinners with star chefs, cocktail parties with top mixologists, and introductions to up-and-coming artists and musicians. The Sauce helps members discover new places, products, and people.
It’s kind of like a supper club… but with more– like art, music, and wine and mixology components. Our first event takes place on November 14th, a Harvest Supper at Atelier Roquette, with cider from Wolffer Cider, ice cream from The Brooklyn Bell, produce from Local Roots CSA, and rides from Uber. We’ll have four local artists on display from Ground Floor Gallery, and even some music from Brooklyn musician Kyle Lalone. The Harvest themed supper will be designed and cooked by the chefs of Homemade and Roquette Catering, Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson. While seats are full, please let me know if you’d like an invite to the next event.
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On Wednesday November 20th, take a culinary journey with Madiba Restaurant, as they offer the third installment of their wine pairing dinner series. They’re teaming up with one of the oldest and most canonical wine estates, Rustenberg Wines for a dinner entitled “Where The Wild Things Are.” The menu will take you from sea to earth, with seasonal South African dishes. Some of the featured items include Ostrich Carpaccio and Cape Seafood Soup.
Through wine pairing dinners like this one, Madiba strives to showcase prominent winemakers from South African Estates, and focus on winemaking style. You can buy your tickets on Madiba’s website, here.
If you usually head to Sweet Chick for their fried chicken and waffles, you might want to consider switching it up next time. The hearty Black Bean Cake and Scramble is worth ordering– and it’s hard to believe it’s meatless. The dish is served with arugula, sour cream, black pepper, and parsley, and finishes with a spicy kick. Pair it with a bloody Mary for the ultimate brunch.