Monthly Archives: February 2008

Gluten-Free Suggestions Wanted

Received this email from a reader, who coincidentally went to the same high school as I did (small world!):

I have a quick question to ask – I’ve been trying to read the blog for any
suggestions on gluten-free food/ideas in the FG/CH area. I’ve been diagnosed
with Celiacs for over four years now, and it’s been really tough to find
gluten-free products in the area. I know of the organic food store on
Myrtle (Karrots), and the Met on Fulton is hit or miss (but they seem to have the GF
beer), and the Associated on Myrtle carries a small selection. Any chance
you could make a request/post about it in an upcoming blog entry?

Ideas? I’d also suggest:

  • Green Planet (Fulton at Washington)
  • Fresh Garden (Fulton and Lafayette)
  • Provisions (Fulton at S. Portland)

(More info on these places here.)

G Train Connection

A bunch of you guys have emailed me today about this, and I admit that I slacked on posting.  Then everyone else started posting, so I was even less motivated to photoshop this cute graphic together:

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Anyway, yes!  There is exciting news afoot!  Apparently Leticia James has suggested linking the G at Fulton to all of the trains at Atlantic-Pacific!  This is super news.  How often have you really wanted to take the 2,3,4 but were too lazy (or running late) to walk down there or wait for the bus down Greene (which, btw, never comes) so you made do with the G to the A,C to another change or two.

Sign the petition here!

And more info here via Second Avenue Sagas.

Rustik Tavern

Rustik Tavern

471 DeKalb Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11205

http://rustiktavern.com/

I needed a place to eat that was close by but I wanted someplace new too. I didn’t want it to be too fancy either. I just wanted a nice, chill, relaxing place to grab a beer and some decent food. I saw a review of Rustik over on Clinton Hill Foodie which seem to fit the bill perfectly. (yeah, I’ve been slacking and they got to it before me) After checking out Rustik’s very slick website and menu online I decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did.

The first thing I noticed was how…out of place Rustik seemed to be in where it’s located. It’s like bodega, bodega, take out, take out, bodega, Rustik.

Well at least you won’t miss it walking by.

I was impressed with Rustik’s interior decor. High ceilings and lots of lights, but not overly bright, gave it a very warm and inviting feeling and with that big sofa up front – definitely a place to chill.

First order of business: a beer. Rustik has a very decent selection of tap and bottled beers. (All of which is listed on their website.) I went with the Blue Moon which they had on tap – always an excellent choice.

Second order of business: FOOD.

Every item was named after something local or of significance. For example, the Willoughby Wings for Willoughby Avenue. It’s kind of silly but nice at the same time. Adds a very “neighborhood” feel to it.

Prices were extremely reasonable. Lots of items under $10 and nothing over $15.

We decided on the following:

The Nostrand Nachos with the olives and the jalapenos on the side.

As a stand alone dish it’s eh. I like the fact that it’s cheese sauce rather than real cheese, real cheese has a tendency to clump up and get chewy as it cools, but other than that it was lacking something that made it great. Like…

The Clinton Hill Chili.

Now I know you can add the chili on top of the nachos for $2 but go with a whole order of chili along with the nachos and use the nachos to scoop up all that chili goodness.

The chili, by itself, is still was very good and, while still full of flavor, it was relatively tame and lacked heat and spiciness.

Mixing it with the nachos is really the way to go. It takes two “okay” dishes to 11.

We moved on to a small order of the Willoughby Wings with BBQ sauce. (That’s where my olives and jalapenos went!)

I want to point out that these wings are breaded. Normally I hate breaded wings but these I didn’t mind. It worked well with the BBQ sauce, giving the sauce something to stick to, as well as adding a bit of crispiness to the chicken.

What surprised me about this dish was that the BBQ sauce was actually spicy and had some heat to it. The heat was unexpected, I had to double check to make sure it was the wings and not the chili, but not overwhelming. It actually worked very well together as a sweet and spicy combination.

Finally, the Franklin Fish and Chips.

This was pretty good. The fish was lightly breaded, not battered, which kept the whole dish relatively “light”. The fish was done well and was flaky and moist. The chips on the other hand…eh.

The chips were too big in size and I think that kept them from getting really crispy. The chips also had some old bay seasoning or something on them which was too over powering for the lighter tasting fish. I like the fish…the chips need work.

We wanted to try the Chambord Creme Brulee but they were out of it. (Doesn’t it sound good though? Chambord Creme Brulee? Mmmm…)

Overall, it’s a great place and I’m definitely going to be back. It’s got a nice mellow vibe, serves good food and has good drinks. All at a very reasonable price. The entire meal was about $40. It’s like the perfect little local neighborhood spot.

The service was good with the bartender being attentive without “hovering”. (And he didn’t once ask me if I spoke english! That’s a plus right there!)

The one complaint I do have is the TV. There’s a pretty big TV right in the middle of the room and when there’s a TV on you’re sort…of…forced…to…watch…it. I would have like it a lot better if it was off and a good selection of music was playing instead. (They have a very nice sound system.) The TV just seemed out of place and sort of broke up that “chill” feeling if you know what I mean.

Other than that it’s a great place and a very welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Oh, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a free show.

We were treated to piano renditions of Keane and Coldplay. Very very cool.

The Met Scrambles for Some Cred

After all these comments on the Met on Fulton, I’m sure glad that it’s not the closest grocery store to me!

Looks like the opening of Green Planet (and maybe some of the remarks here on the interwebs) have the Met trying to make themselves look better. This just in from reader Rachel:

I found this really interesting: Met Foods now has a painted sign on their window claiming “Largest fresh organic products in the area.” I went in to see if there were, in fact, any fresh organic products and was hard-pressed to find any (just the usual half-rotten produce they usually carry). It’s clearly a reaction to the threat of all the discerning customers shopping at Green Planet, but why lie? I find it very fitting that the bunny painted next to the sign looks more like a giant rat…

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Heh. It actually does kinda look like a rat!

Brooklyn Lacrosse Team

This just in for the kids:

Play the nation’s fastest growing sport….Lacrosse!

Lacrosse combines the fast-paced action of basketball, excitement of ice hockey, and field-sense of soccer to create a unique game for players and spectators. Anyone can play, regardless of size or stature. Lacrosse is a sport that can open up many opportunities, with paths to play in private schools and college. Don’t miss out!

Join the Brooklyn Crescents

Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams

Spring Season

Begins March 9th

open to: 7/8th grade teams for boys and girls

5/6th grade teams for boys and girls

3/4th grade developmental teams for boys and girls

No experience necessary!

includes:

* Weekly practices from March to June @ McLaughlin Field (Tillary and Jay St) Sun 9-11am
* 8 games in the Oyster Bay lacrosse league
* One overnight trip to play in a competitive tournament!
* Day-trips to watch collegiate lacrosse games
* Trip/tour of local private school
* Excellent coaching from former college players
fee: $250

No child will be turned away for financial reasons. Please inquire.

REGISTER Online at brooklyncrescents.googlepages.com

contact: brooklyncrescents@yahoo.com

Boys Team – Wes Jackson 718-809-7192 or L’Quentus Thomas 917-755-6459

Girls Team – Jess Lerman 917-628-0864 or Susan Murray 917-715-6725

about us: We are a non-profit youth lacrosse program, founded in 2006 by five former collegiate lacrosse players who share the love of lacrosse and a desire to give Brooklyn kids the opportunity to play this amazing sport, that opened up so many doors for them.

I’m told several of the existing team members live in CH.

Anniversary Celebration at Fort Greene Park

From Myrtle Minutes:

The Fort Greene Park Conservancy will present its plans for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument at the next Fort Greene Association meeting on Monday, February 25th at 7:30p at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (85 South Oxford).

Preview the 3-day centennial celebration event plans which will include the rededication of the Monument; the return of the bronze eagles at the base of the Monument; the lighting of the eternal flame; Revolutionary War enactors encamped in the Park; a grand ball; souvenir journal; original orchestral and choral work by Brooklyn composer, Alvin Singleton; fireworks; a multi-nation parade; jazz performances; genealogical research stations, and much, much more.

Come out and celebrate your history. Come out and join your neighbors. Come out and learn how you can get involved.

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Read more details about the restoration efforts here.

Music / Art at Frank White

The Freshness of Philly Celebrated in Brooklyn
The Takeover – A Monthly Music/Art Series Launches

On Friday, February 22, 2008 Frank White, the hip Brooklyn cafe/gallery/lounge presents
“The Takeover“ Philly Invades Brooklyn a monthly event celebrating Philadelphia music,
artists and all things fresh– made in Philly (i.e. Sly Fox Beer, Tastykake). The event is
co-sponsored by two.one.five magazine, a new publication covering the scene in Philly and beyond.

The launch event will be hosted by, Cee Knowledge, a Philadelphia native and former
member of the Grammy Award winning hip hop group, Digable Planets and Nikki Jean
lead singer for band, Nouveau Riche. An art exhibition will be on display by visual artist Soul One.

Muhammida El Muhajir and William Collick, the co-owners of Frank White are both Philadelphia transplants living in Brooklyn. “Historically, Philadelphia has had a huge impact on music and culture and that continues today,” says Collick. “As Philadelphians- we are proud of both our ‘Philly-ness’ and our ‘Brooklyn-ness’ that is also shared by so many in the creative community in Brooklyn and New York City at large. It is this duality that will be celebrated at ‘The Takeover’™,” adds El Muhajir.

‘The Takeover – Philly Invades Brooklyn’™ launches on Friday, February 22, 2008 and continues throughout the spring. This is a free event but RSVP is required for admittance (philly@frankwhitenyc.com). A ‘Brooklyn Invades Philly’™ event is also in the works!

The Takeover -“ Philly Invades Brooklyn”™
Friday, 2/22/08
8p – midnite
RSVP – philly@frankwhitenyc.com

frank white
cafe | gallery | social
936 atlantic avenue @ st. james
brooklyn, nyc 11238
718.622.0840
www.frankwhitenyc.com

weekdays 8-4 | weekends 9-5
evenings for private engagements