Sunday, May 31, 2009

Photo of the Day: Vanilla Mister Softee Cone + Rainbow Sprinkles = Perfect Summer Day

Vanilla Mister Softee with Sprinkles
Every once and a while I get a craving for a Vanilla Mister Softee cone with rainbow sprinkles. Reminds me of a simpler time when any injustice in the world could be assuaged, at least temporarily, with an ice cream cone. Or in my case a Dairy Queen Blizzard...

Oh, DQ...sweet memories of suburbia and drive through ice cream. I wish I could love the Shamrock Shake for it's kitschy green seasonality, but in my book the Mint Oreo Blizzard is the undisputed king of the artificial mint tinged ice cream beverage category.

Dairy Queen Mint Oreo Blizzard
Hello, Gorgeous!

What's your favorite summer ice cream treat?
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Cookie Monster the Engineer


The train was carrying moo cows, and cake and ice cream too.
There were six cars full of cookies, and a tank of chocolate too.


Why was Sesame Street so awesome? Cows should always be referred to as moo cows. And come on, Cookie Monster as a brave engineer with a cookie and ice cream filled train? Brilliant. But what's going to happen when an avalanche buries the track in snow? Will Cookie be able to resist his delicious cargo...?

And here's another Cookie Monster classic featuring good old Kermit the Frog...


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Friday, May 29, 2009

Revisiting Sapporo for Ramen

Sapporo Vegetable Ramen

Last April, I was a very different person. And by very different I mean, someone who didn't crave ramen once, twice, thrice weekly. The thing about photographing most of the food you eat is you can go back and see, wow I've had ramen four times this month at four different places. That alone is a 300% increase from my ramen '08 consumption when Blondie and I first hit up Sapporo in midtown...

Last night as I was working into the wee hours and beginning to fade from lack of nutrients, the inevitable ramen craving kicked in. Knowing that I wasn't in any position to call it a night I decided to mosey on over to Sapporo for a restorative bowl of soup.

I wish I could say that I went for that delicious, veggie filled bowl of soup above, but that was my friend Erin's dinner. I opted for the Sapporo Special Ramen ($8.50) which came with sliced pork, ground pork, spinach, corn, fishcakes and of course plenty of noodles.

Sapporo Special Ramen

Last year I was down on the sodium factor, but now I embrace it. Everything else I eat is fairly low on salt, so bring it ON! The corn was sweet and made for a really nice contrast with the saltiness of the broth and the tenderness of the fresh spinach, kind of made me wish I got a soup with more veggies. Ok, the sliced pork isn't of the Berkshire variety that you might find downtown, but the soup is good, really, filling (I should have taking a picture of the giant ball of noodles that I couldn't finish). At under $10 for a bowl that could last you 2 meals, it's definitely a bargain. I'm officially upgrading Sapporo to a buy.

Sapporo Restaurant
152 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 869-8972‎
Take the N/R/W to 49th Street, exiting out onto 49th Street

For the record, Brownie's May Ramen Consumption in Photos...

Special Ramen from Ippudo

Special Ramen from Ippuddo, May 13th

ZuZu Green Curry Ramen

Green Curry Miso Ramen from Zuzu, May 17th

Ramen from Kenka, St. Marks

Ramen from Kenka on St. Mark's, May 21st

Sapporo Special Ramen

Sapporo Special Ramen, May 28th

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Two More Reasons to Go on Day Trips

Katchkie Farms Soups and Salads
The recession has hit many of us hard. Few of my friends went out of town this past Memorial Day weekend, and even fewer will be making extended vacations this summer. Most of us will be looking at either long weekends, or settling for day trips. Luckily, I got two very good day trip ideas and of course one involves booze!

Katchkie Farms-Rock Center Farmers Market
During my daily New York Times reading yesterday, I came across a little blurb in the Dining Calendar. Katchkie Farm, a B&B favorite, needs volunteers on Sunday, June 7th. There are seeds to be planted, birdhouses to be made, trails to be cleared, and fresh air to be breathed! Katchkie is up near Albany, in Kinderhook, but if you have access to a car, it's only a two and half hour drive-or one hour for me. You could maybe even make a weekend of it! For more information or to RSVP, click here. You'll need to contact Danielle Albanese from Great Performances!

Drinks at Press 195
(note-this isn't Blue Point, but it's beer.)
The weekend after that, on Saturday, June 13th, Blue Point Brewery will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a huge party out at the brewery AND a limited edition IPA. Hard to believe that the little baby and their wonderful Toasted Lager is already 10! Yes, I was already drinking beer when they opened; no, I wasn't legal yet. Tickets to the celebration are $65, $15 for designated drivers, and are sold here. Admission will include a commemorative 14 oz. etched anniversary glass, 8 drink tickets for beer sampling, and a coupon good for a free half-gallon growler of beer on your next visit to the brewery's tasting room. Food will be available for purchase. For those of you without cars, this might be easier to get to as the brewery is a short walk from Patchogue LIRR station-they're even asking those with cars to park there for the event. The train tickets are about $20 roundtrip, and almost 2 hours each way. For more info, click here.

Sylvia Center Volunteer Day at Katchkie Farm
Sunday, June 7, 11am – 4pm
34 Fischer Road Exts
Kinderhook, NY
sylviacenter.org
katchkiefarm.com

Blue Point Brewery's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 13, 2 - 7pm
161 River Avenue
Patchogue, NY
www.bluepointbrewing.com
www.craftbeerfestivals.com/bluepoint10
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daring Bakers May Challenge: It's Strudel Time!

Daring Bakers Pear Strudel

I've always been curious about making strudel. Going into this challenge all that I knew about strudel was that it was a lot of work. Now that I've made my first strudel, I can definitely confirm that to be true...

First the obligatory challenge info: The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

Daring Bakers Pear Strudel


If you are looking for the recipe check out Linda or Courtney's blogs. Our hosts were gracious enough to allow us to fill our strudels with sweet or savory. Instead of a traditional apple strudel, I decided to go for a spiced port poached pear filling riffing off of my pear gruyère pie. The filling was good, but my strudel didn't turn out as tasty as I would have liked. I got my dough pretty thin and stretchy, but I don't think it was thin enough, so when it baked up the final product wasn't as yummy and flakey as I would have wanted.

Daring Bakers Pear Strudel


That said, it was pretty darn cool to stretch the dough until it was the size of my table and I did feel rawther bakerly rolling up the strudel with the assistance of the table cloth.

I'd like to attempt strudel again, but next time I'm asking my Austrian great aunt for her recipe!
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New 99 Cent Breakfast Wrap from Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts Egg and Cheese

Yesterday when my 4pm sugar low began to take its toll, I decided to cruise the Rock Center concourse in search of sustenance. My commute takes me by the concourse level Dunkin Donuts so I tend to stay apprised of Dunkin Donuts' new offerings. But this time as I walked by a sign that I hadn't noticed before caught my eye. One hundred and 170 calorie 99 cent egg and cheese breakfast wraps?!

Turns out these .99 cent egg and cheese wraps were new additions to the DDSmart Menu and technically the promotion wasn't starting until tomorrow. But perhaps seeing my sad sunken eyes melted their hearts because I managed to snag one of the very first egg and cheese wraps...

I like things that are 99 cents. And it's certainly a nice price for a breakfast sandwich. Now when you order yours keep in mind that this is 99 cents. It's not going to be a big honking breakfast sandwich. In fact it's rather wee. Definitely fits securely in the palm of your hand. But like the previous 99 cent latte promo at the advertised price you can buy 2 and still make out quite well.

Dunkin Donuts 99 cent Egg and Cheese Wrap

The wrap itself was a pretty standard floury tortilla. Ok, but nothing to write home about. And the cheese was pure processed cheddar goodness. The egg insert was remarkably light and fluffy for a little crescent of prepackaged egg. It's like some secret tester went to Starbucks and tasted their rather spongelike egg insert and vowed that Dunkin Donuts' would be texturally palatable.

The wraps come in egg and cheese and egg and cheese with bacon and according to the signs will only be available for a limited time. at 99 cents and only 170 calories for the egg and cheese (the egg and cheese and bacon wrap is closer to 200+ calories) I would definitely consider this a good buy as long as you keep in mind that you might be back for seconds.

Dunkin Donuts
Rock Center Concourse Level near 49th-50th street subway exit
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Here, Piggy Piggy! Maple Bacon Lollipops from Roni-Sue

Roni Sue Maple Bacon Lollipop
If loving goodie bags is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Especially when those goodie bags are from Abby Denson's City Sweet Tooth Blogiversary and include Maple Bacon Lollipops from Roni-Sue

Rhonda Kave is known for her excellent lollipops. And for her adventures in bacon. It was only a matter of time before the magical beast found its way into lollipop form.

Roni Sue Maple Bacon Lollipop


There’s something rather striking about these pops. They kind of remind me of amber, but instead of prehistoric flora and fauna trapped in tree sap, you have tasty bacon morsels suspended in maple syrupy goodness. The lollipops are actually a take on Rhonda's famous tea and honey pops and are made from a smoked tea and pure maple syrup rather than tea and honey. The bacon flavor was strong but not overpowering. I wouldn’t have minded the pops themselves to be a little more mapley, but as a fourteenth generation New Englander, so I tend to have a freakishly high maple threshold. If you like a little sweet with your savory, these bacon lollipops make for a nice late night snack.

Maple Bacon Lollipops: $2.00 each or 4 for $6.00

Roni-Sue
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 260-0421
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Cupcakes on a Truck, Roaming Around The City

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We're big followers of New York's blooming food truck scene. It has yet to reach the size of some other cities, but we tend to like quality over quantity anyway. And the latest player in this game is Cupcake Stop aka the cupcake truck. Though the official debut isn't scheduled until next Wednesday, June 3rd. Brownie, Lawman, and I (and Cupcakes Take the Cake) sought him out during his preview.

Back of the Truck
First things first, thank God for my new phone. I am now connected to the internet 24/7; it's a double-edged sword that came into handy last Friday evening. Prior to dinner at BLT Burger, we checked Cupcake Stop's Twitter, knowing that they could possibly move from the announced 23rd Street location. All was well, they were still there so we ate. I checked their feed once more and there were no updates, so we headed on up, only stopping to do some summer shopping. We get to 23rd Street, lo and behold, the truck is gone. They're now down on 14th-where we started.

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Luckily, they didn't move again before we got there. Since this is just a preview, they only had three cupcake flavors for the night, Red Velvet, Oreo, and Triple Chocolate. The cake of all three was very moist and flavorful, a good solid effort for only their second time out. It was especially surprising with the red velvet, a notorious offender in the dry cake category. Though theirs might not be better than Chickalicious, it's definitely above average. The Oreo cake had chunks of cookie baked inside, which I liked, and the triple chocolate was chocolaty to the max. Their frostings were above average too, if a little sweet for us. This is definitely a truck to watch, and it looks as though they will keep us on our toes with specials and flavors of the day. My only hope is they show some Midtown love.

For Serious Eats' interview with Lev Ekster, click here.

To find where Cupcake Stop is, you can check the website, cupcakestop.com, or their Twitter, twitter.com/CupcakeStop, or their Facebook.
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Blogiversary City Sweet Tooth!

Heaven's Brownies & Pecan Bars
Thursday night, Blondie and I headed over to Tekserve to celebrate City Sweet Tooth's blogiversary (or is it blogversary?) with CST creator Abby Denson. Oh man, what a party...

Where to start?

Chickalicious

Red Velvet Cupcakes from Chickalicious

Vere Chocolate

Chocolate from Verē

Heaven's Brownies

Heaven's Brownies

Heaven's Pecan Bars

Heaven's Pecan Bars

Wine Sorbet


Luxee's Kir Royal Macaron

Luxee's Kir Royal Macaron, created specially for CST's blogversary


Luxee Team


The Team from Luxee


Abby Denson, City Sweet Tooth Blogversary Party

And here's Abby!

Blondie and I stuffed ourselves with treats, did a short dessert q&a with Jackie Gordon from Divalicious Chocolate, Kathy Moskal, President and Founder of Verē, Niko from Dessert Buzz, and Christina Seid co-owner of Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, and took home excellent goodie bags with copies of Edible Manhattan and candy from Roni Sue, Divalicious, and Oh Nuts!. Thanks for throwing a great party, Abby! And congratulations on your one year anniversary! Here's to many more years of City Sweet Tooth.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Taking on the Treats Truck, One Treat at a Time: Chocolate Chip Brownie

Chocolate Chip Brownie
Our lives have been crazy lately, the type of busy where you get to the weekend before you even realize Monday is over. This means we're having a hard time seeing each other over treats! And that's just unacceptable. We did manage to share one recently, one I bought at lunch and saved until we could camp out in her office in the late evening-an evening that needed chocolate.

And Kim's chocolate chip brownie did the trick. Her brownies lie right in the middle of super fudgey, nearly unbaked brownie, and cakey, nearly overdone brownies. The chocolate quotient is pretty high too. Normally, both of us want something with a little more than just chocolate, but sometimes all you need is a good brownie.

Keep informed of the truck's location by calling (212) 691-5226, checking their Twitter, or visiting treatstruck.com.

Previous Treats Truck Reviews:
Animal Cookies
Spring Flowers and Passover Goodies
Crispy Squares
Valentine's Day Treats
Oatmeal Chocolate Chipper
2008 Treats Truck Wrap Up
Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcake
Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Double Chocolate Trucker
Election Day Cupcakes
Halloween Specials, Part 2
Halloween Specials, Part 1
Pecan Butterscotch Bar
Chocolate Trucker
Chocolate Chip and Mint Chocolate Chip Conecakes
Mexican Chocolate Brownie
The Nutty Co-Worker and PB&J Jamwich
Conecakes
Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes
Orange Chiffon Cake
Peanut Butter Brownie
Raspberry Oatmeal Jammy
Raspberry Lemon & Mint Chocolate Swirlie Dots
Chocolate Truck Cookie
Sugar Dot
Chocolate Chipper
Carmel Creme Trucker
Peanut Butter Chocolate Sandwich Cookie
Chocolate Chipper with Nuts
Mint Chocolate Trucker
Passover treats
Cinnamon Cookie
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Stanton Social Food Marathon

Strawberry Fields
My friend Moniker is awesome. She knows how to treat her friends, and always goes all out for her man, Loc Dog. She also knows good food, and meals with her never fail. Love you, Moniker. On that note, here's a rundown of half of Stanton Social's menu aka Loc Dog's graduation dinner-he has a Masters from NYU now.

Birds of Paradise
For those of you not from New York, Stanton Social opened about four years ago and has been popular ever since. It's very chic and hip, new trendy Lower East Side as opposed to old punk Lower East Side. The menu is based on tapas, but done with American cuisine-the items on the left side of the menu skew more towards appetizers, and the right side skews more towards main entrees. Throughout your meal, plates are coming and going, and when you order as much as we did, it seemed as though it was never going to end.

The Amuse-Bouche
First out of the kitchen was a goat cheese amuse-bouche. This was two bites, just a scrumptious little something to get ready for the chaos about to ensue. Since the amount of food might break our site, I'm just going to give you the highlights.

French Onion Soup Dumplings
What 'appetizer' they're famous for: the French Onion soup dumplings. Five dumplings, filled with soup and then smothered in Gruyere.

Inside the Dumplings
I'll admit I was skeptical, but the dumplings really hold up and aren't nearly as messy as I anticipated.

Foie Gras PB&J
The best I had: Foie gras PB&J. Maybe I'm biased, I love peanut butter; I love blackberry jelly; I like foie gras. But this was delicious, it tasted like a pb&j, with the creamy, fatty goodness from the foie gras. I could have eaten the entire platter.

Chicken & Cashew Spring Rolls
The runner-up: The sweet and sour chicken and cashew spring rolls. This is an item that should be in every Chinese restaurant, and yet isn't. It's great that they us the thin spring roll wrapper, as opposed to the thicker egg roll.

Chicken & Waffles
What 'entree' they're famous for: Chicken n' waffles. Unfortunately our serving was a major fail. It looked alright, but one bite and it tasted like fish. Chicken, cheddar waffles, and some balsamic maple syrup should not taste like fish. We sent the dish back and the kitchen agreed. Maybe next time it will win.

Kobe Beef Sliders
The best I had: Kobe Beef Sliders. I know sliders and Kobe beef are overdone on the New York dining scene, but these were really good. Not well-done, just enough bites to be a 'slider', they didn't fall apart after the first bite, and flavorful meat.

Grilled Cheese Sliders
The runner-up: Grilled Cheese Sliders. Inside these little beauties is white cheddar and jalapeno bacon, yes, cheese and bacon. How can you go wrong with that combination? Not enough to knock my favorite grilled cheese out of its spot, but definitely a stop on a grilled cheese tour.

Fresh Doughnuts
What 'dessert' they're famous for: Warm Doughnuts. Fresh, warm, airy but doughy, sugar-covered pillows of love. Complete with chocolate, caramel, and raspberry dipping sauces! So far these are my favorite non-cream-filled doughnuts, Brownie, we need to go get these and soon.

Chocolate Tasting
The best I had: Chocolate Tasting. I can't even tell you everything on here. There were truffles, panna cotta, ice cream, and a 'smore. The panna cotta and pudding were creamy, chocolaty, and decadent.

Creme Brulee
The runner up: Crème Brulée. The burnt top was crunchy and fragile, the cream was creamy and thick, it had just the right vanilla taste. Fantastic all around.

And that's not all. To view the entire scene, click here.

The Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street (at Ludlow)
(212) 995-0099

www.thestantonsocial.com

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Zuzu's Green Curry Miso Ramen Will Clear Out Your Sinuses

ZuZu Green Curry Ramen
I don't know about you but I've been feeling a little stuffy lately. Maybe it's the pollen. Maybe it's a head cold. Whatever it is, it's beginning to affect my sense of taste and that's something I just won't stand for. Fortunately I read Erin and Danny's reviews of Zuzu Ramen, the new ramen place in Park Slope...

Let me preface this by saying, I've been on a ramen kick. We're talking multiple trips to Ippudo. My month to date ramen intake has thus far surpassed my 2008 year to date ramen intake. What can I say? When I'm feeling sniffly, I just crave soup. Lawman has been humoring me, but his patience is wearing thin. So when I read that Zuzu's Green Curry Miso ramen was "unlike any other broth in the entire city." I knew I had to give it a try and I'm so glad I did.

The broth itself perfectly straddled Thai/Japanese fusion. The green curry was a strong and unique flavor and let's just say that the spiciness unstuffed my head. The ramen was al dente so even those straggler bottom of the bowl noodles were still toothsome. The charshu was meaty and tasty and the slow cooked egg and veggies rounded out the dish perfectly. Filling and delicious for $10. I'm plotting my return visit now...

Zuzu Ramen
73 4th. Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-398-ZUZU
Cash Only
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Brooklyn and Its Beer: My Theme of the Week

BBQRawl
Of those 250 or so unread emails in our mutual email-it's a Sisyphean battle-two were definitely read, one from Nick Suarez, and the other from Lisa Roman. Yes, one of the cooking competition heavyweights, and a woman who knows everything going on in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since hers is first, let's talk about that.

Blondie's perfect evening
Like many people, I'll probably be sticking around town this weekend. Not that there will be a lack of things to do, it's actually shaping up to be quite packed and this BBQrawl is just the latest. This Saturday staring at 3p.m. five of Greenpoint's favorite watering holes will be offering FREE food and Brooklyn Brewery drink specials. "Brouwerij Lane will be participating with offerings of brownies and Brooklyn Brown Ale. Black Rabbit will feature hot dogs and Brooklyn Pennant while Van Gogh’s Radio chooses to participate in the crawl by offering vegetarian and meat bratwurst and a Brooklyn Pilsner special. Trays of chicken wings and pints of Brooklyn Pale Ale will be ready for crawlers at the Mark Bar while t.b.d. Brooklyn will be grilling up veggie and beef burgers in the first run of their 5,000 sq ft beer garden and pouring Brooklyn Summer Ale." Must be over 21 to participate, and it's only going on until the food runs out.

Brooklyn Beer Experiment
Speaking of beer in Brooklyn, cook-off competition royalty, Nick Suarez and Theo Peck have banded together for the 1st Annual Brooklyn Beer Experiment. At 1pm on Sunday, June 7th, The Bell House in Gowanus will be filled with various beer products-who knows what people will come up with! Tickets to the event are $18 and include one Smuttynose. Best part is a portion of the ticket sales will be donated for Ovarian Cancer Research. Charity and booze, throw in some cupcakes and it's like I'm Serena or Blair or Chuck or somebody. Tickets are available at their website: www.thebrooklynbeerexperiment.blogspot.com.

Black Rabbit
91 Greenpoint Ave
(718) 349-1595
www.blackrabbitbar.com

Brouwerij Lane
78 Greenpoint Ave
brouwerijlane.wordpress.com

The Mark Bar
1025 Manhattan Ave
(718) 349-2340
www.themarkbar.com

t.b.d. Brooklyn
244 Franklin St
(718) 349-6727
www.tbdbrooklyn.com

Van Gogh’s Radio Lounge
147 Franklin St
(718) 701-4004

The Bell House
149 7th Street
(718) 643-6510
www.thebellhouseny.com
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Monday, May 18, 2009

Martha Stewart's Cupcake Countdown

Strawberry Cupcakes

We have 251 unread messages in our inbox. 200 of them are from Martha Stewart. Ok, maybe not from Martha Stewart herself, but from Martha's Cookie of the Day. Well, of late, Martha's Cookies of the Day have turned to Cupcakes of the Day and yesterday's recipe was for Sprinkles' Strawberry Cupcakes. Ok, Martha, you now have my full attention...

Oddly enough, a year ago exactly I blogged up my experience at the Scottsdale Sprinkles. After tasting some 9 different cupcakes--everything from Dark Chocolate to Red Velvet to Lemon Coconut and Chai Latte--the Strawberry Cupcake was the hands down winner. Pure strawberry cake with sweet strawberry icing this cupcake was light, moist and beyond delicious. You can get the recipe on Martha's website here. As evidenced by the numerous unread emails, we don't always get around to all the recipes we get via email, but this is one that's going to the top of the must list.

In the meantime, Martha's counting down favorite cupcakes in anticipation of the June 2nd release of her new book: Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat. Check out the Cookie of the Day homepage for the latest daily cupcake. Happy baking (and eating!).
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The Great Brooklyn in Queens Beer-Off

Shake Shack
Brooklyn still holds something on Queens; it dangles over my head every time I'm at Wythe and N. 11th in Williamsburg, or Van Dyke and Dwight Streets in Red Hook. Brooklyn has breweries, good local beers made by good local people. As far as I know, Queens does not. We do have a vineyard though! Thankfully, Brooklyn has graced us, not The Bronx, with special edition brews for Citi Field.

As my next game at Citi Field approached, a game I would go to with Mommsie, I warned her of the great beer-off.
"You better know, we will be drinking each one."
"Yes, Blondie."
"And they have Shake Shack, you'll be eating your first Shake Shack, be prepared. It's a red pill."
"Yes, Blondie."
"And I'll be getting Blue Smoke's pulled pork."
"Am I allowed to sit and watch the game?"
"Not really."

Sabroso Ale
We waited until the third inning to head to the center field concessions in order to avoid some lines. Per usual, both Shake Shack lines were past their ropes, but moving quickly. I headed over to El Verano Taqueria for the first beer, the Sabroso Ale. At the counter, I learned that you can get the fries from Box Frites, but you can't get the Box Frites beer, Blanche de Queens.

Sabroso Ale
Both Mommsie and I found the Sabroso Ale to be very bitter, but flavorful and hoppy, good for cutting the spice their condiments can have. Of the four, this was definitely the most bitter, so if you love that, go for this. It also appears to be the only true exclusive for Citi Field.

Shackmeister Ale
After an incredibly short time in line, Mommsie scored her first Shack Shack burger and fries-"Now I understand, Blondie. Now I get it."-and I got the Shackmeister Ale.

Shackmeister Ale
Of all the ales, this is the most talked about and reviewed. We tasted the sweet notes of cinnamon, and it's definitely a bitter pale ale, but much easier to drink than the Sabroso. Like all the brews, it was made to complement the food, and it achieves that mission. This ale is also available at the two Shacks in Manhattan.

No Line!
While we ate and drank, I noticed an odd occurrence, everyone was lining up for Shake Shack, but you could walk right up to Blue Smoke. Wouldn't Blue Smoke, the outpost of a well-renowned sit-down restaurant, have some kind of line? Well, I had to take advantage of this...

Blue Smoke Pulled Pork
and get a pulled pork sandwich. Look at the right amount of sauce. Look at the good amount of tender, moist pulled pork. So delicious, I need to get it again soon. Like now.

Blue Smoke Ale
And of course, we got the Blue Smoke Original Ale. A good middle of the road, not too bitter, not too sweet, very drinkable and easy brew. I wouldn't necessarily get it again, but I wouldn't decline if offered. I hear it's also available at the restaurant.

Blanche de Queens
Lastly, it was Box Frites time...and Blanche de Queens, which I completely believe is just Blanche de Brooklyn renamed. This is the European wheat beer, it is very fragrant, citrusy, and "flowery", a taste I have to be in the mood for, and Mommsie absolutely hates. Great for what it is, wheat beer lovers should head for this.

Now Gluten Free!
In other Citi Field beer news, we saw this sign out at the Big Apple Brews. Yes, they are showing gluten-free love. Another important development is that Six Point will hopefully start being served in early June. (Psst: I love Sweet Action, please bring in Sweet Action.) Time for me to get my tickets!
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