Wednesday, January 29, 2014

And Now A Visit to Whole Foods Brooklyn

Whole Foods Brooklyn
Holy baloney, it's almost February! I don't know what happened to my January--it's a blur of working, looking for work, reading A Dance of Dragons, being sick three different times, cooking healthy food in my kitchen and finally visiting Whole Foods. Everybody and their mother has discussed the new Whole Foods, so I'll just give you highlights from my little adventure through the aisles.

Best Banana Display
First off, is this not the best banana display?! Is this going on elsewhere in the country/world? [insert low hanging fruit joke here]

THIS got me jazzed. My new healthy kick has required the use of spices, but-oh, hey, most of my spices were full of bugs. Yes, gross, I know. Seeing smaller quantities of spices, for a lower price than at other groceries, was totally up my alley.

The hell?
I really don't know what you kids are doing these days.

Bath Salts
Related required shot of the bath salts collection. Complete with mason jars. How precious.

Biscoff Cookies!

All sorts of chip things are available. I didn't buy any, but if there's one we should be checking out, give us a holler.

The overwhelming cafeteria
And then you enter into the overwhelming cafeteria-esque area. There's soup! There's cookies! There's bread! Look over here! Look over there! Decisions! Or, if you're me, a minor anxiety attack and quickly running away.

Dough Doughnuts
There's also Dough doughnuts that look like they've seen better days.

Butter & Scotch Cupcakes
And cupcakes that I can get at Smorgasburg.

Just Madness!
Yes, it is madness that people buy frozen pizza when they live in New York City. Sheer madness. I agree, Whole Foods. Speaking of…

Motorino Frozen Pizza
This is really why everyone's going, right? One guy didn't notice the lonely pizza, I did. Yes, I got the last frozen Motorino or Roberta's pizza in all of Brooklyn. I should get a medal.

Motorino Frozen Pizza
And I can say, without a doubt, that this is the best frozen pizza I've ever eaten in all my days. I'll let you be the judge of whether it's worth the $11. But good lawd, it is delicious (and got all nice and crispy when done in my cast iron.)

There are a few other pictures from my way through the Whole Foods over on our Flickr, including the ermahgawd Greyston Bakery cookie thins that I ate by the box, or you can go see my initial gut reactions on my Instagram.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fill Up on Pie & Midwestern Cheer this Weekend at Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Black Bottom Oat Pie
Hello, friends! I hope your year is off to a grand start. It's been more than a bit busy around these parts, but this weekend I'm looking forward to kicking back with some pie and Midwestern cheer at Four & Twenty Blackbirds "MID-WEST IS THE BEST" open house...

Here are the details, this Sunday, 1/26 from 4pm until 7pm, pie goddesses, Emily and Melissa Elsen will be signing their cookbook alongside, The New Midwestern Table author and the Food Network's Heartland Table host, Amy Thielen. As a special treat, Amy's making her Hot Beef Combo, a roast beef sandwich on homemade potato bread with a scoop of mashed potatoes and gravy on top with a side of fresh horseradish pesto. Pair that with a slice of their Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie (seen above!) and complimentary snits of Kelso Nut Brown Lager. Sounds like some good and hearty comfort food for this chilly weather we've been having!

Here's the menu:

Classic Hot Beef Combo with Horseradish Pesto $13.50

Complimentary snits* of Kelso Nut Brown Lager

Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie $5.25

HOT BEEF + PIE special: $17.50

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Ave. at 8th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Chocolate Chip Cookie plate
Wishing you a sweet New Year! May 2014 be filled with much sweetness and joy...

I haven't quite worked out all my resolutions yet. Eating more mindfully is something that I'm thinking about--more local food, more veggies, more home cooked meals, more new recipes. Most of all I'm looking forward to a year's worth of wonderful meals shared with family and friends. What are you looking forward to in the New Year?