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Weekend Recap :: Food Love at The Brooklyn Flea

While I may be in London at the moment doing a bit of food "market research" (Nourish has some big plans brewing!), I thought I'd give a nice taste of what I'd be doing if I were in NYC this weekend--food-loving it up at The Brooklyn Flea. The Flea has just launched Smorgasburg on Saturdays at it's Williamsburg location on N. 6th.  Over 100 food vendors and artisans, all local, all pretty damn awesome.  I mean, it's foodie heaven 10 times over.  Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  I snapped these shots below at the Flea a few Sundays ago, many of the vendors here will be holding strong at Smorgasburg.  Happy tasting!

More about my findings in London in the next day or two!


Lovely and super fresh blood orange and hibiscus syrups from The Stand - great for cocktails or paired straight with club soda.
Killer mayo flavors from Empire—perfect for a big flavor boost with just a tiny smear.
All-natural soda from Brooklyn Soda Works.

Rocking salsa from Brooklyn Salsa Company, pizza from a truck (well, sort of) from Pizza Moto and the gorgeous, gorgeous bread from Scratch Bread


Irene’s Aftermath…Beach Dreaming

With a very ominous, wet and windy weekend behind us, Irene taught me how to successfully ride out a serious storm.  I ended up hunkering down at home--steeping some fresh peaches in Tito's vodka (see below) for a cure-all hurricane cocktail, simmering up some fresh tomato sauce (you'll have to wait for the next Rue issue for the recipe!) and escaping the elements by daydreaming about the beach.  I figured we've all had enough dark and stormy clouds for a while, so here's a bit of bright, lively color...the lobster salad above is the aftermath of that luscious lobster from my last post while I was out east in the Hamptons a few weeks back.  Lobster is certainly not something one lets go to waste and this quick, light lunch screams summer...or at least what's left of it with red and yellow watermelon, crisp lettuce, a touch of feta and a squeeze of lime.  

And if you're lucky enough to be spending the final unofficial weekend of the summer out east for Labor Day, consider heading over to the Fish Farm in Amagansett, by far the most off-the-beaten-path, whole-in-the-wall, disco-ball-decorated old school fish shack you'll ever lay your eyes on.  But also one of the best lobster sandwiches (sans mayo and made on freshly baked brioche) you'll ever sink your teeth in!

Amagansett’s Fish Farm

fresh peaches in vodka

Lobster Salad :: with Red & Yellow Watermelon

Serves :: 2


leftover cooked lobster meat, about 4 to 6 ounces, or whatever you've got  to work with

2 cups diced watermelon, a mix of red and yellow if available

1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

3 cups green leaf lettuce or mixed greens

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1/2 lime 

salt and pepper to taste


Whisk olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper together.  Toss lobster, watermelon, feta and lettuce together and drizzle in olive oil-lime dressing.  

Photos by Nourish

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TAGS: summer, salad, local food

posted: 08.29.11


Brook Park Chickens :: Support City Chicken Coops

Calling all supporters of sustainable, local food practices and anyone who loves a perfect farm fresh egg.  Just Food, a nonprofit that unites local farmers to city neighborhoods in NYC, has launched a new city-wide project to support urban chicken keepers and the growth of chicken coops.  Raising chickens in Manhattan and the outer boroughs? Yup.  The chickens provide fresh, local eggs, aerated soil, fertilizer for gardens and they're quirky educational tools to inform city kids about urban agriculture and fresh, healthy food.  

My good friend and talented photographer Lily Kesselman heard the call for chicken keepers and jumped on the bandwagon.  Her coop in the Bronx, Brook Park Chickens, is set to come to life this weekend with 15 chickens being delivered on Monday.  And I'll be there in full support - to help build the coop (I admit my craftsmanship skills are less than stellar), and to sponsor one of the chickens. We'll be meeting my adopted chicken, Jefferson, next week!  If you'd like to support Just Food's campaign or Lily's own Brook Park Coop, read more here.  Why support chickens of all things?? Because a) when was the last time you gave a little to charity?  b) you're supporting local food and urban farming and c) chickens and city coops are just plain cool!   

photo via :: Brook Park Chickens

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