Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg, Brooklyn conveniently located right next to one of my favorite chocolate stores, Mast Brothers Chocolate, is a great place to bring friends and family for afternoon of eating and drinking. With a wide selection of beers and traditional German fare, I often end up spending hours laughing with friends new and old. The pretzels and pickles are a must.

Munich Pretzel with Spicy Mustard and Cornichon

German Folk Band

Beer, Bratwurst, & Radegast “Easter” Sausage

Beer on Tap

Pickles & Bratwurst

Friends

Here’s a little post from Donna D on desserts!

I don’t consider anything to be dessert unless it is chocolate and am usually happiest when I am consuming it. I don’t waste precious calories on any type of chocolate. For starters “white chocolate” is an insult to the chocolate family and should seriously be renamed and second of all I really can’t stomach generic mass produced chocolates. At the end of the day, life is too short to eat cheap chocolate. If you share my proclivities, you should be stopping by Mast Brothers Chocolate in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their chocolate is orgasmic. My favorite is their Maine Sea Salt which is the perfect balance of salty and sweet. If for some reason [which I really could never understand] you don’t care for chocolate, visiting their factory is an experience in itself. You get to see the entire chocolate making process from bean to package. Speaking of package; I am in love with their packaging and design. I seriously couldn’t get enough of this place and can you believe that I just happened to stumble upon it?

Mast Brother Chocolate Factory

Samples of Chocolate

Mast Brothers Double-Chocolate Cookie

Mast Brothers Baker

Bags of Cacao Beans & San Martin Chocolate Samples

Truffles

Chocolate Making Machinery

Mast Brothers Double-Chocolate Cookie & Truffles

Mast Brothers Assorted Chocolate Bars

Macroons

While I ventured Upstate for the weekend, Donna D stayed local, and spent her Saturday taste-testing Williamsburg. Check out her great shots!

Every Saturday on the Williamsburg waterfront between North 6th and North 7th St., from 11am to 6pm, Smorgasburg brings together food entrepreneurs and established purveyors from New York City and across the region selling both packaged and prepared foods, fresh produce, and other food-related stands. The market is open rain or shine, and man-oh-man, did I get my eat on this past weekend. As you can see from all the photos, I sampled a lot of food. I think I managed to hit up 50 vendors. Some of my favorites were the Lime-in-the-Coconut candy bars from Liddabit Sweets, the S’morgasm from S’more Bakery, braised Pork Belly with sliced cucumber, pickled jalapeno, scallions and hoisin from Bite Size Kitchen, and a shot of Vichyssoise soup from Sea Bean Goods [they are a micro-soupery which I'm dying to try their soup subscription]. If you don’t already know, I have an obsession with carbonated water – so obviously Brooklyn Soda Works‘ Apple Ginger Soda was a major hit to my taste buds. I also picked up some of Grady’s Cold Brew which is a New Orleans–style coffee concentrate and the best staple for a girl that doesn’t have a coffee maker.

FIELD Beef Jerky

March 5, 2012

A few months back I introduced you to my friends’ new all-natural beef jerky, FIELD. In the months following, they’ve grown tremendously, distributing nationwide and becoming ever more popular. Saturday afternoon we all met in Williamsburg at Moon River Chattel, an enchanting antique shop near the waterfront that is filled with inspiring treasures and the perfect backdrop for our shoot. Capturing not only the uncut beef jerky, it was fun to shoot the other ingredients and spices used in their three flavors, Original No. 3, Honey Spice No. 11 and Teriyaki No. 23.  To keep up with their latest news visit their facebook pagewebsite or get yourself to the grocery store for a taste!

Original No. 3

Ginger root and other ingredients

Jerky and spices

No preservatives, added MSG or nitrates

Ginger root

Original No. 3

Garlic and Dube Putz homemade red pepper flakes

Honey Spice No. 11

Beef jerky

Jerky and spices

Photo Montage of the day

Homemade in Red Hook

December 10, 2011

My roommate and I took the ferry over to Red Hook last weekend, an eclectic little community in Brooklyn, and one of my favorites. Stumbling upon Homemade, we couldn’t help but go in for a quick bite to eat. It’s warm, welcoming and has great food. I love their attention detail, like the leather and wooden tie around the coffee carafe. Sitting on the comfy white couch, we split the delicious special, charred filone with a ricotta spread.

Bread and Cheese

 

Bread, cheese and unlimited coffee

 

How could you not want to visit this place?

 

Our mess of food

Do or Dine

August 18, 2011

Saturday afternoon I biked to Brooklyn to visit a friend who recently moved to Bed Sty– not exactly a neighborhood I’m most familiar with, nor do I usually think of when I want to go out for a great meal, but hidden behind the doors of what appears to be an old, run-down Indian fast food joint, is actually a recently opened restaurant, Do or Dine. With dishes like deep fried deviled eggs or the controversial foie gras doughnut, it’s worth the trek out for an evening. The owners and wait staff have fun with the place, giving off personable charm to their customers. It’s BYOB, so drinks won’t drain your wallet, and the back patio is a great place to spend an evening.

Lamb Breast, with cumin and lime

Octopus tacos topped with nori strips

Prawns with cherry tomatoes in clam broth

Deep fried deviled eggs with bacon and culantro

Smoked salmon spread

Foie Gras Doughnut

Kaz An Nou

March 27, 2011

After leaving an opening yesterday for Jane Talcott and John Lloyd’s, Prospect Park Landscapes exhibition in Park Slope, the girls and I ventured down to Kaz An Nou, an intimate little French Caribbean restaurant in Prospect Heights. The food was delicious, the atmosphere home-like and the chef/owner Sebastien, came out himself to take our orders and give us the full description on how every dish was made uniquely with the flavors of the French Caribbean.

Poire et Bleu, maple roasted pear with bleu cheese

Dombrés Crevettes, traditional Guadeloupe shrimp and dumplings and Ratatouille Exotique, squash, zucchini and eggplant in spicy pineapple tomato sauce, served with plantains

Poulet l'Estragon, smoked jerk chicken breast with goat cheese, tarragon and honey sauce

One of the dessert specials for the evening, spicy chocolate cake with coconut frosting

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