Empire Mayonnaise Opens Shop in Brooklyn for all of your Artisanal Mayonnaise Needs

c/o The Brooklyn Ink

Move over, Hellmann’s. Prospect Heights is now home to the borough’s newest (and only) artisanal mayo shop brought to you by the good folks at Empire Mayonnaise. After great success selling their creamy concoctions to fatties foodies at Smorgasburg, the brains behind the operation decided to open their first brick-and-mortar store at 564 Vanderbilt Avenue. Now, I know what you may be thinking, “How can there be a whole store devoted only to mayonnaise?” First off, you should know that these mayo-lovers mean serious business. Empire utilizes their tiny (almost 100 square foot!) spot to produce all of their products as well as a place to sell their 4-ounce jars of spreadable deliciousness. There’s really something for every discerning palate in their long list of exotic and intriguing flavors, which include White Truffle, Saffron, Wasabi, Lime Pickle, and everyone’s favorite, Bacon. To hardcore mayo-haters, this may sound like a nightmare, but to me it sounds like a damn good reason to cook up some burgers and fries. (If living up to the Brooklyn foodie stereotype is wrong, I don’t want to be right.)

(via The Brooklyn Ink)

Counting Down to Another Wet Hot Williamsburg Summer

photo c/o Mike Thompson

Enjoying the warm weather this week? Well friends, don’t be fooled by global warming- it’s not summer quite yet. Here, in no particular order, are 10 summertime activities to mark in your calendar and start getting pumped for:

10. Kickball– Hardcore kickball fanatics already know that May 6th is opening day, but here’s a head’s up for all of you newbies out there. Sign up now if you’re interested in joining a team and prepare for a summer full of glory, camaraderie, and frequent Turkey’s Nest runs.

9. Brooklyn Flea– The eclectic shopping mecca will grace the East River Waterfront with its presence once again when it reopens on Sunday, April 8. That weekend also marks the return of Smorgasburg on Saturdays at the waterfront, which promises to be as mouthwatering as ever with favorite vendors including Porchetta and People’s Pops making a comeback.

8. Baseball- The Mets kick off their season on April 5th, which means those sweaty summer baseball games are just around the corner. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be dodging stray baseballs in McCarren park.

7. Waterfront Concert Series– The new location is confirmed, and the season kickoff is June 1st. Now all we need is a band line up! [Read more…]

Nitehawk Weekend Brunch: Food, Booze and Films for Your Inner Child

photos c/o Lanterloon and Fan Pop

INCONCEIVABLE! This Saturday and Sunday, Nitehawk Cinema will bring together two of the Y Generation’s most beloved pastimes: eating brunch and watching The Princess Bride.  The theater’s full brunch menu will be served along with early day cocktails like the Carrie (vodka, house Bloody Mary mix, pickled vegetables) and the classic AM Gold (prosecco with fresh squeezed orange juice). Breakfast tacos, Inigo Montoya…. What better way to start the weekend? Show times are 12:15pm this Saturday and Sunday only.

Nitehawk will continue to show awesome movies during brunch time as part of their “Nitehawk Weekend Brunch: Movies for Everyone and Everything” series. Check out some other beloved flicks that are coming up:

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Rollin’ With Your Homies

Attention kickball, trivia, bowling enthusiasts, or anyone else that enjoys playing competitive games along with the consumption of alcohol:

If you didn’t already know, Full Circle Bar on Grand Street is home to Brewskee-Ball, a game that involves drinking and good ‘ole fashioned skee-ball (duh). Tonight the bar will be hosting the Brewskee-Ball Winter Skeeson Kick-Off Jamboree, which means FREE SKEE-BALL for anyone and everyone that decides to show up. And wait, there’s more: from 7-9pm, enjoy an Open Genny Bar featuring Geneeson Cream Ale, Geneeson Tall Boys, and Genny Light.

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New Year, New You: Places to Expand Your Skill Set Beyond Being Able to Pick Out Really Great Brunch Spots

image c/o Curves, Patterns, and Pins

2012 is supposed to be a big year with possibly some big changes, namely the predicted apocalypse and train wreck of a presidential election. So why not make a change in your life by trying something that you haven’t done before? After all, if the earth is going to end this year, now would be time to pick up something that you’ve always want to try. Check out these great spots that teach classes that you’ll actually want to take:

3rd WardThis multifaceted art space has been a mecca to young creative people in Brooklyn with its eclectic mix of classes ranging from personal interest (Bike Maintenance, Rooftop Beekeeping 101) to professional development (Online Marketing Strategies, Setting Up E-Commerce Sites) and much, much more. Get inspired by checking out their “New Year Resolutions” classes that include Introduction to Upholstery, Learn the Guitar, and Intro to Web Design: HTML/CSS. The courses are pricey, but this would be a great way to spend your extra holiday cash, especially if it leads to a new career path!

The Brooklyn Kitchen This foodie-haven is known for its wide array of classes that can teach you everything you need to know about the culinary world, and a few things that you don’t really need to know (but it’s pretty cool if you do). Their class calendar is almost filled up for the month of January, but there are still a few good classes with space in the beginning of February that cover topics like baking savory pies and brewing your own beer. Who knows- maybe one of those will turn out to be your life calling. The world always needs more pie and beer, amirite?

The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies (SASS)Do you enjoy drinking alcohol, clever humor, and learning about history? Well friend, it’s high time you started waving your nerd flag proudly by attending one of this group’s educational and entertaining lectures. On the first Tuesday of each month, the brains behind SASS present a lecture at Public Assembly on “a different historic topic that you probably knew at one point but don’t remember anymore.” The best part? There will be themed drinks specials, so you can leave feeling smart and buzzed. There next lecture is TONIGHT, JANUARY 3rd at 7pm on the apocalypse and other fun doomsday topics. For more information, check out the event page here.

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Eat The Dinner That Your Mother Never Let You Have

On January 16th, Williamsburg’s very own Momofuku Milk Bar will be hosting “Death by Dessert,” a multi-course, sugar-packed “pop-up dinner” that is sure to make the fat kid in all of us scream with joy. All you need is a sweet tooth and $125 to gain access to this cavity-inducing feast served up by a group of celebrated pastry chefs including Michael Laiskonis from Le Bernadin and Momofuku’s own Christina Tosi. The night starts with a reception of “passed savory canapés” and then moves into the kitchen for an intimate dinner consisting of two dessert dishes created by each of the six featured chefs that will incorporate “their personal favorite ingredients, techniques and ideas.”

Sure, $125 is a little steep for one night of stuffing your face with dessert, but the whole shebang is for a good cause. Net proceeds go to Share our Strength, a wonderful group that works to fight child hunger in America (oh, the irony!). And you know what they say- life’s too short not to eat artisanal desserts in mass quantities. Why not indulge a little now before the metabolism drops and the diabetes kicks in?

Dessert lovers and big spenders can reserve their spots here, but note that space is VERY limited.

OWS Holiday Bazaar Comes to Williamsburg This Sunday

If you’re interested in seeing how a holiday market could work without regular currency exchange, check out the OWS Holiday Bazaar this Sunday from 1-9pm at City Life Wellness (75 Frost St., L train to Lorimer). The event will feature a live barter market, skill workshops, musical performances and other fun activities to keep your mind off the problems with our country’s economy. Here’s the lowdown via Peel Back the Curtain:

This is a FREE event! Why? OWS Sustainability and Evolver are committed to building alternative economies out of the shell of the old. Instead of relying on currency to determine value, we believe in a system that allows individuals to work together and assess value for themselves. People are encouraged to bring items or skills of their own so that they may interact with the vendors. The Holiday Bazaar will be packed with workshops and a live barter market, donation based body work, dinner and live music. Everyone is encouraged to bring an item, art, skill, or service to come and barter with. Folks are also free to accept donations as well. [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Markets, Booze, and More Holiday Gift Markets This Weekend

c/o 3rd Ward

Good news for people who like to drink while shopping! Loreley Williamsburg will be using their spacious beer garden to host a holiday gift market over the next two weekends. As you can see from the list of vendors below, there will be something for everybody on your gift list, from natural cosmetic users to comic book fans and all those chutney lovers in between. More importantly, you can sip on Loreley’s mulled wines and hot cider drinks while you scope out the goods. If those drinks aren’t your thing, there’s always Loreley’s extensive list of German beers to wet your whistle. Feeling ambitious? Pick up a beermaking kit from Bitter & Esters so you can make your own brews all winter long. Oh, the possibilities! [Read more…]