Wednesday, March 31, 2010
From Greenpointer, the Northside Festival is on tap again for this year, June 24-27.
Monday, March 29, 2010
It's just been announced that Norah Jones will kick off Celebrate Brooklyn! on June 9. And it's free!
Lots of great stories in our papers this week:
By Michèle De Meglio
To me, breakfast is the easiest meal of the day. All you do is dump some Cheerios and organic fat-free milk in a bowl and voilà! Easy peasy.
But I’m tired of eating cereal! I want a grown-up breakfast!
Eggs seem sophisticated but I don’t want to burn my frying pan every single morning. (That’d require a lot of Brillo.) So what about a casserole? If I made a yummy egg and veggie dish, I could store it in my freezer and simply microwave a slice each morning. Sounds like a super plan!
I’ve never made such a casserole before so I thought of all the things I enjoy in my omelet - cheese (mozzarella or cheddar) and veggies (mostly peppers and onions).
If I just toss all that stuff in a bowl, it’s gotta be good, right? Let’s find out!
So that’s what I did. I filled my trusty baking pan (it’s blue!) with a few eggs and loads of veggies.
I minced the veggies because I don’t know about you, but I hate eating giant pieces of leaves. I feel like a rabbit! And it’s much more fun to have tiny flecks of green goodness all over my dish. Yum!
I wasn’t sure how long to cook the casserole and was particularly nervous. Why do you ask? Well, because I generally overcook scrambled eggs until they are hard brown clumps. I didn’t want my casserole to wind up like that!
So I repeatedly opened the oven door to inspect the dish. And I mean a lot.
Verdict: Not like Cheerios. Duh!
The egg-cellent casserole wasn’t too bad. Maybe could have used some salt and pepper (I always forget those things) but overall, I consider it a success for my first experiment.
More than anything, I think I found the taste of eggs jarring after so many cereal mornings.
Next time, I’ll use more veggies - and lots of ‘em! Oh yeah, and some seasoning.
1 cup red pepper
1 cup green pepper
3/4 cup onion
1-1/2 cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, grated
1 cup milk
Mince vegetables. Beat eggs in large bowl, then add remaining ingredients. Pour mixture in a greased 9x13 inch dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
Kitchen Klutz follows 20-something Michèle De Meglio as she burns casseroles and her fingers, all in hope of trading frozen dinners for home cooking.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ask any musician how he would describe his music, and most of the time he's rather you just listen to it.
We understand, and that's why we've created the Mus-O-Meter, a guide to understanding a band's sound through other bands sounds!
This week, we take a look at A Sunny Day in Glasgow and the band's new EP, "Nitetime Rainbows.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow burst on the dream-pop, shoegaze scene in 2009 with its sophomore album, “Ashes Grammar,” a sprawling collection of experimental noise-pop. The band’s recent EP is a continuation of that album — the leftovers, so to speak. But to really get a sense of what it’s all about, the band can only be described through the musical-mathematical science that goes into our exclusive mus-o-meter:
Take the jarring guitar licks of Jesus and Mary Chain’s 1985 record “Pyschocandy,” then add...
the detached vocals and heady haziness of My Bloody Valentine’s 1991 album, “Loveless.” Then add...
Cocteau Twins’ atmospheric, non-lyrical female vocal stylings on “Head Over Heels.” The sum?
A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s “Nitetime Rainbows.”
Josh Roseman Trio
Rick Parker Trio
Rick Parker - Trombone
Jacob Garchik Trio
Jacob Garchik, trombone
Jacob Sacks, piano
Dan Weiss, drums
Jen Baker – Solo Trombone
Joe Fiedler Trio
Brett Sroka: trombone/computer/fx
Sam Harris: rhodes electric piano/synthesizer/piano/prepared-piano
Bryan Teoh: guitar/computer
Shawn Baltazor: drums
Curtis Hasselbring’s New Mellow Edwards
Curtis Hasselbring – Trombone
Ches Smith – Drums
Trevor Dunn – Bass
Steve Swell Trio
Steve Swell – Trombone
Andrew Drury – Drums
Ken Filiano – Bass
Brian Drye (pictured) Presents: Bizingas
Brian Drye – Trombone / Piano
Kirk Knuffke – Trumpet
Ches Smith – Drums
Jonathan Goldberger – Guitar
Westbrook Johnson’s Three Roads Band
Westbrook Johnson – Trombone
Jesse Bartlet-Webber – Drums
Alex Vallejo – Bass
John Welsh – Guitar
Ben Gerstein Quartet
Ben Gerstein – Trombone
Michael Attias – Saxophone
Mat Maneri – Viola
Jacob Sacks – Piano
By Michèle De Meglio
Every gal loves roses, tulips and gardenias but Liberty of London has taken florals too far.
The posh British brand just unveiled a cheap and chic collaboration with Target, which has three stores in Brooklyn.
The massive collection includes girls’ and ladies’ apparel, shoes, bedding and housewares — all decorated in outlandish floral motifs.
Don’t get me wrong, I dig flowers as much as the next lady but it’s the print that makes all the difference.
If you ask me, spring should be about tiny and delicate daisies — not carnations the size of my skull. And what’s with the muted shades? Bring on the bright colors!
Fortunately, Liberty does have some shining moments.
Designers get it right with an oversized tote in Jennifer Blue ($19.99). The slouchy bag is coated with itty-bitty green leaves and blue and white flowers, which are perfectly offset by two crisp white straps with subtle matte studs. Liberty made a huge goof, nearly ruining the sweet spring style, by including a pitch black interior lining. Would a happy color kill ya? (I must admit, this is a recession-friendly trend in both affordable and high-end handbags. So depressing.)
The $19.99 Susanna duffle bag is all wrong. Flowers should come in pretty shades of pink and periwinkle — not mustard yellow or moss green. Who wants daisies that look like dirt? Not me!
A few of the tops and dresses work. Namely, the silky Fairford tank adorned with ruffles and a dangerously low keyhole cutout ($19.99) and the one-shoulder maxi dress in a pleasant plum ($34.99).
But there’s no excuse for wearing a sleeveless jumpsuit covered in large black and white sunflowers. Boring!
Although you might think Liberty of London’s sweet pea prints are only for ladies, there’s a whole series of boxershorts, ties and shirts for men.
Fellas, picture yourself in a button-down business shirt plastered with pink and yellow flowers. Now add a paisley tie. That’s taking flowers way too far.
Target has three stores in Brooklyn — at the Triangle Junction at 1598 Flatbush Avenue, in Gateway Mall at 519 Gateway Drive, and at the Atlantic Center Mall at 139 Flatbush Avenue. Visit www.target.com for hours.
Michèle De Meglio is a native Brooklynite addicted to all things chic. Check out Pumps & Pleats each week for more adventures as she scours the borough for fab duds and accessories.
Michele Obama and children went to Grimaldi's in DUMBO, like every other tourist to our fair borough (something tells us they didn't casually stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge to get there, though).
They had "one pie with pepperoni and sausage, one classic Margherita, and one with mushrooms, peppers and onions," reports the Brooklyn Paper).
But what about Brooklyn's other famous pizza joints, like Roberta's, Di Fara, L&B and Lucali? Where do you have told them to go? Sound off in the comments.
Photo: The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Word comes that Lower East Side staple Gus's Pickles is has officially crossed the bridge to Brooklyn.
We moved to Brooklyn
1470 39th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218
We will start selling the horseradish March 21 Sunday
Monday, March 22, 2010
For those mourning the closing of the Brooklyn Museum's "Who Shot Rock" exhibition, there's another show in town where you can get your rock fix.