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Taking the Weekend Off – Have a Beer!

Photo by Michaela Brody

So Brooklyn Locavore is taking the weekend off. My sister in law, Michaela, is getting married on Saturday so I’m headed back to my hometown in Jersey for the wedding. That’s right, I’m originally from New Jersey (we won’t spread that around) but I’m proud to say I’ve spent my entire adult life as a city girl, first in Philly and now in Brooklyn.

No blogs for the weekend! There will be lots of eating and drinking and celebrating. But speaking of drinking, one thing I’m really looking forward to at the wedding (besides the marriage celebration itself, of course), is the drink selection which will include beer from the Defiant Brewing Company. Defiant’s located in Pearl River, NY and consistently brews some of my favorite beers. In fact, at our wedding two years ago (wow, time flies!) we had a local theme, sourcing seasonal local food and serving only wine from NY and beer from Defiant.

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Beyond Brooklyn, Get Local

Local Maine

No matter where I am, I try to explore the local scene, and vacation is certainly no exception.  I’ve been spending my week in Maine eating, drinking, hiking…and maybe eating and drinking some more. While not Brooklyn local, these great finds are certainly worth sharing, should you have a trip planned to Maine, or maybe want to get one together after reading about these great restaurants, breweries and yes, even wine!

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Eat Drink Local Week

For those of you not aware, tomorrow starts Eat Drink Local Week, sponsored by the Edible Magazines. Now, I understand, we all can’t be perfect little locavores, like me, but Eat Drink Local week is the perfect time to try. The week long event raises awareness for and celebrates local food grown in our region, restaurants that serve it and partners that support it. You don’t really even have to cook if you don’t want to! There are over 100 restaurants throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and the East End celebrating Eat Drink Local week with prix fixed meals, featuring local ingredients. You cam try a new place each and every week! Some of my favorites include al di la and iCi in Brooklyn, Telepan and Craft in Manhattan and The North Fork Table & Inn (which I have yet to get to but have heard amazing things!).

If you’re like me, and also want to take on the challenge of cooking to live local, Edible has put together a list of eight ingredients they encourage partners and home cooks alike to include:

  • Spinach
  • Eggs
  • Goat (milk, cheese, yogurt, meat, etc)
  • Radishes
  • Rose Wine
  • Porgy
  • Fava Beans
  • Hops

Most or all ingredients should be available at your local Greenmarket. Between my husband and I can guarantee we’re covered with Rose and Hops, but I hope to incorporate some of the other listed ingredients into my cooking too. Maybe even find a new staple recipe! And of course, there’s always time to dine out at least one night.

Happy Eat Drink Local Week!