Virtual Brooklyn: The Borough and Its Blogs

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Brooklyn pride runs deep. It’s evident in the quantity of t-shirts touting slogans like “Made in Brooklyn” or digits like “11215”, or simple letters, like “F”, which hold meaning only to the chosen ones. That Brooklyn pride has extended beyond the corner bodegas and health food stores to a place without limit, a place without zip code, a place we call cyberspace. Once you start looking online, you’ll find as many people blogging about Brooklyn as you will skinny jeans in Williamsburg. Their expertise ranges from health food to hot dogs, it’s up to the minute, and it’s open for…

Food Books

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The New Brooklyn Cookbook Melissa and Brendan Vaughan Like a well-balanced meal, the carefully collected recipes and stories representing the food and people of the “new” Brooklyn cuisine, come together deliciously in The New Brooklyn Cookbook, by husband and wife team, Melissa and Brendan Vaughan. The sturdy 264 page volume, complete with a hand drawn Brooklyn map on inside covers, showcases 70 recipes from 31 Brooklyn restaurants, peppered with occasional vignettes sharing the stories of local food artisans churning out homespun treats such as granola, kimchee, pickles, and chocolate. The bulk of the cookbook is dedicated to the restaurants that…

Two Sides of the Taste Buds

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With its bright orange flesh and sweet flavor, butternut squash is an ideal ingredient for sweet and savory dishes. Rich in vitamins A and C, it is also a good source of fiber, potassium and magnesium. Choose squash that is free of blemishes, firm, and with a long neck. Perfect for a chilly weekend, pick up a fresh, local squash from the Saturday green market at Grand Army Plaza.  Fresh seasonal produce can also be found at Union Market. THAI COCONUT SQUASH SOUP – Serves 4 A perfect antidote to winter, this soup combines coconut milk and Thai red curry…

Holiday Survival Tactics

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Don’t get me wrong. There are some cute things about the holidays. I love babies in striped tights and dogs in Santa hats. I like how pretty the menorah looks on the eighth night and the breakfast sausage my mom makes on Christmas morning. So heart-warming… yet why on the day after Halloween do I always seem to wake up with a sore jaw. It could be from all the Bit O Honey’s I shoved in there the night before. But no. It’s more likely the increased grinding due to the anticipation of all the buying and wrapping and good…

LuLu’s World

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Brigitte Prat is the proprietor of the magical world that is LuLu’s. Her enthusiasm permeates all three of the unique experiences she has created on Fifth Avenue: LuLu’s Cuts and Toys, LuLu’s for Baby and LuLu’s Then & Now. Prat’s enchanting shops are not conjured out of thin air. She has spent her whole life in retail, including work in the French fashion industry. But it is her passion for her work that has made LuLu’s a neighborhood favorite, among both kids and their parents. Prat cannot take all of the credit for her success. LuLu’s was her daughter’s idea,…

Brooklyn Cyclone

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I’m a big, fat liar. An inadvertent one, to be fair, but five year-olds don’t make these subtle distinctions. My son thinks I’m a big, fat liar because I promised him a tornado would never hit New York and shortly thereafter we watched one whirl past his bedroom window. I can explain the concept of freak meteorological phenomena ‘til I’m blue in the face but it doesn’t change the fact that I now have about as much credibility as those wackos who still argue the earth is flat. The Brooklyn cyclone, as wild as it was, wouldn’t have been that…

Leisurely Exercise with the Right Rewards

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It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from yoga. I have never considered myself a Yogi and my yoga experience to date would best be described as, “scattered.”  I am confident that my decision to never unroll my yoga mat again is the right one. • I first got into yoga several years ago when I wanted to be fit, healthy and embrace a more meditative lifestyle. Unfortunately, I’m as flexible as an office chair, which is to say, not at all. My lack of flexibility and complete laziness caused each pose to become a cheapened…

Teach Your Children Well

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Like the last couple columns, this one is in two parts. I told you I was going to be more organized last time but because I’m a hypocrite and promise breaker I just can’t stay on one topic. I also think I should just shell out the co-pay for the ADHD formal diagnosis. That might make my life easier.  I joke about it enough. It would be cool to be certifiable and get a bunch of people off my back at the same time. Man, the summer took a lot out of me. I’m a parent and I can’t afford…

Going Down?

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I used to complain constantly about what a pain it was to live in a walk-up with two small children. But since moving into an elevator building, I have come to see that the pain in my behind was from the kids and not the stairs. As it turns out, it’s still a three-ring circus whenever we enter or exit our house, although for entirely different reasons. In fact, the elevator, which I’d counted on as a cure-all, has created problems of its own. Don’t get me wrong: I love our elevator more than it is reasonable to love a steel…

Marché Unique

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“Never do your grocery shopping on an empty stomach,” goes the old wives’ tale. And if you plan to shop at Union Market, you’d better make sure that you’ve just eaten a full meal, of the Thanksgiving dinner variety – and that you’re stuffed. Union Market’s flagship store, on the corner of 6th Avenue and Union Street, is surrounded by other food stores: Key Food, Associated, and the infamous Park Slope Food Co-op. What might seem to be an odd choice for an independent grocery actually makes perfect sense, as Union Market is unique in the neighborhood. “Five years ago,…

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