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BKLYN Larder

April 22, 2010

This is my friend Jessica.

She works at BKLYN Larder, a delicious gourmet cheese and provisions shop in my neighborhood.

This is a great thing for the community because she is an extremely friendly person and she’s passionate about good, quality, locally produced food. More specifically, this is a great thing for me because sometimes she’ll feed me a ridiculously delicious meal.

Like this lunch:

Mmm, I’m drooling. Did someone say something about a cleanse? Pass me that bacon and egg sandwich!

BKLYN Larder always has consistently delicious side snacks and lunches. With a few tables in the front and a little counter with stools in the window, it’s perfect for perching with a mid-day meal or taking a treat to go. Though some of their items can be a bit pricey, the quality is always high, and you can take comfort in knowing that you’re eating something fresh, local, and seasonal. Support small local business, people! ūüôā

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A Getaway San Francisco Weekend

April 19, 2010

Before I get on with this post, I just have to state the following fact: I AM BLOGGING THIS FROM A PLANE. That above photo is my view RIGHT NOW. What!? I know! I’m just as shocked as you are. Is this the future? Where’s my hover car? Am I on some supremely boring candid camera show? Yet another reason why Virgin Airlines is my jam: they allow me to feel the exhilaration that comes with blogging at 35,000 feet.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, I can get on with this post. Ladies and gentlemen, San Francisco!

So, the reason I’m on a plane in the first place is because I’m coming back from a weekend trip to San Francisco! That’s right. The home to Rice-a-roni, trolley cars, and the Tanner family.

Though the vacation was brief, I seemed to pack a lot into just a few days. Also, a trip like this reminds me how necessary it is to get out of New York, if even just for a little while. I feel like I say that every time I take a day or weekend trip out of NY, but you guys, it’s true! New York, I love you…as long as I can escape you every now and again. Don’t take it personally, New York. You’re still my favorite. You just better not be raining when I get back, or else we’re having words.

The fresh familiar air of California was the sweetest way for me to recharge my sun-craving batteries.

My trip to SF was grounded by one main event: my great friend, MacKenzie‘s, 100th birthday party. Well, “100” collectively: she turned 25 and her dad turned 75. So a group of us gals made the trek, 3 of us coming from Brooklyn and 1 from L.A., and we partied in her Bay area hometown. The party was a blast. It was hosted in the upstairs dining room of her family’s Hunan restaurant (I think every family should have a family-owned banquet hall, they come in handy!).

The soiree fit MacKenzie’s quirky, kitschy, foodie personality to a tee. There was plenty of pig to eat, a spirited “Oh Danny Boy” sing-a-long accompanied by her cousin on the accordion, your typical family life-sized cardboard cutouts, and custom-made pinatas of the evening’s honorees. MacKenzie going to town on her own paper-mached head with a baseball bat was incredibly bizarre. But then again, delicious butterscotch candy came out of her face, so who am I to complain!

Fortunately, our group of girl friends all had a similar agenda for the rest of the trip. Eat, shop, drink, sun, and more eat. Naturally our first stop was a little local food tour led by MacKenzie.

didn't get to go in, but gotta love the name

get in my belly

get in my belly

And the grand finale, a bakery that I absolutely fell in love with. The sweetest little pink and yellow bakery with a variety of handmade sweets.¬†Miette is a sweet-toothed girl’s heaven. If you don’t “aww” over the adorably decorated cupcakes, then I guarantee you’ll at least love the cheerful wallpaper. ¬†The pastries at Miette were a little more formal than the comfort sweets that we make for Fanny & Jane, but certainly got my bakery wheels a-turnin’!

And I couldn’t leave without trying one of these little guys:

a happy camper

And on the last day of my trip, my mom flew up from Los Angeles to spend some time in San Fran with me! She splurged on a super swanky hotel for us to stay the night! The kind of hotel that has random artsy chairs in the dimly-lit lobby and an iPod dock with speakers in each room. So we (I) jumped on the beds, played some backgammon, caught up over coffee, and took nice long sunny walks. It was, simply put, THE BEST.

family time with cousin Tony!

It was certainly a trip packed to the brim. I’m hoping to get in another visit to California this summer. But instead of NorCal, I’d go down to my hometown L.A., to visit my family and friends. And favorite restaurants. Naturally. But until then, I’ll be dreaming of the amazing Cali Mexican food that NY just can’t hold a candle to.

(p.s. Would you believe me if I told you that it took me the ENTIRE plane ride to put this post together? I guess in-the-sky-wifi isn’t as speedy as it’s on-the-ground counterpart.)

Harvard Sailing Team on CBS?(!)

April 15, 2010

Remember a week or so ago when I blogged about my sketch comedy group getting a little bit o’ buzz from a few videos we recently released? Well, I guess the buzz hit the ears of the people over at CBS because this past Tuesday, they had 4 members of the team on THE CBS EARLY SHOW! TALKING ABOUT OUR VIDEOS!

It was a bit of a bummer that we couldn’t all be on the show together, but I guess the CBS people weren’t ready for the heat that our 9-member comedy group could bring to an early show ūüôā

So we told our 4 representatives, Chris, Rebecca, Adam and Jen, to go with god and to knock ’em dead (“’em” being CBS…and America). And so they bought spiffy new outfits and did us proud, talking about Harvard Sailing Team on national television! It was the highlight of my day, quite possibly my decade. That is, until we do Oprah.

Thanks to our buddy Geoff for putting if up on youtube! Click Here for the official CBS link to the clip.

As always, we perform our live show weekly at The PIT in New York. Check The PIT’s website for specific show times and details!

Our Greenpoint Food Market Debut

April 15, 2010

Greenpoint has been good to Fanny & Jane in 2010. The neighborhood has welcomed our sweets with open arms. And we are happy to provide.

If you’ve never been to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, it’s definitely a cool spot to visit. It’s not on the radar quite as much as it’s neighbor, Williamsburg, but I have a feeling that will be changing soon. As a matter of fact, Greenpoint was just ranked #5 in New York Magazine’s recent article about The Most Livable Neighborhoods in New York! It’s a great mix of burgeoning brunch spots and cafes in the midst of a traditionally Polish neighborhood (you won’t find better Polish food anywhere in New York!).

Jen and I were proud to make our Brooklyn cafe debut at a wonderful happy little (bright green!) cafe owned by a husband and wife team in Greenpoint called CUP. Some Fanny & Jane favorites, Peanut Butter Buckeyes, Red Velvet Cake Bites, Classic Brownie Bites, and Mini Buttercream Sammies, are all featured at CUP alongside their other delectable treats (like croissants from Balthazar, yummm). You can stop by anytime for a cuppa coffee and a Fanny & Jane pick-me-up!

And this past weekend, we were delighted to participate in the monthly foodie event,¬†Greenpoint Food Market. ¬†Thanks to all the Fanny & Jane fans, new and old, for stopping by and introducing yourselves! It’s always fun to meet you and I hope to see more sweet-toothed faces as the season of food markets continues. I promise we won’t bite! Well, I won’t speak for Jen. I keed I keed Jen ūüôā

Saturday was a particularly gorgeous day and the market was bustlin’! There was live music by The People’s Champs, delicious sodas and handmade cards from Pumpkin & Honeybunny, tahdiefor chocolate chip oreo cookies, and lots of kimchi. It was so inspiring to see the creativity and passion of all these other vendors. The theme was “Spring Awakening”, so flowers were plentiful and love was certainly in the air. I felt twitterpated. It was the perfect place to debut our brand new labels and packaging! You like? A huge thank you to our designer, Julien Fyhrie, who did an awesome job.

Looking forward to the next market on May 22nd. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with details!

photo via Greenpoint Food Market's flickr

our helpful hero boyfriends

photo via Greenpoint Food Market's flickr

our big F&J fans, Matt and Katie!

Whataweekend

April 14, 2010

I know I know, it’s already Wednesday. But you guys, I can’t get over what an awesomely packed weekend I just got through.

It was filled old friends (Chris & Rebe visiting from L.A.!) and new ones (hello¬†BakedByBub!), sweet treats, and lotsa Harvard Sailing Team activity. Even though my dogs were barkin’ by the end of Sunday night, the hard work and long days were worth it because I was busy doing the things I love. It’s always easier to put in those long hours when the work feels more like play, and you’re surrounded by people who make you laugh.

Photos from the weekend to come.

If you can’t tell, I’m on a bit of a lifehigh right now. For now, I’m happy to ride this wave because inevitably, New York will have another rainy Spring day and I’ll have to pay my taxes and I’ll curl up on the couch with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and lament. But until then, I’m welcoming these happy giddy feelings.

Happy Quichester!

April 7, 2010
homemade quiche and pie, made by MacKenzie

homemade quiche and pie by MacKenzie

french toast stuffed with ricotta

beautiful birthday girl

Who’s a Jew that loves Easter and has two thumbs?

>Points thumbs enthusiastically at self<

This guy.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from a mild case of Goy Holiday-envy. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I play my “Holiday playlist” nonstop, and I don’t retire it until a few weeks after new years. I’ve never had a christmas tree, I’ve always yearned for my own stocking over the mantle, and I didn’t even fully understand what a Cadbury egg was (it’s a chocolate shell but the inside is filled with white and yellow goo?) until just a few years ago.

This past Sunday was a heavenly delight. One of my best friends’ birthday’s coincided with Easter this year. So like any good shiksa would, she planned an Easter brunch. And we called it an Easter slash Birthday brunch. And it was at my apartment. And I couldn’t wait. Not only was I co-hosting an Easter brunch, but I also got to participate in my FIRST EVER EASTER EGG HUNT! I heard that, apparently, traditional easter egg hunts take place outside, preferably in someone’s yard. ¬†But due to limitations of my Brooklyn apartment (mainly the fact that I don’t have a yard to speak of), we did an urban version: eggs were hidden in my bathroom and living room. ¬†Hey, good enough for me!

The whole experience was just as I had imagined: exhilarating, hilarious, and drunk. And delicious. There were Rolos and Hershey Kisses inside!

Enjoy the photos, and Happy birthday, Natalie!

Boys Will Be Girls

April 3, 2010

Harvard Sailing Team performing at The Kennedy Center

My sketch comedy group, Harvard Sailing Team, has been getting a nice bit o’ buzz lately.

The internet has been showing the love for our two new videos we just released! This has definitely been generating the most buzz than any of our previous videos have ever received, so it’s very exciting.

The major highlights for us include props from¬†Best Week Ever, Buzzfeed (who says we’re “going viral!”), Jezebel, and my personal fave shout-out: New York Magazine’s blog “Vulture”, calling our video “A masterpiece!” ¬†Woot woot.

We had a blast making these videos, and it’s always nice to know that people are digging them too. ¬†But for every “SO FUNNY! Great skit!” (thanks youtube commenter,¬†R4nd0mn33s!), there’s a “WHAT THE HELL??? THIS IS A FAIL!” (no thanks, youtube commenter, zizzork). Oh, internet. ¬†The widely varied comments that people post on all of our videos has always been a great source of amusement for the team.

Hope you enjoy!

And if you’re in New York, you can catch our live show tonight at 9:30! ¬†We perform every Saturday at The PIT! ¬†Click here for tickets and info.

Ladies Brunch

March 30, 2010

The yucky rain weather of these past few days has kept me mostly inside, and mostly delegated to my lovely, albeit overcast, pocket of Brooklyn. ¬†Spring weather, wha happen? ¬†I guess the sunny days and flowy dresses of last weekend were just a tiny taste of what’s to come. ¬†Oh New York Spring, you’re such a tease.

For now, I’ll have to settle for sitting inside, listening to the rain, and dreaming of the amazing homemade brunch lovingly made by my dear friend Marina. ¬†Always the most amazing hostess and cook, Marina invited a small group of ladies to her apartment for an incredible brunch last weekend. ¬†It was quite the spread! ¬†Homemade lemon and blueberry scones, citrus salad with ginger yogurt, and BREAKFAST PIZZA! ¬†Great company and great peach bellinis.

Check out her blog for the recipes and more photos!

Hamentaschen Overload

March 2, 2010

It seems that you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Jewish holiday. ¬†The year is filled with ’em! ¬†Some are more popular than others. ¬†i.e. gifts for 8 nights during Hanukkah is more favorable than an all-day fast to repent for your sins during Yom Kippur. ¬†The holiday of Purim is definitely a high-ranking Jewish holiday for me — it involves costumes, getting drunk, special cookies, and “boo”ing the bad guy (see: Haman). ¬†So my gang of Monday Night Supper Clubbers decided to host an intimate gathering last night in honor of Purim. ¬†Jews and Goys came together at my apartment, and we all made traditional Purim cookies: hamentaschen! ¬†Turned out that one particular goy gave us a run for our money and consistently made the best-looking hamentaschen all night long. ¬†He really earned his Honorary Jew badge. ¬†Mazel tov, Clayton!

Most hamentaschens are filled with: apricot, raspberry, cherry, chocolate, prune, or poppy-seed. ¬†But after some failed attempts at obtaining poppy-seed filling (Prospect Heights super markets really let us down), we decided we gotta just work with what we got. ¬†And so…the CHICKEN HAMENTASCHEN was born!!

I must admit that I had some serious initial skepticism about these savory hamentaschen. ¬†It was truly an unprecedented ‘taschen flavor…and to be honest, they looked kinda gnarly. ¬†But boy, did I come around! ¬†They were amazing! ¬†Sweet dough and savory chicken? ¬†It’s groundbreaking. ¬†We gotta put a patent on these little guys. ¬†The Chickentaschen!

Over the course of the night, we realized that hamentaschen can come in many different shapes and sizes. ¬†If you don’t pinch the corners of the cookie tight enough, they can come out kinda blobby looking. ¬†It’s all about the pinch.

Nevertheless, the blobs were still deelish.

We noshed on our raspberry and chocolate hamentaschen, played some Taboo, and with our collective Jewish day school knowledge, we put our heads together and pieced together the story of Purim. ¬†I actually forgot what a good story it is! ¬†The reason hamentaschen are shaped like triangles, is to represent Haman’s (bad guy) three-cornered hat he would wear. ¬†Pretty weird and cool, huh?

Supper Club Turns Breakfast Club

February 28, 2010

There’s something I find especially comforting about clubs. ¬†Especially clubs that revolve around food. ¬†Extra especially clubs that revolve around food and some of my childhood friends. ¬†Three of my oldest friends (one of whom I’ve known since 2nd grade–holla!) have all made the big move from LA to NY within the past few years. ¬†And so we decided that we should celebrate. ¬†With a Monday Night Supper Club! ¬†That said, we certainly try our best to uphold our weekly Monday night tradition. ¬†But between the demands of law school, sketch comedy rehearsals, and occasional late nights at the office, it can be difficult to get all of us together every single Monday night.

Our usual restaurant of choice is the 24 hour polish diner, Veselka, an East village mainstay. ¬†It’s tough to beat a good borscht and challah. ¬†But sometimes when the mood strikes us, we’re willing to venture out. ¬†Because of some scheduling snafus, we were unable to meet on Monday night last week. ¬†So we opted for an unprecedented pre-workday Monday Morning Breakfast Club!

Lucky for us, Clinton Street Baking Co. was declaring February as “Pancake Month”. ¬†We win. ¬†(On a side note, New York is big on this whole “x-food” month thing. ¬†Isn’t February also “Hot Chocolate Month” at City Bakery? ¬†Not that I’m complaining…but what’s with that?) ¬†So, waking up at 6am did not rule. ¬†But waking up to fresh blackberries, pecan streusel and warm maple butter pancakes did very much rule:

Hello.  What a way to start the day.

Looking forward to our Monday night rendezvous tomorrow: in honor of Purim, we’re makin’ homemade hamentaschens at my place! ¬†(If ya don’t know, now. ya.¬†know.)