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Brooklyn Label – Greenpoint, Brooklyn

This past weekend we had some friends in town so naturally, since we’ve chosen Brooklyn Label as our favorite brunch spot in the area, we took them there. Brooklyn Label has all the right elements which make this my favorite place for brunch: high quality and unique menu options, great coffee, big windows, tall ceilings & comfortable atmosphere, & friendly staff.

www.brooklynlabel.com
Neighborhood: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
180 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-2806

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Rare Bar & Grill – Midtown, NYC

This restaurant is why I love trying out new restaurants. Our experience here will really help bring balance to an otherwise positive blog. Again we decided to go out with some friends who were in from out of town, and we had read about this restaurant online which was supposed to be a very good burger place. In fact it did turn out to be a fantastic burger – Kobe Beef sauteed in white wine with three cheeses and thick slabs of bacon. What we found out is that its not always the food quality that matters most.

www.rarebarandgrill.com
Neighborhood: Manhattan/Midtown
303 Lexington Ave. @ 37th Street
New York, NY
(212) 481-1999

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River Barrel – Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The River Barrel is a new restaurant on Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I believe it opened up here within the past month since I remember *something* being under construction there during Christmas time. This past weekend, we were heading down to either Brooklyn Label, or Greenpoint Coffee House for brunch and noticed this place was open – so we stepped in…

Neighborhood: Brooklyn/Greenpoint
160 Franklin St
(between Java St & Kent St)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-8881

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Surf Bar – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This place was another one of those times where we were just looking for a place to sit down and relax after walking around in Williamsburg on a hot weekend afternoon. Fortunately, we got a really cool waiter, got to sit outside, and had a couple sangrias. Overall it was a great experience.

[www.searestaurant.com]

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Thinking back to our first time here I think I realize how important a first impression is.

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Sea – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sea was one of the first Williamsburg restaurants we had the pleasure of going to since we moved to Brooklyn. We’ve been there a couple times before; the first time was during a hot summer weekend afternoon – the place was 80% empty and very refreshing. There’s not much on this particular street and it’s exterior isn’t extremely fancy but inside is whole different story.

[www.searestaurant.com]

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Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse @ Grand Central

A little while ago we decided to take our roomate out to Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse for his birthday. He’s a big basketball guy from Japan (I mean big in terms of his fan-level not physical stature) – and in Japan, Michael Jordan is just as much as a legend as he is here. To what degree his ability to play basketball compliments his ability to produce a great steak-eating-experience… I don’t know.

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Naples 45, Ristorante E Pizzeria

Since we live in Brooklyn we get our fair share of quality pizza, so when my wife tells me that this place has good pizza (in Midtown), I was a bit skeptical.

I’ve actually been here before but it was for a company event so I wasn’t paying close attention (or paying for the meal). So tonight, the setting was a frigid windy evening, after work, around 7pm, we’re tired, and just looking for a place to sit down and enjoy some comfortable, substantial food…

[ www.naples45.com ]

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In standard fashion, I’m going to rip this place a little bit, then finish off with a smattering of compliments.

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White Very Berry Muffin Recipe

I love baking and I often bake muffin, browny, scone, etc.

So, I planned to bake so many holiday sweets though I’d already made so much baking stuff at the time, plus my audiences are little tired of eating sweet sugary stuff, so I decided to keep my ingredients in the cleverest invention in the world, a freezer.

Fortunately, all the left-overs (that I didn’t use) were frozen fruits (cranberry, blueberry, some’n berry) and a couple of chocolate-chip packages (white, dark, and miniature), so I didn’t have to waste the food at all. Good job, Freezer!

Since New Year, me and my husband had been so busy and so sick! We caught a huge cold!! So I didn’t have ANY desire to bake anything. It was weird, but really, I didn’t want to create any friggin’ thing. But today, the baking creativity was exploded. bomb!

I went to our small neat kitchen and grabbed all the ingredients that maybe I can bake something with… and a light bulb went off in my head.

“I need to make muffins….”

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Heartland Brewery, Union Square

I just got back from dinner here with a couple friends. We were just looking for a good burger joint and my friend suggested this place as a “solid” choice. Apparently there’s another one of these somewhere else in the city.

[ www.heartlandbrewery.com - Heartland Brewery Dinner Menu ]

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Dinner Recipes – 1/3/09

One of my favorite activities is cooking. Especially, I love baking. My husband loves to cook some complicatedly arranged hi-end restaurant type of food sometimes, though I love to make simple, tasty, but lookin’ good food.

So today, I would like to introduce a simple tasty food recipe. Usually, in Japan, we call the days, from the New year’s day to the 3rd of January, SAN-GA-NICHI, which are holidays. For those three days, people generally eat the traditional new year food. (Japanese New Year: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_New_Year)

You maybe get sick and tired of eating same food for a while. Think about the Thanksgiving holidays. Turkey, turkey, turkey, ttttur….. But! I can tell you that you are gonna miss the taste if you can’t get it for a long time. You won’t notice it until you will lose it.
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