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Fort Defiance (Redhook, Brooklyn)

I usually don't venture out to Red Hook much, but when I do some eating and drinking is definitely on the agenda (well that and Ikea, the water taxi and maybe a quick trip to Fairway).  This sunday I had my stomach set on Fort Defiance, for some hearty southern fare and some strong cocktails.

 I walked in and felt the quaint, sourthern charm of this airy neighborhood cafe. It not only serves a plethora of brunch options, but boasts Counter Culture Coffee and the best Seltzer and Egg Creams in New York!  As far as brunch eats go, the asparagus and parmesan omelet did the job, but sadly, the side of collard greens lacked in spice and flavor.  I was satisfied by the biscuits and gravy and it happily made up for the flavor that  the collard greens had feel short on.   Unfortunately, we did not get our cocktails till after brunch, due to the very slow service, BUT the real stars here were the tried and true bloody mary (love the pickled okra as garnish) and the tommy's Margarita (a brilliant combo of tangy citrus and spicy jalapeno).

So please do venture to Fort Defiance, if what you are craving is a mixed cocktails, killer seltzer and the slowed down pass of the south.

Fort Defiance  365 Van Brunt St.BrooklynNY 11231  (nr. Dikeman St.)

(all photos by Danielle Malmgren)


Prime Meats (Carroll Gardens,Brooklyn)

Oyster happy hour at Prime Meats is something that should truly not be missed!  I usually feast upon brunch here, but the weather was so beautiful I had to grab a seat on the sidewalk with a dozen of these babies.  This Brooklyn hot spot is known for local beers, crafted cocktails and sausages, but the welcoming atmosphere and farm to table food make locals come back for more..

Prime Meats

465 Court St.BrooklynNY 11231 

at Luquer St

(photo by Danielle Malmgren)


Char no. 4 (Carroll Gardens,Brooklyn

 Bourbon Bloody Mary with house pickle


Poached eggs with bacon cheddar grits

Kentucky Royale-Bourbon, Sparkling Wine, Cassis and Orange

Char No. 4 is for the kinda Sunday when you wake up and you need a splash of bourbon in your bloody mary (or just the bourbon on the rocks...Hey no one is judging!!!). The eggs are so buttery, the bacon so crisp and the cornbead so moist, it is what brunch dreams are made of.  As soon as you walk in and smell the aroma of smoke and buttermilk and your eyes fall upon the warm hues of bourbon bottles lining the wall, you know this is going to be serious.  You will want to come back for more.... I promise.

Char No. 4

196 Smith St.BrooklynNY 11201 
nr. Baltic St

(all photos by Danielle Malmgren)


People Pops-Brooklyn Flea 



Spring is coming and today I'm dreaming of long afternoons in Dumbo under the Brooklyn Bridge with a popsicle in hand.

Yes...that's right...a popsicle. Those magical blocks of flavored ice, that made our fingers sticky and our mouths turn assorted colors when we were five.

People Pops in Brooklyn NY serve up these relics of our youth at the Downtown and Fort Greene Brooklyn Flea Market every weekend.

With flavors like Cantaloupe Tarragon, Watermelon Basil, Peach Yogurt and Honey, and Apricot Lavender its hard not to resist.


image from people pops

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