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Brucie (Cobble Hill, Brooklyn)

I admit it...I have started to grow tired of the restaurants in my neighborhood.  It's not that they're bad (actually most of the places near me are amazing), it's just I have gone too many times and they have lost the element of surprise and mystery they once had.  On one particular night I was especially feeling very ho hum about my options, and then can Brucie! I had been passing by Brucie for months and I finally decided to go in. The interior is packed to the brim with charming details like gorgeous wallpapers, a rustic wood bar, mason jar chandeliers, and Italian fare ready to be purchased for your own cooking adventures.   

I went to town on the delectable Zucchini Flowers alla Parmigiana and fresh buttery Sea Scallop Tartare with tangy picked rhubarb and crisp beet chips. The winner of the evening was the Pork Belly Milanese with cherry tomato and cucumber salad, a refreshing and brilliantly seasoned combination. I finished the meal with a Cooolhaus Ice Cream Sandwhich (brown butter candied bacon ice cream between a maple pecan cookie) and if that isn't enough to get anyone excited, I don't know what is!!

Brucie 234 Court St.BrooklynNY 11201  at Baltic St

all photos by Danielle Malmgren


Vinegar Hill House (Dumbo, Brooklyn)

The Vinegar Hill House, is a gem buried in the secret cobble stone streets of Vinegar Hill near Dumbo, Brooklyn.

It is a place you could spend an entire Sunday afternoon sipping on a french press coffee or a "Swan Song" cocktail (applejack, brandy, orange & grenadine), nibbling on toast with orange marmalade and butter, and enjoying their sunny patio or cozy dining room.

Something about the old country cottage's, mismatched antique silverware, screen doors, folk art pottery and big farm house tables make me crave simple, beautiful, unpretentious food.

Luckily there is nothing short of local, seasonal, perfect brunching to be had here.   Feast upon the Motosierra aka  "The Chainsaw"  (a light sourdough pancake filled with Chorizo and jalapeno topped with a pineapple mango salsa), or the Ful Medames (poached egg, cucumber, olives and lemon), or possibly The Angela's Sourdough Pancakes (with fresh ricotta and pecan bourbon sauce).

Yes it could be all these things that make me want to go back to Vinegar hill, the maple bacon, the yummy cocktails, the roasted octopus on the dinner menu.....or it could be just the adventure of getting there.

Vinegar Hill House 72 Hudson Ave.BrooklynNY 11201  nr. Water St.

All Photos by Danielle Malmgren


The Vino Verano @Elsa (East Village, NY)


 After years of sketching fashion, lately I have been drawn to  illustrating something new and  different.  When I found this amazing concoction, The Vino Verano, while skimming The Time Out NY Summer Cocktail issue, I knew I had to sketch it!  The amazing colors, huge tuft of mint and bright  sliver of lemon speaks to what summer cocktails are about.  The Vino Verano is served at Elsa in the East Village.  It's base is a tart lemonade topped off with a medium bodied, sweet black cherry Spanish red-wine. Simple, refreshing and so beautiful to look at, you can't go wrong.

Elsa  217 E 3rd St., New York, NY 10009
at Ave. B

Illustration by Danielle Malmgren


Miss Lily's (Soho, NY)

Ever since I went to Jamaica last February, I can't stop thinking about the amazing food.  Jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, and endless amount of cool refreshing beers, make the island a delicious paradise.  When I heard about the Jamaican brunch at Miss Lily's, here in New York, I had to go.  

The airy space has a rec room feel, with diner style booths, reggae albums on the wall and scratchy rock steady beats flowing from the stereo. We started our meal off with the Hotstepper (soju, spicy bloody mary mix and chili salt) and the Bam Bam (Carib beer, lime, hot sauce and salt).  For eats we devoured the Jerk Pork Belly Hash,  layered with jewels of pork, fried eggs, peppers and onions and next dove into the Jamaican rancheros with over easy eggs, plantains, stew peas, and scotch bonnet peppers. We finished off with a refreshing Ting a Ling (red stripe beer and Ting citrus soda).

The brunch went far beyond my memorys of jamaican cuisine and slowed me down into the relaxed island pace,  just don't be surprised when you gaze out the window and instead of finding blue waters, the bustle of Houston Street is what greets you.

Miss Lily's  132 W. Houston St.New YorkNY   nr. Sullivan St.

Before you go refer to the below glossary of popular Jamaican food and fruit

Ackee- A fruit, used for its yellow flesh. Popular at breakfast due to it's mild flavor that is reminiscent of eggs.  Served with Salt Fish

Callaloo- Leafy green vegetabel, similar to a collard green

Festival-a fried biscuit or dumpling shaped like a sausage

Jelly-Baby coconut meat

Salt Fish- Salt cod that is boiled down and usually sauteed with ackee, onions and scotch bonnet peppers.

Seapuss-Jamaican Octopus 

Sorell Juice-This juice made from the petals of the Sorell plant (a member of the hibiscus family) can be described as tart, somewhat like cranberry but with a mellower, more pleasant flavor.

Soursop- An irregular shaped fruit with a cottony pulp that is invitingly fragrant yet acidic. Tastes of strawberry and pineapple with an underlying creamy flavor reminiscent to a coconut or banana

Sweetsop- A heart-shaped lumpy fruit pack with pits and sweet custard like flesh.  Tastes of pineapple.

All photos by Danielle Malmgren


Clemente's Maryland Crab House (Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn)


I am going to prologue this post by say....I am not...I repeat NOT...a fan of any place that is ALL YOU CAN EAT!!!! It usually involves poor quality food,  huge food comas, anxiety attacks and having absolutely no self control when it comes to seconds, thirds and fouths.  

Now with that being said...with all my rules, there are exceptions and Clemente's is a BIG exception. I ask you.....When was the last time you got really messy after eating a meal? I MEAN MESSY. Probably not recently enough I'm guessing. My advice to you is pick a leisurely Sunday and take the train/bus ride to Sheepshead bay. Head to Clementes, pick a table out by the water, pull your hair back, put your plastic bib on and order the all you can eat crabs. When you order, choose carefully between the old bay or garlic crabs...I get half and half cause it's the best.  It will arrive at your table and you will be giddy with delight and you will order seconds and thirds and maybe fourths. You will use a whole roll of paper towels and drink multiple beers. You will leave happy, full and desperately in need of a shower.

Clemente's Maryland Crab House

3939 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn

All photos by Danielle Malmgren


Wafles and Dinges (NY Food Truck)

It's been an amazing first week here at Lady D and I couldn't help but treat myself to a some sweetness at Waffles and Dinges!  These made to order wafles with all the fixings (pictured here-banana, strawberry, powdered sugar and dulce de lech) are amazing!  Have a great weekend!

Wafles and Dinges


Baked (Red Hook, Brooklyn)

In this crazy heat wave we are having in New York right now (and crazy flash flood thunder/lightning storm) all I can think about is melting away. So these lime meltaway cookies from Baked seem like a perfect pick me up. Crisp, light and refreshing with a burst of citrus. It's like eating a cookie version key lime pie. So tasty!  Put in the freezer for an extra cool cookie.

In addition to their fantastic bakery, the two cookbooks Baked has put out are pretty amazing and chronicle what they do best...making old fashioned baked goods with an updated twist.  Be sure to try the killer brownies and famous root beer cake recipes.

Baked     359 Van Brunt Str., Brooklyn, NY 11231 (nr. Dikeman St.)

Photo by Danielle Malmgren