Drinks »Milk and Roses

1110 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint Brooklyn

Greenpoint boasts plenty of good places to grab some coffee (with Grumpy and Five Leaves, one might even say it’s the best neighborhood to grab some coffee), but another spot that’s as relaxed and lovely as Milk and Roses is always welcome. Located in the upper Acapulco regions of the neighborhood, it stands apart with it’s impressive and unique food menu that includes my obvious pick – an anchovy and cheese sandwich. Breakfast staples and desserts are also available. Coming from the manager of the yummy Cacio e Pepe, I shouldn’t be surprised that the food is great (coffee’s very nice too).

A wall of colorful hardbound books, a piano, and dark aged wood floors make for an elegant atmosphere supported by an easy sound track of jazz which makes lounging with a book quite pleasant. There’s a nice backyard while the good weather lasts. For all you winos, most importantly, it will soon also be a wine bar (license pending).

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Posted on September 12, 2010

Drinks »High Tea at Kings Carriage House

251 E 82nd St

Kings’ Carriage House only opened a decade ago but you’ll feel whisked away to the beginning of the century with the elegant, cozy and lovely decor. Admittedly a bit clueless about word of mouth spots above 14th street, I found out about this because good friend and fellow mom to be, Grace had her afternoon tea baby shower here. It’s a great place to host a private event and the tea was scrumptious.

We were served tea sandwiches complete with crusts removed including egg and watercress and cucumber butter. Smoked salmon pinwheels allowed me to cheat a little on my pregnancy diet (smoked salmon is a no-no, but one small bite can’t hurt) and mango goat cheese tartlets were surprising and yummy. The teas, chamomile and English breakfast were wonderful and served in the quaintest China I’ve seen since being at my English grandmas house as a kid.

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Posted on September 5, 2010

Drinks »Horchata

Traditional Drink

We drank all the left over Horchata before I remembered to take a photo, so I must give credit for this lovely photo to Food People Want. I must give thanks and credit to Andriana and Krista (of radiogastronomy) for bringing homemade version of the delightful, refreshing, milky, spiced beverage to my party. It was actually my first encounter with the Latin drink, that matches perfectly with the spice of Mexican food. Versions of the drink go back to ancient times and have made their way all across the world.

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Posted on August 29, 2010

Drinks »Mint Watermelon Lemonade

at The Big Booty Bread Co, 261 West 23rd St

I really don’t think that while I was waddling the streets of Chelsea in the heat that I could have dreamt up anything more appealing than a sign telling me to “cool off” with “Mint Watermelon Lemonade”. It was The Big Booty Bread Co, which I recommended years ago for their sweets, that was offering this lovely refreshing beverage that sounded like the elixir of the gods to me (mint, watermelon and lemonade?? in one drink?? genius!) and it was heavenly. Here’s a recipe over at Smitten Kitchen if you care to make it yourself (just add mint).

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Posted on August 8, 2010

Drinks »Coke Slurpee

Only at 7-11

The addition of a 7-11 to Greenpoint meant only one delicious thing to me – coke slurpees!! These frozen indulgences bring me back to my adolescence when mom would drive my sister and I to the 7-11 on 8th street in Colorado after school. It was a pleasure to be able to walk up the street for this long lost treat and it’s a yummy as I remembered.

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Posted on August 1, 2010

Drinks »Jamaica Agua Fresca

Hibiscus Tea Juice, can be found at Vamos al Tequila at 162 Franklin Street

Let me introduce you to the most refreshing summertime beverage you’ve never heard of (and if you have, I envy you – wish I had known about it sooner): Jamaica Agua Fresca. It was introduced to me at the new, quite good Greenpoint Mexican restaurant Vamos al Tequila (picture below from New York Shitty). Our sweetheart of a waitress described it as a hibiscus made juice that is similar to cranberry without the tartness, and that’s pretty accurate. I am not sure how available this drink is, but it’s worth seeking out while we endure these heatwaves.

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Posted on July 18, 2010

Drinks »Gem Spa Egg Cream

131 2nd Avenue

Gem Spa, a corner over-sized bodega, cluttered with cheap sunglasses and trinkets doesn’t strike one instantly as the very best place to find anything, but they boast, in their signage at least, to have the best egg cream in New York. Having not tested every egg cream out there, but having had my share of separated ones that have that strange tongue coating plastic-ness caused by incorrect balance of ingredients. I can say that this one, offered in a paper cup with no fanfare or even a smile is pretty excellent. I’d definitely go back to get an egg cream fix- Brooklyn (vanilla) style of course. It’s such a temperamental though simple drink that you want to make sure you get one that’s made right, plus Gem Spa’s a bit of old New York and one of the few places left to get the native beverage.

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Posted on June 27, 2010

Drinks »Cafe Grumpy

193 Meserole Avenue

Cafe Grumpy (or as my friend and subsequently i pronounce it “caf-ay grum-pay”) has become a nice part of my new life as a freelancer. Morning iced decaf americanos have been a welcome start to many days, and recently a rare treat of caffeinated coffee made me pretty much bonkers all day (not in a necessarily bad way – I got tons done) even die hard coffee drinkers I know have agreed that the iced coffee is beyond the normal dinky caffeine injection. I also recently discovered another spectacular treat that Grumpy does like virtually no one else: a gourmet mocha that is to mochas what those fancy ten dollar organic handmade chocolate bars are to a Hershey’s kiss.

Once a local Greenpoint special spot, the Grumpy empire has expanded to Park Slope and Chelsea and was one of the forerunners of high end espresso spots invading the city.

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Posted on June 20, 2010

Drinks »Maple Cream Soda

from Radish, 158 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn

Radish is a fairly new charming Neo-olde-timey food store that popped up pretty quickly in the old home of no good cupcakes, Pennylicks. The comforting space features a really nice staff, lots of local imported food specialities and home made take home foods like meatballs and pasta salads. However I was drawn in by a sign that read “Maple Cream Soda”. Just the idea was mesmerizing, and the reality is quite delicious. They use soda from their own tap and the cream is a handmade mixture that’s sweet and thick. It’s like a newfangled egg cream and worth a visit to try.

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Posted on June 13, 2010

Drinks »Arnold Palmer

Lemonade and Ice Tea

The Arnold Palmer has always been a splendid beverage. The sweet tartness of the lemonade is tempered by the refreshing iced tea with wonderful results… but let me tell you, when you’re pregnant, it’s that great times a million.

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Posted on June 6, 2010

Drinks »Watermelon Juice

Easy and Refreshing

I was introduced to the refreshing greatness of Watermelon Juice at Fatty Cue, where it is used in their Chupacabra cocktail (tequila, chili infused Domaine de Canton, watermelon, lime). But as I can not currently booze it up, I asked for it straight up. I was hoping it would be easy to make at home and was pleased to find it could hardly be easier. Just toss cubed watermelon in a blender a voila! I plan to add some jalapeno kick to my next batch and maybe a bit of lime, but it really doesn’t need any fancy extras.

On a side note, I remember watching Family Feud as a kid with Playmates and one chose Watermelon Juice as a red beverage. We all laughed at her for being stupid, but maybe she was wiser than we gave her credit for.

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Posted on May 23, 2010

Drinks »Sparkling Vanilla Float

from Suite 101

Not sure about the inclusion of vanilla extract, it gave this Sparkling Vanilla Float a bit of a chemical taste, but otherwise, this is float with less sticky sweetness because it uses seltzer instead of soda. I also used frozen yogurt in place of ice cream.

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Posted on May 16, 2010

Drinks »Orange Blossom Lemonade

at Hampton Chutney

Fair warning, I have to let you know that the adjective “flowery” is not a bad thing to me when it comes to food and drink. It tastes like a perfume, i am probably right as rain with it. So, yes, Hampton Chutney Co’s Orange Blossom Lemonade is flowery but in my opinion, also incredibly amazing and lovely to drink any day the sun is out.

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Posted on May 9, 2010

Drinks »Five Leaves Coffee

18 Bedford Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

I officially vote for Five Leaves coffee, which you can enjoy in the ever popular hot spot over the neighborhood’s best chicken sandwich, or at the moderately speedy to go window, as the best in Brooklyn. They get their espresso from Intelligentsia, (but use to purchase from a Seattle company, whose name I can’t currently recall, but was equally great – I ordered a pound of their beans for my dad for his birthday a couple years back).

You can expect a strong brew that is smooth rather than bitter and one of the best perks of Greenpoint mornings.

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Posted on May 2, 2010

Drinks »McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix

From the Pickle Makers

Wow, this McClure’s Bloody Mary Mixer (perfect for those of us that can’t drinks but like the illusion) is not for the faint hearted. All of you the poo poo bland bloodies without kick? I’d be very surprised if you could find any fault here. Even as a pickle juice drinker, I have to cut it with some seltzer (made with my new soda stream, of course).

The pickle makers concoction boasts pickle brine (not surprising) as well as tomato paste, cucumber juice and spice.

The mix is sold out on line but can be found in various local retailers and markets.

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Posted on April 25, 2010

Drinks »Soda Stream

Make Your Own Seltzer

Genius!! It seemed like all my friends had some sort seltzer maker that I would gaze at with envy and now I’m keeping up with the Joneses and with my very own Soda Stream. It’s easy to use, if a bit loud, and makes fizzy perfect seltzer every time.

I am in love with a product that may very well be the fondue fad of our time.

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Posted on April 18, 2010

Drinks »Jamba Juice

25 West Houston St.

9am Jamba Juice on Houston and Mercer, an original Berry Fulfilling with a shot of protein. Welcome to my new obsession.

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Posted on April 11, 2010