Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ask a Bartender: Entwine's Mixologist Makes Us a Drink

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We were blown away by the herbal cocktails at Entwine, the antiquey yet brand-spanking-new, bi-level boite in the Village (765 Washington Street, near W 12th; 212.727.8765), and wondered how we might try to mix those drinks at home. (Though it was awfully nice to sip drinks in their quaint, backyard garden).

Enter Duane Fernandez Jr, the bar's bubbly mixologist (below).

You may recognize Duane from the 5th annual 42Below Cocktail World Cup (at the Bowery Hotel last July), where he represented the Soho Grand, competing against NYC cocktail giants, like Sammy Ross and Lisa Hare.

This guy really knows how to mix it up!

So we asked him to score us one of Entwine's secret, herbalicious recipes, the Rosemary Fresca. Here's how to make it:

Rosemary Fresca:

2 oz silver tequila

1oz elderflower

Rosemary syrup

Fresh lime juice

Topped with proseco

Garnished with an rosemary stem

Not sure how to concoct a rosemary syrup in your own kitchen? Here's a simple recipe from Food & Wine:

If you're looking for a few good drinks, contact DFJ at

Free Pizza Movie - Tonight

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Has it been too long since you've attended a pizza party? FreeNYC tipped us off to a free pizza fete (with RSVP) at Brooklyn's 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (718) 715-4961) tonight--and it includes a pizza-tastic movie.
The festivities will include a free screening of "Pizza: The Movie", a film that documents the heartfelt journey of the US Pizza Team to the intimidating World Pizza Championship in Italy. There will be sausage, sauce, and sabotage.
You'll have to head out to brooklyn to get a slice of the action! For more info:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Metromix Article: An Inside Look at S2 Beer Garden

Ahhh, beer gardens.
LIC's newest beerhaus is going to give that other, er, German beer garden in Queens a run for their money with an $8 food menu and affordable pitchers--not to mention sangria on tap for the ladies.
Metromix had me profile the gigantic (read: 30,000 sq ft) space (above). Click on the image for the full article, or here at:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Canadian Cuisine Reigns Supreme: Taste of Quebec Food Week

Never heard of Canadian cuisine, eh?
Well, Canadians do a lot more than promote peace, shiver in the cold, and play hockey, of course, Especially in the fertile province of Quebec.
Our neighbor to the North is being celebrated this week at Food Emporium's "Taste of Quebec Week". The upscale grocery chain will be offering a variety of Canadian products, including meats and poultry, artisanal cheeses, seafood and baked goods.
Starting May 28th, these gourmet Canadian food products can be found right here at home. We've got the skinny on what brands you can sample:
  • Du Breton – Family owned and operated, this company offers a variety of pork products
  • Montpak International – Well known for its humanely raised veal products, and one of the largest veal producers in North America
  • Brome Lake – For over 100 years, the Brome Lake Duck Farm has been offering fresh, all natural ducks, and is well recognized for providing consumers with a flavorful, less fatty duck product
  • Atkins & Frères – This family owned business is dedicated to creating high-quality smoked fish, and is known for their Atlantic salmon pavé
  • Cheeses: Quebec boasts 300 varities of artisinal cheese, all produced with hormone-free milk. Producers featured at the event include the Damafro and Alexis de Portneuf brands
  • Maple Syrup: We could hardly picture a Canadian food week without our fave maple syrup! “Taste of Québec” is offering two premium brands, including Möpure and La Ferme Martinette--made with 100% maple sap, of course.

Thanks, Canada! Happy eating!