Brooklyn

There are bagels and then there are bagels….

On a Tuesday, in a half-full subway car I was seated next to a scholarly, older Jewish man. As frequently occurs, a musician boarded to play a mariachi-style song in Spanish. My seatmate quipped “oh I was just thinking of that song”. I’d noticed the man early into the 30 minute subway ride because he […]

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12th Street Grocery: Mystery Meat Sandwich

The term mystery meat only has a negative connotation, evoking perhaps to American readers the sketchy stuff used in certain fast food chain tacos or perhaps school cafeteria meatloaf. I have here though, one positive spin on that term. One of the classic things to get for New Yorkers on the go are bacon, egg […]

Coney Island Visit: Baseball, Boardwalk and Beer

Living social had a great deal to see Brooklyn’s own minor league baseball team, the Cyclones for $10. Since this game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds was the last available evening game of the season we decided to check it out. We arrived with plenty of time to spare so we checked out the food options. […]

Updated: Milan’s Restaurant Is Still Kicking (Park Slope, Brooklyn)

I wrote about Milan’s in Park Slope, Brooklyn a couple of years back and even interviewed the gracious owner. Back then, the restaurant looked like it was closing for good. I’m happy to report that for now at least, the long running Slovakian restaurant is still kicking. Yes, there are slicker restaurants with high-end pretentious […]

Georgian Kharcho Soup (Vegan and Non, Georgian Food Month, Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of Georgian Food Month. Click here, if you want to check out part 1, phkali a walnut and spinach dip as well. After running, I’m often ravenous. During the cool down, my girlfriend and I like to ask each other “if you could have anything to eat in the world right […]

RoodonFood Reviews Beer: Zhiguli Barnoe (Product of Russia, 4.9%)

Zhiguli Barnoe is named after a famous Moscow beer garden/cafeteria started in the 60s. Brewed by Moscow Brewing Company (founded 2008) this lager is 4.9% ABV. It pours a light head and is a pale yellow. After resting in the glass for a moment some floral and sweet notes hit the nose. The taste is […]

Radioactive Rood Man Tries Lebanese Sweets from Cedars Pastry

In the last few years I’ve developed occasional heart palpitations. It’s nothing debilitating but important enough to get checked out. After some initial tests came back negative, my doctor suggested a “nuclear stress test.” The test involves fasting the 12 hours prior. At the facility they attach diodes to your chest. You then run on […]

Food Adventures: Chinatown, Brooklyn (Sunset Park)

Yesterday was such a nice day that it warranted a long walk. This time the long walk took me out to Sunset Park. Brooklyn’s Chinatown is basically bakeries, grocery stores and odd mini-markets consisting of 50% diapers/baby formula and 50% cooking ingredients. For this particular adventure, I wanted to check out some dumplings which were […]

Product Review: Bobo’s Oat Bars

Unfortunately, a local natural food store is shutting down for good. The silver lining as a consumer is that I discovered arguably the best impulse buy ever: Bobo’s Oat Bars, at a discount. These 3 ounces bars from Boulder come in a bunch of flavors. I picked up original and peach. For the first tasting […]

Kvass: Russian Bread Flavored Soda

I’ve wanted to try kvass, a Russian bread flavored soda for months since reading about it in Elliott Holt’s engrossing book You Are One of Them. The story is about two best friends in DC growing up during the Cold War. As tensions grow between the two countries, the young girls write letters to the […]