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Hot Beef And Pie At Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Hot Beef Combo

This past Sunday, I was introduced to something I have never heard of or seen before. Hot beef!

Four & Twenty Blackbirds hosted an event with Amy Thielen (host of Heartland Table on the Food Network) where Thielen served hot beef (a combination of smoked brisket sandwich with a scoop of mashed potatoes and covered in gravy) and the Elsen sisters paired it with their blackbottom oatmeal pies PLUS complimentary Jeni’s ice cream and Kelson beer. Oh…boy. The hot beef was delicious, well I mean what’s not to like about meat, bread, potatoes and gravy?! The meat, smoked by Fletcher’s, was tasty and tender. I went back and forth between the hot beef and ice cream. Dude, that’s Jeni’s ice cream! I couldn’t let it melt so 2 bites of hot beef then 1 bite of ice cream.

It was fun hanging out and catching up with the Elsen sisters and Alex aka Brownie.

Also the unlimited flowing of Kelso beer. Ah yeah.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, 439 3rd Ave Gowanus, Brooklyn

“Just Me With A Meat Slicer”: A Farewell To Beer Table (As We Know It)


This piece was written on 4/25/2013. On 4/27 we visited Beer Table on their last night, where a patron made an impromptu toast to the owners and I drank a beer called Gypsy Tears.

On April 27th, 2013, Beer Table in Park Slope will serve its last beer after five years. The small bar and restaurant was well-known for its incredible beer selection; in addition to a few drafts and casks, the bottled beer menu contained hundreds of options from brewers all over the world, with bottles that cost anywhere from $8 to a select few over $100. This was not the kind of place to chug pitchers of beer; Beer Table was a place to actually drink beer, and to discover new ones. The sign on the door says they need a bigger space – and a bigger kitchen. Justin Philips, one of the owners, says that serving food was always his first priority.

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Village Voice Brooklyn Pour

Village Voice Brooklyn Pour

We all know Village Voice throws some great events (Choice Eats, Choice Streets), so I was pretty excited to attend my first Village Voice Brooklyn Pour. Held at One Hanson (the bank tower where Brooklyn Flea happens during the winter time), every nook and crack of the place were filled with breweries and beers. Breweries like Sixpoint, Brooklyn Brewery, Asahi Beer, Sly Fox Beer and many I haven’t heard of like…. Harlem Brewing Company and Innis & Gunn.

Check out some photos from that day and a list of beers I love to try again….
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Brooklyn Ice House

Brooklyn Ice House

Last weekend a bunch of us checked out Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook. Since their website said they open at 4pm, I thought it be best if we hang out in Red Hook earlier so we can just pop over once it was 4pm. So Matt, Phae and I met up at Brooklyn Ice House for drinks. We also ordered some food since we heard how long a typical wait it would be for a table at Brooklyn Crab.

So this is how we do it at Brooklyn Ice House. Beers, pulled pork sandwiches (2 for $5..can’t go wrong), fritos pie, sweet potato fries and onion rings. It’s always a great time at the Ice House. Long list of beers, pretty tasty foods, board games, and backyard.

- Brooklyn Ice House 318 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn

Beer For Beasts 2012

This past weekend I attended the Beer For Beasts event at the Bell House here in Brooklyn. Beer For Beasts is a benefit event, proceeds going to the New York Humane Society. Even better, the event was sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery, and therefore there were dozens of specialty brews available to sample. Beers with whimsical names like Lady Boy Stout and Pinky In The Brain (a full list of the beers I sampled can be found at the end of this post). There were also several food trucks parked outside giving out food with which to soak up all of the alcohol.

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The Cannibal

The Cannibal

I have been wanting to try Resto’s whole animal dinner but it’s a bit difficult to find enough people willing to do that with you. So far the only time I’ve had food from Resto is when they set up shop at Mad Sq Eats and I usually end up getting their pig face Cubano.

Then I found out that they were opening a beer and meat shop, next door, called The Cannibal, I knew I wanted to go. But I didn’t reeeeeeeaally get to go until my sister came to NYC for work.

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Fried Preserved Eggs And Pork Livers

Fried preserved eggs

I have never liked preserved eggs (century eggs), it’s kind of nasty looking but my family loves it. So I was a little hesitant of trying a spicy deep fried preserved eggs dish at Machi. Machi is located in the city of Arcadia in Los Angeles. Machi sells pitchers of beer so most of the foods on the menu are meant to be eaten while drinking.

Since the preserved eggs were deep fried, I gave it a try and OH WOW they were fantastic. Salty and crunchy with a sort of creamy center. I ate a lot of slices.

Fried pork livers

A dish that I ordered, fried pork livers, most of my friends didn’t want to eat it. But just like how it was for me with the fried preserved eggs, once they had a slice they couldn’t stop eating them. So when nasty foods are deep fried, they instantly turn into something amazing!

We also shared a big pot of soup with clear noodles, lettuce and thin slices of pork belly. It was such a great way to cleanse all the fried foods and the beer.

- Machi 1220 S Baldwin, Arcadia Los Angeles