Archive for September, 2009

Sweet Roberta’s

September 27, 2009

IMG_1003MOORE ST, Brooklyn: Unassuming store front, Roberta’s is a pizza oasis. This is one of my most favorite spots to eat in the entire state of New York. We only have ever gone for dinner but I found out recently they also have brunch.

They always seem to have some kind of atypical meat special that makes me ask, “what is that??” Seems to me the are mostly forgotten classics, dishes that are no longer main stream but were once important and anticipated delicacies before the throw-away mentality took over American culture. Not to say they are serving brains – just doing great things with unique cuts, but also have the more accepted/expected pork chop, roasted chicken, etc on their full time menu. Before I stopped eating meat I tried one of the steak dishes and it was absolutely perfect. Believe it or not, I sometimes still crave it! I think meals that are memorable to the point of nostalgia means good food! They are very conscious of quality and bring it to the public thoughtfully and reasonably.

After all this meat talk, it’s worth mentioning the vegetarian and vegan options are certainly something to write home about. The vegan in my household usually gets the Rosso pizza with potatoes, olives, garlic, peppers, onions, and artichoke. I am torn between eggplant parm and any of the pizzas with out meat. The mushrooms are delicate oyster mushrooms served with crispy edges and awesome to share as an appetizer – another one I crave to go back for again and again.

I’m skipping a critique of the decor to go straight the heart of what is happening at Roberta’s, and the point of this post. They are GROWING the food. Surrounding the outdoor dining area are two or three shipping crates. One houses Heritage Radio, which is deserving of a post of it’s own. The other I think is storage, but the magic happens on the roofs. Check it out:

IMG_0991 IMG_1001A bridge connects the crates and roof of the building…

IMG_0993and zooming in to exactly what is happening up there… IMG_0992pizza ingredients!! AMAZING. Talk about eating local. There are also planters and raised beds surrounding the tables with more tomatoes and also basil and other herbs. yum.

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What’s the story…

September 20, 2009

09-0901_Garden Stuff 091HUMBOLDT STREET, Brooklyn: Finally the morning glories are blooming, making the fence cheerfull. No sign of the baby blues I planted this year. They might have been choked out.

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Borlaug

September 15, 2009

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The Animals

September 11, 2009

GOSHEN, cont… Here is just a handful of some of the crazy critters on display at the fair grounds…

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Veggies Don’t Wait for Blogs

September 10, 2009

HUMBOLDT ST, Brooklyn: We interrupt the regularly scheduled coverage of my adventures in Goshen to bring you an update of the Brooklyn homestead. Considering vegetables don’t sleep (do they?) that means things keep growing and yet again I can hardly keep up. We have been consistently harvesting a generous handful of beans every week. Also the first two heirloom tomatoes that I started from some Baker Creek Seeds way back the beginning of the season finally got red enough to pluck. With more tomatoes on the way i am so stoked right now to be growing food. The zinnias aren’t too hard on the eyes either.

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IMG_0962In the next few weeks stay tuned for posts on pickling and the always stellar Roberta’s. If I only had a little more time in the day!

Goshen, sweet goshen.

September 7, 2009

GOSHEN, Connecticut: So much going on this labor day weekend. Actually just two things, both incredibly blog worthy. 1.) The Goshen Country Fair now in it’s 97 year ( i think…) and 2.) Miranda Vinyard

The Goshen Fair is a family tradition for the Allyn clan at 60 Music Mountain, and we try very hard every year to enter our top notch veggies, crafts and flowers into the competions offered. This years winners include my dad’s green beans…

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BUT the best prize of all was the second place ribbon my parents took on their amazing “farm booth” entry. Dubbed Chapman Farm from my dad’s mom’s side of the family – they combined their talents to produce one nice looking spread of goods including home made maple syrup and an impressive array of other canned goods. See for yourself!!

Garden an shiii 183They were bummed the dill and basil went limp, but it’s been sitting there for three days so what else would you expect!

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Tomato Buckets (and other good things)

September 7, 2009

Garden an shiii 070Garden an shiii 069N. 8TH ST, Brooklyn: I happened upon this ingenious solution to small space gardening on North 8th Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamburg. Although it seemed a little neglected – imagine how great it would be if every  fenced sidewalk space in Brooklyn had one of these set ups. It was basically a teared system with herbs and 5 gallon buckets with about a 6″ diameter hole cut from the bottom, hangin with tomatoes out the bottom and basil on the top. The chemistry of tomatoes and basil make them good garden bed mates. One of the reasons this is so cool is because any watering that runs off the buckets goes to the herbs bellow. There was also a bunch of misc. planters to the right.

Garden an shiii 071A bit straggly but kinda super smart.