Some people go abroad and bring back a tattered Lonely Planet guidebook and a photo memory card full of bucolic, indecipherable landscapes. Sandy Lee brought back a business plan. The Leckerlee founder moved to Berlin in 2009 for a break from New York, and during her first year there, she fell in lo ... More >>
Over the last decade, Noel McDermott has watched cobblestone-covered Stone Street grow from a silent stretch of Financial District landscape into a busy strip of restaurants and bars popular with the Wall Street afterwork crowd. "Over the last ten years, it's gone from a ghost town to a really vibra ... More >>
A collective "I ate way too much" burst forth from the mouths of attendees of the New York City Wine and Food Festival last night, wrapping up the event for another year. 2013 saw the return of old favorites like La Sagra's Sunday Slice and Blue Moon's Burger Bash as well as brand new tailgate and O ... More >>
The craft brewer's life is a busy one, especially during October when the all-important Oktoberfest beckons from Germany. The tradition has endured for more than two hundred years, drawing in more than six million people annually, and making it the world's largest beer festival. While imitations hav ... More >>
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Photo courtesy Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban Time to drink some beer, ja!We've got beer on the brain, and not just because Brooklyn Pour is coming up. No, we're getting excited for Oktoberfest, which begins this coming Saturday and which will last through early October. In the sausage-a ... More >>
Noisy-ass beer garden blasts into Midtown from Munich
kunstgymszbadde.comWatercolor of Hofbräuhaus around 1919 by fledgling Munich art student Adolf Hitler. He would soon be using the beer hall to stage Nazi rallies. When I was an elementary school student in Minneapolis, German was a required subject. It was a German part of the country, t ... More >>
The haunted Kreischer mansion was built in the 1880s. I always have an amazing time when I sojourn in Staten Island, but the experience often turns gothic at some point. That was the case recently when I recruited a friend who scouts movie and photo locations to join me on a re-visit to Kill ... More >>
Two attendees at Spuyten Duyvil's Oktoberfest might have been posing for an August Sander photo in the 1920s. Note the lederhosen. OKTOBERFEST AT SPUYTEN DUYVIL Too many of today's grandiose food events are a pain in the ass to attend, and expensive, too. I'm thinking of shindigs where the ... More >>
Essential to the brewing of good beer, hops gives the beverage its bitter edge, and also serves as a preservative. Hops (Humulus Lupulus L.) are grown in few places around the world, most importantly in Bavaria, Oregon, and Washington State. I assumed those sources were where 19th century New ... More >>
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Patrick Watson and his wife Michele Pravda have built a mini empire on wine and cheese--they own the cheese shop Stinky Bklyn, the wine bar JakeWalk, and the wine shop Smith and Vine, all within a few blocks of each other on Smith Street in Brooklyn. This week, they opened a second, larger wi ... More >>
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