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Kings Theatre in Brooklyn – a phoenix rising from the ashes.

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Wow!

That’s the word that came to mind when we stepped in here last night to see the Whitesnake concert in this beautifully renovated theater.

The Kings Theatre is easy to get to from Manhattan by taking the Q subway to the Beverly Road station and walking a few minutes over. It was that simple.

I just could not fathom that this theater was closed for decades. They did a wonderful job bringing it back to its ornate glory. The thick dark woods, chandeliers, red velvet curtains, period furniture, images along the walls, the ceilings in the lobby and main theater, the regal architectural stylings, the amazing faces and carvings along the walls around the stage, and the old school marquee out front listing the night’s event were all breathtaking. There truly is so much to see here, especially if you are one who enjoys the grandiosity of old-school architecture, and a piece of Brooklyn that harkens to a bygone era of NYC entertainment. Continue reading Kings Theatre in Brooklyn – a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Where an egg Mek Muffin grows in Brooklyn

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Mekelburg’s – a hidden gem. Photo credit – Yelp.

I am still daydreaming about the Mek Muffin at Mekelburg’s……..

I’m all about a good egg sandwich and killer beer list. Especially when I am ultra-hangry after running my butt off at an early morning 5K. So many folks told me about this hidden gem of a place in Brooklyn NYC.  A below ground specialty food market, deli, and cafe tucked away off a side street at the bottom of a nondescript apartment building. Normally, this part of town is a bit of a hike for me to get to, but as I happened to be fairly close by I decided to make the trek over and check it out. My stomach and taste buds were ecstatic that I did. Continue reading Where an egg Mek Muffin grows in Brooklyn

Take a trip back to Pig Island for a porktastic time in NYC!

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Oh, I remember last year when we washed ashore in Red Hook, Brooklyn, then went whole hog and feasted on some tasty porky eats and brewtastic libations! Well, looks like we will raise the sails and wash the poop deck again as we are headed back to Pig Island on Saturday Sept 12 to pig out on all things hog, and wash it down with cold beer, wine, cider, and some whiskey too! Now that’s the way to spend a NYC weekend afternoon at the end of summer. Who said the summer is over? Not when we have these kinds of festivals going on.

Oh, that’s right, did I say there will now be whiskey featured at this swinetacular event? Yes siree Bob! What better way to wash down some pig than with a fine liquor to soothe the palate. An artisan whiskey tent on hand is expected to include local and regional spirits from High West, NY Distilling and Van Brunt Stillhouse, among others. Reverend Nat’s Cider, and Sixpoint craft beer will be among the other libations. Get in mah bellah!

My mouth is already watering just thinking about it! Drool. Hopefully the weather gods will grace us with a decent day out, but rain or shine make no mistake and arrive hungry and ready to eat! Continue reading Take a trip back to Pig Island for a porktastic time in NYC!

Tippling a brew at Gun Hill Brewery in Da Bronx, NYC!

 

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Yay local craft beer in Da Bronx! Mmmm……beeeeeer.

Seems like craft beer brewing is all the rage nowadays, and I’m all for it! Why drink some sort of plain light beer that resembles barely yellow water with little flavor when you can enjoy a full-bodied flavorful brew? Just to save a few calories? Really, that’s no reason to sacrifice your taste buds when you can be sipping a cold Cherry Tree Ale, Thunder Dog Stout, Schuyler’s American Wheat, Indian Field Pale Ale, or Void of Light among the rotation of seasonal offerings at Gun Hill Brewing Company in the Bronx, NYC.

It’s a bit of a hike to get up here but if you’re willing to make the journey you will be well rewarded with some terrific tasty quaffing. I have noticed breweries and distilleries popping up all around the NYC area from Brooklyn to the Bronx. Each with its own unique personality and offerings. It harkens back to the golden age when New York City was the mecca for beer breweries. Ruppert Brewery, Schaefer, and Rheingold, among others across the boroughs used to rule here. As a beer lover it’s heartwarming to see the success of businesses such as Gun Hill, Brooklyn Brewery, Six Point and their like doing well here. As a guy who lives in the Yorkville area of NYC which used to be known for an abundance of German beer bars back in the days before gentrification and high rises on every corner I appreciate the history, and also look forward to this new generation of breweries. Continue reading Tippling a brew at Gun Hill Brewery in Da Bronx, NYC!