Having a blog that at times features all kinds of local events in the NYC area, along with many terrific spots to drink and dine at, does open up the door to some pretty awesome opportunities that I have been approached with. One that I just could not pass up was the chance to learn how to brew my own beer! Mmmm….beeeeer. Now, since I am such a fan of beer, this was right up my alley. How could I resist? I was going to learn how to make my own beer! I always wanted to try home brewing and become a brewmaster. Yay beer!
I was contacted by Vimbly, which is a website that offers all types of classes and activities, usually with a nominal fee, and some are even free! Classes ranging from archery to pizza making to ballroom dancing to specialized city tours, and many more. They asked me if I was interested in coming by to check out a beer brewing class in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on Friday night. They were courteous and generously offered me two seats so my gal and I could attend and make a fun date night out of it. Brooklyn has such an entrepreneurial spirit to it that the place itself, a wonderful shop called Bitter & Esters, is a perfect fit for the area. This little brew supply shop carries everything the home brewer would need to become proficient in whipping up delicious craft beers, and runs classes to teach the beginner level person (such as myself) to the expert experienced brewer. Continue reading Home Beer Brewing 101 at Bitter & Esters. Mmmmm……beer.→
Ya mon! Dis be an epic hole in the wall for tastee Caribbean food!
I felt like I was back in The Islands, as I was washed away to Jerk Chicken goodness. As we were at the nearby Brooklyn Museum on a Saturday night for a few hours our group was famished and needed some nourishment – stat! It was recommended by a friend that we hit this place up as the food is off the hook, and she was more than right!
Yes, there always seems to be a line at this place, and a hustling take out business going on. We waited for over an hour to get a table in the small upstairs dining room, and it was well worth it. The whole place is the size of a shoe box. It’s the epitome of “hole in the wall”. I love these kinds of spots. The upstairs attic dining area has about four tables in it, and a low ceiling that you almost bump your head on. The kitchen is a small spot up front manned by a few people who pump out terrific plates of love. Continue reading Ya mon! Take a trip to The Islands for tastee Caribbean food!→
Cheap beers in cans. Pretzels. Divey hipster atmosphere. SKEE BALL!!!!!!
Yup, a bar dedicated to that world-wide Olympic sport of Skee Ball. Well, not really a sport, or world-wide, but it should be. I remember pumping in many quarters at numerous arcades and seaside boardwalks over the years playing this game. Sometimes I am good at getting the balls in the hole, and sometimes I play like a blind man. It’s always a fun game and kind of addicting as anyone can play it.
The BEST, and only TRUE HEAVY METAL BAR in the NYC area! F**KIN’ YEAH!!!
You are entering the portal to Hell when you walk through the door of this basement entombment of a bar dedicated to all things Heavy Metal. If you live, or crave, the metal lifestyle Duff’s is your Valhalla. Walking in we were greeted by the music that we love from Iron Maiden to Black Sabbath to Pantera, happy hour with $1 PBR’s until 9pm, a hottie no nonsense bartender, cheesy horror and old porn on the tv’s, horror movie and rock posters and pictures everywhere, with all sorts of horror and metal memorabilia on every square inch of this place. If I ever had a house with a finished basement bar this would be it! Continue reading Heavy Metal Love in NYC – Duff’s Brooklyn!→