Someone painted! Cheerful paint job on lower Smith Street, down the block from Seersucker in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. It’s nice to walk past this every morning.
Ezra, our in-house gardener/server extraordinaire, is putting her green thumb to use out back. Pictured are a variety of plants she’s growing — red bell peppers are in the white enamel wash basin and the tall spindly plant in the back will one day produce delicious cherry tomatoes. To the right are a couple bunches of swiss chard, and mint and basil are front and center. Nothing’s been fruiting quite yet, but we are all keeping our fingers crossed.
Last night, we participated in the Bon Appetit Grub Crawl, a tour of four restaurants in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. We served mini biscuits with salted molasses butter and rhubarb jam, pimento cheese and cracklin’ crackers, Surreyano ham and boiled dressing, New York’s best fried chicken, and buttermilk panna cotta with strawberries and orange flower water. We also served two wines on tap, rose from Lieb Family on the North Fork and dry riesling from Thirsty Owl Winery in the Finger Lakes. Good times and lots of nice peeps!
Urban beauty. We forgot how many beautiful flowering trees are in this neighborhood. It’s been very blustery this spring, so many of the blooms have blown away. But consolation—the Carroll Gardens lilacs are in bloom! Do you know how nice it is to walk down the street in New York City and out of nowhere be hit with the smell of lilacs? It’s real nice.
Happy spring! New spring dish on the menu: housemade ricotta dumplings, ham hock broth, diced Ozark country ham, Carroll Gardens Greenmarket kale, Virginia ramps and olive oil from the fine state of Georgia!
I wish we knew who this woman is. She makes the photo.