Pizza at Roberta’s, Brooklyn

If you happen to ever frequent Bushwick (Brooklyn) you have to stop by Roberta’s. A former garage with a great outdoor space, Roberta’s bakes their own bread and pizzas in a wood fired stove, grows their produce on the roof, and uses old shipping containers to create extra “rooms.” And the pizza is pretty damn good, too. At a long picnic table on the patio, … Continue reading Pizza at Roberta’s, Brooklyn

Easy Asparagus and Mushroom Tart

Asparagus languishing in the refrigerator. Shitakes sitting unused. A hungry me, and a desire to combine the two. I took this recipe from and and tweaked it just a little bit. I substituted a whole wheat pizza crust (thank you, KitchenAid!) for the puff pastry and substituted some yogurt with lemon zest and a dash of vinegar for the crème fraîche. The result – … Continue reading Easy Asparagus and Mushroom Tart

Garces Trading Company with the girls

Sometimes you just need a girls afternoon – a sunny day with maybe an out-of-town friend on a surprise visit and nothing to do but play. I got one of these delightful days and it corresponded to the opening weekend of Garces Trading Co., the new casual dining/gourmet food store by Jose Garces. The line was long, and you can’t call a reservation in, but … Continue reading Garces Trading Company with the girls


It was Senor Lanky’s birthday, and in keeping tradition with our trip to Vetri last year, we decided to go to Marc Vetri’s newest restaurant, and winner of the 2008 James Beard Foundation award for Best New Restaraunt, Osteria. Located in a large building with soaring ceilings on North Broad St., Osteria has a more upscale rustic design, great wooden tables, and a giant meat … Continue reading Osteria