The Brooklyn Kitchen

 

 

 What is better than getting a day off work and getting a private cooking lesson? Well, be jealous.....that was exactly how I got to spend last Friday!


Surprise #1 : Last week we were told we needed a 'Bonding Day'.
Surprise #2:  'Bonding Day' was thankfully not going to be the initial paintball suggestion, but instead, we were getting a private cooking lesson at the amazing Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg!

That was a much better option given most music business professionals aren't know for their athletic prowess and it minimized any physical injuries to others that, come Monday, you can't take back!

If you've never been before, The Brooklyn Kitchen is a wonderful kitchen supply store, a butcher shop and classroom for budding chefs. We were greeted with mimosas, fresh cheese plates and sliced baguette...... I was immediately on board! On top of that grand welcoming, the decor is exactly what I've dreamed and tried to replicate at our apartment. H-e-l-l-o gorgeous 19-foot ceilings, skylights and exposed brick, not to mention, the whole place was decorated with antique kitchen tools and rustic vintage signs. I wanted to move in right then and there.

OUR MENU ::

- Crispy Pancetta, Shallot & Local Greens Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

- Black Pepper Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce and Wilted Arugula

- Roasted Pork Loin with September Succotash

-Plum Mascarpone Gallette with Vanilla Bean Sweet Cream

 

I helped make the gnocchi from scratch (literally started with peeling hot potatoes) and was pretty impressed with my new found cooking abilities. They offer a ton of classes from your basic knife skills (not the throwing kind!) to pig butchering to mini cupcakes to Persian dinners. They also do several classes in DIY food skills, such as canning and brewing beer at home. I personally can't wait to go back for a couple's cooking class with E. Such a fun date night idea to do with a few couples!

 

Photos: via my trusty and always fancy iPhone

Useful Gift :: Copper Postcards

 

How cute and funny are these copper postcards?!

Best part, you can use one of these pre-made ones or you can write a personalized one and have it made! Each is hand cut, stamped and will vary in appearance from one to another. I have a huge love for unique and useful gifts. You can find these copper postcards at the adorable and well stocked store Catbird here in Brooklyn or via their online store. They carry amazing handmade jewelry, soaps, all kinds of paper goods, great gifts for kids, candles and beauty products. Plus, they have a great blog with tons of inspiring posts, great local Brooklyn shout outs and they showcase a lot of their fancy and sparkly jewels on there too. 

 

Who would you send a copper postcard and what would you write? I've already been thinking of one and even thought it would look great on my wall as decor, or a series of 4 on my wall. Possibilities are endless!

DIY Pom Poms ::: Brunch + Craft Day

 

Who knew tissue paper pom pom's would be all the rage? Hang them on the ceiling or wall for parties/dinners, make small ones to tie around napkins, use them as centerpieces on the table or heck, why not use them in your hair (like me...showcased here!)

A couple weeks ago, my amazing designer/fashionista friend Leslie hosted a brunch with some fellow crafty, artsy and all around hip ladies. The pom pom's were our afternoon craft project. The purple/gold combo above is my very own strand I made for our apartment. Leslie even designed and made the invitations below. Why go Evite when you can make ridiculously cool handmade invites?! Had so much fun with all the girls and hope we continue brunch + craft days this summer!

 

Lovely 'How To' Photos By: Rifle Design

Brunch Photos By:  Jenai Talkington