KERF Grows In Brooklyn

January 16, 2010

It’s pretty cool across the river :mrgreen:

Look who I found at the Brooklyn Brewery!! A whole group of KERFlings! Oh-what-fun it was to get to know these guys. So much enthusiasm!

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Enthusiasm was also expressed by my husband to visit the brewery, as it’s one of his favorites. And of course I was thrilled to go myself, being a lover of brews and all.

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We purchased a few tokens and got to a’chattin’

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The place was PACKED!!! Packed with people who had obviously been there drinking since noon! Bachelor parties, birthday parties, CAKE.

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The lines were really long and it was hard to hear. I never would have chosen this place for a blog meet-up if I’d known! But it ended up being really run regardless and the beers were great.

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I – for once – made the good choice of getting the Warmer, which I loved and sipped on for about an hour.

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I also tasted some of Matt + Snake’s beers

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Snake is in town for the wedding too!! So glad he could join us.

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We also encountered some small animals floating around


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We wrapped up the brewery visit and moved on to Brooklyn event #2.

My cousin Chris and his girlfriend, Lauren, live in Brooklyn and we joined them for dinner. So glad we could catch up!!

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They are foodies as well and took us to Roebling Tea Room for a great tasting adventure.

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We decided to share an array of appetizers and entrees so we could maximize flavor opportunity. Love shared meals! I had a taste or two of each dish on my small plate.

We started with a Chicory Salad with dill, apple, and radish, which I think was in a buttermilk dressing. LOVED the dill!

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Second was a grilled squid with citrus, jalapeno and hazelnut in there somewhere

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Cornmeal porridge with pork-something and egg with truffle!!

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A perfectly cooked half chicken

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A smoked mussel chowder with potato and a cheddar biscuit

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And a blurry side of kale!!

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I had a glass of vino with my meal

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It was one of those meals that leaves all of your senses satisfied from the inside out.

Afterwards we headed to one more place – an awesome restaurant that specializes in barbequed meals sold by the pound called Fette Sau. Totally want to go back to savor some of the meats – the smell alone was so tantalizing it competes with the BBQ down south for sure.

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Beer taps with knife tops!

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Chris + Lauren took us there with one thing in mind: liquid gold!! They ordered what I believe was the Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, which came in a jar! Love it! I sipped off Matt’s, and this was the best yellow beer I’ve ever had. So thick you could chew it! And very unique.

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Headed back to Manhattan. I don’t know how you city folk do it – subways at night really wear me out!! So tired and long.

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Having been up since 3:45AM and with a KERF run tomorrow morning I’m ready for bed. Wish we could have partied all night, in the City That Never Sleeps, but I know we’ll be thankful in the morning.

Until then…

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1 Ameena January 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm

What a cute title…dinner looks really great! I love NYC!


2 Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm

that looks like so much fun! I hope you have a good nights sleep!


3 Linda January 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm

What fun! Another wedding party…does this mean more wedding cake is in your future? Yum.


4 Lilliah January 16, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Haha- it’s so cute that you typed “run” instead of “fun” earlier in the post :)


5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 17, 2010 at 12:19 am

What a cool blogger meet up idea!! Way to mix it up. Your dinner looks so elegant in that lighting. Enjoy the wedding!!


6 Frank January 17, 2010 at 12:53 am

You must have been snapping pictures rapid fire.
Good scenes.


7 Chelsea January 17, 2010 at 12:54 am

When I was scanning through the pictures on Google Reader (I click on each blog post in my reader and read them in original form but have to scroll through each post to get to the next) I was VERY impressed by the food at the brewery. HA! You went somewhere else :) That dish with the egg and truffle looks to die for!


8 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 17, 2010 at 1:12 am

such a cool afternoon! and a great dinner….oh how i wish i could visit new york tomorrow :)


9 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 17, 2010 at 1:51 am

What a busy day! I don’t how you did all that running around. I’d be completely wiped out. Enjoy!!!


10 Jenn (www. ) January 17, 2010 at 2:37 am

I love how you guys maximize your time. Looks like an awesome day for sure! You guys look like you belong there. NYC = the best 😉



11 Mastering Public Health January 17, 2010 at 2:40 am

Great pics, but do be careful with that nice camera in the subway! It’s usually pretty safe, but I tend not to “advertise” (silly term) valuable and/or tourist-y stuffs. :)


12 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 17, 2010 at 2:58 am

glad you had fun in BK. did you think of dan humphrey’s loft at all?!


13 Kath January 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

I actually forgot about Dan and only thought about Miranda and Steve and Brady!


14 Freya @ January 17, 2010 at 4:17 am

wow what an incredible meal!! Every dish looked so unusual! Great idea to just get lots and try everything, I love doing that :)
Glad you had fun!


15 Lisa@ January 17, 2010 at 6:28 am

those beer taps are so cool!


16 christie @ honoring health January 17, 2010 at 7:18 am

Wow, that was some meet up you had!

Glad you are enjoying NYC!


17 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 17, 2010 at 7:26 am

What an awesome night!!! 😀 The food looks so gourmet, and it looks as if everyone is having a blast.


18 The Paris Food Blague January 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

Looks like you had fun! The Roebling Tea Room is a great choice…..glad you enjoyed!


19 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 17, 2010 at 8:00 am

What a fun blogger meet up! That tasting menu looked incredible!


20 Shannon January 17, 2010 at 8:11 am

I love how you are able to cram so much into your trips. What a fun day!


21 Eve January 17, 2010 at 8:11 am

What a fun day! So sorry I couldn’t make it to the brewery today! I had plans and being pregnant I might not have been that much fun :) Enjoy the rest of your time in NYC!


22 KathyZS January 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

Kath – if you have time today you should check out :

The Pump Energy Foods:

They sell foods based on the mediterrean diet, nothing is fried. They never use mayo or butter and they use whole wheat breads instread of processed white flour.

Sorry I didn’t mention it earlier – not a sit down type of place – as they are usually small. You can eat there but you go for the food, not a dining experience!!

Enjoy and I am jealous of your time in NYC – it is a great place to visit!


23 Kath January 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm

THanks for the recs. Unfortunately I think we’re all outta time :(


24 KathyZS January 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm

And silly me should know that a foodie has the plan made far ahead of time!!

Oh well, there is always next time!!


25 [email protected] January 17, 2010 at 8:24 am

Looks like such a fun day! So much good food and beer 😉


26 KathyZS January 17, 2010 at 8:30 am

Oh, another place to consider:

The Candle Cafe:

Candle Cafe is dedicated to bettering the health of the individual and the planet by serving food fresh from farm to table™. Our organic vegan cuisine is rooted in sustainability, eco-friendly practices, local farming, and compassion for animals.

Know I am a day late and a dollar short, but both these places are right up the KERF alley!


27 Heather (The Single Dish) January 17, 2010 at 8:52 am

Great to meet you at the brewery yesterday and the other KERFs! Still can’t believe how crazy that places gets! Have fun


28 Mara @ What's for Dinner? January 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

What fun!! I keep thinking I need to do a brewery tour or something because I’ve yet to find a beer I truly like!


29 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

Love the beer in a jar! Looks like an awesome day– so fun that you got to meet up with such a big group of readers!

ps- When I was in New York a few months ago, I saw MANY Chuck Bass types…it cracked me up. Keep your eyes peeled :-)


30 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 17, 2010 at 9:02 am

What fun! Wish I could have been there to meet you!


31 Nick January 17, 2010 at 9:15 am

Wow, I live here and haven’t done half the things you have! May be too late but if you get a chance you’d probably love these restaurants: Candle 79 (Manhattan), Slice (Manhattan) and Crocodile Lounge (Brooklyn, and then go to Bar-cade around the corner after). I need to go to the brewery!


32 The Paris Food Blague January 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

also um….your friend Snake looks like Kenneth from 30 rock.

which is awesome!


33 Jenna January 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

What a fun day!!


34 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

I’ve definitely nodded off a few times riding the Metro home… 😉

Looks like a fun and delicious trip — dinner looks amaaazing!


35 Iris January 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

It’s so fun to see Brooklyn from someone else’s point of view. I think I’ve lived here so long that I’ve forgotten what a fun place it is to explore!


36 Paige@ RunningAroundNormal January 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

Oh fun!! What a cool blogger-meet-up! That brewery looks awesome. Sounds like/looks like Brooklyn is SO alive.


37 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

That is so cool that you met so many people! :)


38 Dottie January 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

Hey Kath, Totally unrelated to this post, but I found this blog and thought you might be interested. It’s about at public school teacher who has decided to buy lunch from the cafeteria for a full year. It has pics and opinions of the meal. Have a blast in NYC!


39 Kath January 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm

How cool – thanks so much!


40 Dottie January 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

umm just realized I didn’t give you the link..


41 Holly S. January 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

Looks like a fun trip Kath!

So funny that you know Mike J (aka Snake to you)! He is a long time family friend, small world!


42 Rebecca January 17, 2010 at 10:08 am

As a girl who lives in Brooklyn, I am so glad to see that you had a great time! I love Brooklyn beer and the brewery and will have to try the Roebling Tea Room. I have quite the busy weekend myself, but I’m sorry I missed you guys. And as for the subway, I grew up riding the subway, I even rode the subway to and from school. So I will take nighttime subway riding to nighttime driving any day, hahaha! Thanks for the awesome post.


43 Cole January 17, 2010 at 10:08 am

It looks like you are having a great time exploring the city. Thanks for taking time to share with us!


44 Mom January 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

How fun! Dad and I went out to eat last night in Raleigh and I drank a Brooklyn Brown Ale! Like mother, like daughter.


45 klm January 17, 2010 at 10:17 am

reading about brooklyn makes me want to cry!! I kind of regret not going to school there. I’m so glad you’re having a fun fun time! ox.


46 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

Sounds like you had one amazing dinner!


47 Christy January 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

The decor in the Fette Sau restaurant is so unique! I love both the funny beer taps & crazy meat wallpaper!!


48 RhodeyGirl January 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

OMG! Looks like you are having the time of your life yippeeeeeee!!!!


49 Ashley January 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

You did SO much in one day. Reading this post in the morning I totally forgot it was still the same day for you.. Wowow! Look at that crowd of KERF followers!! You’re totally the next Oprah 😉


50 Hallie January 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

Man, I love that city. Glad to see you’re having a great time so far! Enjoy it for all of us :-)


51 Mae @ OhhMay January 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hahahahhaha KERFlings!? That’s so hillarious! Kath, you have started a cult (in a gormet, delicious, nutritious and active kind’ve way!) What delicious plates at the brewery!! I love food on vacation-it’s always full of new experiences!


52 Lauren @ eater not a runner January 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Looks like so much fun! I love the brooklyn brewery!


53 Katharine January 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

What a fun day in NYC! Glad you seem to be enjoying yourself. :)


54 Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

What fun! NYC is kind of mind blowing, huh. The public transportation is awesome, but does require a lot of energy to navigate. Once your route becomes routine it’s not so bad.


55 Jamie January 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

awww, im so jealous of that blogger meet up? can we do a north carolina one? 😉 have a great rest of your trip!!!


56 Kath January 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm



57 Jess. January 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Looks fun! I love NYC!


58 Maggie January 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I’m so bummed I had to miss it! Stupid work. Looks like you had a great time. Hooray NYC!


59 Jil January 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Aww, looks like you are having such an amazing (and busy) time!! The food looks absolutely amazing!


60 Jenny January 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

That dog at the brewery totally looks like my Bichon Frise!!


61 Cynthia (It All Changes) January 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Those tap levers look dangerous!

The metro at night is hard because it takes so long. But it’s a worth it mode of travel when you are on the cheap. Besides at that time of night you see some crazy people.


62 amber January 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

wow i live right around the corner (literally, one block away) from Fette Sau and Roebling Tea! funnily enough i am in NC visiting my mother is Salisbury. :) our lives intertwine quite a bit it seems!


63 Ally January 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm

So much cuteness!! Love the small fluffy doggie and Matt is rocking that scarf/jacket look! Glad you guys had a good trip :)


64 Ella January 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm

The subway IS a beast late at night but at least you never have to worry about drinking and driving! :)


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