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27
Aug
15

Prime Pizza and Shakes (Brooklyn’s Pizza da Solo)


I’ve been waiting for almost 2 years for this pizzeria to open up in my neighborhood, finally – yesterday – Prime Pizza and Shakes (1202 Avenue J; Brooklyn, NY 11230 – Tel: 718.521.6141 – entrance on 12th Street) opened. I’d always hoped it would be at least, similar to the SONY building’s Pizza Da Solo in Manhattan (between 55th and 56th at 550 Madison Avenue), and it didn’t disappoint! Prices and sizes are more in line with Brooklyn’s demographics; quality, taste, freshness still live up to the high standards of Joey Allaham‘s other eateries.

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Putting my Magherita in the oven...

Putting my Margherita in the oven…

Last evening I couldn’t wait to try them out, the whole day I’d been salivating at the thought of tasting their pizza… I ordered a simple Margherita which comes with San Marzano tomato sauce, homemade mozzarella, basil and parmegiano cheese…

It looked delicious, it smelled delicious, it tasted... delicious!

It looked delicious, it smelled delicious, it tasted delicious…

No tomato compares with the San Marzano variety. With its superior, rich tomato flavor and meaty interior, this is the classic variety for superb canning and paste making. Many of the world’s top chefs consider San Marzano the best sauce tomato on earth.

Today, for lunch I went back and ordered a pizza I’d never tasted before. I wanted to try something different, I wanted to see what made Chef Giulio Adriani tick, so I ordered his favorite, The Montanara. This is a fried dough pizza…

Frying the dough for my Montanara...

Frying the dough for my Montanara

Once the dogh was nicely fried, it was covered with the ingredients that make a Margherita

Incredible what frying the dough, does for the taste.

Incredible what frying the dough, does for the taste.

As scrumptious as my last eve’s Margherita was, The Montanara was so much better! No wonder it is Chef Giulio‘s favorite.

So, what could possibly be wrong with having such a great pizzeria in the neighborhood? That’s easy… I’m becoming addicted! I will be returning again, and again, and again!

CS

12
Aug
15

Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse


Yesterday afternoon, SYR and I thought it was time to find out what’s behind all the buzz about Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse (397 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213). Was it justified?

We ordered one and three quarter pound of their smoked brisket and a pound of their smoked turkey…

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My plate

My plate

For sides we took the House Slaw and the French fries. Both meats  tasted smokey, tender, juicy and very flavorful yet distinctly different. By 5:30 the place was full, with no place to sit. We took our order with us; when we sat down at SYR‘s place and looked around the available wines, we found a Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Its perfectly balanced tannins – soft, ripe and lush – give way to a richly layered blend of anise, cassis, blackberry, chocolate and spice flavors. The perfect meat, the perfect wine!

We heartily recommend Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse, and we’ll keep on returning again and again!

CS

06
Aug
15

Irving’s Barbecued Burgers


After officiating as Rabbi at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa on Shabbos Nachamu – for Flakey Jake‘s program I spent a few days with my dear friends Irving and Regina Schild (check here, here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and many more), at their summer home, on Pennsylvania’s bucolic Lake Wallenpaupack and stayed there until last evening.

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Looking down at the lake, from the living room window... The boat dock to the left belongs to the Schilds...

Looking down at the lake, from the living room window… The boat dock to the left belongs to the Schilds…

The osprey has landed! - One of the local denizens...

The osprey has landed! The osprey has landed! – One of the youngest local denizens just got back from flight training, with its parents, as a smaller sibling looks on…

Is it posing for a formal portrait, or begging me to throw it a bite?

Is it posing for a formal portrait, or begging me to throw it a bite?

Irving’s Barbecued Burgers

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
Scrumptiously delicious, tender and juicy!

Scrumptiously delicious, tender and juicy!

Directions

  1. Slightly saute the chopped onion in canola oil, until just transparent.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well, by hand; avoid over-mixing. With a light touch form 6 patties no more than one inch thick each.
  3. Brush the grill and coat with oil. Grilled the burgers directly over the the heat for 6 to 7 minutes for medium-done (about 150 F, on an instant read thermometer, and slightly pink in the center). Flip once.
  4. Serve while hot.

The aroma and the taste were just undescribable with mere words!

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!!

CS




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