08/01/14 3:28pm

From our roundup of the 10 best Brooklyn beach eats. Photo: Austin McAllister

In the interest of keeping you all up-to-date on our favorite food happenings, here’s a short rundown of local food news from the week.

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08/01/14 2:53pm

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In case you’re not one of the fortunate few (or, we guess, fortunate many… have you seen your friends’ Instagrams lately? they’re all vacationing somewhere fabulous) who isn’t going away this weekend, we’ve got somewhere fun for you to go and pretend that you’re somewhere far away and exotic, if only for a couple hours. Somewhere like Guatemala maybe? (more…)

08/01/14 1:17pm

Takedowns are the Internet’s bread and butter, a mainstay of critical journalism. It’s easy to see why: They make for fun reading with a frisson of righteousness, a feeling that yes, finally, someone is calling bullshit on this. Negative reviews provide the necessary counterbalance to the publicity machinery in place to convince you every movie, album, meal made is superlative, the absolute best thing ever. There is gossipy glee in watching someone take a pin to the PR puffery. They’re also things that people love to quote, to click on, to pass around.

But too often the temptation to deliver a critical lambasting leads to the exact kneejerk hyperbole it is attempting to contradict. All nuance falls down the chasm between rounds of applause and sneers. Take, for example, Joshua David Stein’s review in the New York Observer of Montana’s Trail House, a newly opened restaurant off the Jefferson L stop.

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08/01/14 11:00am

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You can’t truly explore the “Future of Taste” without getting up close and personal with our many game-changing food businesses, that are currently helping dictate what we eat, and why, when, where and how we eat it.

That’s why Taste Talks is launching its first Future Food Expo, a showcase and celebration of innovative food producers and makers, food tech and startup companies, food media organizations, established industry heavyweights, food nonprofits, and B2B groups, from right here in Brooklyn and all around the world.  (more…)

08/01/14 10:35am
image via NY Daily News

image via NY Daily News

Despite denial from management, what once was a beautiful seven-story movie palace in Coney Island is now home to squatters. On Tuesday, the Daily News made their way inside the Shore Theater on Surf Avenue and discovered a woman sleeping inside on a mattress, among other traces of temporary residence. Though the exterior was restored, the decaying interior is facing much neglect.

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08/01/14 10:19am
Photo by Danny Krug

Photo by Danny Krug

Brooklyn-based scuzz-rockers Dead Stars have oft been compared to 90s favorites like Dinosaur Jr. (making it particularly fitting that the two shared a stage at this year’s 4 Knots Festival), but they’ve got a catchy something special that is all their own: the propulsive hooks and sailing chorus of “Someone Else,” the more mature; slightly  melancholy pop of songs like “Never Knew You;” their particular brand of dry wit (see below). Now, after a string of quietly self-released EPs, they’ve just dropped their full-length debut via Old Flame Records — order quick, it’s a limited edition! — and you can also catch them live at Mercury Lounge on August 7.

After the jump, singer/guitarist Jeff Moore unveils his top Brooklyn picks.

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