Ask any vegan you know, and if they’re honest they’ll tell you that a lot of vegan food sucks. Not because plant-based food is naturally bland, but because most restaurants don’t care about vegans. As I’ve played with transitioning animal-based foods out of my diet, I’ve gotten a small taste of how bitter the struggle for good vegan food can be. I’ve also enjoyed the sweet success of finding flavorful and delicious vegan food,...
PHOTOGRAPHY Alexandria Taveras Regardless of where you find yourself on the love-hate continuum of Valentine’s Day, we might all be able to agree that love in its simplest and most genuine forms is one of the most beautiful things to admire when we get a chance to see it. I recently had the pleasure to do just that on my visit to the Li-Lac Chocolates factory and store in Industry City in Sunset Park. Here’s how...
Age: 27 Pronouns: He/Him Neighborhood: Bushwick Most Likely to: Start my own venture capital firm Favorite Quote: "It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere." - Keith Richards  Nate Cotanch grew up with New Mexican roots, where Hatch Chile was a staple in local cuisine. Entrepreneurial in nature, Nate noticed a hole in the New York food market: it was missing Hatch Chile, and thus, Zia Green Chile Company was born. Nate sees Hatch Chile as more...
Name: Jenny Treantafilos Age: 26 Pronouns: She/Her Neighborhood: Bushwick Most likely to: Give a hug when you need it most Favorite Quote: It’s more of a mantra "Trust the process." But recently have randomly using, “Be the change you wish to see in the world," to rally the cooks. It’s just motivating/corny enough to set in! It's always been a curiosity of mine as to why the chef is the person we see the least, if at all, when we...
Age: 22 Pronouns: She/her Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy Most Likely to: Have a dollhouse in their adult home Favorite Quote: “If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!" - John Waters Food isn’t generally a medium associated with art, but that hasn’t stopped Emma Orlow. After studying “Food Art as Body Politics” at NYU, Emma began pushing creative boundaries, making art with food. At just 22, she already has impressive clients under her belt, like Urban...
PHOTOGRAPHY Ira Yousey  Bodegas in Brooklyn are everywhere you look. They have anything one could possible need in a hurry, from chips and sandwiches for a quick snack fix, to household cleaning and personal hygiene products—and if you stumble upon the right one, you can run into the elusive Bodega Cat. Kept by bodega owners to scare away rodents and pests, the Bodega Cat has become a legendary creature in Brooklyn. Multiple blogs and Instagram accounts...
On the corner of Graham and McKibbin is Eastwick, a fusion restaurant, that combines Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes with New American cuisine. At first glance, Eastwick reminded me of lots of other restaurants that I’ve seen pop up since I moved to Brooklyn from Washington Heights five years ago. The large windows, distressed wooden accents, and minimalistic signage, while beautiful, had me ready for some gentrified, hipster bullshit. Where cultural authenticity is presented...
Photography by Nicole Fara Silver Top Chef and Taste Talks alum Dale Talde is known for many things, but sugar coating his opinions isn’t one of them. When I mention I’ve been seeing a bunch of recent press coverage predicting Filipino food will be the next hot thing, he responds emphatically. “To me that’s bullshit,” he retorts, “I don’t give a shit if Filipino is the next thing. I’m not flying the flag. Our culture’s...
A little over a week ago, we sat down with DUMBO resident, interior designer, entertaining expert, and founder of EyeSwoon, Athena Calderone, who just released her first cookbook, Cook Beautiful. The book gives recipes that take readers from prep to presentation, reminding us that how food looks matters just as much as how it tastes. Check our Facebook Live with Athena, and make sure to check out one of her recipes below! https://www.facebook.com/brooklynmagazine/videos/1513274778731683/ Delicata Squash Agrodolce Serves 4 2...

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