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Yesterday, 10 Brooklyn makers of the widely-worshiped hair-of-the-dog—the bloody mary—descended upon Grand Prospect Hall for The Bloody Mary Fest. For three hours, mixologists from Greenpoint and Bushwick to Crown Heights and Park Slope offered miniature (albeit bottomless), carefully garnished variations of tomato juice, spices, and vodka to hundreds of thirsty attendees inside the opulent Victorian hall. We went to ensure quality control—which is to say drink and rank them. Yes, there were professional tasters on-site (judges...
The Chinese New Year—i.e., the Year of the Monkey—officially kicks off today, and one of the most customary ways to celebrate is to eat lucky foods, such as long noodles (for extended life), whole fish (which symbolizes abundance) and, of course, dumplings; auspiciously shaped like silver ingots. Not only that, but it’s alleged that the more dumplings you consume, the more money you’ll make in the months to come — so hedge your bets...
While we couldn’t be further outside of the “everything’s better with bacon” camp (that battle cry alone is enough to make us want to switch to seitan), our defiant, all-American spirit was nevertheless aroused by recent studies, declaring bacon and other processed meats as carcinogenic, potentially cancer-causing agents, essentially as harmful as cigarettes. Bah! So if you’re ready to carpe arvina (seize the bacon, obvs), thumb your nose at naysayers with Mekelburg’s pork belly-topped...
For a long while, tortillas were the go-to vessel for globally inspired sandwiches, likely spurred by the spate of Mexic-Asian Smorgasburg stands and taco trucks. But little by little, they’ve been overtaken by chewy Chinese steam buns. Also known as bao or mantou, these starchy pockets of steamed yeast dough are as versatile as they are unobtrusive, flavor-wise; they're essentially a tidy, palm-sized version of American white bread. So from the classic char siu...

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