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Listen up, Brooklyn, for here is some sad news. You will no longer be able to visit a brick and mortar store dedicated exclusively to variously-flavored artisanal whipped egg and oil, because Empire Mayonnaise—opened in 2012 in Prospect Heights by Sam Mason of OddFellows ice cream, and partner Elizabeth Valleau—is closing late next month, Gothamist reports. Sure, when it first opened, it seemed a ridiculous and almost sad sign of the times in Brooklyn, and...
This weekend, after the holiday season's biggest artisanal food scandal, wherein Texas-based blogger Scott Craig wrote an exposé claiming Mast Brothers remelted French industrial chocolate in their early days, and re-wrapped it as its own, I found myself at Mekelberg's. On a rack near the front of the shop, I was surprised to see several flavors of the recognizable bars, wrapped in gorgeous paper. After the brothers admitted to some of Craig's re-melting claims—and a media storm...
I cannot decipher the sounds of different instruments within a song or name notes that were hit or how to aptly compare a voice to honey or smoke. I do not know how to write about music so much as I know how to dwell in it. I know how to let the voices and hums and rhythms reverberate in dark moments and in the memories that follow them, the musicians serving as unwitting...