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About eight years ago, when I was midway through college, my parents moved away from the town I grew up, roughly four hours west and south of the Alabama suburb where I had spent practically every Christmas of my life to Jackson, Mississippi. There were all the attendant adjustments to a new place: Not knowing where the light switches are, trying to figure out if there's a decent bookstore or bar or coffee spot...
Mid-November means that the countdown for finding those holiday gifts has officially begun. Luckily, in Brooklyn, you can avoid the Black Friday crush and bix box suburban mall wasteland by shopping locally from an array of homegrown merchants. Pop-up markets have started, well, popping up around the borough from Downtown Brooklyn to Coney Island, gathering everything from homemade jewelry to aged cheese in one spot for your perusal. PLus, if you can avoid going...
Oh, dads. Whether they're being portrayed as bumbling sitcom idiots or unintentionally starting ironic trends, dads simply just can't catch a break. Not only does Mother's Day come first, but it also tends to be a lot more of a big whoop—there are brunch deals and flower sales all over the city. But Father's Day? Eh. But you, good sons and daughters of Brooklyn, shall rise above the unappreciative masses. This year, forgo the usual...
Whether you're hosting the entire thing yourself or crashing someone else's meal and bringing along a single dish, pie is both one of the most crucial and frustrating-to-make aspects of a Thanksgiving dinner. Like, you can always just toss some brussels sprouts in the oven to roast while other stuff is cooking, and anybody can make potatoes, but pie is a whole separate production, and one that it's generally worth outsourcing. This is especially...