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Kicking off on Thursday, January 23, A Taste of Sheepshead Bay will feature another excellent roster of 20 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis and caterers that capture the diverse flavor of Sheepshead Bay.

So come check out the event. Buy tickets online and save $5 off the door price. We will only accept cash at the door and we may sell out, so make sure to save your spot now!

Participants include:

Click on any of the above to learn more about the establishment.

The event will also have valet parking if you need to drive in, live music provided by Lucky Tones and a full-stocked cash bar (with just $3 beers!).

Coney Island Hospital, our title sponsor, will have a table at the event to inform you of some of their fantastic resources, as will Empower Sheepshead, a recovery organization who can help you out with any lingering Sandy-related issues.

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It’s Thursday, January 16, which means exactly two things: it’s the anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, authorizing Prohibition (boo!) and it’s precisely one week left to buy tickets for Coney Island Hospital’s A Taste of Sheepsehad Bay, sponsored by il Fornetto (yay!)!

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Kicking off on Thursday, January 23, this year’s event will feature another excellent roster of 20 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis and caterers that capture the diverse flavor of Sheepshead Bay.

This year is more important than ever. It’s the first time we’ve organized A Taste of Sheepshead Bay since Superstorm Sandy walloped the neighborhood, and many of these eateries were affected by the flooding. But they’ve come back, and have a clear message to send to our neighbors throughout New York City: Sheepshead Bay is open for business and has a vibrant waterfront restaurant scene waiting for you!

So come check out the event. Buy tickets online and save $5 off the door price. We will only accept cash at the door and we may sell out, so make sure to save your spot now!

And also make sure to stop by these great restaurants before and after the event to thank them for their support of the community:

Click on any of the above to learn more about the establishment.

The event will also have valet parking if you need to drive in, live music provided by Lucky Tones and a full-stocked cash bar (with just $3 beers!).

Coney Island Hospital, our title sponsor, will have a table at the event to inform you of some of their fantastic resources, as will Empower Sheepshead, a recovery organization who can help you out with any lingering Sandy-related issues.

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THE BITE: Today on The Bite, it’s seaweed time!

Seaweed comes in many varieties as it is an umbrella term for all species of ocean plants, and it can be prepared many ways. The one pictured here is Korean kim (or sometimes spelled gim, pronounced with a hard “g”), which is actually a type of red algae. It is harvested in cold waters usually during the winter, and is boiled and dried in big lumpy masses.

This is the same stuff that gets fried up to make Welsh laverbread, or left in big plain sheets as nori to roll Japanese sushi. The type we have here is a Korean side dish where paper-thin sheets are toasted with sesame oil, cut into little rectangles and seasoned with salt. Not only is kim a popular dish in Korea, it is also the last name of about 21 percent of the population there.

Some people, including myself at times, can be averse to seaweed because of its slimy coldness, but this is a whole different textural experience. Gim is super crispy at first bite, sometimes leaving little green flakes behind. If you eat it too slowly, the heat inside your mouth makes it seem to melt on your tongue, which can be counted as a point for or against it, depending on what you’re into.

In the same way that American bars sometimes serve free pretzels or peanuts to keep patrons thirsty, bars in Korea and Japan sometimes serve this kind of seaweed as a salty bar snack. Surprisingly delicious as it is with beer (or soda for the kids), I don’t really see this taking off as a trend at Southern Brooklyn watering holes any time soon, so if you’re interested in trying it, better to buy it at Sea Bay Seafood & Meat Market Inc. (1241 Avenue U, at East 13th Street) where this A+ brand kim comes in a 3-pack for $1.39. Crispy, sesame-flavored, and salty, this is filled with all the goodness I would expect from kim.

If the super saltiness of it gives you pause, know that it also contains a wealth of nutrients, including iodine, iron, amino acids, B vitamins, and protein, so acquiring a taste for it has some perks.

Cheers!

Sea Bay Seafood & Meat Market Inc., 1241 Avenue U at East 13th Street, (718) 382-8889.

– Sonia Rapaport

The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

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Any day now you should see posters like the one above in storefronts and on counter-tops all around the neighborhood. And that’s because Coney Island Hospital’s A Taste of Sheepshead Bay is coming back on January 23, giving you another opportunity to sample wares from the best eateries in the Sheepshead Bay area for one low price.

Why is it called the Coney Island Hospital A Taste of Sheepshead Bay this year? CIH provided generous support to ensure the event went through this year, recognizing its importance to building community and boosting the local economy, as did our sponsor il Fornetto. So make sure to stop by their tables at the event and thank them for their support. The event continues to be fully organized by Sheepshead Bites.

Aside from il Fornetto, we’ve put together another great lineup for the event, including the return of some amazing establishments like Chop Stix Restaurant, Jimmy’s Famous Heros, Anatolian Gyro, and many more. We’re also adding some new restaurants, cafes and bakeries to the list, so get ready to experience some new flavors.

For those who haven’t come in previous years, here’s how it works: You go pickup discounted tickets through our online sales site here, or buy tickets at the door. Show up on Thursday, January 23, at the Baron deKalb Knights of Columbus at 3000 Emmons Avenue… and then you stuff your face.

Seriously, come hungry. Our restaurant participants are known to serve more than just a taste, and you’ll get your fill.

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Live music will be played, and a cash bar will be fully stocked.

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Midwood’s own Adelman’s Kosher Deli on 1906 Kings Highway closed earlier this year. But a new food cart claiming to be affiliated with the now defunct deli opened up recently, according to a CBS New York article . Katz & Dogz, as the cart is called,  mainly goes around the Manhattan but comes to “Brooklyn” on Friday. Not real Brooklyn, but whatevs.

Here is the whole schedule as it appears in the article:

Mon – 52nd & 6th

Tues – 23rd & Park

Wed – 22nd & 5th

Thurs – 46th & 6th

Fri – Williamsburg, Bedford St between 4th & 8th St

Adelman’s Deli had been operating for over 60 years and in 2006 a Muslim Egyptian bought the place. But as we reported, Adelman’s Deli has since closed and hasn’t reopened.

The newest operation of the cart continues the tradition of serving “Jewish soul food” on their menu with items like pastrami or corned beef on rye bread and some mustard.

If you work in an area where this truck, serving “Reuben Orgasms,” is making the rounds, let us know how it compares to the old Adelman’s. Oh, and bring us sample!

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THE BITE: One recent morning, I walked into Sheepshead Bay Fruit & Vegetables Market, also known as Sheepshead Bay Gourmet Market, and while the newly added fresh meats display did entice me with it’s array of pink-gray veal and tongue, it was, as I’ve mentioned, early in the day. Making a note to come back at a later hour, I continued past to the pastry section to start my day off right with a good dose of sugar.

The pastry case was full of all the regulars: danishes, turnovers, black and white cookies. I apathetically grabbed an almond croissant, which looked more like a frosting covered almond stick. Regardless, I paid my $1.25 for it and was on my way.

Feeling content enough to have kept my breakfast budget low, I unexcitedly bit into my “croissant.” The bits of frosting and crunchy almonds that encrusted it came cascading down my clothes immediately, but the messier the meal, the better, right?

It was pretty fresh-tasting, doughy and a bit buttery, which I hadn’t expected from a plastic-wrapped grocery-bought pastry. And yet another surprise awaited me: somehow the baker had managed to fit two stripes of almond paste into the center of this pastry. I hadn’t particularly planned on mentioning this purchase to anyone, let alone writing about it, but c’mon, marzipan is big news!

Brought up by a European family, anywhere marzipan turns up in American-bought foods, even in an Eastern European store, surprises and delights me. I know there are other brands of almond croissants out there that also feature a marzipan filling, but I’ve often been disappointed either by a lack of filling whatsoever, or by an overly sweet white paste trying to pass for marzipan. Not here. You could see the brown flecks of almond in the filling, indicating actual ground nuts and not just artificially flavored goop.

This was a great way to start the day.

I also should note that the picture only shows about 40 percent of the length of this pastry. That’s right, I ate more than half of it before I regained my wits and took a picture.

Check out our previous review of Sheepshead Bay Gourmet Market’s spinach bourek.

Sheepshead Bay Gourmet Market, 1717 Avenue Z at East 17th Street, (718) 891-8449.

– Sonia Rapaport

The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

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Just a few short months after the closure of Jumpin’ Bean at 3081 Emmons Avenue, a new lease has been signed that will see Vittoria Seafood & Grill take over the commercial property.

We’re told Vittoria will be opened by the people behind La Trattoria Ristorante Italiano, a long-established staple at 2811 Avenue U. We expect Vittoria will focus on Italian-style seafood and steaks, a departure from the pasta and parmigiana at La Trattoria.

One hopes they’ll have better luck than its two predecessors, Jumpin’ Bean, which closed in October after just six months in operation, and Marmaris, a Turkish seafood restaurant that closed in late-2011 or early-2012.

Best wishes to Vittoria! We can’t wait to give it a taste.

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THE BITE: A few weekends ago, on one of those 20-degree early winter mornings, I was looking forward to breakfast but dreading the moment I would have to leave my apartment to forage for food. I took a long look at the radiator whistling in the corner of my room and decided I wasn’t going anywhere.

Luckily, I recently discovered that the Kouros Bay Diner (3861 Nostrand Avenue) delivers. I decided to try the waffles with bacon ($9.90), fully aware that they would probably be lukewarm by the time they made it to my door. Still, I tipped big for the poor delivery person braving the cold instead of me, and happily awaited my breakfast in the comfort of my pajamas.

When the food came, I was pleasantly surprised to find it steaming hot in the aluminum takeout container. However, it was not a picturesque waffle. In line with the tragedy of most takeout food, it was smashed against the side of the container, and the bacon was clumped together at the bottom. Oh well. This wasn’t a meal about aesthetics.

Plastic cutlery in hand and miniature packets of butter and syrup at the ready, I dug in. The waffle was a bit soggy with condensation, but still spongy, slightly sweet, and delicious. And that clump of bacon was full of the salty, chewy goodness you expect from bacon of any shape. All in all, I congratulated myself on some great morning decision-making.

But, I felt it would be a disservice to the Kouros Bay Diner and waffles in general to leave it at that. To really give it a fair chance, I decided I must go to the diner and eat a waffle fresh off the iron. For research purposes and the good of our readers, you understand.

So on a less frigid, more recent weekend morning, that’s exactly what I did. Despite it being fairly busy, the waitstaff was friendly and the order came out quickly. Crispy, golden brown on the outside, chewy on the inside; served with your choice of ice cream, fruit, or breakfast meats (I went with turkey bacon this time – got to make the healthy choice sometimes, right?). This was a very satisfying waffle experience. Sure, the coffee was a little weak, but that just gave me reason to take full advantage of the unlimited refills. Another great morning decision made. - Sonia Rapaport

Kouros Bay Diner, 3861 Nostrand Avenue, (718) 743-5777.

The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ food column, where we’ll explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay and tell you what we’re eating. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fishmongers  or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

Hot damn, that’s sexy. (Source: teddy-rised/Flickr)

When I sit down to eat a sloppy tower of meat by-product stacked on soggy bread with wilted lettuce and questionable “secret” sauces, the last thing I really want to know is the awful, shudder-inducing details of what I’m cramming into my facehole.

The Department of Health doesn’t like my life of blissful ignorance, however, and so they’re making the knowledge quite available to me anyway, as if the calorie counts on the wall weren’t enough to shame this shambling mess of a man.

And so they’ve launched MenuStat, a public database of nutritional information for more than 35,000 dishes served up by 66 top chain eateries.

From the press release:

The site sources data from the restaurant websites, provides historical, date-stamped information, and puts it into a format that allows for comparison across restaurants, food categories, and over time.

… MenuStat is designed to be used by researchers, food industry professionals, health organizations and consumers interested in understanding nutrition trends. Users can search items by selecting specific criteria such as the calorie content of beverages on kids’ menus or the average grams of trans fat in fried potatoes, and, assess changes in nutrition content over time such as the sodium content of sandwiches in 2012 and 2013. The website also includes a graphing function and the option to export data to a spreadsheet for analysis.

Did you know that one additional meal consumed away from home increases daily caloric intake by more than 130 calories? Yeah, I didn’t either. Now I have that fact to keep me up at night.

In just a moment of playing around with the tool, I’ve learned that Dominos occupies the top eight slots for highest calorie count in a pizza, a category that has nearly 800 entries. Their Feast Pizza has between 2,760 and 4,580 calories, approximately double that of the top entry from the second restaurant named on the list, California Pizza Kitchen, whose California Club Pizza comes in with 1,400 calories.

There are some surprising results, though. Most would think a chain like McDonald’s or Burger King would near the top of the list for calorie counts on their squishy little meat patties. Alas, no, they don’t even come in on the list of top 70. Instead, Chili’s takes that fatso cake, with the top three spots for their burgers, the best tasting most calorie-packed of which is the Big Mouth Bites Burger with Ranch, with 1,800 calories. Similar chains round out the top 20, including Friendly’s, Applebee’s and Denny’s.

Well, that’s gross. I’m eating a salad today. Just not at IHOP, because there’s a category for that, too.

And… just because:

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I suppose it hardly ranks as news anymore when Midwood’s Di Fara Pizza and Coney Island’s Totonno’s make a New York City top-10 pizza list, but it’s still worth a mention here anyway.

Village Voice is the latest to dub the two Southern Brooklyn pizzeria’s the first and second best, respectively, pies in town, with a top 10 list published on Tuesday.

Of Di Fara (1424 Avenue J), they write:

The Big Apple’s patron saint of basil sprinkling, Dom DeMarco has presided over this Midwood dough shrine since 1964 turning out gorgeous, imperfect rounds that are occasionally on the burnt side. No matter, even burnt this stuff is better than most. Whatever gruesome rituals had to be performed to achieve pizza this ethereal, we’ll gladly look the other way. Some folks will tell you to get there early, but we prefer to double down on delicious by placing an order at Di Fara and then walking around the corner to split one of the Italian comfort food dishes served at sister restaurant MD Kitchen. What’s better than a two-hour wait (most things)? A two-hour wait with shrimp parmigiana.

Of Totonno’s (1524 Neptune Avenue):

A beloved slice of historic New York City, Totonno’s has risen from the ashes twice in the past five years; first from a 2009 fire and then from Hurricane Sandy. Then again, half a decade is a drop in the bucket for the Coney Island pizzeria, which opened in 1924. Thanks to one of the most seasoned coal-fired ovens in town, the pizzas all bear puffed, char-speckled crusts sturdy enough to support generous layers of sweet, herbal tomato sauce and melted fresh mozzarella. The pizzeria is as busy as ever post-storm reconstruction. With any luck, it’ll stay that way well into the future.

Reps from Di Fara’s took to Facebook to express their gratitude to their patrons, writing simply, “Thank you again and again !!”

Of course, the news vindicates mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio somewhat, after he was blasted by the Daily News for choosing Di Fara’s as his favorite joint, a decision that they said shows he’s in bed with the one percent.

It doesn’t do much for his rival Joe Lhota, though. Of the top 10 pizzerias named by Village Voice, seven were in Brooklyn, two were in Manhattan, and one was in Staten Island. Queens, where he said he gets his favorite slice from a pizzeria of which he couldn’t remember the name, has no good pizza. And certainly no good buffalo chicken pizza. Because there’s no such thing as good buffalo chicken pizza.

What the hell, Joe. What the hell.

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