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I'm beyond excited to mark the 10th annual Browngiving this year on November 19. We'll return to Seattle, where we've rented a beautiful space within Magnuson Park, complete with an Art Deco bar and a fireplace. Said The Stranger: Building 30 is a legend... This is where, starting in 1938,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Browngiving
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Browngiving will make its West Coast debut in Seattle this year at this gorgeous event space on Capitol Hill. It's a perfectly warm, cozy, and bright space for sharing the Browngiving feast and a toast with old and new friends. At right is a little kitchenette and designated bar area,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Browngiving
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I am so excited to see everyone on Saturday. I think we've had more advance RSVPs this year than any previous year, which is incredibly exciting, but as with any Browngiving, it's the people who decide at the last minute they can come, or the friends of friends who tag... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Browngiving
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Browngiving 2014 (also known as #Browngiving2014 or #BrowngivingVIII) is coming up on Saturday, and I can hardly believe that it'll be the eighth annual! Each year we host this party, there are more and more amazing memories to look back on, and more friends to raise a glass with. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Browngiving
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Browngiving 2014 (the eighth annual!) is just around the corner. Once again, we'll be in Brooklyn this year, but that didn't stop some of the Portland and Seattle-based crowd from getting in the Browngiving spirit. Casi hosted a little party where she roasted her first turkey, a real 19-lb. beauty,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Browngiving
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We raised over $1,000 for City Harvest last weekend! I'm very much in awe of what we were able to accomplish together. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Browngiving
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Last night was beautiful! Thank you to the 60+ of you who came to Bushwick to celebrate what feels like the best Browngiving yet. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Browngiving
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From Browngiving 2011 in Brooklyn, NY Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Browngiving
The Browngiving 2013 menu is coming together nicely, but here are some last-minute ideas to inspire your Saturday cooking (or errands): Vegetable platter Cornbread Gravy Pumpkin pie Lasagna Cranberry sauce Crescent rolls Brussels sprouts Mashed potatoes Sweet potatoes Rum Vodka Red wine Champagne Apple cider For more inspiration, try the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Browngiving
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I made these Caramel Apple Jell-O shots last year and they were gone in a matter of minutes. They will make their triumphant return this Saturday. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Browngiving
We're making great progress towards our 2013 fundraising goal! We've reached 47% of the goal already, with 40+ RSVPs from as far as Chicago and Boston. Keep the RSVPs coming and check out this year's menu to find cooking inspiration. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Browngiving
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I loved this amazing side-by-side newspaper turkey display at Analog Coffee in Seattle, WA. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Browngiving
November 23: Browngiving! Sign up here. November 24: Blackgiving, the day of sadness that follows. November 28: Thanksgivukkah, for the first time since 1888. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Browngiving
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Many thanks to the 60 or so of you who came out to Southie to celebrate Browngiving this weekend! It was fantastic to see you all and we hope you had a great time. We're always sad when the party ends, but counting Browngiving-back donations is the bright side of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Browngiving
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I haven't posted much leading up to Browngiving 2012, but in the days leading up to the fifth annual Browngiving last year, I posted photos and memories of each party prior. With Browngiving just a few days away, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share some photos from last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Browngiving
After a splendid three-year run in Brooklyn, we're bringing Browngiving #6 back to Boston on November 17, 2012. We're looking forward to returning to our hometown and mixing it up with some familiar faces. Much merriment awaits in Southie, where our gracious hosts promise us not one refridgerator, but two!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at Browngiving
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Pacific Standard draws a typically cerebral crowd: situated amid a block-long stretch of 4th Avenue boasting upwards of 40 draft lines of craft beer between its three bars, this left coast-themed joint sets itself apart with a full lending library of used books (available to members only), wifi unabashedly exploited by patrons with pints beside open laptops, and a Star Wars pinball machine tucked in a back corner. Geeks with a competitive streak pack in on Sunday evenings most especially for the cutthroat Pub Quiz. Members know to look for doors marked "Atlantic" and "Pacific" when venturing to the bar's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at test
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The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's website spells out a list of recreational opportunities for visitors enjoying South Boston's historic Castle Island and Pleasure Bay, including fishing, swimming, and picnicking, and lists the boardwalk and restrooms as amenities. While the DCR also lists out a few park guidelines, they neglect to inform that the standard-fare Massachusetts beach bathrooms are unequivocally closed to pets! Please plan accordingly. Pet owners in a jam might bring their little ones to the Porta-Potties behind nearby Sullivan's, a favorite Southie's spot for soft serve and beach fare. Conversely, their pets might find relief on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at test
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4th Ave Pub, on the eponymous lively industrial drag in South Brooklyn, hides a pair of tiny, tidy bathrooms between the bar and the door to the back patio. In those, we find the best application of colored chalk since the sidewalk. At the owners' other bar, Washington Commons, the bathrooms' walls and doors are lovingly covered over with more permanent inked-in messages, so regulars can come back again and again to their favorites, or to check for replies. At 4th Ave, we find a picture that changes more often than the vast beer selection. 4th Ave Pub, 76 4th... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at test
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The Glass Shop in Prospect Heights makes it onto this blog's list of the cheapest buys in New York with its famous fifty-cent hard boiled eggs, coming in just a hair behind the 48-cent used books at the Strand. The cafe also serves outstanding, if pre-made, breakfast sandwiches, and fantastic chewy coconut-oatmeal biscuits; the Times even bestowed "Other Pick" status upon it in its recent coffee roundup. At the Glass Shop one can indeed spend a morning or afternoon enjoying all the delightful fare Australian owners Emma and Francesco offer up, while basking in the Classon Avenue sun coming through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at test
Being remembered by Carol Wasik. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at things i like about life
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Though Bierkraft in Park Slope seems to have recently caught up with gripes about its 9pm closing time, ushering in the spring with on-premesis pours until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, Saturday and Sunday afternoons remain a popular time to visit the 5th Avenue emporium for a specialty sandwich and a pint of Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare Porter to chase the 16 oz. drip from down the street that half the block is nursing. Luckily, Bierkraft has also recently opened its heavy metallic restroom door to its adoring patrons, the inside of which is adorned with strings of Magnetic Poetry and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at test
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Cafe Grumpy, recently gold-starred as an "outstanding coffee bar" on the New York Times' coffee map of the boroughs, and this blog's pick for New York's best overrated coffee, typically serves up its brews with dispositions only slightly sunnier than the puckered raisin face on its mugs. At the Grumpy in Chelsea, baristas' resentful glares are mitigated by exposed brick, sunshine-yellow paint, wall-length mirrors, and local artists' canvases, and in the bathroom, spring has sprung with key lime walls and petals on a wet, black bough painted above the toilet. A mud-colored medicine cabinet's shell stands in place of a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2010 at test
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The Greenhouse Coffee Shop on Brattle Street in Harvard Square struck me, in the mid-aughts, as such a fixed, undying institution that I owed it no attention at all. Like the university east of it, its presence was at some level palpable with every Sunday stroll around the Square, but I never bothered to overtly acknowledge it. As such, I landed inside only twice, once for a hearty potatoes-and-kraut dinner one dreary December, once for a birthday, and regrettably never for the famed chocolate cake. The place was so iconic I assumed it might have its own Wikipedia page; it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at test
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In Park Slope's great room, Union Hall, uncracked leather volumes surround stocky young professionals reviving glory days with each pitch of the bocce ball down the dusty lanes. For the tournament antics, drunken group cheerleading, bumping elbows and sloshed keg beer, Saturday nights upstairs at Union Pool recall the upturned living room on the frat row of yesteryear. Downstairs, meanwhile, bands play folk music, Brokelyn revelers sing free karaoke, and bathroom-goers are treated to equal opportunity stalls (just like '04 at Skull House!). Some dozen cloistered toilets line one wall, facing a row of public sinks that leave handwashing habits... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at test