Last week I was able to have dinner in Brooklyn Heights and a friend who grew up in the neighborhood took me to Jack the Horse Tavern. I was taken with the converted storefront from the moment I stepped inside; exposed brick, comfortable seating and a warm buzz coming from the neighborhood bar come together to create a fantastic vibe.
The menu includes approximately a half dozen salads and starters ranging from $9-$13 and a protein rich menu that is evenly balanced between land and sea options ranging from $16-$26.
I started my dinner with the Green & Red Baby Lettuce which included Manchego cheese, marinated plums and a Riesling Vinaigrette & Rosemary croutons. The salad was light and refreshing which was exactly what I wanted.
After our first course was cleared, I was served the house duck plate which came highly recommended by our waiter. The meal didn’t disappoint and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who likes duck. The duck was served on a bed of farro with dried cherries almonds and leeks. Every fork was laden with farro and duck dipped in the sweet cherry-almond coulis.
Since my colleagues all indulged in dessert, I opted to join them with another glass of the delicious Italian red we were sharing, Acquagiusta(I’d never heard of it previously but I’ll be asking my local wineshop – Brix – about it) and ordered the cheese plate. I wish I had taken notes when the chef came out to tell us about the five cheeses but I was still thinking about he duck I’d just finished. However, the meal ended equally satisfactory and my dessert became a communal plate that everyone tried and enjoyed.
Jack the Horse Tavern is located at 66 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. It is worth venturing out from Manhattan to try. After dinner stroll along Brooklyn Heights Promenade to ward off the inevitable self-induced food coma.
This Saturday the New England Valkyries are hosting their annual fundraiser at the Manhunt Mansion from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Admission to the pool party / fundraiser is $30.
Want to learn more about the New England Valkyries? Check out and “Like” their Facebook page here. You can purchase tickets to this Saturday’s pool party here.
Below are a few photos from past pool parties at the MH mansion.
This Friday, Free Friday Flicks, will be showing, Men in Black 3, in HD down at the DCR Hatch Shell. This free movie series is very popular and people arrive early to claim a patch of grass and set up picnics to enjoy a night under the stars watching movies.
WHEN: Friday, August 1, 6:00 pm
C’est magnifique! Bastille Kitchen in Fort Point Channel officially opens today. The 240 seat bistro has been eagerly anticipated in a neighborhood that seems to have a trendy restaurant opening every other week. Curious to check out this new French restaurant by chef Adam Kube? Head over to Bastille Kitchen at 49 Melcher Street.
Bored with long strenuous sessions on the treadmill? Try Tabata.
Tabata training is based on a 1996 study performed by Izumi Tabata where participants performed 20 second bouts of intense cardio, followed by 10 seconds of rest. This showed to be more effective at gaining anaerobic capacity than a steady cardio (the energy system used in strength training) and improved participants Vo2 max (fat metabolization potential or endurance). Today this is practiced in group fitness rooms and gyms across the country because IT WORKS. It is also a fun and effective alternative to monotonous treadmill sessions. Here are a couple variations to try and enjoy!
This can be done on a rower, recumbent bike, or treadmill. Try the following sequences based on your fitness level. Use a timer and be strict on the work and rest periods. The “work” period should be challenging and hard to maintain, while the “rest” period should be considered “active recovery” or something easy to maintain.
Beginner One minute of “work” 2 minutes “rest”
Intermediate 30 seconds of intense “work” 30 seconds of “rest”
Advanced 45 seconds of “work” 20 seconds of “rest”
Kyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.
Today a federal appeals court panel struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The decision is significant because it also means similar marriage bans in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia (states also part of the 4th Circuit) are considered unconstitutional.
Today’s ruling also impacts NC, SC and W VA.
This marks the second time an appellate-level court has ruled on state marriage bans and it sets the stage for a showdown in the US Supreme Court to consider state-level laws.
More information here.
While in Provincetown this weekend, I kayaked out to Long Point Lighthouse. Long Point is the final tip of Cape Cod where the land curls back and creates a natural harbor for Provincetown. The Long Point Light House was built in 1827 and is a landmark you can see from shore as well as when arriving by ferry from Boston. The easiest way to visit Long Point is by taking a water taxi but kayaking is a lot of fun and despite some strong headwinds, I was able to make it there in less than an hour.
Kayaking proved to be a good work out and on the way I was able to view some of the impressive yachts moored in the harbor and catch some glimpses of the local wildlife, including a seal that watched me with curiosity for a good 3-4 minutes. I was ill equipped to snap photos but feel like I may be better prepared next time so I can hopefully share some of these experiences. Here are a few photos that I snapped with my phone of Long Point Lighthouse in Ptown.
Quit yer bitchin’. This could be your commute.
Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation summer program, Free Fun Fridays, seven different museums and cultural venues will be free and open to the public on Friday, August 1st. My pick for this week’s free admission would be to check out the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
All these venues are FREE this Friday, August 1
Thank you Highland Foundation for your continued, generous support of these institutions. I hope readers take advantage of these weekly treats and visit one or more of these venues this summer.
Unfortunately, the BGBR has been canceled due to a round of thunderstorms rolling into Boston in the afternoon. Ticketholders will be emailed. :-/
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How adorable are these two guys?
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This video that dates back to 2009 is absolutely hilarious, despite the freaky clown mask. Haven’t seen this before? Check it out.
A couple weeks ago I was in gridlock traffic with this van in front of me. Within a second my eyes zeroed in on something off. Do you see it too? It was making me go a bit crazy.
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ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about this strip by visiting, adamandandy.com.