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Chefday Delivers Fresh Ingredients for Gourmet Meals in Brooklyn

By , 23 April, 2013, 2 Comments

Chefday, a new food/tech start-up based in Brooklyn, wants to give you all the tools to create recipes designed by the best chefs of NYC–in the comfort of your own home. This 360 service delivers fresh, organic ingredients straight to your door, along with a recipe and a link to a short video tutorial. And they are not messing around. You not only get beautiful proteins and pre-washed fruits and veggies, but every last herb and spice (even salt, pepper and oil) meticulously measured and packed in a pretty brown bag.
Iron Chefs and Michelin Star chefs design the recipes you’ll find at and you don’t have to make any weekly or monthly commitments. Just take a look at videos online, pick one at your leisure and sign up. You can watch the video before you buy in case you’re feeling gun shy and each recipe tells you exactly what you’ll get in the bag. Ingredients can be delivered for two, four, six or eight people and most recipes run approximately $15 a head.
So not only do you get to cook a gourmet meal without the hassle of shopping–but for every recipe basket purchased, Chefday donates a full meal to a family in need through the Food Bank For NYC. Convenience and helping others–what more could a home chef want?

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Summer Bod Alert: New Private Pilates Studio in Boerum Hill

By , 5 April, 2013, 1 Comment

Though groundhogs are currently being prosecuted for fraud, spring AND summer are coming up fast. Which means arms, legs and midriffs will be painfully exposed on the streets of Brooklyn, beaches of the Hamptons and water holes of Woodstock. So whats a flabby city dweller to do? According to Christine Randazzo: Pilates. Sure, BoCoCa has a plethora of Pilates facilities, but Christine’s new studio is more private and personal than many of the outlets around town.
Strength Pilates NYC is located at 586 Pacific St, Unit GB, near Flatbush, and offers “personalized Pilates privates” in which you will not only learn how to do Pilates, but more importantly, how to perform with the correct technique. Christine believes that using the correct form will allow for quicker results and help avoid injury. Each session lasts 55 minutes and is “personalized” to meet specific needs and goals. Also being offered are mat classes and pre/post natal sessions.
Interested in checking it out? Mention BoCoCaland and you’ll get a special discount of only $150 for an intro package of three sessions (usually $199). You can call 516-639-8116 or email for more info.

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Brooklyn Faves Offer Wedding Wine and Cake Tastings

By , 13 February, 2013, No Comment

If you already tied the knot, pass this info on to some soon to be wed pals. Brooklyn Wine Exchange and One Girl Cookies, two well-known names in the BoCoCa hood, have joined forces to offer a super wedding day tasting of both wine and cake. Here’s the info you need:
The consultation will be held on two separate occasions at Brooklyn Wine Exchange’s Learning Center and will last from 2pm to 4pm on Sun, February 24 & Sun, March 24.
The cost is only $10 per couple.
At the tasting, staff from Brooklyn Wine Exchange will explain the role of wine at a wedding and the types of wines that pair best with particular foods. During the explanation, a variety of wines at different price levels will be poured for each guest. BWE will also offer special discount pricing for large-quantity purchases and free delivery to Brooklyn and Manhattan on the day of the wedding reception. Rebecca Lovett from One Girl Cookies will detail the wide range of custom wedding cakes the award-winning bakery offers and serve a variety of sample sweets.
To reserve space at either session, please contact Tim Farrell at Payment for each couple can be made at Brooklyn Wine Exchange on the day of the tasting.
Space is limited to twenty couples per session.

For $10, BoCoCaland may decide to renew our vows. Could be worth the goodies at this event.

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Opening Party at Kidville: Free to Public

By , 20 September, 2012, 1 Comment

Want to check out the brand new Carroll Gardens Kidville? Come hang out at the Grand Opening Party, Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 September from 9AM to 3PM. Not only can you tour the facility, there will be free activities the whole weekend, open play in the gym, art and crafts, Rockin Railroad concerts, and special promotions. If you like what you see, you can try out one of the free classes during the week of 1 to 6 October. Register for a trial class by calling or emailing: 718 715 0585 or

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Fall Membership Drive for Brooklyn Wine Exchange

By , 18 September, 2012, No Comment

Want to learn more about wine as the leaves turn color and we switch slowly from rose to red? Take advantage of this 50 percent off a YEAR membership at the Brooklyn Wine Exchange (138 Court St.)–from now until Sunday, 30 September. For $90, you’ll get a 10 percent discount on any wine purchase (excluding sparkling wine and liquor), and you can reserve seats for you and a guest at every class held in the Learning Center. Classes take place each Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon, which means you’ll get access to over 100 events covering wine, spirits, and even chef demonstrations. Of course, tastings are included (which is a nice evening out) and you receive 20 percent off featured wines after every class. Feel free to go in to the store to sign up, or just click here.

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Girl’s Night Out Alert: Floral Fete with One Girl Cookies

By , 7 September, 2012, No Comment

Grab your girls and head over to this fun, fizzy, sweet night out at One Girl Cookies DUMBO (33 Main Street) on Thursday, 20 September from 6pm to 9pm. Co-hosted by Brooklyn floral studio Blossom & Branch, you’ll learn the art of floral arranging and sugar paste flower-making–as well as a chance to create your very own boutonierre and of course, decorate your own cupcake. The champagne will be flowing and nibbles will be served. To purchase tickets, email or call 212 675 4996. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door on the 20th

Music Together: For Big Kids

By , 6 September, 2012, No Comment

In 2010, Naomi, of Naomi’s Music Together at 117 Remsen St., started offering a family music class in the evenings. Called Pajama Class, it starts at 6:30pm and allows parents who work to get some funky time with their kids. Now she’s come up with a new innovation which we think is kind of genius. Most music classes (not including instruments) are aimed at kids under 5. This Big Kids Class is for children 5,6 and 7 years old, blending the elements of Music Together with new activities, skills and challenges which are developmentally appropriate for this age group.

Big Kids classes lay the foundation for Basic Music Literacy, complementing music instruction in school or instrument lessons, and leading to a lifetime of joyful music-making. The curriculum includes solfège, solos and ensembles, folk dances, harmony singing, vocal development, and drumming. In a safe, fun environment, your child can experiment with new activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, and game songs.
Parent attendance is welcome but not required. Each family receives a Big Kids songbook, CD, solfège cards, and HomePlay activities, so that the entire family can continue the fun and learning at home and parents can stay connected with what the child is learning in class.

A free demo class will be held next Monday, 10 Sept, from 4pm to 5pm. Feel free to stop in and check it out.

Use Stroller as Excuse to See Art: Really

By , 11 June, 2012, No Comment

Brooklyn moms, here’s your chance to grab a little culture and get baby out for a walk. A.I.R Gallery (111 Front St.) in DUMBO is offering an event called Stroller Days for parents who would like to check out some art, meet some new folks and have a little nosh.
Taking place on 28 June, from 11am to 2pm, the day promises tours of current exhibitions, insightful discussion, adult conversation and a bit of artistic fun with local parents and art enthusiasts. The tour will take approximately 45-60 minutes and will focus on introducing the diverse programs found at the 111 Front Street Galleries such as contemporary photography, art collectives, street art, minimalist art, non-profit spaces and more. You can pre-register here to guarantee yourself a spot. The charge is $20 for each adult–children go free.

Man Confesses Love for Pink Wine: You Get to Taste

By , 8 June, 2012, No Comment

Not much says summer like a crisp glass of rose wine, so thought I’d quickly alert you to a free class this weekend at Brooklyn Wine Exchange (138 Court St.) called A MAN, WITHOUT SHAME, PROFESSES HIS LOVE FOR ROSE. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Not only will BWE’s Tim Farrell lead the class, which begins at 4pm this Saturday, 9 June, he’ll also be pulling his fave bottles down for a tasting. Give a call at 718-855-9463 today to reserve a seat.

New Kidville Opening in Carroll Gardens

By , 5 June, 2012, No Comment

Funny, for such a child-centric neighborhood, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens doesn’t have one of those giant spaces for preschool/play/classes/birthday parties like the ones in Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope. So you’re probably psyched that a new Kidville is opening at 380 Court St., near Carroll St., in September–though registration for classes is going on now.
Classes include the usual suspects: art, sports, music & dance and a pre-school alternative if you’ve been dumped on by all the schools in the hood. There’s also a playspace you can sign up for if you need somewhere to hang come colder weather, as well as tons of birthday packages–all of which run 90 minutes and include customizable themes (like superheroes and a dance party). Plus, a retail store is on the premises in case you want to browse while you’re waiting (you know how I feel about shopping).
Register for any class and you automatically receive a free silver membership for the family. And as a special introductory offer, if you register now, you’ll also get $50 toward any class and an upgrade to a gold membership. Welcome Kidville, we’ve been waiting for you.