Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mermaid's Garden Seafood Market / Bon Appétit

I have a few photographs included in this Bon Appétit article about The Feast of Seven Fishes, featuring Mermaid's Garden. You can read the entire article by clicking here

I had photographed Bianca Piccillo and Mark Usewicz of Mermaid's Garden in the past  when they were operating as a CSF (Community Supported Fishery) but they have now opened the city's first fully sustainable seafood market in Brooklyn. Maybe you would like to serve oysters for New Year's Eve or pick up some prepared octopus salad or tuna meatballs or you might just be like me and have waited forever for a really great seafood market to open in your neighborhood so you can eat more fish. Well it's here and it's beautiful! Below are some other photos I took of the new shop at 644 Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 718-638-1910. 

All images © Valery Rizzo

Mermaid's garden also offers cooking classes, if you would like to learn more about cooking seafood. Wondering how to prepare sea urchins, why not make Sea Urchin Butter which they also sell housemade in the shop and they suggest using as a finishing touch on pasta, vegetables, eggs or toast.

Sea Urchin Butter

You'll need 2 parts unsalted butter : 1 part fresh sea urchin roe by weight for this compound butter.

Allow the butter to soften at room temperature. Place the butter and sea urchin roe in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the two are combined. You may need to stop and scrap down the sides of the bowl while processing. When combined add salt to taste. Put the butter into a container with a tightly sealing lid and store in the freezer. Allow the butter to soften for a few hours in the refrigerator before using. It's fine to do this repeatedly as you use the butter bit by bit.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter at New Amsterdam Market

All images © Valery Rizzo

Sunday I went to New Amsterdam Market's winter market at The South Street Seaport. By far it is the best market in all of New York City. Imagine all your favorite local shops, makers, farmers, fisherman, foragers, you name it (many of them from Brooklyn) and gather them together in one place and there you have New Amsterdam Market, which this sunday was made even more magical by the Holiday Season. There was a garland making demonstration from Brooklyn Florist Emily Thompson, I found out about an Oyster Lovers Meetup Group in Gowanus Brooklyn, which sounds like fun and I bought some black walnuts from The Wild Food Gathers Guild from Vermont. I am planning to use the walnuts in some holiday cookies, only I need a vise and a hammer to get to the nuts inside...wish me luck! and happy holidays to you all!

This beautiful beloved market is in threat of being evicted to make way for yet another high rise luxury condo...Yuck! to be built on the site of the historic Old Fulton Fish Market
Building a city landmark which would be demolished. Leading the redevelopment of the South Street Seaport, The New Amsterdam Market would like to instead revitalize the historic Old Fulton Fish Market as a Public Market and help to preserve some of the areas unique history, which is already being taken over by more luxury developments and shopping mall chain stores. The next few months will determine the future of this iconic area. If you would like to learn more about the market or find out what you can do to help fund their 2014 campaign click here.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kings County Distillery / Edible Brooklyn Drinks Issue

All images © Valery Rizzo, Cover photo © Alan Gastelum

The Drinks Issue of Edible Brooklyn is about to hit the stands and thanks to the brilliant editors of Edible I have the pleasure of being published in a nice feature together with Colin Spoelman of Kings County Distillery who wrote the excerpt. Pick up a printed copy at local stores or read the digital copy by clicking here. The Issue is also packed with so many other wonderful articles about drink makers in Brooklyn, I definitely want to try the Barrow's ginger liqueur featured on the cover!