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Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off

29 Nov

My charming friend Bethel convinced me to take part in this year’s Brooklyn Pie Bake-off. After a few dry runs we submitted our pies: mine was Maple Buttermilk , with candied bacon and this crust.
Bethel made her famous chocolate chip pie with a twist: macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.
Sadly neither of us won – but we had a great time! The event was super-crowded and we could barely even get to the pie. Luckily, however, we could easily reach the Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale.

Maple Dream Pie:

White & Dark Chocolate Chip Pie with Macadamia Nuts:

 

Di Fara’s – Lives up to the hype

29 Sep

Last week Jay, Diego, and I travelled down to Midwood, Brooklyn to sample Di Fara’s famed pizza. And it was really good!
We went on Wednesday, and arrived around 11:20. We were the only people waiting until about 11:45, when some more “pizza tourists” and some regulars showed up. Upon entering once they opened at noon, we ordered a regular pie and were presented with one fresh out the oven – no waiting! The pie was flavorful with plenty of fresh basil and a healthy sprinkling of freshly shaved parmesan. What makes Di Fara’s so special is that Dom DeMarco, the owner, makes (or oversees the making of) each pie himself. Here is some additional information from Slice: http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2009/07/is-difara-pizza-slice-worth-5-dollars-whens-the-best-time-to-go-whats-good-there.html

This pizza is some of the best I have had – up there with Pizzeria Regina in Boston (original location only please).