Drink This Barrel Aged Beer That's as Dominant as Kentucky Basketball

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
Double Negative in the Barrel
The end of March is imminent, and so comes the season when the country fixes its collective gaze upon NCAA college basketball. This year, however, it seems pointless to devote too much time and effort to the annual sports phenomenon. That's because Kentucky, undefeated throughout the season, currently with 37 consecutive victories, dominates the draw. Last night the team doubled the score of its respectable opponent, throttling West Virginia by a 38 point margin in the round of sixteen. Several nights earlier, the Brooklyn-based gypsy brewing team of Grimm Artisanal Ales released their Double Negative; it's a stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and so well pedigreed to be our beer of the week. Since we can't dedicate this one to the boys on the floor -- most of them are under drinking age -- I propose a toast, instead, to the stubborn folks who think any other team stands a chance. They're going to need a stiff drink of reality.

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Behold, the First Fresh Carrots in the Greenmarket

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Katherine Knowles for the Village Voice
The first fresh carrots of 2015
The very first, very tentative, tiny carrots hit the Greenmarket today. Finally, some un-stored, fresh picked produce coming out of the ground. Spring is really here. Much rejoicing.

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A Taste of the Teahouse Treats at Windsor Terrace's East Wind Snack Shop

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Photos by Zachary Feldman for the Village Voice
Foie gras bao
Chef Chris Cheung has cooked his way through numerous New York City restaurant kitchens over the past two decades. As a line cook, he landed a spot on Nobu's launch team and worked under Wylie Dufresne during the pioneer's tenure at Jean-Georges. Later, he ran the short-lived Almond Flower Bistro in Chinatown and the Hotel Elysee's Monkey Bar. Last month, the Chinatown-raised progressive Chinese chef opened East Wind Snack Shop (471 16th Street, Brooklyn; 929-295-0188), bringing elevated homemade dim sum and small plates to Brooklyn's Windsor Terrace, the neighborhood he's called home during most of his career.

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L'Apicio's Chef Goes Back to His Roots With a One-Weekend-Only Tex-Mex Pop-Up

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Courtesy Epicurean Group
Gabe Thompson
Gabe Thompson is the chef behind one of New York City's most successful Italian restaurant groups; he presides over the kitchens of dell'anima, Anfora, L'Artusi, and L'Apicio. But for the past several years, the Texas native has been quietly pushing for a Tex-Mex restaurant, since he sees it as a gaping hole in the Big Apple's dining options.

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Looking for Healthy Restaurants Near You? There's an App for That

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Greenhopping via Facebook
Locate green juice and other healthy food via GreenHopping
At the age of 22, Catherine Cuello was in the midst of a health crisis, and it took her doctors a long time -- and several misdiagnoses -- to figure out what was wrong. She was stressed, and she decided to completely transform her life. Cuello quit her job, changed her eating habits, took time to travel, and began to pursue passion projects. One of those aims to help others institute healthy changes, as well: Cuello built and her fiance Alfred Fuente built GreenHopping, an app that utilizes users' smartphone GPS to track down healthy food in the area.

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Have an Early Taste of the Greenmarket Food at Irvington

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Courtesy Irvington
"What else would you cook in a restaurant on the edge of a greenmarket?" asks Scott Gerber, the brains behind a coterie of hotspots including Kingside, and now, Irvington (201 Park Avenue South, 212-677-0425). "Our vegetables come from the market, our eggs, our butter. That's what dictates the menu: what looks great on the stall across the street."

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This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

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Like mozzarella? Your opinion is needed this weekend.
It's Friday and a weekend full of opportunities awaits. Here are five of the best eating and drinking events taking place over the next two days.

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Tap Into Brooks Headley's Punk Rock Approach to Life and Dessert

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All images courtesy W.W. Norton
Brooks Headley heads the dessert program at one of NYC's best and most expensive restaurants, Del Posto. He recently released a cookbook. But if you're imagining a volume that evokes images of rolling vineyards in the Tuscan countryside or strawberries ripening on the bush, think again. The James Beard Award winner is a former punk drummer, and his book, Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts, explores his ascent into culinary stardom through the lens of a young punk.

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No Distillery, No Problem: Why You Should Buy Whiskey Without a Corporate Legend

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Brad Japhe for the Village Voice
Barrell Whiskey Batch 001 and Barrell Bourbon Batch 004
So there's this dirty, not-so-little secret in the whiskey industry involving production and bottling: A large majority of so-called craft spirits aged in the barrel aren't actually distilled by the folks whose name you see on the label. That means many celebrated small-batch brands are little more than pretty bottlers. This fact has been well documented, yet it continues to shock many a drinker.

Now, does this make these products inferior? Absolutely not. In fact, with Barrell Bourbon, a strong case can be made for just the opposite. And unlike others, which sell a misleading story on the label to cloak the origins of what lies beneath, Barrell is straightforward with the consumer. It's not selling you a story, just a damn fine whiskey, and its newest release just hit shelves earlier this month.

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Here's a Taste of the East Village's Pardon My French

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All photos by Billy Lyons for the Village Voice
Thyme-roasted bone marrow with baguette
You'll pour your own wine at Pardon My French (103 Avenue B; 212-358-9683), a restaurant from Brazilian-French chef Guilherme Barreto — the restaurant serves via an old tradition called à la ficelle: a method of wine payment that counts how many glasses you've consumed using a knotted string.


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