Posts Tagged ‘brooklyn’

I Left Rockaway


Besides a few visits to see my mother on Long Island and an excursion to Pennsylvania to pick up a birdbath, this past weekend was the first time I left Rockaway since the start of the pandemic. Matt and I went to Coney Island on Friday. I haven’t been in many years. Luna Park was closed and we couldn’t catch part of a Cyclones game but the vibe was fun and animated nonetheless. Nathan’s was open as were a few other restaurants and bars with outdoor dining. We walked from […]

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Bushwick Pet Superette Indeed Super!

Bushwick Pet Superette

My next door neighbor recommended I shop for Fiver at Bushwick Pet Superette. I’m a regular now. Customer service is top-notch. Every time I walk in, I’m asked if I need a hand with anything. I’ve never waited on a long line and most times there are free samples at the counter for your pet! There’s always a few people hanging around chatting about their furry friends – it’s a friendly, animaly-loving vibe. There’s a wide range of healthy choice dog / cat foods and products, not the regular run-of-the-mill: […]

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Fridge Tales: Laura and Yessit

Laura's fridge

Laura and Yessit Location: Brooklyn Nationality: Euro trash This is the “you used to be so cute… I can’t possibly be mad at you anymore” side of our fridge. We posted pics of us as kids- ends about 90% of fights. Editor’s note: This is the forth of our series “Fridge Tales”. What resides on a person’s or family’s refrigerator is a window into their personality, culture and life. Learn more about the Tomato Gals by taking a peak inside our kitchens. What does your fridge look like? We’re interested in […]

Origins of Iavarone brothers in Bushwick “the old neighborhood”


  I grew up with Iavarone’s as one of my family’s go-to Italian markets. Located on Union Turnpike, Iavarone’s is a 5 minute drive from our house in New Hyde Park. I remember my Mom saying, “That’s were you get the good stuff”. Iavarone’s market sells imported olive oil and vinegars, picked goods,  fresh deli cut meats and specialty cheeses, prepared foods, stuffed peppers with prosciutto, antipasto salad – all the Italian culinary staples. When I moved to Ridgewood, I came across the Iavarone Brothers on Grand Ave in Maspeth. Were these the […]

“The Epicenter of Professionally Hung Christmas Lights”

Dyker Heights Brooklyn Christmas

The Italian-American neighborhood of Dyker Heights is famously known for its elaborate Christmas light displays.  I’ve never been, and I LOVE the Christmas season, so for me this was a no-brainer: I dragged my husband (and rent-a-husband / bro-in-law) with me after the Walsh Christmas party last Saturday. “It’s on the way,” I said, with my eyes glazed over with Christmas “cheer”. Obviously, in the car, I insisted we put on the 24/7 Christmas music station. We arrived and the streets were packed with families, tourists with big cameras, multiple Elmos, Frosty, Santa, and […]

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The Comfort of Food


We have all seen the movies when a character dies and people come to pay their respects with plates of food. This week, I am reminded of how that fit into my life 25 years ago when my father died. I had spoken to him early in the morning, like always. By afternoon he was gone. When I heard the news, first I cried. Then I set out to work.  I was home with my two little girls, too young to understand why mommy rushed to the store with them […]

“The Water’s Better in Brooklyn”

My mom, flanked by her two daughters. I used to be lanky.

Post By Fran Honan I was preparing my lentil soup the other day like I do every time it starts to get cold. I grabbed lentils, onions, some cans of chunky tomato sauce, and a big pot to cook it all in. When I went to pour some water from my large sink, a memory came back to me. My own mother didn’t have it so easy when she made lentil soup, or any soup, back when I’d help her as a little girl. My family lived from 1948 to 1959 in a small […]