Glorious Eats: Butcher’s Paper Dinner Series at Brooklyn Grange

Brooklyn Grange Farm

I’ve been wanting to explore Brooklyn Grange — an urban rooftop farm atop the Standard Motors Building in Queens — for ages, and got my chance a few weeks back at one of their Butcher’s Paper Dinners, co-hosted with Edible Queens. We arrived just after 3pm and were greeted with a glass of cold beer from Queen’s Brewery poured straight from the keg.

The night’s dinner was prepared by Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based Pies n’ Thighs, which has developed quite a following for its fantastic fried chicken and, of course, their delicious pies.

We headed to the farm’s massive white oak communal table, which overlooks Manhattan. From there, servers came with bowls and bowls of cold fried chicken, pickled vegetables, biscuits, corn bread and corn, as well as refill after refill of beer. The table seats 150, but it felt like there was enough food for twice that. Luckily we managed to save a little room for the summer pies at the end.

While we ate, a DJ played excellent summer tunes heavy on the Motown (does it get any better than Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up“?)

There are still several dinners scheduled for the rest of the summer and fall including:

July 20: Summer Eats with Momo Sushi Shack

August 17: Rooftop Crab Broil 

September 28: One Serious Sandwich

October 5: BrisketTown presents ROOFTOP RIBFEST! 

Brooklyn Grange also hosts events throughout the week ranging from farm tours, composting classes, honey tastings and hive tours and wine and cheese tastings. The next one on my list: rooftop yoga at sunset. See their complete list of events and purchase tickets here.

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The Glorious Bucket List: The Beaches of Block Island

Bluffs Beach


Where: Block Island, a 7,000 acre, pork chop-shaped island off the coast of Rhode Island

Why: Often called “the Bermuda of the North”, much of the 17-miles of beach front on this island offers clean, powdery sand and clear, turquoise-blue water similar in feel to the beaches of the Caribbean.

How: Most visitors arrive to the island via ferry from New London, CT or Point Judith, RI, and New England Airlines offers daily shuttle flights, too. Rent a bike or a moped from Aldo’s on Weldons Way—the best way to navigate the island’s winding, country roads.

The main beach on the island is Crescent Beach, which stretches along the island’s east coast from the ferry landing at Old Harbor to Clay Head. It includes Town Beach, a best bet for families as this busy stretch includes a pavilion with food, restrooms, and changing rooms, as well as life guards during peak hours.

Fitness fans will appreciate the journey to Bluffs Beach at Mohegan Bluffs marked by the Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, accessible via a long, steep staircase. Our favorite time to visit is first thing in the morning when the beach is nearly empty, and visitors can wander along and take in the dozens of stacked rocks placed there by previous visitors, and maybe create one themselves.

Vacationers looking for a bit of privacy should bike down the dirt road to the Clay Head Preserve, where a short hike leads to Clayhead beach. On the way back to the trail head, visitors should take time to explore “the Maze”, a series of interconnected pathways offering spectacular viewpoints of the island.

Best of all, admission and parking at all beaches is free.

More: For maps, photos, and travel info on the island, check out the Block Island Tourism Council’s super-helpful website.

Town Beach


Bluffs Beach


A couple enjoys the quiet of the beach accessible via the Clay Head Preserve’s nature trail

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From Our Travels Around the World Wide Web

via Honestly…WTF


• Some gorgeous shots from around Maine from Honestly…WTF

• Three days in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country via Budget Travel

• 50 things to do in 50 states via Country Living 

• A look at Mississippi’s last fife and drum blues musicians from T Magazine

• Biking through Vermont with the New York Times

• The recipe for a scrumptious Lemon Icebox Pie from Bayou Bakery in Arlington, VA via Garden & Gun and a recipe for wild mushroom risotto from the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, OR via Wayfare

• Some glorious drives from the Iconic Road Trips series on Gadling 

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Glorious Tunes: Other Lives

We’re loving the modern folk sound of Oklahoma band Other Lives. Comprised of Jesse Tabish (vocals, piano, guitar and percussion), Jenny Hsu (cello and backing vocals), Jon Mooney (violin, horns, piano and percussion), Colby Owens (clarinet and percussion) and Josh Onstott (bass and percussion), the group’s songs have a dreamy, dramatic quality that reminds us of Fleet Foxes or Radiohead—in fact, Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace project released a remix of the title track of their second album, Tamer Animals. You can check out the video for the song above and, if you want to catch them live, the band will be touring the U.S. this fall, with their first gig set for September 29 in Tulsa, OK. Go here to see the complete list of cities and dates.

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