On Brooklyn Home Brewing and Hopping with Anticipation
On Brooklyn Home Brewing and Hopping with Anticipation

Remember the anticipation of childhood? The upcoming birthday. Christmas morning. Summer camp. Children are capable of an eagerness so passionate, you can almost watch them vibrate when they ponder certain approaching moments. Of course, we soon learn that the anticipation is often strangely sweeter than the ultimate gratification. But I must admit, I’m feeling some great, giddy excitement since visiting the Brooklyn Flea recently and picking up one of Brooklyn Brew Shop’s dandy little homebrew beer kits.

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Snacks to Help You Tri Harder

If you’re a longtime reader, you may have noticed I’ve posted more infrequently lately. There’s a reason for that: In order to fulfill a personal New Year’s Resolution this year, I’m training for my very first triathlon — a sprint tri in Central Park that takes place next month. Now, maybe some people can complete an Ironman event in their sleep, but if you’d known me when I was a sprout, you’d know what a big deal even a sprint-length triathlon is for me.

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Miss Ginsu, Meet… Ginsu

Any longtime readers may remember I had a spot of trouble last year with a fellow who wasn’t keen on my use of the name Miss Ginsu . As it turned out, one of the execs at Quikut, the company who owns the Ginsu name saved the day, and this little food blog lived on. Yay! And now, suprise, surprise… that very same Quikut executive just sent over an actual set of Ginsu knives for me to check out.

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Testing Six Different Fizzy Waters

My friend’s daughter calls sparkling mineral water “busy water” (a take on fizzy water, I believe). It seems quite appropriate to me: bubbly water is liquid on the move. It’s the busiest water you’re going to find. As much as I adore New York Tap, I also happen to be a big fan of the sparkling stuff. It replaces soda pop as a recreational beverage for me (no calories, no sugar, lotsa fizz!

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New Favorite Thing: Hidden Kitchens Podcasts

I haven’t done a plain old-fashioned passionate rave for a while, so it’s probably about time. Now, I admit, sometimes I’m slow to catch on to stuff. “Hidden Kitchens,” a terrific NPR mini-show that sometimes appears buried within Morning Edition broadcasts, is sort of a case-in-point. I’d heard a few of the shows in the past, but I just never got around to subscribing to the podcast. Silly me! In the mere minutes each episode contains, the Kitchen Sisters plunge a listener into worlds that contain so much more than cooking and food.

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What to Buy For the Eater

After getting a few nifty gastronomy-centric gifts for my birthday this year, I realized another Miss Ginsu gift guide might be in order. Thus, I give you: What to Buy for the Eater The basic philosophy is this: if you already know your recipient loves food, all you have to do is just select one of the secondary characteristics listed below and voila … they’re gift-ified! (And since most of the stuff here costs less than $30, you shouldn’t have to smash the piggybank to make ‘em smile.

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Travel On Swordfish Heads & Side Trips

Invariably, travels take people to some big destination city. After all, that’s where the airports are, and said destination city is probably chock-full of wealth and wonders, museums and mausoleums. But there’s something infinitely charming and memorable about the little side trips on the way to and from those destination cities. Is the delight of the small locale wrapped up in its lack of options? Are they winsome because big cities offer predictable experiences and guidebook-ready hot spots, while little villages and tiny towns pop up into your world with no expectations at all?

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Seeking Out the Heavenly Slice
Travel Seeking Out the Heavenly Slice

We came, we saw, we ate pizza. That’s how you roll in Rome. Carb-heavy. Pasta with every meal. Pizza on every corner. But if you’re lucky, you’ll find slices that are worth the trip and the caloric load. Not far from The Beehive, where we stayed, we discovered a good neighborhood pizzeria on Via Merulana. (I was a bit tired at the time, but I believe the place in question was Cecchini Vincenzo E C (SNC) , Via Merulana 203.

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Travel Sipping Italy’s Cups of Gold

Based around its fresh, local ingredients, Italy clearly boasts one of the world’s greatest cuisines. That said, it’s not difficult for a hungry traveler to find a soggy slice of pizza, a vile vino or a poorly treated plate of pasta. Having just returned from a week in the regions of Lazio and Abruzzo, I can attest to a wide range of quality on offer. But Italian coffee is a different story altogether.

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Five Favorite NYC Soups: A Cure for What Ails You

Just about everyone I know has a cold right now. They snuffle, they sniffle, they choke and cough. And I know what they need. They need soup. For those of us without the foresight, fortitude or free time to make and freeze quick stock for quick soups (and yes, I often find I’ve left my freezer lacking at exactly the wrong time), New York City provides many delicious options. (Thanks, New York!

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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