Don Paco Lopez Bakery

Don Paco Lopez Bakery Here are some of the photos I shot way back in October for the December issue of Edible Brooklyn. Rosca de Reyes is a Christmas bread eaten in January to celebrate "Day of the Kings". I was lucky enough to go to Don Paco Lopez Bakery in Sunset Park to witness the making of such deliciousness. Since I'm not a good writer please read the article from Edible Brooklyn by Jamie Feldmar here in digital form on page 80 or pick up a free copy if you see them.

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Road Trip - New Haven

Early last month my friends and I took a trip out to New Haven, hoping to try some apizza. Sadly we only made it out to one place, Modern Apizza, but I had fun the whole day. Randomly got lost when we first got to New Haven and found a bunch of taco trucks. We definitely had to try some and of course I got a lengua taco. At Modern Apizza we met up with our friends Mary & Derek and order a pie with half clams and half clams casino which had clams, bacon and peppers. We also ordered a whole pie with tomatoes. After eating 2 whole large pies we went to Yale to stroll around. Yale reminded me the time I was in Cambridge walking around Harvard. By the end of the day we drove by Sally's and Pete's but there were lines out the door and well we were all very full and tired. Also I didn't fell like standing in line in the cold, which of course means a much needed 2nd trip to New Haven.Random Mexican Street Food

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Seattle And San Francisco

Paulie Gee'sI'll be spending the last week of 2010 in Seattle and San Francisco. Pretty exciting stuff. Last time I was in Seattle was 2006 and San Francisco in 2008. Even though it's vacation time and I would very much like to just chill and hang out in both cities, I want to use my time there being productive.

Some of you maybe familiar with my photo project where I take behind the scenes photos of food centric people, shops and restaurants in Brooklyn. People, shops and restaurants that make Brooklyn interesting. My goal is to show people what they usually don't see. The preparations of a pie dinner, a food blogger at work or a Monday morning delivery to a butcher shop. So I want to do the same thing in Seattle and San Francisco. I want to meet the people that lives in Seattle and San Francisco and are making those cities unique because of what they love to do.

I need your help. I don't know enough about the food scene in both cities to actually make a list of people/places I want to contact. If there are food bloggers in both cities that believe in something and are making a difference in their communities, I want to meet them or passionate pizza makers or local butchers demystifying meat or talented chefs doing intimate dinners or bread makers or farmers or...well basically everybody!

Please email me at donny {at} donnytsang {dot} com or just leave a comment below.

Pie For Dinner At Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Pie For Dinner at Four & Twenty BlackbirdsFour & Twenty Blackbirds, one of my favorite pie places, recently started doing a monthly "Pie For Dinner" with Chef Nate Smith. I randomly came into contact with Chef Smith, he saw my photo of a dish he made at The Spotted Pig and emailed me for a copy of it. I was curious what he was up to and that was when he told me about the Pie For Dinner event at Four & Twenty. When he first told me I *GASP. I do love pies very much. I asked if I can go and take behind the scenes photos at one of the pie dinners and he said sure.

This past Sunday I was in the Four & Twenty kitchen for over 5 hours shooting photos. I had so much fun that night. Everybody was so cool and nice enough to offer me beer and wine. While plating the starter dish I jumped in to help and grated cheese onto the dish. The night ended with all of us trying out Brooklyn Brewery's Black Ops, beer that was aged in bourbon barrels.

Here's what they served that night. Warm Cabbage with Wild Mushrooms

Rabbit and Root Vegetable Pie

Salty Nut Chess Pie with Maple Cream

Complimentary beers selected by Brooklyn Brewery.

Chef Smith told me that he had spent about a week preparing and freezing the pies. Around 4pm when he arrived at Four & Twenty they started right away with the preparations. First was adding egg wash onto all the rabbit pot pies. After that the pies went straight into the oven. During that time they spent cleaning up the place, cleaned the dishes, forks and cups and arranged the tables for the night. As the night progressed the kitchen was filled with the warm smell of delicious pies being baked in the oven. Everyone was tempted to open the oven and just stared at the deliciousness. At 7pm the guests began to arrive. Bottles of Brooklyn lager were passed out to the guests and the chef started work on the starter, though he told me that it wasn't really a starter since he intended the veg dish to be eaten at the same time as the pie. Before getting to the starter, he took out all of the pies from the oven, unmolded them from the pie tin and back into the oven to crisp up the bottom part as well. When both the starters and pies went out it was time for Melissa and Emily, owners of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, to get to work on their dessert pies. The night ended with so many happy filled tummies and happy faces. I even bumped into my friend Liza de Guia and somehow talked her into watching The Walking Dead.

As of now both December and January dinners are sold out but they are planning more for 2011 so stay tune! ALSO vegetarian pies are available too, just let them know ahead of time.

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