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For Pizza Based on a Recommendation: “Luigi’s Pizza”

It all began innocently enough. Just two pizza enthusiasts sitting around talking about the food they both love. One, Matt DiGesu, happened to own the establishment we were in: “Pizzeria La Rosa” ( ) and the other is yours truly.  As you read in the above linked blog post, I finished my visit to that New Rochelle pizza joint with a pleasant conversation with its co-owner. At that time he recommenced I try “Luigi’s” fresh mozzarella slice, as it is the best he has ever had. Since I have never heard of it I prompted Googled it when I returned to my table. From that moment on I set my sights on a visit. On the day I passed by, I was only planning to pick up an order I phoned in. You guessed it: a fresh mozzarella pizza. Thank God I didn’t plan to eat any of it there! There is literally one table at which an employee was currently sitting. Out of the five or so people inside, I was the only customer.  After a few minutes of standing th

For the Never Ending Deliciousness of a Greenpoint Bakery: “Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop”

What comes after a delicious meal? Dessert of course!  Technically I stopped by the legendary “Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop” before my trip to “Pizza Moto” (see previous post) but I didn’t eat my dessert until much later, once I returned home.  I first encountered the delightfulness of these donuts at another Brooklyn destination; “Brooklyn Farmacy” thanks to the wise advice I received from Ms. Tina Fey.  No, sadly Tina and are I not yet besties, but I read about her love for these donuts and where they could be found in The New York Times. For the longest time the memory of these donuts were what I hung onto until I discovered and continued to rediscover my love of “Doughnut Plant” .  While Doughnut Plant’s originality can’t be beat, when you are in the mood for a traditional donut you have to go old school. To a place that has a long standing history, a recipe that remains unchanged, and a popularity that can’t be reckoned with.   One of the old

For Another Pizza Friday in Brooklyn: “Pizza Moto”

Well, another #pizzaFriday has come and gone and with it another check mark can be put on my annual to do list ( ).  “Pizza Moto” opened in 2006 and is located in a most unusual spot; underneath the Gowanus Expressway, just a hop, skip, and jump towards Manhattan. The outside is very dimly lit (its not much brighter on the inside) and you can miss it if you aren’t looking very carefully. I actually employed my Google maps walking feature from my parking spot on the corner of the block to find it.  The restaurant is small and intimate but very much bustling with activity. Thankfully they take reservations, which is not common for a place with this much popularity. I made one and was glad I did. I sat in the front, corner, at a long table facing out towards the window and yes, the expressway. Odd location except for the very logical reason for it.  Prior to being “Pizza Moto” it was a “Papa John’s. That was the reason the partners b

For Find Out Friday - Is “Sleep Expert” Really a Job?

I have insomnia.  No, I am not bragging or complaining.  Ok maybe I want to complain a little bit. Insomnia is one of the most annoying things about living in my body and believe me I have had my share of inconvenient illnesses. Insomnia is much more than trouble sleeping.  The Mayo Clinic defines insomnia: “Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.” The record for consecutive days without sleep is eleven and I fear what that person was like at that point. My person best was about three days and they might have been harder on those around me due to my very charming attitude I was walking around with.  Of course just because you don’t sleep well or at all, your daily obligations

For a Daily Slice of Pie: “Daly Pie”

After a savory meal most folks like a bit of sweet to cleanse their palette. Occasionally I am one of these people.  As I was walking back to my car after brunch (see previous post) I happened upon another Instagram profile I was already quite familiar with; “Daly Pie”.  I was in this Prospect Park neighborhood at the end of December and this shop has a rotating selection of pies based on seasonal availability of the produce they use. My mouth had watered many times looking at their classic icebox style of fruit pies over the summer which I already knew would not be an option during this initial visit. That being said I could not resist stopping in as I walked on by.  On this morning it was quiet inside so it was easy for me to hone in immediately on their glass display case. There wasn’t much of a selection so I went with what seemed closest to my taste preferences and ordered a slice of the Chocolate S’mores Pie to go. Much later on that day