You need to know about: Brooklynbilt cutting boards and Cardamaro amaro
Stuff we're obsessed with this week.
Mon Jun 20 2011
Brooklynbilt cutting board
Locavores can take their eating ethos beyond the grocery bag with these handmade cutting boards. To create the durable and handsome kitchen accessories, Park Slope furniture makers Andy Ring and Michael Herstand salvage wood scraps and Richlite (a smooth black countertop material made from recycled paper) from their workshop floor. Available at BKLYN Larder, 228 Flatbush Ave between Bergen St and Sixth Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-783-1250). $40 each.
Amari—bitter Italian herbal digestifs—just might be the spirit category of the moment, anchoring bar programs at places like Amor y Amargo and Rucola. New to the local market is the unusual Cardamaro—a wine-based variety that's mellower than your average amaro. Seventh-generation Piemonte vintner Giovanni Bosca infuses a muscat grape base with two relatives of the artichoke (cardoon and blessed thistle) and ages it in oak for six months. You can find the delicate pour worked into cocktails at top bars such as PDT and Death & Company, but at less than twenty bucks a bottle, it's also ideal for sipping neat at home. Available at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St at 4th St (212-674-7500). 750ml $18.99.