While autumn’s first day might still be a ways away on the calendar, sweater weather has definitely arrived! The neighborhood is filling back up as folks make their return from nearby getaways and far-flung adventures, and families are bustling to get their kids ready for the first day of school. We’ve got our own back to school list ready, from after-school snacks to lunchbox essentials to easy dinners, that are sure to make the grade with everyone!
Juice boxes have always been a lunchbox staple, but this season we’re upgrading the juice game. You’ll want to keep an eagle eye out for Lumi Juice, a new collection of cold-pressed juices. These are made from organic ingredients like beets, cucumbers, grapefruit, and granny smith apples, just to name a few. They’re sure to power up anyone’s lunch, whether in the school yard or the office break room, as well as fuel workouts and early grab-and-go breakfasts. Need something with a bigger kick to it to wake you up, and maybe even keep playground cooties at bay? Try Lumi’s health shots—the jalapeño shot is bound to kickstart your brain, while bringing something new to the shots scene.
If you’re feeling more than just thirsty, few snack combos are as classic as juice and cookies. Try satisfying your sweet tooth with Makabi & Sons shortbread sandwich cookies, new to our shelves. We just can’t stop munching on them! Made by hand by founder Eiman Behmanesh in LA, these cookies bring new meaning to thinking globally and eating locally, infusing flavors from afar into buttery cookies and smooth creme. It’s hard to choose between spicy chocolate and cayenne, smooth and aromatic earl grey, and earthy matcha with black sesame. Our best recommendation is not to choose at all and stock up! Whether you’re sneaking one into a lunchbox or hosting a weekend shindig, you won’t regret treating yourself.
Springtime brings a whole batch of fresh ingredients, in the produce section (ramps! fiddleheads!), meat case (house made chicken sausages!), and in our deli (fresh Sfoglini pasta with pesto!). The Spring inspired flavors in the Ice Cream case are probably our favorite, though!
Jeni’s never rests, always re-inventing her luxurious frozen delights. We’re excited to introduce her Apricot Yogurt, Raspberry Yogurt, and a new sandwich, the Orchid Vanilla. Made with Ugandan vanilla bean ice cream and dollop of black currant jam, between two almond macaroons, these are flying faster than you can say “Mothers Day.” We’ll have someone from Jeni’s handing out tastes on May 1st!
Paul from Adirondack Creamery has announced a new version of their coffee flavor, High Peak Perk. With flecks of coffee bean, their pure, locally made ice cream will keep you buzzing with glee.
Lastly, we’re really excited to announce that any day now, we’ll have three new offerings from Phin & Phebes. Their re-worked version of Coconut Key Lime is packed with graham cracker chunks, and for those who like a little salt with their sweet, Peanutty Pretzel and Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel is sure to delight.
In honor of Spring finally here, we’ve got a double whammy of free tastings this Saturday with three amazing ladies.
First, from 11am-1, Jody from Kriemhild Dairy will be bringing their sun-drenched grass fed butter. Bright yellow from the grass’s natural beta carotene, and one of the highest butterfat contents we’ve ever seen (85%!), this butter is absolutely delicious shmeared on any of our local breads or fresh seasonal vegetables. Come chat with the owner about the nutritional benefits this butter packs, and what it’s like to be a farmer in upstate NY!
After you’ve spent the day foraging around Brooklyn, come back at 3pm and cool off with a taste of Phin and Phebes ice cream, made right here in our fair boro. Made with milk from the Quality Dairy Farms coop in NY state, these ladies offer some super creative flavors such as Banana Whama and Vietnamese Iced Coffee. And if you check out their site, you’ll discover some of their experimental ice cream float ideas with some of our favorite adult sodas. Yum!
If you find yourself craving for a little pick me up, you need Steve’s Ice Cream’s new flavor, NOLA Coffee and Donuts. Made with Blue Bottle Coffee, which is blended with chicory as in the New Orleans style, and organic sugar, for a distinct Southern style brew. Steve mixes in crumbled donuts for texture, Old Fashions, we think.
This pint’s probably got enough caffeine to keep the party going after a few pints of say, Brooklyn Chcoolate Stout, the star of BKLYN Blackout, another one of Steve’s creations. Then visit The Annex for a hot cup of more Blue Bottle in the morning!
…This is just a friendly reminder that in between shivering and fantasizing that it’s already spring, you should to stop into Provisions at 2pm this Saturday for a tasting of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. She painstakingly crafts her ice creams in flavors both classic (coffee, pistachio, pecan) and startlingly new (lavender, sweet potato, hot toddy, banana cajeta), but using ingredients like fine Askinosie chocolate and milk from Snowville Creamery.
Jeni’s creams are uniformly flavor-intensive, mostly gluten-free, and perfect with a cup of black coffee, so bring a friend!
….In fact, have a lot of it! For the next 10 days we’ll be featuring select items in advance of Valentine’s Day (that’s February 14th, 2013 A.D., fellas) such as this delectable red velvet sandwich cookie, from Brooklyn’s esteemed Butter + Love bakery, featured in New York Magazine’s Shop-O-Matic gift guide!
Check back in the coming days for more tips, and come into Provisions to order a gift basket – one of ours, or a custom-designed one of your own.