turkey dinner

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and you’ve burnt the turkey–WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Even long-time meal-preparors know this horror, that’s why our friends at Thanksgiving Rescue have got you covered! We talked to Tim and Mike, TR founders and main “turkey emergency room” “attendants” about just what their Shang Heights-based company does.

“Basically if you burned your turkey, we will deliver a fresh, perfectly prepared one, within the hour on Thanksgiving Day.”

The service is totally original, say the culinary pair.

“This happened to a friend of mine when she hosted a Friendsgiving a couple years ago. The turkey was totally burned on the outside ad ice cold on the inside. If we had been around she could have called Thanksgiving Rescue and had a new turkey in time for dinner.”

With supermarkets in a panic to make sure all of their turkeys are sold by Novemeber 28th, Tim and Mike purchase turkeys at a discount, and have them prepared by the evening.

“Just because we’re able to buy last-minute turkeys, doesn’t mean we sacrifice quality. Our turkey’s are prepared lovingly and cooked in city Sanitation Department-certified ovens.” assured Mike.

“Also beggars can’t be choosers.”

Added Tim.

Although this blogger will be upstate for the holiday, unlucky chefs may gobble up this totally new service.


Thanksgiving Rescue

347 565 8014

Nori With Attitude at Compton Sushi

We spent our lunch break today chatting with Jesse and Fletcher Getz, the siblings/restaurateurs behind the newly minted Compton Sushi on 8th Ave!

The Getz brothers wanted to bring the Southern Californian flavors to NYC, but felt their restaurant needed to have a twist.

“I was a line cook for years at a couple of Venice Beach seafood places,” said Fletcher, who cut his teeth at Salt Air and Crow’s Nest, “so I knew what the traditional boardwalk food was all about. And Jesse spent some time in Japan eating sushi basically every other meal.”

 According to Jesse, “It just seemed natural to combine the two.”

“We love New York so far, but we know a lot of West Coasters get homesick, so we wanted to bring a little bit of Cali to Brooklyn, and we had a few friends who had just moved to the area.”

“We loved the Asian vibe and foresaw a kind of West meets East situation.”

The Japanese/American restaurant grabs influences from both coasts, with a nod to the Coney boardwalk in a Chili/Cheese Tonkatsu.  The West coast gets love from the Tojo Dog, an oriental take on  Dodger Stadium’s famous 10-inch Dodger Dog. Continue reading

English Drive

The canvassers were hopeful as they stood on a sunny 8th Avenue, one Saturday afternoon last week, clipboards tucked under their arms, trying to flag down speeding pedestrians and hand out fliers.

No, they were not trying to give people lunch special coupons to Seafood Delight, these were volunteers for a new education drive aimed at ESL courses for Shang Heights’ Chinese residents.

Canvasser“Not too much luck so far!” said plucky volunteer and  area local, Sara Greenwald. “I’ve had a few people stop but no takers yet.”

Sara and many others have signed on with community volunteer, Rachel Pappas, who holds an ESL class at Brooklyn Spiritual Center on Monday nights that has so far been sparsely attended.

“I started the program on Monday nights because of a few of my neighbors who wanted to improve their English,” Pappas said “but now we want to try and expand that program and help even more people.”

Back on the street, Sara had successfully engaged a group of teenagers.

“They could all speak English but were going to tell their parents about it. That is the most important thing, getting the word out. Unfortunately the Chinese-language abilities of our staff are limited, that’s why we’re always looking for English instructor volunteers as well!”

The course is available on Mondays nights with a suggested donation of $5 per person, which includes one hour of instruction and access to the Wellness Center’s donated lending library of over 100 titles.


A stack of donated books at the BSC

Visit the Wellness Center for more information on taking the course, or for volunteer/teaching opportunities.