The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

Photo: Staff

From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

Photo: Staff

The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Benefit

Food / Drink
By Leigh Patterson
Annie Novak harvesting for the benefit at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

Photo: Michael A. Muller

There is a New York City circle that begins and ends with Brooklyn brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave (of “hOmE” design firm fame) No one is exactly sure how they met the brothers, but the circle of their influence is ever-widening.

The Sweet Life

Food / Drink
By Sarah Williams
Craig Thompson

Photo: Tuukka Koski

It’s a cool and rainy day in the Catskills (worthy of a Rip Van Winkle nap), but the oven keeps baker Craig Thompson’s cottage toasty and warm. The country home is tucked between a rocky creek and the rising slopes of muffin-shaped mountains. Surrounded by patches of garden, everything here is thriving and lush, made greener by the rain.


The Mast Brothers

Food / Drink
By Tom Ran
Michael Mast and Rick Mast of Mast Brothers Chocolate

Photo: Mindy Best

The Mast Brothers Chocolate factory occupies only three rooms in a nondescript building in Williamsburg. The first doubles as a storefront that opens on the weekend to customers with much of the equipment fully exposed to the public.

Life of a Personal Chef

Food / Drink
By Maggie Shi
Left: Jill Donenfeld Right: Whiskey Prawn Skewers w/Tomato Curry

Photo: Left: Jill Donenfeld Right: Melissa Ricketts

It sounds like an idyllic life—cooking inventive meals in private homes, working flexible hours, spending your days shopping at the greenmarket, and getting paid to do it all.

A Delicious Improv

Food / Drink
By Maggie Shi
Watermelon radish and goat cheese, topped with microgreens and a tart blood orange vinaigrette

Photo: Staff

It was a long ride from Manhattan on the A train (running local, naturally) to BedStuy on a cold Saturday afternoon. Exiting at the Utica Avenue stop, in a completely foreign neighborhood, there was one task at hand – to find Stuyvesant Avenue and a certain brownstone.

Whisky Run

Food / Drink
By Maggie Shi
Blue Owl's bar

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Owl

If you want a pint of beer, a shot of vodka or a glass of wine, there are hundreds of bars you could go to. But if you’re looking for a decent glass of single-malt scotch—something more refined than Jack Daniel’s—you need to search a little harder.