Food and Drink | 2/10 | A Child Grows

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    Adventures with Food: Nasturtiums, aka Eating Flowers

    by John on 5/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Now that the bulbs are blooming and the ground is moist, it’s finally time to plant! Generally speaking, the island that makes up Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island warms up about two weeks ahead of mainland New York, which means the last frost date usually falls somewhere around April 15 on any given year. Of […]

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    5 Ways to Achieve Breastfeeding Success

    by Sarah on 5/06/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. If Breastfeeding is such a ‘natural’ process for moms and babes why do so many women give up so quickly? The answer is simple. Although there is a natural desire for both the mother and baby to breastfeed, nursing is […]

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    Chopsticks for Kids: Not Just a Great Song

    by Sarah on 5/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    When I was a kid my family had a tradition, every Sunday after church we would go to Boston’s Chinatown, to The Shanghi for lunch. We would always order the same thing, dumplings, spare ribs, egg rolls and mushu pork. My father would drown everything in spicy mustard and my sister and brother and I […]

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    Spring Fling Meets Camp Panic Event: Everything You Need in One Place!

    by Sarah on 4/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Do your weekends feel so booked with errands that you never quite get to the family time you want, or vice versa? Well, clearly you need a camp fair, clothing swap and kid-friendly spring festival in one. Lucky for you the Spring Fling Meets Camp Panic is happening May 3rd from 10:00 am to […]

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    Ask The Expert!: Kids and Food

    by Sarah on 4/25/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Donna Fish, an expert on children’s relationship with food, gives it to us straight. Finally we have a resource not just for information, but for practical answers to our specific questions. So please send your questions to:  donna@donnafish.com.  TREATS BEFORE THE MEAL:  WHAT TO DO? Q:  “Every time I pick up my 4 year old […]

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    Get Down at InspireCorps Gala Event!

    by Sarah on 4/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Get your dance on, while contributing to a seriously worthy cause. InspireCorps, a Brooklyn based resource that connects New York City schools with a network of artists, writers and musicians in hosting its first annual gala. Created by Stephanie Thompson in the summer of 2013, the InspireCorps mission is to expose youth from all backgrounds […]

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    Adventures with Food: Fiddleheads!

    by John on 4/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    What a difference two weeks make! The crocuses are already crinkling like wet paper in the 60-degree sun, the daffodils are in bloom, and the first daylily shoots are poking their little prongs out of the moist, fast-warming ground. Though spring arrived almost three weeks ago, it finally feels like it—right in time for Passover, […]

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    Your Guide to Easter Egg Hunts NYC 2014

    by Sarah on 4/14/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There is nothing I like more then the vestiges of pagan ritual in our very modern world like christmas trees, jack-o-lanterns and may poles. The egg hunt is a favorite of mine, searching out symbols of fertility hiding among the newly blooming flowers, those pagans didn’t really go in for subtly and thank god. Otherwise, […]

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    Habana Outpost’s Earth Day Celebration 2014!

    by Sarah on 4/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Celebrate Earth Day early at Habana Outpost’s Earth Day Expo hosted by Habana Works this Saturday (that’s tomorrow people, in case you keep thinking today is Thursday). A Child Grows in Brooklyn will be there loving Mama Gia, holding babies and generally channeling our own Goddess. Where is a bonfire to dance around when you […]

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    Royal Palms Shuffleboard: Mai Tai is Better Than Your Tie

    by Sarah on 4/08/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I’m sure you’ve all heard about the new shuffleboard place in Gowanus, and many of you have probably already been to The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (you guys will heretofore be known as The Choir). But for those of you who haven’t, it will far exceed your expectations, since your expectations maybe a grey, mostly […]

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    FreshDirect: Because Parents Need All the Help We Can Get

    by Sarah on 3/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored) Not long ago I went to a friend’s baby shower, and one of the things on her registry was a gift certificate to FreshDirect. And I thought, that’s genius, since pre-baby you really have no idea what you’re in for, and post-baby you never know what people will give you. Endless diaper gift […]

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    What’s Better Than Having a Baby?! Having TWO!

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    It’s finally here!!!! THE MAIN EVENT!!!! I am officially full term in my third pregnancy. “In the home stretch” as many would say. I’ve blogged about the fantastic nature of this pregnancy (if you didn’t read the post, you missed the sarcastic tone there). While I’d love to go into even more gruesome details on the latest […]

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    Just Food Conference: We Can Pickle That!

    by John on 3/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Just Food Conference is coming up on the weekend of April 5-6. I have been following Just Food for some time now. Since 1995, their role has been to empower and support community groups in their efforts to increase access to local, sustainable food. I’ve been putting their values into practice. I have a batch of […]

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    Top 12 Reasons to Hit the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo 2014

    by Sarah on 3/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Not just for babies. A Child Grows in Brooklyn brings you our 3rd annual Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo on Sunday April 6th in Brooklyn Heights. Here’s why you’ve got to be there: 1. Free On-Site Childcare: If free childcare gets you to the Y to work out, then why shouldn’t it also give you an afternoon […]

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    Lakeside: For All Kinds of Skate Rats

    by Sarah on 3/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Since I’m not much of an ice skater (I’ve knocked out enough teeth, thanks), I didn’t really follow the evolution of Lakeside, Prospect Park’s new (well, not so new) skating rink. I had this impression that Lakeside was just Wollman revamped. I had seen a picture or two, but I hadn’t really paid attention. Until […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Breastfeeding and Introducing Solids

    by Sarah on 3/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

       When I nursed each of our children, friends and Kellymom were my go-to sources for information.  Those sources are both irreplaceable, but now there is a fantastic, fact-filled app, delivering information in a format that is accessible even as you are in the act of breastfeeding.  Sara Chana’s Breastfeeding for Boobs has hundreds of […]

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    GMOs: Fear vs Fact

    by Sarah on 3/06/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Molecular biology is not my strong suit. At my freaky, progressive high school I took the class, but students dubbed it “Science for Graduation,” which alludes to both the quality of the course and of our engagement in it. And maybe that is why I struggle to get my head around the whole GMO thing. […]

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    Resident Dad: Van Brunt Still House

    by John on 3/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I admit to having an unhealthy fixation with Red Hook. It has everything this urban idealist needs to believe that Brooklyn will find a new model for Twenty-First Century urbanity. Decaying signs of its roots as an industrial port mingle seamlessly with its more recent revitalization, making it an ideal laboratory for a sustainable future. […]

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    A Child Grows in Brooklyn Calendar: Go Beyond Movies and Museums!

    by Sarah on 3/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    You’ve been in the house for too long. You look forward to listening to the Frozen soundtrack, even though it makes you cry every time (“ . . .they say ‘have courage’ and I’m trying to, I’m right out here for you, please let me in. We only have each other. . .” Seriously, you’re […]

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    Is the Brooklyn Aesthetic Dead?

    by Sarah on 2/28/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I’ve been complaining about the need for the world to move on from the “Brooklyn” aesthetic for a while now. Don’t get me wrong, I love a specialty cocktail, probably more than the next person, and I love facial hair on dudes in flannel shirts (I blame this on coming of age in the 90′s), […]

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    Food Coloring Fun: You’re Alone in Your Kitchen (with kids)

    by Sarah on 2/19/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    When I was  little, my sister and brother and I would beg my mother to let us make cookies. We used the term “us” pretty loosely here. She, the ever-tolerant maternal unit, usually relented, and out came the wooden spoons and the 1950′s mixer that was made to remove fingers. The recipe for chocolate chip […]

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    The Cure for The Boring Date Night: Gowanus

    by Sarah on 2/12/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    The Gowanus neighborhood conjures lots of images—superfund site, flood zone, artist enclave, industrial wasteland—it is a strange secret sort of place, where one goes to hide out from the world.  It is the back alley of Brooklyn, and, in my opinion, nothing is better for quiet and contemplation than a back alley. But, in the […]

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    Adventures with Food: Mermaid’s Garden CSF and Market

    by John on 2/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    At this moment I am at a restaurant in Cobble Hill on a Saturday morning, alternating between writing this and handing out neat packages of yellowfin tuna to familiar faces as they come in and out. Four-year-old Checkers is eating a fresh chocolate croissant from Bien Cuit next door and coloring happily, sometimes greeting people […]

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    Chinese Lunar New Year 2014 in Brooklyn and Beyond

    by Sarah on 1/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Happy Year of the Horse! (it’s a Wood Horse year, in case you’re keeping track) Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and if you hadn’t guessed by the name, it will be a fast-paced year, according to some astrologers, fueled by the wood element. So “wood and fire” based industries […]

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    Dining Out with Kids: Why the Sommelier is Glaring at You

    by Sarah on 1/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    In my opinion there are three kinds of restaurants in this world: kid-oriented, kid -friendly, and kid-prohibitive. The following is my dining-out rubric. Kid-oriented restaurants are places made for kids, Chucky Cheese, The Moxie Spot, the now defunct Park Slope location of Two Boots. How can you spot a kid-oriented restaurant? A substantial kids’ menu […]