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Saturday, March 25, 2006

WILD FLAVORS

Brooklyn’s own restaurant week returns April 3 through April 10, when eateries throughout the borough will offer three-course dinners for $20.06. Although a list of all the participants was not available at press time, Park Slope’s Scottadito Osteria Toscana offered the press a sneak peek - and taste - of its new, all-organic menu earlier this month. Comment.

GO HOME AGAIN

Ready for your 15 minutes of fame? Comment.

NOSHERS KNIT UP

I was being an optimist when I peered through the huge windows at Lodge and assumed that the diners inside wore heavy sweaters and knit hats to match the ski-themed decor. I quickly realized that the woolens were as much a style choice as a necessity. Lodge, a corner spot on Grand Street in Williamsburg, is sided with floor-to-ceiling glass panes that try - but don’t entirely succeed - in keeping out winter’s chill. Comment.

FLAMING ’DRAGON’

Soju, the Asian fusion restaurant that opened a year ago on Atlantic Avenue, has come out of the closet - as the Dragon Lounge, Brooklyn Heights’s new upscale, gay-friendly bar. Comment.

BE BURLESQUE

Did you ever think, "Hey, I could do that!" when watching a burlesque performance? Or are you one of the ones who mutter, "I WISH I could do that?" or "I could NEVER do that!" Comment.

AFLOAT ON ATLANTIC

A cold, tired and gray Saturday was the inspiration to get inebriated in the veritable garden of bars that has sprung up around Court Street and Atlantic Avenue. This part of Brooklyn has slowly evolved into a hotbed of bar life. Comment.

BED-STUY BEARS FRUIT

Another Applebee’s grows in Brooklyn. Comment.

Spam-a-little     

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner is suing 10 anonymous hackers for sending mean emails in his name to supporters of his Atlantic Yards project. According to Ratner’s court papers, 10 computer-savvy John Does sent insulting mail from a fraudulent Forest City Ratner address to “business, community and political leaders in Brooklyn who have endorsed the Atlantic Yards project.” The suit says the intention of the spammers was to inspire mistrust and weaken Ratner Comment.

Hook developer seeks a little sweetness

Money can’t buy love, respect or even a zoning variance. Comment.

Willoughby plaza at Marriott nears OK        

Construction of new pedestrian plaza between Fulton Mall and the Brooklyn Marriott hotel could begin as early as May, city officials said this week. Comment.

RATNER: I WANT A QUARTER BACK        

Atlantic Yards: The Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets need cash. Comment.

Builders crushed by closure of the ‘Red Hook Crushers’

Brooklyn Angle: The “new” Brooklyn is being built, stoop-by-stoop, gut-rehab-by-gut-rehab, bluestone-by-bluestone, in neighborhoods like Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, Gowanus, the South Slope and Clinton Hill. Comments (1).

The Trouble with Corkscrews, Part 2

Advertorial: Last week, I said that a good corkscrew should put the least amount of steel into the cork, and grip the most amount of cork. I recommended the Waiter’s style of corkscrew. How about other types of cork removers? There’s a cork “lifter” that’s been around for years that has a hollow needle that you insert into the cork and then pump air into the bottle, either by a very awkward to use pump, or by pre Comment.

Cupcakes are on my mind

Smartmom: The Oh So Feisty One’s ninth birthday is here — and that means it’s time to make the cupcakes. Comment.

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