Why we love our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

Why we love our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

Join us on this 3 hour, food and fun filled experience in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's a great way to meet locals, see street art, learn the history and have a meal! For only $50, this tour is a steal! Read on to learn more...

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VIP Brooklyn BBQ Tasting Tour

VIP Brooklyn BBQ Tasting Tour

I am so pleased to announce a new experience! Love BBQ? Go behind the scenes and meet some of the pit masters with a licensed tour guide who used to run a BBQ Joint in Brooklyn! From Williamsburg to Red Hook and in between, we've got you covered. We know what to order where.

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Like A Local Tours is Featured (& Recommended) by Verlocal!

Like A Local Tours is Featured (& Recommended) by Verlocal!

We are so excited to be featured in Verlocal's Host Spotlight! Verlocal is evolving the way individuals build businesses by connecting them to people looking to discover local classes, events, products, and services. From our food tours to Ikebana in Chicago or surf lessons in Washington, this awesome website has it all! We love their mission and how they're empowering individuals to share their passions with others! 

Try something new and use code VerlocalDIY for 10% OFF.

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Interview with a Local: Meghan Love of Mable's Smokehouse

Interview with a Local: Meghan Love of Mable's Smokehouse

Mable’s Smokehouse has been a neighborhood gem in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since it opened in 2012. A BBQ joint is a bit unorthodox for the neighborhood and perhaps that precisely why it’s so beloved. Praised by the New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, Eater, Travel Channel, New York Magazine, The Village Voice and many many more. We were fortunate to chat with Meghan Love, of the husband and wife team behind it all. 

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Interview with a Local: Hartje Andresen of Pudge Knuckles

Interview with a Local: Hartje Andresen of Pudge Knuckles

This month, we spoke to Hartje Andresen of Pudge Knuckles, a coffee shop favorited by locals, as well as a wine bar and roastery. It's also a featured stop on our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour and Sunday Funday Boozy Brooklyn Tour. As their website states, "Packed with the full flavor and energy of New York City, PUDGE KNUCKLES is not just another coffee shop. PUDGE KNUCKLES was started by Ivan Greene & Hartje Andresen. Ivan is a former top ranked professional rock climber and Hartje is a highly sought after professional model."

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The Daily Telegraph: Brooklyn, New York City: What to eat, shop and see in hipster central

The Daily Telegraph: Brooklyn, New York City: What to eat, shop and see in hipster central

September 7, 2016 by Kristie Kellahan // In Brooklyn, they go hard. Take it from Jay-Z, you don’t want to miss out on BK. Five boroughs make up New York City, and Brooklyn is one of them. First-time visitors might think Manhattan is all there is, as it’s home to famous landmarks including Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street and the Empire State Building.

But skip Brooklyn and you’ll be missing out on the excitement of late-night live music, food markets, shops stuffed with vintage threads and some of the best pizza in the world. ...

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All the Single Ladies: New York for Solo Women Travelers by CityGuide

March 8, 2016:

NYC for Solo Women: Recommended New York Tours

Like A Local Tours

Williamsburg Bites explores local fare, including Mast Brothers Chocolate.

Looking to do some sightseeing, but don't want to feel like a tourist? Like A Local Tours offers a variety of Manhattan and Brooklyn tours give the insider slant on everything from the Flatiron District to Williamsburg to food and beer tastings. For film buffs, On Location Tours covers NYC's favorite TV and film sites, including tours dedicated to TCM Classic Movies, Central Park, and Sex and the City.

NYC for Solo Women: Public Art

Eleanor Roosevelt statue at Riverside Park

Eleanor Roosevelt at Riverside Park/flickr/Eden, Janine & Jim

Honor your foremothers at the (relatively few) statues of prominent women salted around New York. Sunk in thought, an eight-foot high statue of Eleanor Roosevelt is in Riverside Park at West 72 Street. A bronze bust of Gertrude Stein is in Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman meets your gaze where St. Nicholas Avenue and West 122 Street meet. All locations are in Manhattan.

NYC for Solo Women: Cocktails

King Cole Bar

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Have a drink (alcoholic or not) at one of the city's glamorous bars, like the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel. This iconic bar has spelled sophistication since it opened in 1932. Gaze at the Maxwell Parish mural of the King himself while sipping an old-world cocktail like a Manhattan and pretend that Marilyn Monroe just walked in. For maximum fun, dress up a little.

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Fodor's Travel: Best Tours in New York City

The Best New York Tours: Sometimes a guided tour is the way to go, even if you usually prefer to fly solo. It can be a great way to investigate out-of-the-way areas, to get an insider's perspective on where locals eat and play in the city, and to learn about interesting aspects of the city's history, inhabitants, or architecture. Whether you want the classic hop-on, hop-off bus tour to get oriented in the city or a more personal, interest-specific walk, you'll find it here. Some of the bigger tour companies offer discounts if you book in advance online. Like A Local. Walk like a local, talk like a local, and best of all eat like a local with a highly curated tour from Like A Local. Tours include the Flatiron Food tour, which is a lovely walk from the Flatiron District to Union Square with a lot of tasty stops, photo ops, local history, and private kitchen visits along the way. If you're looking to feel like a hip local in Brooklyn, take the Sunday Funday tour of Williamsburg. New York, New York. www.likealocaltours.com.

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An Afternoon of Gluttony in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Subways & Stilettos

January 11, 2016: It’s Saturday afternoon in NYC and you and your bestie are overdue for some catch-up time, you are both STARVING and you’re feeling exploratory. What do you do? You open up YPLan, a super cool mobile app designed to help you find fun things to do in the city at any time of day. From free activities, to discounted tickets to shows, YPlan is perfect for planning some fun with your friends, a date night when you don’t want to “Netflix & Chill”- or check out local sporting events.

I pulled up Yplan and clicked on a super colorful confetti-infused picture of a bagel and quickly purchased tickets for a Williamsburg Foodie Tour. I’m a visual girl, what can I say? I see something pretty, and I must eat it, buy it or own it.

Now, unlike many New Yorkers who refuse to go to Brooklyn, I am actually quite fond if it. I enjoy visiting it very much. I find the bars, the food and the crowd to be completely different than the vibe in the city. And, even if hipsters are not your thing, Williamsburg is definitely worth checking out, even if for the food alone.

If you want to play tourist, check out “Like a Local Tours”- they are a fun, affordable way to get to know the hidden gems, while learning a little bit of history about the places you visit. The tours are great and honestly the best way to get to know a neighborhood is by walking in the shoes of the people who live it and love it every day. For $45 we stopped at about seven local foodie spots and got to taste everything from pizza, to gourmet chocolate, southern food and of course, my favorite, ice cream and more ice cream.

Allow me to explain.

First stop, Best Pizza. Now, in my opinion, to call it Best Pizza, and back it up, I’d say I would have preferred to have visited and devoured various pizza spots, to decide for myself if it really is the best. But, I will say, it was pretty damn good.

A little background on the place: Best Pizza was opened in the winter of 2010 by pizza man Frank Pinello. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in a former bakery, Best Pizza utilizes a century old, wood-burning oven to turn out some of the best slices in town.

We ordered two kinds and they were both amazing. Traditional red sauce with basil and my personal favorite was the caramelized onion white pizza. It was our first stop, and I could have eaten a whole pie, but I am glad I didn’t because this was only the beginning of an afternoon of gluttony.

What I found unique about this place is the massive amounts of paper plates that line the walls. They are composed of local artists drawings and align the walls of this tiny and quaint joint.

Next stop, one of my NY favorites, Momofuku Milk Bar. I ordered the crack pie, the compost cookie and we got to sample their famous Cereal Milk Frozen Yogurt, which I happen to love, but my friend thought it tasted like breast milk.

Milk bar, called “one of the most exciting bakeries in the country” by bon appétit magazine, is a culinary empire and lifestyle brand founded by award-winning pastry chef and masterchef judge Christina Tosi. Christina focuses on putting a playful spin on familiar home-style desserts and savory snacks using quality ingredients and locally sourced dairy. She is the creator of the highly addictive cereal milk™ ice cream, compost cookies® and crack pie®, all of which have gained worldwide recognition since she opened milk bar’s doors in 2008.

I’ve never met Christina, but she is my hero. She is to blame for my love affair with birthday cake truffles-which I can never get enough of.

Next up was Pies ‘n’ Thighs for some old fashioned Southern comfort food. Pies ’n’ Thighs started in 2006, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. The owners took over a beer storage closet and transformed it into a tiny kitchen with six stools, serving huge donuts, two-napkin smoked pork sandwiches and salty, crispy fried chicken.

The place is small, and there were people lined outside waiting for a table. But clearly one can understand why.

The owners all share a love for comfort food (I mean, who doesn’t?)- Their fried chicken and savory flakey, warm and soft biscuits are the best I’ve ever had.

After feeling greasier than a fried chicken, we waddled our way to what was for me, the highlight of the tour (and the main reason I booked it): The Bagel Store.

What can I say about the bagel store except for the fact that I am drawn to beautiful colorful and funfetti, looking things. I am also obsessed with anything cake batter related and will try anything that involves sprinkles. So when I found out we were going to the place that made the rainbow bagel famous I could not contain myself.

Despite the fact that I was super full I made sure I tried every single bagle they offered us.

Listed below:

French Toast, Rainbow (my fav of course), the famous Kragel (who owner claims he invented), Super Cinnamon Raisin, Pretzel (more rainbow) and sourdough.

Cream Cheese flavors- (get ready):

Birthday Cake Funfetti, Cookies & Cream, Sun Dried Tomato, Nutella, Red velvet, Strawberry & Blueberry.

The line for these bagels is out the door and the owners claims to have gotten the idea from his kid playing with Playdough.

The Rainbow bagel tastes DELICIOUS, kinda like Fruit Loops, or some other sugary cereal! If you want one, you have to call the day before to reserve one. You cannot just walk in a buy one. They are so popular, but they only make limited batches! Why? Because these rainbow bagels take much longer and have a need for a much more intensive process than a regular bagel.

I was told they can make 5,000 regular bagels in the same exact amount of time it takes to make 100 rainbow ones.

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I will def be back for another sugary overload of bagels!

To help settle this overload of food, we stopped at Devocion Café: a super hipster Colombian-brewed coffee shop that was once a warehouse. It now caters to trendy hipsters who flock to the café for some inspiration on whatever it is hipster minds think of these days.

It has a beautiful skylight, is decorated with beautiful greenery (almost makes you feel like you’re in a greenhouse) and will serve you every kind of overpriced latté your hipster heart desires. But there is magic in their coffee- Devocion coffee beans are sourced from farms deep in Colombia’s most inaccessible zones, and the beans are dry milled in Bogota where they are then sent to the US for roasting. This means the price tag ensures you can still smell the Colombian breeze in your cup.

And as if the sugar overload had not been enough, we made another sweet tooth stop at OddFellows Ice Cream Parlor. Apparently it’s a Brooklyn staple.

They have the coolest, strangest but most unique flavors of ice cream I’ve ever seen. Plus their ice cream is made from scratch, with no added stuff and nothing but organic, fresh ingredients. How about a Foie Gras Drumstick, a boozy popsicle, an alcoholic ice cream or what they call "OddFlavors" like Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Melon? Makes you wonder what they were smoking when they came up with these flavors!

The décor cracked me up too.

Check out Jesus and his ice cream. It doesn’t get anymore spiritual than that!

Our last and final stop was at Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory. A gourmet chocolate spot that is a chocolate lovers dream. Or worst nightmare, depending on how you look at it. They’ve got gourmet classics like sea salt, smoked & almond butter. Their warehouse space is even cooler and you can tour the facility and see how all that deliciousness gets made. Don’t forget to try the free samples!

I don’t know if it was the overload, but I couldn’t really appreciate the chocolate tasting at this point. All I was ready for was my PJs and my bed.

The tour ends with a stop at the beautiful DUMBO area. AL though it was cloudy, the view of the Manhattan skyline was breath taking.

All in all, the tour was worth the $45. You got some history, some culture, A LOT of food, and some pretty picturesque spots, along with some history and some street art.

Here are some pics I snapped along the way, in between stuffing my face.


Like A Local in NY by Style Mayvin

December 5, 2015: Most of the attractions New York has to offer have become household names, but what about the unique local spots that may become lost among the flash of the big city lights? Like A Local Tours strives to bring these special places into the limelight and give participants the “insider secrets” on the hottest spots only a local would know, while also touching on some of the crew’s favorite famous stops! I recently went on one of these tours and in a coming post I will be sharing my experience with some pretty awesome photos, but first...let me give you all of the logistics.

Tour guides Lauren Beebe and Robert Stout share a passion for their city and the creative charm that it holds. The two are a perfect pair to show you hidden wonders. Founder Lauren describes herself as being “passionate about people and knowing the best places to go”. Robert is a well-traveled photographer, once working alongside photography legend Annie Leibovitz, who loves his adopted city and enjoys sharing his personal knowledge and experience with visitors. “There is no better way to know a neighborhood and savor its unique charm than by walking in the shoes of its residents!” Lauren says. They also pride themselves on not being your typical guided tour. “Like our mustache logo implies, we specialize in creating stylish and buzz-worthy tours. We seek out local entrepreneurs who have started their businesses from scratch, so that really gives it that authentic local feel.”
So what tour should visitors choose to take? For the summer/early fall, or while the weather is still nice out now,  Like A Local Tours recommends their Williamsburg Bites and Sunday Funday Brooklyn tours. The Williamsburg Bites: A Brooklyn Food Tour allows tour-goers to indulge on gourmet foods from some of the best local spots while learning about the history of the neighborhood and how it became a foodie haven. Stops include many of the hot, single proprietor businesses influencing food trends including Odd Fellows Ice Cream, Momofuku Milk Bar, Mast Brothers Chocolate, The Bagel Store, Pies N Thighs and Best Pizza. Along the way, seven full portion tastings are provided on the two-and-a-half hour-long Saturday excursion. I did the Williamsburg Bites tour and I LOVED it!
Costs for the above tours are $50 and $55, respectively. The company also offers multiple other tours including Take Me Out NYC nightlife tours, Flatiron Food & History Tour, and their newest, the North Fork Wine Tour. Private tours can also be scheduled any day of the week.
Step into the shoes of a local and get to know the charm that Brooklyn brings to the table! For more information, please visit: www.likealocaltours.com.

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Like A Local Tours — Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour by The Travel Bite

November 2, 2015 - Sunday Funday is a Brooklyn tour designed to show both tourists and natives what’s going on in The Hipster Capital of the World, Williamsburg. AKA “Billysburg.” When you live in a city as big as New York, it’s not hard to feel like a tourist even when you’re from the next ‘hood over – who has time to see them all? This was a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday morning, and as a former Williamsburg resident, I have to agree – the itinerary was pretty on par with local activity. Five stars for that.

First we stopped by this mural of Warhol and Basquiat as boxers. One has to wonder, what were they defending?

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The first destination: Brooklyn Brewery. We wanted to get the most bang for our token (tokens are their currency) so of course we got the Sorachi Ace, recommended by our knowledgeable tour guide. It was crisp and fragrant.

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Then we went to Mabel’s. As soon as you walk through the door, a heavy smell of old wood and freshly smoked pork hits your nostrils. It smells like the South. Delicious.

Also, Mable’s has a BBQ sauce made with jalapeno-infused vinegar.

Family-style tables and a cozy little bar. The exposed steel beams and secondhand furniture boast a classic Williamsburg/Brooklyn aesthetic: Just another repurposed establishment with nothing to hide.

A little behind-the-glass action of the kitchen. Ahem. Did I mention, this place has JALAPEÑO INFUSED VINEGAR in their BBQ sauce? Obviously had to get a picture of the Wizards behind that one.

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And –The BBQ pulled pork sandwich! Great job, Mabel. I approve. They even had a vegetarian option. A vegetarian in the group held it up and announced that a mistake had been made, but they assured her that despite the way it looked, her sandwich had *no* meat in it. Her skepticism turned into a happy face after the first bite.

On the way to the next stop we swung by Wythe Hotel, which has one of the best views of Manhattan, by the way. Our tour guide highly recommended their rooftop bar “The Ides.” I was at the bar opening, actually, and let me tell you – nothing like a free open bar and high elevation to get your spirits up.

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Across the way we saw an advertisement for Black Jesus, hand-painted, our guide pointed out.

Next up was Williamsburg’s local artisan bazaar, Artists & Fleas – speaking of fleas…

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A few favorite booths were Lovewild Design, Shipped to Sea, and Omanour4Leather.

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Loved this map up front. It seems the majority of visitors were from Europe and Japan.

Up next: The waterfront! With a great view of the Brooklyn ferry nearby.

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It was so refreshing to see the East River! You can really forget that you’re on an island sometimes, no thanks to all of these waterside high-rises. That view is real estate, baby!

As we walked away from the waterfront, our guide pointed to a large empty lot with plans to build in the next few years. “It all changes so fast around here. It’s a different place than it was a decade ago. There’s no telling what it will look like in the next one,” she said, with what I thought was a hint of sadness.

After some odd flavors of ice cream from Oddfellows, such as “burnt honey rosemary” and “red cedar vanilla” — DELICIOUS — (sorry, no pics, too many tastes) we arrived at our penultimate stop: Brooklyn Oenology. An all-local winemaker, bar and tasting room. All local vines, local ingredients, and every label made by local artists.

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This particular artist did a really incredible floral installment, painting on both sides of a pane of glass-for depth. Did you know that early cartoons were made in much the same way?! I knew it was a good idea to bring my boyfriend along. He’s a smart one.

What a cozy little oenology bar! I had never heard of this place before the tour and felt very reaffirmed in the notion that tours are great for locals, too.

Also: more of that aforementioned raw-beam aesthetic in the ceilings. It’s EVERYWHERE in these parts.

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The white blend tasted very much of Pinot Gris. It went fast.

The final stop was Mast Brothers. Two brothers with a passion, and easily the most sterile chocolate factory you’ve ever been in. So clean, I would have eaten our dark chocolate samples off the floor, even if they weren’t chocolate. The verdict: pristine, complex and bittersweet. A pleasant day-cap to a crisp morning in Billysburg.

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If you’d like a similar Brooklyn Tour experience, head on over to the Like A Local Tour next time you’re visiting this side of the Apple. But be sure to take a camera/clear your phone, because you’re bound to see some interesting renovations in repurposed spaces. Beyond the view, the vibe (albeit rustic) is incredibly refreshing; the perfect combination of charm and mortar. And hey — a cleverer collection of storefront signs? Fuhgeddaboutit.

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Like A Local Tours Makes NYC Feel More, Local

October 26, 2015 by Not Just A Girl in a Dress: Anyone who knows me, knows I am a proud native New Yorker. I love everything about New York City, so much so that it makes me a little sad whenever I have to tell people that I now live in New Jersey with my fiancée. Love makes you do crazy things. In truth, Jersey with its easy commute to Manhattan, oddly cheery inhabitants, bike friendly lanes and spacious apartments has grown on me, but the siren song of my hometown will always be there. So, when I was invited by Live Like A Local Tours to try their Williamsburg Bites food tour, I decided I was up for a weekend NYC adventure. Since I grew up in Harlem, I thought this would be a fun way to explore and learn a little more about Brooklyn and try out a few new food spots. Plus, the press release/invite sounded like it was written by a total hipster and promised to show me “hidden wonders” and Brooklyn’s “creative charm,” so I figured it would turn out to be a great story no matter how the tour went.

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The Tour Group

We met outside of a popular Williamsburg restaurant (my fiancée tagged along with me) and kicked off the tour. Our tour guide turned out to have the right amount of historical knowledge, food savvy and sports humor to make him completely charming. By our first stop at Best Pizza, I was totally digging the tour.

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At the pizzeria, we not only tried two of the houses most popular slices (a red sauce and an all white), but also got to speak to the owner, Frank Pinello and learn more about its history. The pizzeria use to be a bread bakery and Pinello uses the century old wood-burning oven to make his pies. Pinello grew up in Brooklyn and learned how to cook from his grandmother.

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Frank Pinello – Owner Best Pizza

After graduating from culinary school and working at restaurants and chains around the city, Pinello decided to bring his flare back to Brooklyn. He opened Best Pizza in 2010 and has been turning out some of the best slices in city ever since. It’s no wonder that this was the first stop on the Tour. It was definitely some of the best pizza that I’ve had in the city (and I’ve had a lot of NYC pizza in my life to compare). Totally worth a trip on the “L” train to grab a slice and meet this food-preneur.

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From there, we hit a series of independent food, coffee and dessert spots that were all really amazing. I was also really impressed by the fried chicken and biscuits at Pies N Thighs. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try any pie, but am looking forward to going back and correcting that oversight. The comfort food spot was opened in 2006, by two transplant chefs and has racked up a number of “best of” awards while becoming a neighbor staple.

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Over the course of our three hour tour (our tour time ran over the advertised 2.5 hours), we stopped in five stellar food spots, explored graffiti artwork, admired and discussed the impact of the Williamsburg Bridge, took in brilliant sights of Manhattan from the pier and had tons of laughs with our group.

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The City Reliquary Museum

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The Tour provided just the right amount of food, fun, education and exploration to make me feel both at home and the joy of discovering something new. I really loved learning more about Williamsburg and being able to connect with the amazing entrepreneur-owners and chefs at each stop.

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We had such a good time that my fiancée and I decided to buy Tour tickets for some family members for their upcoming birthdays. I’m looking forward to comparing notes and finding out which food stops are their favorites. I’m also looking forward to showing off my favs to my tourist friends when they visit. I am a NYC local after all :).

– à bientôt

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Sunday Funday: Exploring Williamsburg Brooklyn with Like A Local Tours

October 23, 2015 by Cultural Xplorer: I find that the best way to explore any city is by doing it like a local. I am such a big believer in keeping it local, that I wrote a whole guide to exploring New York City like a local, which highlights some of the top things that I love to do as a resident. When the New York City based company Like A Local Tours invited me to explore Williamsburg with them on their Sunday Funday Tour, I jumped at the opportunity to get to know one of my favorite neighborhoods better through a resident’s eyes.


Sunday Funday Like a Local Tours

The tour of Williamsburg began right in the heart of the neighborhood on Bedford Avenue, the longest street in Brooklyn, where our tour guide (and company owner) Lauren introduced herself to us, handed us maps which included some of the best places to check out in neighborhood, and then proceeded to take us on a tour of the neighborhood where she has resided for over ten years.

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th Street

The first stop on the tour was at the Brooklyn Brewery, one of New York City’s most famous craft beer companies.

Personally, I have been a huge fan of Brooklyn Brewery’s beers for a number of years and I really love their seasonal ales, particularly their Summer Ale. Since the tour took us to the brewery in the fall, I decided to try their Oktoberfest ale, which is brewed from actual German malt and hops, and it reminded me of the beers that I tasted when I visited Munich, Germany.

Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea
Brooklyn Flea’s Williamsburg location, 50 Kent Avenue

Our next stop was to the Williamsburg location of Brooklyn Flea, which is New York City’s largest outdoor/indoor market system. Every week at various locations around the city, Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of vendors that sell everything from antiques, to vintage clothing, to one-of-a-kind artisan souvenirs. In addition to selling goods, the Williamsburg location of Brooklyn Flea also serves an eclectic mix of freshly made foods from vendors around the city.

While I typically do not shop at flea markets, I would definitely come here to buy unique gifts for my friends and family.

Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall

Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall Williamsburg
Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall, 44 Berry Street

After walking around Williamsburg for about 45 minutes, our group was beginning to get very hungry, so we headed over to Mable’s Smokehouse, a family-owned Texas-style barbecue restaurant (and we all know how much I love Texas barbecue).

I ordered the delicious chopped beef brisket sandwich, and even weeks after eating it, I am still salivating thinking about its crispy deliciousness. I am kind of sad that I did not know about this amazing place before, but now this is going to be my go-to barbecue restaurant in Williamsburg!

Artists & Fleas

Artists and Fleas Williamsburg
Artists & Fleas, 70 N. 7th Street

After we had our fill of barbecue, it was time to go shopping again, so we headed to the Williamsburg location of the popular Artists & Fleas market. Similar to Brooklyn Flea, Artists & Fleas is a year-round indoor market that sells both vintage and unique items by local artisans.

This is a great place to go and ‘shop local’ and definitely a place that I would return to if I wanted to buy hand crafted items and one-of-a-kind gifts.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

OddFellows, 175 Kent Ave.

A lot of shopping can build up an appetite, so after leaving Artists & Fleas, we made our way over to OddFellows Ice Cream Co., a small batch ice cream shop that is well known for its extremely unique ice cream flavors, such as Thai Iced Cream and Oatmeal Cookie Dough.

I ordered a scoop of the Miso Cherry flavor, which tasted like an interesting blend of miso soup and cherries, a combination one would not typically think of eating together. Somehow the blend worked and I hungrily devoured every last spoonful of the ice cream.

Brooklyn Oenology

Brooklyn Oenology
Brooklyn Oenology, 209 Wythe Ave.

After we finished eating our ice cream, we headed to Brooklyn Oenology. Located in a converted warehouse, Brooklyn Oenology is a locally-focused winery and tasting room that serves wines from their own label as well as from other wine producers around New York State.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I have a healthy obsession for wine, and I have enjoyed many wines from New York at places like the Brooklyn Winery (also located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), on Long Island on a vineyards tour, and recently up in the Fingerlakes region during a trip that I took to visit Syracuse; so it was only natural for me to be ecstatic when finding out that we were going to be having a couple of tastings of wine.

One thing I particularly liked about Brooklyn Oenology was the artwork on their wine bottles. Not only do they use New York City artists to design their labels, but the labels also peel off of the bottles, so you can keep the artwork forever, and that’s pretty awesome!

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Mast Brothers Chocolate
Mast Brothers Chocolate, 111 N. 3rd St.

The last stop on our tour of Williamsburg was to the famous Mast Brothers Chocolate, a high-end chocolatier that crafts dark chocolate bars & baked goods. In addition to being able to purchase chocolate bars at the Williamsburg location of Mast Brothers, you can also sample some of their finest chocolates and look through a glass window into their kitchen where you can watch how the chocolate is made.

Like A Local Tours Information

If you are interested in taking a tour of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Like a Local Tours, check out their three-hour Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour ($55), which includes: Winery & Brewery Tours & Tastings, Tastes of Local Eats & Treats, and History of the Neighborhood & Local street art.

If you are looking to discover more of the food side of Williamsburg, they also offer a 2.5 hour Williamsburg Bites tour ($50), which includes popular spots such as:Momofuku Milk Bar, The Bagel Store, Odd Fellows Ice Cream, Pies N Thighs, Best Pizza, and Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory.

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See New York “Like A Local” by Michael W Travels

October 16, 2015: Even when we’re not traveling, Kim and I like to explore at home. Luckily New York has a ton of things to do. Whether it be visiting a new park with Lucas, trying out new restaurants, maybe a neighborhood we’re unfamiliar with- we’re always out and about exploring and showing Lucas the variety that New York offers, even a local…

When I received an invite for a food tour of a neighborhood in Brooklyn that I am quite familiar with, I was curious. Would a tour like this be good to recommend to readers? Would I learn something new? Would I know most of the places that the tour stops at? etc…

Kim and I recently took the Williamsburg Bites: A Brooklyn Tour from a tour company started by locals called Like A Local Tours.

Here are some details about where we stopped and what we did.

I was warned not to eat a big lunch and to come hungry since the tour included quite a few tastings and I’m sure glad that we listened.

The tour made stops at five places as we walked 1.5 miles around Williamsburg over the course of our tour. It turned out that I’d previously been to 4/5 of these shops many times in the past and knew their food well. What I didn’t know was some of the background which we learned about these places. This was definitely interesting to hear.

At a couple of the stops, we even heard from an employee about their product, which was definitely interesting to learn about.

Here are the places we visited:

Best Pizza Momofuku Milk Bar Pies-N-Thighs Devocion Odd Fellows Ice Cream

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Brooklyn Tour Company Gives Tourists A Chance To Experience The Area Like A Local by Her Agenda

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Shannon ThomasWe understand how taxing life can be as a millennial woman.

Between snagging interviews, attending conferences, navigating your way through work place dynamics and watching Empire…there’s hardly anytime to relax. That’s why we took a moment to relax for you with a Like A Local food tour in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

For two hours, myself, and seven other food lovers from all corners of the U.S., from LA to Minnesota, trekked around Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhood. We were introduced to some of NYC’s most delicious in-the-cut spots.

As a native New Yorker, it was a nice chance to actually enjoy the charm of NYC that is usually only reserved for tourists. As we walked down North 7th Street to our first destination, our super friendly and knowledgeable guide/tour curator, Lauren Bebe gave us a tidbit of Williamsburg history and the important role the city played in NYC history. Lauren founded the Like A Local tours after deciding her job at the time, as head of marketing for a venture capital firm wasn’t as fulfilling as she thought. Two years ago she took her passion for food, traveling, and her cravings for the latest in Williamsburg and transformed it into the successful business it is today.

In 1903, immigrants walked over the Williamsburg Bridge to escape the densely populated tenement apartments of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, for better living and working conditions. Since then, Williamsburg became a breeding ground for opportunity.

Our first stop was BEST PIZZA. This is a mom and pop style pizzeria that plays old school reggae music and serves delicious slices of heaven for amazing prices. We enjoyed a fantastic in- house Margherita topped with fresh basil and a White pie covered in savory caramelized onions.

The owners source their ingredients from the local farmer’s market, and use a vintage 120 year old brick oven to create their mini masterpieces.

After munching on pizza we made our way over to Milk for cookies and cereal milk flavored soft serve ice cream.

Milk is owned by Master Chef Judge Christina Tosi. The cereal milk flavored ice cream gave me flashbacks to my childhood, fruity pebbles and Saturday morning cartoons.

It was a unique spin on a classic dessert. On our way to our next location we passed by some incredible street art.

When we arrived at this popular eatery, the restaurant was packed with customers anxious for a bite. I found out it’s the norm for there to be a 2 hour wait for some of the best fried chicken in New York City. The golden melt-in-your-mouth chicken, biscuits and cheesy grits all live up to the hype, and I believe it is definitely worth the wait.

My personal favorite stop was The Bagel Store, Home of the Cragel (crossaint/bagel).

By the way, the bacon, egg, and cheese cragel was named the best bagel by The Food Network. The owner Scot Rossilo took the seven of us down into the kitchen and showed us how he rolls out his renowned rainbow bagels.

A tour member making her own rainbow bagel.

After we retired from our short lived careers as bagel artisans, we scooped up some ice cream from Odd Fellows.

Odd Fellows had a variety of unusual ice cream flavors, such as olive oil and jalepeno grapefruit. Of course, I tired them both and they were nothing short of delicious. The olive oil flavor was smooth, creamy, and sweet. The olive oil taste was very subtle. The grapefruit jalepeno was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, yet refreshing to the palette. Unlike the average Haagen Dasz shops, that share their samples with plastic spoons, the servers gave us samples in cute, eco-friendly mini silverware.

Our last spot was the Mast Brothers Chocolate Makers.

The Mast Brothers began their chocolate making business in Iowa city in the early 2000s at a dinner party where they realized a need for gourmet chocolate in the United States. They bought pounds of cocoa beans and began experimenting with blends until they found their winners. They are the only company in the US to use artisanal beans in their chocolates. The cocoa beans are sourced from different corners of the earth everywhere from Tanzania, and Madagascar to the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.

The most popular chocolate bar is the Sea Salt flavor from their artisanal collection and I see why, the saltiness is the first flavor tasted yet, it doesn’t overwhelm the taste buds. Instead, the salt compliments the sweet, floral taste of the cocoa. I don’t think I can eat a Hershey bar again, I am still swooning over the Mast Brother’s eclectic confections.

As we enjoyed the beautiful day, I appreciated the fact we didn’t experience the cliché portrayal of Williamsburg famous for hipsters and overpriced coffee shops. We were given a genuine view of the diverse neighborhood…we toured like true locals.

The tour curator, Lauren also hopes to bring Like A Local to other exciting cultural and culinary cities such as Miami, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, and Havanna, Cuba. She wants her tour to be a starting point for tourists to really have an understanding of what a city has to offer and give a glimpse of a authentic lifestyle of local residents. Beebe said, “Hopefully my tours open the minds of locals and tourists alike so they are able to get more out of where they live or are visiting.”

Lauren has also recently partnered with another NYC tour company, Take Me Out, in order to launch a North Fork Wine Tour. The wine tour is a day trip to Long Island Wine Country for wine tasting, farm visits, craft beer, oyster shucking and so much more. To book your own tour, check out Likealocaltours.com.


People are going nuts for this bagel that looks like a rainbow and tastes like cereal

October 15, 2015 by Business Insider: I discovered The Bagel Store's Rainbow Bagels a couple of days ago on Snapchat. In a 10-second video, reality-TV star Jonathan Cheban — Kim Kardashian's best friend — emptied a bag of the colorful creations onto a table and stared at them as if they were the bagel equivalent of a unicorn. And they kind of are. They taste like cereal, they're slathered with Funfetti-style cream cheese, and you'll get a ton of likes if you post a photo of one on social media. Keep scrolling to learn all about the trippy-looking Brooklyn bagels that are burning up Instagram.

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A Quest for New York’s Perfect Biscuit

October 8, 2015 - New York Times - A Southern biscuit is equal parts comfort and controversy, its quality, authenticity and very classification as a biscuit subject to dispute. Its most crucial ingredient is not flour, fat, leavening or liquid, but nostalgia. The biscuit you ate at your grandmother’s knee is the only biscuit there will ever be. ....Two blocks south of BeeHive Oven stands Pies ’n’ Thighs, a Southern restaurant born in the back room of a biker bar nine years ago and settled at its current address in 2010. (A second location opened in January on the Lower East Side.)

Sarah Sanneh, the head baker, comes from Corona del Mar, Calif. She has Southern roots, but her biscuit recipe was improvised, not inherited. It includes all-purpose flour cut with lower-gluten pastry flour, for airiness; higher-fat European butter, frozen and chopped; and a final brushing with egg and heavy cream.

The resulting biscuits are glories, faintly fissured along the sides, their tops and bottoms gilded like pie crust and close to goldenrod in color. They start to crumble at the touch. Inside, they have layers like a secret dossier. They’re best eaten moments out of the oven, when the liquid in the butter has gone up in steam but still hovers like a ghost.

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Eating Your Way Through Brooklyn - Like a Local - by IdentifyLA

New York, a place where bright lights meets sleepless nights. A place that is known for its fine dining and endless entertainment. In the pocket of it all is, Williamsburg, a quaint city within the madness. Williamsburg shines by its undeniable art and underground scene. A nice little getaway from the norm when you think of "New York City".

For travelers that want to get a feel of what the locals do I highly suggest checking out "Like a Local" food tours. These walking tours not only give you a taste of some of the best food that is "off the beaten path", but also gives you some background and knowledge of the city. Over the span of 1.5-2 miles these walking tours take you throughout the city and even gives you the chance to check out some of the local street art.

I was able to do the Williamsburg food tour which had food ranging from pizza and bagels to fried chicken and cereal flavored ice cream!

Next stop, Momofuku Milk Bar. Created by one of the judges of Master Chef, Christine Tosi, this super cute quaint stop is one of a kind. Guests were able to try its famous cereal milk soft serve ice cream.

Living by the motto, "me and dough get along", was the chef of The Bagel Store. Specializing in not your everyday bagels, these bagels had a twist-both literally and figuratively. From bacon and cheese flavored bagels, swirl and even the creator of the cragel (croissant/bagel) complete with cream cheese spreads such as funfetti, sun dried tomato and more these bagels were out of this world.

Pies "n" Thighs has got to be the best friend chicken in town. This highly sought out restaurant does not take reservations and will most likely always have a line. I advise getting there early-you won't regret it.

Adventurous with its ice creams and sherbert one of the last stops was Odd Fellows. My personal favorite was the grapefruit jalapeño sorbet. Don't be skeptical when it comes to creativity this place mixes ingredients in the best way possible.

Many people are lovers of chocolate however may not know exactly where it comes from. Honing it's craft is the Mast Brothers. Created in the early 2000s by brothers Rick and Micheal Mast, the Mast Brother chocolates takes its business to the next level by sourcing its cocoa beans from around the world. Smooth dark chocolate and many flavors such as chili pepper, sea salt, and more this has got to be one of the best chocolates.

Like a Local Tours were created to give tourists a feel to see exactly what the locals do, where the locals eat, and sheds some light on the scene without being "touristy".

All of the food tour options are great and give you plenty of food to choose from. I strongly recommend arriving on an empty stomach. Tourist or not-Like a Local food tours are a MUST.

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5 Reasons We Love "Like A Local" Food Tours by Design&Trend

September 25, 2015 by Meg Busacca: This week our design editor Meg happily experienced "Like A Local" guided food tours in Williamsburg.

Like A Local Tours offers is an exclusive walking tour that marriages gourmet food and history to street art and architecture. The company provides four tours residing in Flatiron in Manhattan, Williamsburg, a Brooklyn "Sunday Funday" tasting and North Fork for wineries.

1. Good Company

The Founder and tour guide, Lauren Beebe, conducted the highly curated Williamsburg food crawl. Beebe is a very warm and welcoming guide who willingly shares her passion for bringing people and great food together.

The social experience was enjoyably organic and hosted a great group of individuals from all over the United States.

2. Savory Spots

The tour kicked off with Best Pizza, literally. Best Pizza in Williamsburg is in a former bakery and its century old wood-burning oven produces some matchless crust. Everyday the employees visit the local farmers market to find the freshest ingredients to deliver top quality pizza to customers.

3. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

For lovers of both savory and sweet tastings, the tour incorporates plenty of sugary delights throughout the Williamsburg neighborhood. We stopped in for a compost cookie and cereal milk soft serve at the coveted Milk Bar, the sister bakery to the famed Momofuku restaurants.

Have you ever seen a rainbow bagel before? The Bagel Store is the birthplace of the colorful baked goody, and we were given the opportunity to meet the owner, learn how the bagels are developed and taste their specialty bagels in the underground kitchen.

Some group participants weren't shy to get their hands dirty, we were able to practice the art of dough rolling. This family-oriented business put together an assortment of exclusive bagels and cream cheeses, from their popular bacon-chedder bagel to confetti cake cream cheese, it is no wonder this is one of the most treasured spots in the neighborhood.

After an array of bagel tastings, we ventured to Odd Fellows for a some ice cream. It was the perfect stop after a sunny walk to the waterfront, and the "Grapefruit Jalapeno" sorbet was a huge hit. It was undoubtedly the best sorbet I've ever tasted.

4. A History Lesson That Isn't Dull

While the pack wanders from place to place, Beebe provides a brief overview of the neighborhood's history in an energetic and interesting manner. The walk may be necessary to digest for an amount of food consumed on this tour, but it is also a great way to learn and understand the architecture, street art and community that has morphed Williamsburg into what it is today.

The neighborhood offers an artistic hub of thought-provoking individuals that share a curiosity for food, the arts, craft and travel. These characteristics proved to be evident at our final stop of the day to Mast Brotherschocolate factory, one of the only companies in the U.S. that offers craft chocolate.

5. You Will Be Full and Happy!

The best of it all is that you are able to taste gourmet food all day and will be comfortably full by the end of it. Your stomach will not be left empty by any means, but you also won't feel sick and essentially comatose.

Like A Local offers a great range of flavors from locations which are not only cherished for their food, but for the special experience they provide.

Book the tour that gets your mouth salivating and purchase tickets here!