Dining

The all new Braun MQ777

I live by design and beautiful delicious food makes me happy. My first Braun Hand Mixer made a batch of hummus just before mother’s day, then lay down and died. I got that mixer as a wedding gift in 1993. It was part of my family. 

Braun had taken a rest from the US market. The De’Longhi Group acquired the perpetual license of the household division in fall 2012 and now….Braun is back! The New products are in keeping with the Braun tradition started in 1921 by Max Braun for product design founded on simplicity, purity and functionality that makes the user experience completely intuitive. 

After tasting an entire brunch from Eggs Onsen Style with hollandaise to the Viennese Iced Coffee created on site under the watchful eye of Chef Eduard Frauneder made with the new collection was so delicious I could hardly wait to test drive the MQ777 (So James Bond!!) myself.The only struggle to set up required two foodies with advanced college degrees to remove the paper and the rest was a breeze. Papaya, ginger, lime, jalapeno smoothie followed up with a fava bean and spring pea hummus to accompany a chopped chicken salad with shredded, beets, carrot, fennel, radicchio and endive, dressed with miso vinaigrette and topped with toasted slivered almonds was a dream to prepare. 

The new Braun hand blender is built to give the user more control, featuring a brand new Smart Speed variable control technology inspired by German automotive engineering – allowing you to intuitively change the speed and power of the hand blender using just your touch. The more you squeeze, the more power you get, making it easy to regulate speeds with just one hand. Braun also developed and applied an exclusive PowerBell Technology for the Multiquick hand blenders, combining durable stainless steel blades, super easy to use, change and clean, and a unique bell-shaped blending shaft for fast and finer results – pushing your mixture inside the bell instead of toward the edges of your mixing bowl. 

The Braun Multiquick 7 Hand Blender (model MQ777) comes complete with five attachments, along with the anti-splash shaft – including a whisk, masher, food processor and 20 fl. oz. beaker and the EasyClick system, ensures that all attachments can be removed in one simple click
The Multiquick Hand Blenders, PureMix Countertop Blenders and BrewSense Drip Coffee Makers are available at national retailers and online from 69.95 to 159.99

Bklyn - Teak to Chocolate

Joan Horton - JHorton Store, Connecticut

Joan Horton - JHorton Store, Connecticut

Today was a Williamsburg adventure day with the intrepid Joan Horton from JHorton Store in Madison Connecticut. I love working with Joanie. Her never ending quest for the new and exciting has led her from being VP of Corporate Communications for Revlon to having her own Lifestyle store.

We started out navigating the streets of Williamsburg in search amazing organic teak bowls. They are so beautiful and capable of withstanding the punishment of the outdoors. We compared and contrasted several petrified wood stumps to act as cocktail tables, seating and pedestals. Finding elements of Pat Steir’s drip paintings and loving the simple yet distinct differences in each and every one.

After the bowls were dusted and polished we took our starved selves on a safari through Williamsburg. The now pristine hipster hood is home to countless shops and restaurants but we had bigger game in mind. Mast Brothers. That’s right, we needed chocolate. 

With our steady guide, Waze, we found ourselves at Mast Brothers Brew Bar. Furniture shopping on an empty stomach is never a good idea and so the perfectly broken squares of dark chocolate imbedded with pepitas, cranberries, almonds and did I detect a hint of bitter orange?, was gobbled up in about 30 seconds as we were schooled on the latest brew from The Brothers who brought chocolate back to Brooklyn. We chose the salted caramel and watched as the cacao nibs were ground in a special grinder so as not to disrupt the healthful butters and then the grinds were prepared in what looks like a tea bag, covered  in boiling water and steeped like tea. Add some simple syrup and it was truly a new taste sensation. So new it propelled us down the street to the factory to snatch up an assortment of truffles and bonbons to take back to the prisoners on Manhattan island.