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This week we’re highlighting our new favorite book store, sharing where to eat this weekend and introducing you to a cool new friend: Pastry Chef, Georgia Wodder.

Culture Corner

Troubled Sleep

We’re so excited to welcome our new favorite bookstore (yes, we mean it!) to Park Slope. Troubled Sleep is packed with new & used books, zines & records. We left with a new novel and the coolest used jumbo-sized Matisse coffee table book. Head to 129 6th Ave in the Slope to give this new bizz some <3 

FINI Pizza

We know what you’re thinking…how can there be another amazing ‘za spot in Williamsburg? But with some of our favorite pizza in Brooklyn all nestled up together, FINI is the perfect addition to Bedford Ave. We think this calls for a wburg pizza tour soon? Stop by for crispy pies and Italian ice all dreamt up by Lilia’s co-owner, Sean Feeney.

Photo credit: @missyarobbins

Dimmer Summer

Recently opened in Cobble Hill, Dimmer Summer is where we’re heading the next time we’re craving dim sum. The new spot is serving up noodles and dumplings with the help of a robot cat server (OMG). At 196 Smith St, Dimmer Summer is baking fresh pork buns every day of the week so head overrrr!

New to the West Village, Ferdi is Old School Italian in all the right ways while still bringing a bright and modern punch. Founded by a sibling duo, Fernando and Aida continue the legacy of family Italian restaurants started by their grandfather Ferdinando “Ferdi” in 1955. We can’t wait to give fun this new spot a  try – open at 15 7th Ave S. daily for dinner, with weekend lunch.


Coolstuff fave, Pop Up Grocer, is partnering with Caffè Panna on a very special event next week. For one day only, they will be offering original creations using 3 of NYC's hottest brands: Ghia, Fly by Jing, and United Sodas. With names like Chili Pop Scoop & Ghia Ghianduja swirl, we can’t wait to stop by to try for ourselves…all happening next Thursday from 1:30-9:30p.

Cool Friends: Georgia Wodder

Meet Georgia, the Executive Pastry Chef at the popular restaurants at 85 Tenth Avenue in Chelsea (Mel's and Al Coro). Georgia's gelato sundaes at Mel's are a coolstuff favorite, and everything she makes is a thoughtful combination of flavors and textures. We caught up with Georgia to hear how she got (and perfected) her sweet tooth.

How did you start your career as a pastry chef?

I've always been really big on dessert. In high school, I signed up for a vocational baking + pastry program during my junior year. I pretty quickly got super into it--I baked at home every night, and got a job at a local bakery after school. Inevitably I went to culinary school after I graduated, and after getting my bachelor’s degree, I moved to New York to take advantage of the food scene. I'd done a couple of fine dining internships in college and I wanted to try something different, so I worked in bread bakeries until I realized my passion really lies in composed desserts. I found my way back to fine dining, working my way up in the kitchen, which led me to where I am now.

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

I love how intertwined everyone is, especially in the food industry.  If you want to connect with a chef you don't know, someone in your circle will have a connection, and it makes this huge city feel like a community. Especially the sharing of knowledge; I've learned so much from people who take pride in sharing their experience, whether it's a chef, a bartender, a farmer, a baker, or any other person who's an integral part of the food and beverage world.

What's inspiring you right now?

Vibrant colors, the insane amount of perfectly ripe fruit at the Union Square greenmarket, coastal Italian cuisine, my friends, my work family, our dining rooms at Mel's and Al Coro, and the beauty of the East Village, which I'm lucky to call my home.

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