We are teaming up with fitness guru Joel “Ironman” Matalon to offer a fitness class specially designed for single moms and their children. While moms train in the beautiful setting of Prospect Park with single mom & certified TRX Fitness Trainer, Loren Lockwood, all kids, ages 5-16-year old, will have separate fitness class of their own with Joel “Ironman” Matalon, owner of Joe Fitness World. It’s win-win! (But, if you are a single mom and want to train without your kid/s that’s great too!)
So, why a class devoted to single moms? Besides the physical benefit and the opportunity to meet other single moms, the kids get to workout too. Unlike a gym where the kids get stuck in “day care” room, Sexy Goddess kids get a workout of their own. Talk about a great way to role model the importance of self care! And there’s the added bonus of spending time with their kids in a fun activity where mom and child alike have a great time. (And, by the way, you don’t have to bring your kids! Just come train with other single moms!)
The best part? The introductory classes on Thursday, June 14th are FREE! Here’s the lowdown:
Where: Prospect Park, 9th Street entrance to the park.
When: Thursday, June 14, 2012
** 1 pm class
** 4 pm class
** 6:30 pm class
Trainer, Mom’s Class: Loren Lockwood, certified TRX Fitness Trainer & Single Mom
Trainer, Kid’s Class: Joel “Ironman” Matalon, owner Joe Fitness World
Register Here: sexygoddessfitness.com
Joel “Ironman” Matalon designed this class based on many, many conversations with his single mom clients, recognizing the need for mom/child fitness activities and the frustration single moms have in maintaining a regular fitness program with so many competing needs. The owner of Joe Fitness World, www.joefitnessworld.com, Joel has been featured in Martha Stewart Whole Living Body, US News and Wold Report and Time Out NY. He is on the faculty of The American Council on Exercise and is a consultant for ABC, ESPN, HBO, Adobe, and was marathon coach/Creator of Tema Lifebeat for Viacom/MTV’s non-profit. Joel was also the fitness advisor for the Couch to 5K running program for ESPN NYC employees.. And while his credentials go on, it is important to note that Joel is on the Board of Directors of Kids Helping Kids, and is the process of creating The Little Joe Fitness Foundation to provide fitness opportunities for children globally.
Don’t forget to register! sexygoddessfitness.com. And see you in Prospect Park!
You walk into a coffeehouse and see the coffee menu: Sumatra, Rwanda, Costa Rican, Kenyan, or dozens of others. Hmmmm … what should I chose? What’s the difference? Here’s your chance to taste the difference side-by-side!
We will be teaming up with “Tastes Of ….” organizer 121Source to present “The Hows of Coffee.” We will taste an array of coffees from around the world. Not only will you walk away knowing what characteristics you appreciate in a cup of joe, we will discuss all the variables that effect brewing the perfect cup at home. We will also give a demonstration of the Clever dripper, our favorite pour-over method.
Love coffee? Want to learn more? This is an event not to be missed!
Event Date: Monday, June 4th, 6:30-8 pm
Cost: $25, includes a bag of Counter Culture coffee to take home and brew the perfect cup!
Pre-Registration Required — just stop in, or, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parent Teacher Associations of Brooklyn’s public schools and office of Brooklyn City Council Member Brad Lander are coming together to sponsor the 5th annual PTA 5-kilometer race/walk/stroll/toddle in Prospect Park this Sunday, April 28 at 10 am.
Last year, hundreds of parents, teachers and students from 17 Brooklyn public schools participated in the event. Over $6,000 was raised to support Brooklyn’s PTAs. This year, Noella Brew Bar will be at the finish line with a congratulatory snack for participants. We couldn’t miss out on such a great cause!
It is no secret that budget cuts in Albany threaten not only after-school enrichment classes and activities, such as art, music, athletics and academic support, but also many of the core programs our children rely on in their schools. This fundraiser is the PTA’s and Council Member Brad Lander’s way, as defenders of public education, to come together and take action in support of our kids’ schools.
Participants pay a registration fee ($15/individual, $25/family) and raise additional money through sponsors. Participants may also sponsor families of runners, by selecting a donation amount on the form below.
The registration fee is waived for any individual or family who fundraises at least $50 through sponsors. Come on, participants, get those sponsors!!
Talk about community! Beginning next month we will be teaming up master knitter, Maxcine DeGouttes, owner of Stitch Therapy: A Fine Yarn Shop, to offer a series of knitting classes in the cozy, salon setting of Noella Brew Bar. Meet new friends, drink a cappuccino, learn to knit a hat in the round. We can’t think of a more fun way to learn to knit.
In just two sessions you will learn the foundations of knitting, and will leave the course with “your hat in your hands” so to speak!
Here’s the “knitty gritty”:
There are three courses to choose from, all happening on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Course 1: May 16th & 23rd
Course 2: June 13th & 20th
Course 3: July 11th & 18th
The cost is $100. All materials must be bought at Stitch Therapy, now located at Dekalb Market, 138 Willoughby (B, Q, R train). And, just to make life a little easier, all materials will be delivered to Noella on the evening of the first lesson.
To book your seat, call 718-398-2020.
To learn more about Stitch Therapy, A Fine Yarn Store, go to www.stitchtherapybrooklyn.com.
Counter Culture's Farmhouse Blend
The one coffee we brew daily is Counter Culture’s Farmhouse blend. Organic Farmhouse is based on the idea that coffee, like all food, is best enjoyed when it is at its freshest and in season. This coffee’s flavor changes throughout the year, depending on the which coffees are at their very best and expressing their peak seasonal characteristics. That’s the beauty of Farmhouse — it’s alway fresh and always perfect.
Right now Farmhouse is a blend of La Frontera Peru and El Gavilan Ecuador.
La Frontera is produced by a community of five small cooperatives. You will taste the sweet notes of milk chocolate. El Gavilan has the classic hallmarks of Ecuadorian coffee — cherry and vanilla, with notes of peach and apricot. A delicious morning coffee, perfectly paired with a butter croissant. We’re sure you will love it as much as we do!
Mark and his kids setting up shop.
300 purple cupcakes in record time! Mark Crowther, a Park Slope local and Noella regular customer, came to us last month asking for a gift certificate for a silent auction to support his efforts to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “A gift certificate?” we thought. “We can do better than that!” As a member of Team In Training, Mark is training for the 2012 Ironman US Championship in New York City and New Jersey to raise funds to help find a cure and more effective treatments for blood cancers.
Mark and Melissa with Miriam of thewetsuitproject.com.
We put our heads together and came up with selling vegan cupcakes with purple icing, the hallmark color of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,with all proceeds to benefit LLS. Our aim? 300 cupcakes over the course of the two days. With the help of his kids and with Miriam Weiskind, a NY1 New Yorker of the Week for her www.wetsuitproject.com, we nearly sold out the first day! If you took a photo with Miriam check out her website. You might be there! Thank you to everyone who helped Mark meet his goal!
Cupcakes sold out so quickly you didn’t get to buy one? It’s not too late to make a donation:
Just to give you an update … Mark is training hard, but was sidelined a bit with a head cold. He’s back on track — swimming, biking and running to get ready for this extremely demanding event. We’ll be following Mark every step of the way and are currently brainstorming on our next collaboration. Any ideas?
Go Mark Go!
The Rwandan genocide of 1994 had millions of victims. One of them was Epiphanie Mukashyaka, whose husband was killed in the tragic events of that time. Epiphanie sought to continue her husband’s coffee company, and was one of the first to grasp onto the hope of super high quality coffee, a business previously unknown in Rwanda. Ephiphanie helped found the Bufcafe coffee operation – co-owned with a cooperative of coffee growers – which over time has become on the the greatest coffee producers in Rwanda. Counter Culture was one of Bufcafe’s first customers, and they bring us this coffee today.
In the words of Counter Culture: “One of the first stories we heard when we first traveled to Rwanda was the story of Epiphanie, who showed up in the PEARL project offices as a genodcide widow wanting to know how she could build a coffee washing station. One of our first tasks in Rwanda was to get to know this remarkable woman, and we became one of Bufcafe’s first customers. In 2006, we invited Epiphanie to visit Counter Culture and join us at the SCAA conference; this was Epiphanie’s first visit outside Rwanda ever. I will never forget her welcoming dinner, and the wide eyes with which she greeted the bluegrass band at the Q shack in Durham.”
Tasting Notes: A deeply sweet coffee. Look for notes of orange and herbs in the aroma and an exciting fruity flavor.
Farm History: This lot is from both Bufcafe washing stations Remera and Nyarusiza.
Try it by the cup at our Clever Hand-Pour Station or take home a bag … available now!
Photos courtesy of Counter Culture.
Last week WOR’s Joan Hamburg ventured to Brooklyn and visited Noella Brew Bar! How lucky were we? We sat for a bit and chatted about everything Noella. Joan tried lots of stuff, and was completely enamored with our Clever Pour Over bar. Then she talked about us on Friday. How awesome is that? Here’s the podcast …
Who’s Meister? The most awesomest Counter Culture coffee expert extraordinaire! Yes, that’s a mouthful, and we mean every syllable. Meister is our go-to person at Counter Culture. She helps us make sure that every cup of coffee we serve is the perfect cup of coffee. She really knows her stuff. Every once in a while, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of her at Noella. She just sneaks up on us when we least expect it. Otherwise, we sneak up on her at the Counter Culture Coffee Lab in Chelsea. When she can’t be found at the Lab, or visiting accounts, she’s cooking, writing about cooking (she writes a wonderful blog, The Nervous Cook, @thenervouscook on Twitter, and has been nominated for a Homie award), and right now she’s vying to win a trip to Vienna to showcase her exemplary barista skills. She definitely deserves it!
So, take a moment and help us send Meister to Vienna:
Gute Reise, Meister! (Translation: Have a good trip, Meister. We’re confident she’s going!)