Do you like food? How about sunshine? How about people? How about dogs? Well then I have an NYC Bucketlist item for you.
Welcome to Smorgasburg Brooklyn!
This weekly seasonal food fair has very quickly become a weekend staple in Brooklyn as crucial to our current culture as over-priced eggs at brunch. This year, the Sunday location of Smorgasburg is just a few stops on the subway from my new digs on Breeze Hill in Prospect Park and I could not be more thrilled!
This last Sunday, my sister and I scurried across Ocean Avenue and up the wee hill to a Brooklyn Foodscape that even Manhattan is jealous of.
It also happened to be Mother's Day and since we could not hang out with our Californian mother (Hi Mom!), we thought she'd appreciate us spending some sisterly time together .
So up the hill we walked with all the other hungry Brooklynites to see what the circle of culinary delights had to offer us this week.
Almost instantly I saw the illusive Raindrop Cake, which has been getting quite a bit of press recently as the new food novelty. Normally I don't get to partake in the food of the moment due to gluten, but this baby is gluten free, so I gave it a go!
While an interesting novelty, it's basically a gelatinous blob of water whose flavoring comes from the molasses on the side. It's a really fun and interesting idea, but came up a bit short on taste and wasn't my favorite. It would probably be a great palate cleanser during a larger meal, but has trouble standing on its own without a bit more of a punch. Although it looks pretty damn cool.
We kept wandering through the packs of wild Brooklynites basking in the sun.
And creepily said hi to just about every dog that passed.
The market is set up in horseshoe shape, so I highly recommend doing a loop before committing to any one food item.
Every booth smells amazing and has culinary masterminds chopping, saucing, frying, seasoning, and dishing out more food than you know what to do with.
If you and your friends have totally different palates, Smorgasburg is basically heaven for you. I kid you not when I say you can get everything from Pho, to duck,
to wood-fired pizza and beyond.
If a friend of yours is able to walk through here and not like at least one thing, ditch them. There is obviously something terribly wrong with them and you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
In addition to the restaurant booths, there are also vendors selling food products.
This bourbon maple syrup, from Dorset Maple Reserve, was completely delicious. I sipped a small little taste as the vendor explained to me that they pour the hot maple syrup into bourbon barrels while it's still hot so you really get the bourbon flavor in there.
And it's totally true, you do. I instantly wanted a Mint Julep, a floppy hat, a porch, and to fan myself whilst talking about "the vapors" in a Southern accent. Delicious! I'll be picking up some this coming weekend.
You can also get adorable jars of homemade granola if you're not into making your own, or as a great hostess gift!
Or, since we all know I make my own granola, you could be like me and go to town on Diego's Chocolate. I mean the display alone is enough to make me want to eat every last bit of their well-styled chocolate (I'm headed there first this weekend).
While I browsed the chocolate, granola, and maples syrups, my sister found herself at Alchemy Creamery
A dairy free ice cream shop with gluten free cones!!!!!
Sadly, I could not indulge, as the ice cream is made from a combination of nut milks including almond milk, but just look at it!
How on earth could I not be jealous?
Excuse me while I console myself with another amazing looking dog.
I imagine all the smells and people are rather torturous for the four-legged beasts who only get to watch the humans feast away, but the dog-watching is one of my favorite parts. And I have a soft spot for Pitties!
Smorgasburg is also pretty great people watching. I don't know if anyone has mentioned this to you at all, but Brooklyn is a crazy diverse place and much like Brooklyn itself, Smorgasburg is just filled with all kinds of people doing their thing.
Whether it be hula hooping or nerding out over foraged mushrooms, you're good to be yourself here, I promise.
I'm not a massive mushroom fan, but I am very impressed by people who go out into the wilderness, eat things from the ground, and do not die.
I also like tiny things, so Petite Shittake gave me a chuckle.
Those little baskets are enough to make me start thinking about how to incorporate more mushrooms into my diet.
I listened for a bit as the foragers dispensed their knowledge before heading off the basked in that sweet sweet May sun.
Smorgasburg is one of my favorite things about Summer in this city and while I'm certain the New Yorkers among you already know all about this and probably have your favorite vendor, I wanted to put it on the radar of anyone making a trip to the city this summer. You will not be disappointed, I pinky swear.
It takes place every Saturday in Williamsburg at East River State Park (Kent Ave and N. 7th St) and on Sundays in Prospect Park on Breeze Hill (just off of Lincoln Road).
I'll be there just about every Sunday this summer stuffing my face and stalking dogs, so if you see me, come say hi! I'll be the one with the Ray Bans on... just kidding that's totally not helpful in these parts.