Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Brooklyn Flea

I spent the afternoon at the Brooklyn Flea with my favorite longtime Brooklyn local, Amanda. The popular market is housed in the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank and features over one hundred vendors hawking items including furniture, clothing, jewelry, art, antiques, and food.

Amanda and I quickly surveyed the top two levels of the market, opting to spend the majority of our time in the basement where an eclectic mix of food vendors serve savory and sweet edibles. With so many enticing, reasonably priced options we created our own mini food festival by sharing small bites from several of the market's participants. Every bite was bursting with flavor, and when we finally left the Brooklyn Flea we had a considerable number of new favorites. I would highly recommend the Brooklyn Flea to anyone looking for a fun, affordable weekend activity.

Bee 'n' Beez from Rick's Picks- a new take on the classic American bread-and-butter pickle with less sugar, fresh ginger, and dried cherries

Soler-Bermudez Red Hook Food Vendors' pupusa (a traditional handmade corn tortilla popular in El Salvador) topped with pickled cabbage, homemade tomato sauce, sour cream and jalapeños

Sigmund Pretzelshop's organic, hand rolled, fresh baked gruyère paprika pretzels

Nunu Chocolates uses cocoa beans from a sustainable, family run farm in eastern Colombia. It's 4-pack Caramel Blend contains a soft golden caramel butterfly, a hand-dipped salt caramel, a salt-roasted cashew caramel, and a peanut caramel crunch (my favorite of the bunch) all enrobed in a rich dark chocolate

Hand packed jars of spicy pickle spears made with McClure's Pickles' secret family recipe

Options at Red Hook Lobster Pound's table

A $14 Maine Style lobster roll heaping with large chunks of fresh lobster meat

Liddabit Sweets' Breakfast of Heroes- made utilizing Vermont maple syrup, Bourbon Whiskey, Gorilla Coffee, and Wellshire Farms bacon

A look inside Liddabit Sweets' sinful "The King"- brown butter/brown sugar cookie, peanut butter nougat, fresh banana ganache

Liddabit Sweets' addictive beer & pretzel caramels contain generous chunks of Martin's pretzels and Brooklyn Brown Ale and East India Pale Ale from the Brooklyn Brewery

Kumquat Cupcakery sells adorable mini cupcakes in flavors such as maple bacon, coffee caramel bourbon, and p.b. banana honey

Korey Provencher of Kors d'Oeuvres makes a number of delicious spreads and dips, including my favorite (and his most popular)- a sweet roasted pumpkin, butternut squash and goat cheese spread

Brooklyn based SCRATCHbread bakes products such as hazelnut oat-nibb bars, sour milk salt and pepper biscuits, buttercream brownies, and thick brownstone focaccia

Choncho's Tacos fried $5 beer-battered mahi-mahi tacos right on the spot. The hot, crunchy taco, served with cilantro, shredded lettuce, sour cream, fresh salsa, and a lemon wedge, was Amanda's favorite

FINE & RAW was founded by a former financial analyst who honed his chocolate making skills in the Arizona desert

Tasty dumplings packed with vegetables and topped with sesame seeds from the Good Fork, a restaurant and bar located in Red Hook, Brooklyn

According to the company's proprietors, one pound of Crop to Cup coffee provides a 20% increase in farmer wages and a 55% increase in overall community benefit

For those interested in making their own beer, the Brooklyn Brew Shop was on location with all the necessary supplies

We couldn't leave the market without taking home a box of mini baklava from Anthi's Greek Food

My favorite taste of the afternoon was the Sidney Dog from Asiadog. A smoky veggie dog is topped with a sweet relish (made from mango, cucumber, red onion, and cilantro) and crushed peanuts

3 comments:

  1. That candy bar looks GOOD

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  2. Looks incredible. I rarely venture to Brooklyn as I'm a snooty Manhattanite, but this looks worth the trek.

    The NuNu salted caramels have changed my life!!

    Stacy

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  3. I went based on your recommendation. Boy, am I glad I did! :)

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