Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg

October 2, 2011

Brooklyn is a great place. It has some superb Flea Markets and well, it’s definitely one of the coolest places in the World. I tried my best to fit in when I was there this past August, but I’m fairly certain it was ‘mission unaccomplished’ (you can’t blame a girl for trying…) And then what did they do? Just to make things even more rad? They went and opened a Saturday Food-Focussed Market in May this year. It’s almost too much goodness to handle. Not that I’m complaining 😉

On the first Saturday morning during my 2 week New York City visit, my friends and I headed down to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to delight in this wondrous gathering of popular and proud purveyors. First up was an iced-coffee, to power us through and keep us cool in the fervent morning sun.

Get Ready…



Just pedaling out some corn tortilla’s, as you do…

After circling the market in a gleeful daze we all settled on our chosen few stalls. Peta and I decided to share the Fried Chicken Biscuit and the Brisket on Brioche. After lining up we took our goodies to the nearby grass and had a little picnic. It was really nice, plus we had a view of the city just to top things off.

The Grass-Fed Brisket on Brioche was teeny, which was a good thing, as it was super rich. The meat was not as tender as I would have liked, but the brioche was lovely and it had a nice BBQ style sauce accompaniment. I wouldn’t get this again, though.

The Fried Chicken Biscuit was amazing.

The fried chicken was perfection, with a lovely light spice mix and crumbing, and super tender meat. And the biscuit was flaky and wonderful, not too heavy – the perfect vehicle for the rich flavours of the chicken, bacon and ranch dressing (yes, you read that right…what?) Having said that we didn’t quite finish it – we needed to save space for more!

Some Banana Soft Serve cooled us down.

Pure frozen banana goodness, with a drizzle of Peanut Butter

…or maybe some Apple Cider Vinegar and Cinnamon. Either way, this is one refreshing delight.

Bon Chovie was a highlight of mine – beautiful whole fried anchovies served with lemon and aioli, and a funky name to boot – “Bon Chovie”. Genius.

We ended our morning with a visit to People’s Pops for what was, hands down, the best popsicle I have ever tasted. The flavours are inspiring – Nectarine and Basil, Roasted Red Plum, Blueberry Jasmine and Cantaloupe and Ginger. I chose the Blackberry and Sour Cherry.

Look at those real fruit chunks – all made with locally grown, organic fruit. Perfection. I think we Melbourne peeps need some People’s Pops in our lives.

In fact, I think we should just have this whole market, Pops included, here in Melbourne. We’ve got the goods to make it work. And we certainly have the food obsessed following to make it popular. Our own Smorgasburg… wouldn’t that be deliciously grand?

Heidi xo

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  • Michelle Chin October 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Ooh, the banana soft serve with peanut butter looks so good!!

  • leaf (the indolent cook) October 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

    My goodness, I want to try everything. Yes, we want something like this in Melbourne!

  • Heavenly Ingredients October 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

    so different to our markets – some of those flavour combinations make my mind boggle…

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook October 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Oh my gosh, Heidi! What an amazing market and great food memories and photos. I could go one of those iced cinnamon buns right about NOW!

  • Heidi October 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Michelle – it was delicious!!

    Leaf – don't we just 🙂

    Laura – haha, really? There was so much to see…

    Martyna – glad you liked this! 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Leah October 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    fried "bon chovie's" I love fresh little anchovies, I know id love them fried too 🙂

    The people's pop's look good too. fresh fruit through a popsicle, genius!!!

  • Hannah October 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    So many photos I almost feel I was there, Heidi! Thank you 🙂 Oh, banana and peanut butter… how I dream of that! Hope you're having a wonderful long weekend xo

  • Yasmeen October 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Oh how I love NYC. There's no place like it. I could absolutely scarf down one of those cinnamon buns in a heartbeat.

  • The InTolerant Chef October 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Can we have one in Canberra too- please? It all sounds great, but the icypoles seem to be really trendy this year.

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds October 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Those icy poles sound delicious! Actually….pretty much all of it sounds delicious!

  • Heidi October 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Leah – pure genius, they were amazing!

    Hannah – thanks lovely 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – they do, don't they? Yes, one in every major city, please!

    Julia – hehe, it was!!

    Heidi xo

  • msihua October 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I feel as if I have just been on a whirlwind trip with you and Bruno Mars is singing Brooklyn in the background…

  • Winston October 4, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Heidi! I totally LOL-ed at the Fried Chicken Biscuits. Never heard of anything like that, but heck. Only in the States, right? Anyway I looooove fried chicken. I can eat it anyhow, anywhere, anytime and I think if I were to have it, I'd enjoy it as much as you. What a fun snapshot of Brooklyn! =D

  • Ashley October 4, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Wow! I would love a smorgasburg in Melbourne! 🙂 looks like it was a super fun day…I definitely did not spend enough time in Brooklyn when I was in New York last year…sigh!

  • Lisa October 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oh wow, your post has my mouth watering! Those popsicls look awesome, maybe I might have to lash out and make some this year. What a fab foodie trip you had.

  • Heidi October 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    msihua – haha I don't know that song but it is clearly appropriate!

    Winston – biscuits are so common in the States, they're like a scone, really. It takes a little getting used to but it totally works. You need a good biscuit though 😉

    Ashley – next time you must go here, you'd love it!!

    Lisa – indeed I did, it was amazing 🙂 & I'm also jumping on the popsicle bandwagon this year, can't wait!

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi October 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Yasmeen – sorry, forgot to reply to you!! Your comment went to spam for some reason…yes I adore cinnamon buns. NYC is the best 🙂
    Heidi xo

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