I had a lot of plans for the weekend, and then they all seemed to go wrong. I’m not complaining — things turned out pretty darned well in fact. Jen and I spent Saturday afternoon at the Renegade Craft Fair in Williamsburg. If you’re from here, SF, Chicago, or L.A., you probably know all about it. I picked up some really cool prints that I can’t wait to frame and put up on my wall. The fair was massive, so about halfway through it was time for a snack. The Treats Truck had a stand there — my first time trying their goods. I definitely approve.
All of their treats (pictured, plus a pecan bar I didn’t get a photo of because I ate it too fast) have a slightly under-baked texture to them. Trust me, that’s not a complaint. They’re ridiculously soft and rich. Now I just have to figure out where Treats Truck is parked most days of the week.
My friend Gypsy met us at the fair with her adorable dog Crumpet, who seemed to think the treats were all for her. I can’t believe she finally stood still long enough for me to snap a couple of photos.
It took us hours to get through the fair, so we had to skip a food festival that was being held at Bklyn Yard and improvise for dinner. Jen and I stopped by the very new Bahn Mi 172 on Bedford Street on the way home. I’m going to give it a big thumbs-up. All of their sandwiches are a dirt cheap at $5 a piece. I opted for the barbecued pork bahn mi, and while it’s probably anything but traditional, it’s tough to beat for quick, cheap eats with a lot of flavor. If I ask really nicely, maybe they’ll open a location in my neighborhood too?
Sunday got really confusing. When I heard that advance tickets for the Brooklyn Beer Experiment were already sold out, we decided to head over to the Paella Parade at South Street Seaport. Well, that was sold out too! We ended up going for dim sum at Delight 28 Restaurant on Pell Street — a long-time favorite of mine. It was a steamy 84 degrees in NYC, so we were craving some frozen yogurt to cool things down. Yogurtland came to the rescue. I’m partial to yogurt shops like these where you can serve yourself and pay by weight, and they have a nice range of flavors. A cup of the tangy lychee and creamy taro, with coconut, nuts, and graham cracker crumbs on top, was a delight.
Next we headed over to the IFC for a movie and spotted Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords standing outside with his little baby and presumably his wife. I’m a big fan, so that was exciting. I had high hopes for the movie we saw, but I sincerely can’t recommend to anyone unless you’re hopped up on a gallon of coffee. Ramen Setagaya came to the rescue for dinner to make me feel better. That’s the “separation” ramen above, great in summer. The noodles are served separately and you dip and slurp your way to happiness.
Somewhere along the way, I spotted one of these posters for Top Chef Masters. Don’t forget to watch the premiere on Wednesday, and I’m not just saying that because I’m working with one of the contestants, award-winning chef Mark Peel from Campanile, on a book. Well, yes I am. GO MARK!