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[Where: Obama Grocery Store, 411 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn 11205 ]

While hanging out at the Myrtle collapse fundraiser today, someone pointed out this future spot to me.
Is this a bit much? Calls to mind the Obama Fried Chicken that the community in Flatbush protested. Curious to see how Clinton Hill will take this… Personally, I find the use of Obama’s likeness for purely commercial purposes opportunistic and unsettling.

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[Where: Brooklyn Flea, Vanderbilt Ave & Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn 11205]

I’ve never been a cheerleader of the flea. But that may have changed today. Maybe the difference is that I actually needed something specific (some work-appropriate jewelry) but I also think the endeavour finally fits in with Fort Greene.  The deejay playing everything from Michael Jackson to Fela Kuti to British House may or may not have contributed to that. And then there were these unexpected treats:

  • Cocoa and Agave together i.e. “good for you chocolate” – Sadly I can’t remember the dark chocolate merchant’s name who sold me the cocoa ice cream. Got a rich cocoa ice at the Fine & Raw Chocolate booth. I was enchanted to recognize the wrapper of the chocolate bars on the table as I bought some at Choice Greene last sunday. Both the “ice cream” (which is dairyless) and the chocolate bars are made with agave syrup and 70 to 80% cocoa.
  • McClure’s pickles – Not something I set out to get. But the merchant sought me out and was quite charming. He explained that the pickle company employed three people: him in NY and the owner’s parents in Detroit. There were dill pickles and hot (capsaicin) pickles. There was also a lovely grainy mustard. So fresh. Sulfite free. I was in heaven. Now in my fridge, the pickles are irrestible and I’m eating them as snacks.
  • Oh and I should mention I tasted some excellent ricotta from Salvatore, a ricotta maker which sells to restaurants but not yet to stores. They were serving it on bruschetta with prosciutto and in canolis. Yum. The name will come back to me eventually.
  • Bracelets made out of old records – Didn’t get to buy any but may end up going back for these.

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[where: Madiba, 195 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 11205]

[Where: 1116 Bedford, Brooklyn 11216 ]

Didn’t get to eat here but menu looks good. Mixture of French and Senegalese.
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[Where: 860 Fulton St, Brooklyn, 11238 ]

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The owner –who used to manage Chez Oskar– explained that all the meats are grass-fed and all other ingredients organic. I want to eventually try the Australian imported grass-fed lamb raised on fields of rosemary!

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[Where: 860 Fulton St, Brooklyn, 11238 ]

And shouldn’t a vegan place have one or two all veggie dishes?

[where: Red Bamboo, 271 adelphi st, Brooklyn 11205 ]
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[Where: Stonehome Wine Bar, 87 Lafayette, 11205 ]

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This is too good to be true. And the music? Why Bob Marley of course.
With all the hoopla about the proposed business district, it’s a wonder merchants are allowed to line up on the fulton sidewalk…
[where: Fulton and S Portland, Brooklyn 11237 ]
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