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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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3 Comments

  1. The chocolate is from Fine & Raw Chocolate, and is also sold in Manhattan (not that we ever really need to go there!).

    And I think the ricotta was from Salvatore? Does that sound right?

    I’m at the Flea at least every other weekend, and am eating my way through everything. Next time, you must try the kimchee hot dogs with pork belly. Ohhhh.

    @emilyspearl

  2. You are a god send, @emilyspearl! Thanks for filling in the blanks. Will update the post accordingly.

  3. I live around the corner and avoid the flee too many people for my taste. I only ever hear how good the food is never about the items being sold. I guess it’s more of a place to have lunch than to shop.


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