[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.