So about a week ago (insert $hmoney dance), I went to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, which is a weekend food festival that has a sea of food vendors. I heard about it through my friend and fellow blogger Jelani‘s blog. I decided, being the “chef” that I am, this would be a fun event to go to. So, I dragged some fam along with me and we headed to the BK.
When I first got there, I thought it would be a little bit bigger than it was. The online photos made it seem MASSIVE, but in person, it was just big. Nonetheless, we took a full lap around first just so we could see all of our options. There was pretty much every type of food there that you could have asked for plus dessert! I instinctively my vision zoomed in on the fried chicken stand, but being in an environment like this called for going out of my comfort zone.
It was difficult making my decision on what I would try first, but in the end, I went with the pork and cabbage taco from Gao Taco. They paired the slow roasted pork belly with pickled cabbage and chipotle mayo. I took a bite…….it wasn’t my thing. I took another bite…….it was decent. I took a third bite……then gave it to my mom. We have different palettes. The taco wasn’t horrible but I am personally not a fan of how they kept the fat on the pork. I felt like that was all I tasted as I chewed.
While my mom enjoyed the rest of my taco, I went on a mission to find something else. I was kind of discouraged that stepping out of my comfort zone didn’t end well. So, I went with what I knew. I found a stand that sold wings (one my favorite foods). I said to my self “Self, you are being mediocre trying foods you can get anywhere”. Little did I know how great and amazing those wings tasted! They were easily the best wings I ever had from a place called Dan and John’s Wings. They were simply…
My last entreè I tried was not really planned. I knew I was still a little hungry but I didn’t know what for. My fam and I happen to be walking by a stand that was putting up signs saying “1/2 off all food”. That was a sign from God for only he knows how much ya girl loves a sale. I forget the name of the place but they sold Asian food. I asked for the shrimp not realizing it came with the lo mein. All in all, again it was fantastic. I ate the entire bowl, without being able to take a photo because it was that good.
Overall, Smorgasburg was a success I would say. If you plan on going, I would offer these tips:
1. Bring a decent amount of money and make sure it’s cash. When we walked in, there was a long line for the ATM machine and a good amount of the vendors don’t take cards.
2. Don’t count on all of the vendors that you see online to be there. It probably depends on the day you go honestly. Some vendors do both Saturday and Sunday while others only do one day. I went on a Sunday so there are some vendors I didn’t get to see because they only come on Saturdays.
3. Try new things. Although, I didn’t like Goa Taco, I would recommend it to someone else looking to try something out of the box. Plus, they had great customer service.
4. Bring fold out chairs or a blanket to sit on in the grass. My mom thought about this last minute and grabbed a blanket before we left the house. Most likely, it will be hard to find an empty table so people will sit in the grass or on the curb.
Oh yeah…I also tried a coconut!
We ended our day with a walk on The High Line.