Brooklyn Flea

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The baguettes at Crosby Connection sandwich stand

I’m finally finding a moment to share some pictures from last weekend at the Brooklyn Flea. Overall there was lots of good eating to be had, but I have to say that the best eats were at the flea market. Can you believe it?! I would have thought I’d be reporting that our wood-fired pizza from Brooklyn Central was the best meal of the weekend. Or how about our fancy dinner at al di la Trattoria – a table that is hard to come by on a Saturday night? Nope. My grazing on Saturday afternoon at the flea market far surpassed both. Not to say either restaurant wasn’t delicious (they were), but there was something special about spending a Saturday afternoon with my family, looking at the eclectic vintage wares, and strolling from one food stand to the next… eating a little of this and a little of that with complete reckless abandon.

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There are 2 Brooklyn Flea locations. We were at the Fort Greene flea and there is one in Williamsburg. They recently opened in Philly as well, essentially the city in our backyard. We will need to make a trip to see what snacks they have to offer. There are also 2 Brooklyn Smorgasburg fleas, which are all-food flea markets. Check out their website for more information.

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Here’s a sample of what we saw and ate. Hands down, the best donuts ever at Dough! Good to know I wasn’t on an island with this one. The Village Voice listed it as the number one donut (or doughnut) in NYC last year. I was thrilled to read “the dulce de leche, topped with slivers of toasted almonds, is something of a masterpiece.” That was our donut, sigh… if only someone would bring me one now.

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Delicious sandwiches on crunchy baguettes from Crosby Connection. My choice was brie, avocado, tomatoes and fresh dill with a little balsamic. Look at the crust on that bread!

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The edamame dumplings from Rickshaw Dumpling Bar were perfectly delightful with a squirt of Sriracha.

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Check out this insanely overstuffed lobster roll from Red Hook!

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Little ginger molasses cookies filled with marshmallow cream from S’more bakery, and the monster sized s’more cookies below.

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When we first arrived, the Dough stand was dark and empty. I didn’t think anything of it. I assumed they were just closed for the day. About 45 minutes later and after eating everything you see above, we came around the corner and there was quite a line forming. I guess they ran out of donuts and went back to make more. Boy was I grateful and stuffed. Here’s one more close up of my donut. How could this unpretentious treat have been the quintessential highlight of my Brooklyn weekend?

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The Fort Greene Brooklyn Flea is located at 176 Lafayette Ave. (between Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.) and they are open Saturdays from 10am – 5pm.

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