This weekend marked the debut of the Brooklyn Flea, purported to be NYC's largest outdoor market selling new and vintage furniture, artwork, clothing, and jewelry. For cooks, this meant loads of cute and collectible vintage kitchen accessories, and new artisan glass and stonework bowls and serving dishes, along with many delicious ways to fortify you for shopping.
Let's be honest. We came for the food. When we heard that the vendors included the famed Wafels and Dinges cart and the women from Salvatore Bklyn Ricotta making fresh cannoli, we knew there would be a sugary start to our Sunday.
But there were also dozens of kitchen finds, from avocado green canisters and bright orange pitchers to a 1950's cast iron frying pan.
We loved Gilmor Glassworks's glass bowls, imagining them filled with a spring berry pudding. And if we'd been shopping for a pitcher, we could have had them in every shape and size from every era.
When we got tired, it was time to hit the food. From Wafels and Dinges, we ordered the cinnamon liege waffle, dotted with pearl sugar, and covered with hot fudge and a few strawberries ($6).There was a very long line, so nothing was made to order, but it was still warm and gooey and satisfying.
But we were still intent on finding the Salvatore Bklyn booth. This is the same amazing ricotta sold at Urban Rustic, that we told you about in February. They were not only selling their cheese at the Flea, but were also piping pistachio cannoli to order. Perfectly creamy and crunchy, rich and not too sweet, it was worth every bit of $3.
There were many other food vendors as well, but all were sweet, so we didn't partake. In coming weeks, organizers promise there will be BBQ and empanadas.
Headed for a sugar coma, we went home with no new artwork or kitchen accessories. We'll be back next week, to tempt our wallets and stomachs again.
The Brooklyn Flea takes place every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave.
Images: Nina Callaway for The Kitchn.