Brooklyn for the Holidays, A Photo Essay

Surprise, surprise, J. Legume and myself had a little holiday wish come true, flying stand by to New York last week. Being utterly impromptu, it’s been a super budgeting time of devouring bagels, cooking family style pasta, soup and curry at my sister’s in Bushwick, grocery shopping in Chinatown and sharing doughnuts (truth), conveniently staying a short walk from Dunwell’s. Crazy enough, we were actually in Brooklyn this time last year. It’s an extra special return and as much as I like to try them out the window, semi-traditional. Both sides of my family have a deep Brooklyn history, and J. Legume is hankering for one of our own, wink wink. The trip started off with a night at the Portland airport to catch a 5:05am flight up to Seattle, a surprisingly convenient trip on public transit from Newark Airport via Penn Station to Brooklyn (I remain in awe) and is currently finding comfort on my sister’s couch while the first batch of cookies cool and J. Legume naps again by my side.

Brooklyn for the Holidays, A Photo Essay

Spending the night watching Law & Order SVU at PDX International

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It was a pretty peaceful evening, claiming a row of open, armless seats outside of gate security. The last time I spent the night at the airport was in my mid-twenties in San Francisco, so it was nice to see I could still pull it off.

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

Reuniting with Monkey & Desmond

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Dunwell’s #1: Eggnog-Glazed

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And the first of countless Frenchie sightings in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

Ah, Foodswings. Closing soon.

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

For years, it seemed that every time I was in NYC, my open meal time (obviously tightly allotted) was during a time that Foodswings was closed, or just temporarily closed. My total visit count is a mere two or three, the last being for late night milkshakes, and sadly, I don’t think we’ll be able to squeeze one more in before they close their doors.

Aslan’s Brooklyn walking tour

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

Our second night in, my sister and I got to work making 5 jars of various pickles: new dill, sweet & sour, hot chilis, celery and spiced apples. Since then, lemon-pickled fennel has joined the list and the cultured cashew chevre is biding its time, chilling in wait.

Mark Bittman’s Kosher Pickles, The Right Way

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In which I smirk about making legit pickles (and carrots) while in New York.

Fluffy biscuits, smoky sesame tempeh strips and noochy steamed kale

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Alton Brown’s Homemade Soft Pretzels for our homemade bar food night

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Jeez, look at us, pulling out the big names.

Jen fries the beer-battered onion rings and pickle chips

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So proud…even if I detest onion rings. Everyone else was happy, and that rules.

Heading out for the day in East Williamsburg

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Stumptown Coffee is everywhere.

Off the L train

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On line for (more) doughnuts at the Cinnamon Snail, sipping an iced coffee from Swallow Cafe

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Mason jars of salsa, corn & guac at a food stand outside the Vegan Shop-Up

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

I’ve been to the Vegan Shop-Up twice (thanks to Paula for the heads up about this final holiday shop, I figured we’d already missed out!) and seriously want to try Bunna Cafe’s vegan Ethiopian cuisine, but have never seen them open and serving warm food within an hour of opening. One day!

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

Inside the Vegan Shop-Up at Pine Box Rock Shop

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Walking away

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Nerding it up at Champs Family Bakery

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

Splitting a Hummus Club and bottomless cups of Brooklyn Roasting Co.

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

Mason jar check: fill ‘em with pricey candies, Bedford Ave.

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We resisted.

Yet, I have never seen mason jars utilized quite like this before…

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Now, look who was open & running at Smorgasburg !

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

We stumbled upon the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg while walking around Williamsburg, and too bad we’d just eaten, because both Bunna and Chickpea & Olive have been on my to-eat list for ages.

Arnold Palmer Sample of Kelvin Natural Slush Co.

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Inside the food hall at Smorgasburg

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Thoughts: Based on this visit, small batch horseradish and sticky rice bowls could be the next big food trends.

Swoon-worthy hot sauce samples courtesy of Queen Majesty

Brooklyn for the Holidays on Get Sconed!

Like I said, we’re on a tight budget this time around, and Queen Majesty’s Scotch Bonnet & Ginger hot sauce was probably the biggest test of will power so far. Next visit.

Kelvin 

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Well, I’m charmed.

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Bowls of polenta & beetball subs at the all-vegan Chickpea & Olive

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Chickpea & Olive menu

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Although I’m not exactly complaining about the lack of vegan option at this spot:

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Brooklyn Flea

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The last time we tried to visit the Brooklyn Flea, there was an evening night market and a line wrapping around multiple blocks outside, so this was a nice surprise to walk right into.

Indeed.

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Looking out at Manhattan

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Deep breaths

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Two serious points made

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Strolling the Lower East Side

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Outside The Organic Grill (my last visit was 2004 or so)

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See you then

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DF Mavens: Coming Soon. My pick of the NYC vegan ice cream crawl, Stogo, may have shut its doors around the corner, and Lula’s next go may yet to have a new business name, but there is hope for the Lower East Side at this new spot from the former Stogo owners. Please keep in mind that I would Lula’s more love, but I can’t eat their ice creams due to the cashew base. Shucks.

Viva Herbal Pizzeria (somehow, yet to ever try)

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The Dharma Initiative remains scattered and active on the East Coast

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My pizza heart belongs to Vinnie’s, which has two locations in Brooklyn. I dig the greasy booths. T. Hanks appreciation and prominent use of mozzarella Teese on their variety of available slices (vs. the overpowering goop I’ll kindly refer to as d-cheese).

J. Legume’s Buffalo Chickin’ slice

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Breaded eggplant slice. It’s hard for me to resist.

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Still Williamsburg

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Passing Champs on our way back to Bushwick

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And now, jasmine rice soaks for tonight’s Panang curry, so Season’s Greetings from Get Sconed!

There’s so much more over on Instagram-land. To be continued…

13 thoughts on “Brooklyn for the Holidays, A Photo Essay

  1. bunna will be opening a full scale restaurant in feb in bushwick!
    check out bogota lation bistro. the vegan offerings are slim but the french toast with guava butter is delicious.
    ellary’s green, pukk, peacefood cafe, caracas arepa bar…soooo many places to check out

  2. Breaded eggplant slice! Vinnie’s didn’t have a great selection of vegan options the one time I was there… where is the other location besides on Bedford ave?
    I really want to try Bunna cafe and Chickpea and Olive too… but living in New York means I am on a strict budget ALL the time!
    Can’t decide if I really want to stop at Foodswings once more before it closes…I’m not a big fan but I feel like it’s something I should do.

  3. I went to Boston and NYC in November and used much of your recommendations to picks restaurants. I couldn’t fit Vinnie’s in my schedule, but I had my vegan pizza fix in Boston at Veggie Planet (amazing). I finally got to try Champs… and Foodswings is closing? No!!! It might be my favorite spot in NYC and when I went there in November and had my first corn dog in over 10 years, I told myself next time, I would go there at least a couple of times per trip. I was sad too that Boneshakers had closed down…

  4. such a super sweet post – full of love and adventures! My dad’s mom was from Brooklyn (100%!), but I have only been there once. I haven’t been to NYC for 14 years, which is a crying shame. Obviously, there are many reasons to go back – culinary, emotional, cultural, and just for fun. Hopefully I”ll make it back soon. :) Happy holidays to you both. xo

  5. I love this post, your trip sounds so fun. I especially love the idea of bar food night at home. I should do that for Football Food Sunday some time! I’m definitely going to try to make it to Vinnie’s this time, I’ve never been but that breaded eggplant slice looks uh-mazing.

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