I love cities. Having grown up in New York City, I love being able to wander and discover new sights. In the summer I love picking a random avenue and seeing where it takes me. After a while seeing the same sights bores me. I was starting to get a little antsy in Manhattan so the beauty of moving to a different part of your own city is you still get to stay in familiar territory (score!) but also get cool new sights to explore (double score!). That’s exactly what I did last weekend!
With fellow blogger Nina Marie I headed over to Sunset Park’s Industry City to check out Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. I love Smorgasburg in the summer because come on, who doesn’t love walking around in the sun and eating ridiculously delicious food?! While I scoped out some furniture and knick knacks for the new apartment, I gravitated–naturally– to the eats.
I have wanted to try Ramen Burger for quite some time now, and was pretty excited when I saw they had a stand at WinterSmorg. Even though my only real reference were those Maruchan Ramen Noodles–which by the way became a staple in my Freshman year of college when my cafeteria points were running low– I was excited to try a Ramen bun.
Ever the pork aficionado, I opted for the pulled pork. The pork was tender, juicy and flavorful–everything I look for in pork. It made for a very messy meal, but my god! Was the pork delicious! Now, here’s the thing: the Ramen bun itsself was a disappointment. Maybe it’s because I have had very little (read: none) experience with real Ramen noodles but I expected a little bit more jazz in that bad boy. The Ramen bun is rubbed in butter before being put on the grill to cook so I was under the impression that there would be an amazing explosion of flavor in the bun. I didn’t even taste salt. Instead, the bun reminded me of really gummy al dente pasta so while it definitely looks tasty, this one for me is unfortunately a thumbs down.
While the Ramen Burger wasn’t as successful of a venture, Hot Chocolate with Bourbon was! I love Hot Chocolate so that kick of Bourbon right at the end of the sip really wakes you up! Being that it is on the stronger side, I would probably have opted to share this with another person. I walked around with it the entire time, and ended up tossing 3/4 of it out. It’s not really something you chug (or maybe I should say it’s not really something I would chug!) I will say Hot Chocolate with Bourbon is the perfect drink to warm your body up on a super cold day like Valentine’s Day of 2016–if I remember correctly it was a very windy and frigid 15 degrees and below)– I just wish it had it been a tad smaller!
But, the real MVP of my Winter Flea + Smorgasburg trip? The must try item for anyone hitting up Smorgasburg:
Wow(fulls) is right! Ok, first off: it’s ice cream in a waffle– not a waffle cone, like an actual WAFFLE! Points. Next: it was Valentine’s Day weekend so this was a Red Velvet Wowfull (DOUBLE POINTS!) with Cookies & Cream ice cream, (TRIPLE POINTS!!) a handcrafted chocolate heart (QUADRUPLE POINTS!!!), sugar hearts (QUINTUPLE POINTS?!) and cream cheese drizzle… ALL THE POINTS!
God, my mouth is watering from just thinking about this beautiful creation.
It may seem crazy eating ice cream on what was the coldest day of the year, but the moment I saw this baby I knew I had to try it. Plus, we all know I don’t say no to Red Velvet (except Red Velvet Oreos. I will always say no to the abomination that is Red Velvet Oreos).
The egg waffle here takes home the prize. Wowfulls uses a honeycomb griddle to cook their egg batter which makes for a crispy exterior and a soft interior. Seriously, each bite melts in your mouth which is something I never even realized I wanted from my waffle! Wowfulls creations are inspired by 1950’s Hong Kong Gai Dàn Jai–waffles found on the streets of Hong Kong. Wowfulls’s Gai Dàn Jai have their own twists: some flavor combos include Japanese Pocky sticks or a Matcha Green Tea waffle! I’ve even seen Wowfulls sprinkled with Fruity Pebbles. Yup, must try.
The innovation at Winter Flea + Smorgasburg is in high gear! If you don’t feel like spending a lazy weekend at home and are willing to brave the cold I would definitely suggest taking a trip to Sunset Park. I promise, it won’t disappoint!