First off, there were no idle food trucks which eliminates the whole smell of rubber and breathing in exhaust factor. And no one was serving you from their tire perched truck. In my mind, BWAYBITES couldn't have picked a more perfect food event to inaugurate our food blogging adventures. When the three of us walked into that gated off lot on the coast of the East River filled with cozily packed food stands, we felt like we were welcomed into a community of food lovers, people passionately bound by matters of the mouth and the tummy. Bean sellers, picklers, gourmet food shops, local farmers uniting to celebrate the art of eating. And BWAYBITES could not have been more honored to be participating.
|Blue Bottle Coffee Company|
Matt, how'd you like the single drip? How'd it compare to something like a french press cup of coffee?
"French press is a bit grittier, allowing tiny pieces of grounds to settle into the bottom of the cup which can on occasion lead to a very thick, syrupy feel, an homage in my mind to a Turkish coffee which leaves a sludge like consistency at the very bottom. Single drip, using an unbleached paper filter (a must if you're a coffee drinker who uses paper filters [Go Green!]), has a much smoother, cleaner taste and texture. More on chicory when I get my hands on some begniets!"
We continued our walk, Matt wanted to buy everything, Andy was glued to his camera phone, documenting our reactions, and I was in a daze, overstimulated. We decided to get a bunch of things and share bites, a style of eating that these kind of events were designed for. We had a delicious empanada from Victor's Famous Empanda, really mild and delicate, filled with ground local beef, potatoes, peas and spices. Some turkey chili, from the bean seller, which wasn't my favorite and tasted like it hadn't really developed yet. The highlight for me was Mighty Quinn's beef brisket sandwich. A small potato bread bun filled with fall apart tender brisket, cucumber, and harissa mayo. A real knock out bite: well seasoned, satisfyingly savory, simple and fresh as can be.
On our way out, we stopped by the doughnut stand, aptly named 'Dough,' and grabbed a sweet treat for the road, Blood Orange iced doughnut. I was really intrigued by the sound of the icing, and was equally interested by it's flavor, but I've been spoiled by the best doughnut shop in NYC a few blocks away from me in Brooklyn, PETER PAN Bakery on Manhattan Ave between Meserole and Norman. Maybe BWAYBITES'll be back in Brooklyn soon..
|Fresh Fruit Jams from "Anarchy Jams" and Butternut Squash Soup by "Sunday Gravy."|
|Adam and Andy take a bite or Victor's Famous Empanadas.|
Andy, what was the prettiest bite you snagged on your camera?
"The prettiest bite? Definitely Mighty Quinn's brisket and pork belly sandwich. Definitely delicious. But I must say I was equally distracted with the crowd. Beautiful men and women left and right. As much as I wanted to grab a picture of the beautiful Porchetta Sandwich, I also wanted to snag the Sexy Hipster that was eating it. I found Smorgasburg to be a definite feast of ALL senses!"
|Our Smorgasburg favorite, "Mighty Quinn's" Pork Belly and Brisket Sandwiches.|