perfect sunday: the new amsterdam farmer’s market

one of the best things to do on a beautiful NYC weekend is to scavenge around at a local farmer’s market for some good eats. i’m not alone in this opinion – new yorkers are becoming flea and food market crazed, and for good reason. they are fun.  

radishes. gorgeous, right? (photo by laura kinsey)

the other day i biked my way over to this season’s debut of  the New Amsterdam Market, located in the quietly fantastic South Street Seaport neighborhood. aside from the things that draw tourists but rarely draw locals (some bad restaurants, the TKTS booth, the chain retail stores), there is a lot to love down here – a great wine shop, a pet boutique, some restaurants that are actually good, cobblestone streets. and with all those boats, a reminder that manhattan is actually an island. (i think we tend to forget!)

this market differs from the hester street fair and the brooklyn flea (more on that to come) in that there are no beaded necklaces, stuffed animals, or mismatched china sets for sale. it’s all about food, both of the eat it now and take it home and cook it variety.

the only thing i didn’t eat on the spot was a tiny jar of smoked pork rillettes from Brooklyn Cured. i had a sample on a small piece of toast and was hooked. but there’s more. ohhh… much more.

roasted vegetable and goat cheese toasts from Sunday Gravy (photo by laura kinsey)
lobster roll from Luke's Lobster (photo by laura kinsey)
sweet & savory pie pops from Pie Corps. (photo by laura kinsey)

these little pies on a stick were the highlight of the day. savory option was bacon jam, sweet option was grapefruit. am i nuts? i got the grapefruit, and it was fab. never had a grapefruit-marmelade style pie filling before. tough choice, though. next sunday i may have to bike back for that bacon jam version.

get around town…

friday was such an exciting day… i got a new (to me) bike!  ahhh…. the freedom to whiz around the neighborhood.  what was a 15 minute walk is now a 3 minute ride. and in my new neighborhood, pretty much everything is a 15 minute walk away, so this is gonna be fab!

here’s what’s even better: the bike is a Huffy, just like the first bike i got when i was seven. it’s mustard yellow, instead of pink (good), and has some shiny upgrades in the form of a basket.

now i need a cool helmet.  thinking of this, or  this.  oooh. actually, i think this is the winner…

exploration preparation

grafitti heart. on the street in south williamsburg.

this coming weekend is a holiday. mk! and i decided we’d try to get to know our new neighborhood. we haven’t done much so far besides work and try to unpack.

i lived in brooklyn before. just a totally different part. and after 8 years in manhattan it’s a bit of an adjustment.

so. this weekend i am going to learn to love my new neighborhood. that’s right. we’re breaking out the bicycles (i hope) and hitting the town. will be back later with the highlights!