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Brooklyn Flea Moves Indoors

Even if the weather felt more like it was spring, this weekend was the opening of the Winter Flea, the Brooklyn Flea‘s new location for the next few months.  I met up with a friend to check out the stands at One Hanson Place, the site of the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank (which was still a bank when she first moved to the city).  This building is ornately decorated and gorgeously festooned so it is worth a visit just to see it.  The down side is that the lighting isn’t all that great for food photography in many of the nooks and crannies where the vendors sit.  Oh, and the food items are mostly organized in one area – The Vault.  I know that there’s lots of fantastic food items being made in the city but do they really need to be stashed down there for safekeeping?

Brooklyn Slate – I picked up one of their gorgeous boards for my home

A Cheese Survival Kit from Brooklyn Slate – who will get this for Christmas?

You could start of your explorations with something refreshing by Brooklyn Soda Works

Or recharge with some coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee

Blue Bottle also sells baked goods at their stand at the entrance to the Flea

Biscotti di Vecchio display – the cookie base is terrific tasting with just the right texture and crumble

Fragrant, spiced, citrusy Lebkuchen by Leckerlee in a gorgeous tin would be another great holiday gift

Or head over to the savory side with McClure’s pickles, chips, and Bloody Mary mix (which is delicious)

Grab some great-tasting jams (including flavors like Quince) from the folks at The Stand

Or savor a luscious chocolate bar (try the Bonbon) from Fine & Raw

How to choose?  All the donuts from Dough look amazing!

How can you resist all that gorgeous crackling that goes into a Porchetta sandwich?

Or how about a platter from Vendy Award winner Solber Pupusas?

One of my favorites is Asia Dog.  The Vinh is what I usually get.

Next time, Chonchos Tacos might be my snack of choice to refuel at the Flea.

Buon appetito!