Checking off that summer GOMO list with a run to one of Brooklyn’s famous weekly festivals called Smorgasburg. The food extravaganza is held every week on Saturday in Williamsburg and Sunday in Prospect Park (open from 11am-6pm) and is perfect for the city that loves to brunch. It’s also perfect for testing out those hip new food trends you see all over the internet or most notably – Instagram. For one, I’m talking about the raindrop cake, explained as a “blob-like cake” that really just tastes like flan-jello. Yeah, I passed on that one. But hey, it’s a unique experience.
Last Sunday my friends Annelise, Melissa, and I decided to run into Brooklyn for the Prospect Park Smorgasburg version. It was a classic Kaitlin #runtoeat experience if I do say so myself and certainly a trend to continue as I get into marathon training. Melissa lives in the upper east side and Annelise lives in midtown so it was a runpool of sorts, bopping from location to location until everyone was in tow.
It’s roughly 5 miles from my place to the park, which was perfect for a light jog. I hadn’t originally planned to run last weekend but this new Kaitlin (sort of) knows how to go with the flow. We also strategized our run to end right around 11am when the eats opened and despite the stop and go street light traffic, made it right on time!
^^ When you give Kaitlin a funky sign or statue, she must take a picture with it. I had actually used this as my picture for
daily twice-daily Instagram and Strava, only to then learn that THE Smorgasburg Instagram account had reposted it! They ended up with over 950 likes versus my 60 but same same.
Once our photoshoot and stretch fest was over, I bee-lined it to a stand with lemonade and Annelise scouted out some iced coffee. I swear, when the temperatures rise, lemonade is all that I want after a hot trot outdoors. This cranberry lemonade was small (or maybe I just drank it too fast…) so I followed up with an iced green tea.
^^ As we made the rounds, scouting out which options we would order and split, Annelise spotted a butternut squash donut to tide us over. I’m not usually a doughnut person – I just post the pictures for social media but man, this was a winner. The dense and flavorful dough with a sweet sugary finish. Delightful.
*Do make note that most stands are CASH ONLY. They have ATMs on premise but that wouldn’t really work for someone who rarely brings an ATM card with them.
^^ First up, an authentic Venetian sandwich made with tomato, mozzarella, and bread that is FLOWN FROM VENICE ($9.80). We deducted that the bread was similar to Wonder Bread, Smucker’s Uncrustables, or potato bread but obviously much healthier since it was Italian.
^^ Debating our dessert early on…vegan pastries? Or Alchemy Ice Cream? The later is one of the latest health desserts that is not only dairy-free and animal-friendly but gluten-fee, vegan, and kosher. Oh and it actually tastes good. Shocker. Sadly it doesn’t have its own store, but can be found in plenty of grocery stores (mostly Brooklyn), online, and of course Smorgasburg weekly.
^^ Another viable dessert option from Butter & Scotch’s Boozy Bakers. These guys are known for their desserts but I also highly recommend their breakfast biscuit sandwiches. We may have scheduled a long run entirely around Brooklyn, ending there to refuel.
^^ Second meal of morning for our group >> multi-grain arepa with chicken, cheese, and garnish on top. This was definitely a crowd-pleaser among Melissa and Annelise, due to the extra flavor packed on top, but I thought the arepa base was a bit difficult to chew.
Shockingly I was reaching a point of beyond fullness as we reached our dessert but a few bites of this mint brownie sandwich hit the spot >> soft brownie cookie (gluten-free!) with dark chocolate shell (inside the sandwich), and mint ice cream.
It’s always more fun to eat out with others, especially when you run (literally and figuratively) in a pack that is down to share. That way you are able to sample oh so much more with far less of the belly ache.