Greetings from Montreal, folks! I have just flown in from NYC this morning where I spent the weekend. Regulars will know that my book has just come out there, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to pop up to a city that I have long wanted to visit, to eat, explore and squeeze in a book signing and cooking demo at Appetite for Books (on Wednesday, 2nd May at 6pm – do come if you are in the area).
Before I can talk about any of that, I must tell you about my weekend in NYC. I stayed in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, somewhere that had lots of appeal for many reasons. Across the river from Manhattan, it is a lovely borough with lots of great things to do, brilliant places to eat and some bars thrown in for good measure. It is relaxed, sleepy, and energetic, it sounded like my spiritual home.
We had an apartment rented through Housetrip (who I previously went to Paris with). We were by the river looking over Manhattan, the weekend flea market and brilliant food market (and part of the flea) Smorgasburg. Great coffee shops, lots of bars and restaurants, it seemed like the perfect location for me. On my first sleepy night, a New Yorker friend of mine who lives in Manhattan and is herself like a tourist in Brooklyn joined me to investigate. I had it semi mapped out, but it was so easy, everywhere we wanted to visit was on the same street.
We started with some wine at Barberry, for convenience more than anything, but it turned out to be a little gem. A quick canter down the road post vino brought us to Fette Sau, a great little BBQ spot. I was a little sceptical, everyone I have ever spoken to about BBQ from the deep South slams anything outside it, but this was very good. Especially the pork belly and the beans. Prices are by weight and we got everything on that tray for just under $40. Check out the fantastic beer taps and whiskey selection too. Predictably, I was drinking wine but we had a lovely and very reasonably priced bottle.
Not much room left but Momofuku Milk Bar is down the road and I have to visit. I have heard a lot about crack pie, but I wanted to try the cookies. They were fantastic, especially the corn cookie which became my breakfast dish of choice for the weekend. I turned into a bit of a cookie monster. The pork bun with pickle is lovely too, and for $10 I had it with a double espresso and kimchi coleslaw. A lunch time special and absolute bargain.
Not a bad start to a weekend, now, is it?