Smorgasburg: Excell Kingston Eatery

The Smorgasburg in Williamsburg is exactly that- a smorgasbord of any and everything you could possible crave in a lifetime. I hooked up with my fellow food-loving introvert, Christina, and walked through the gates with an open mind and stomach. 

But all that went right back out the gate once someone walked by holding a coconut.

We walked towards the direction the coconut-sippers were coming from and were pleased to find Excell Kingston Eatery. I get excited at the sight of a jerk drum. I guess I’m sticking to what I know!

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A quarter jerk chicken with rice & peas, plantains, and their signature yardie slaw; for $12, my belly was full and I was satisfied. Christina ordered festival, a fried cornmeal dumpling, with her jerk chicken.

We tried a few of their sauces with our chicken: Mama Renz Sweet and Spicy & BBQ Jerk sauces. They definitely added a little extra kick to the meat. The combination of heat, sweet, and char had my taste buds dancing nonstop.

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I had to hold my coconut between my knees because I just wanted to eat!

 

img_3993We both had to walk off our meals. We really didn’t expect it to be as filling as it was! We wandered around Williamsburg and a few people stopped me to ask where I got my coconut. Of course, I pointed everyone in the direction of Excell. We even stumbled upon my boy Cory who shouted out “island queen” from across the street. 

 Christina and I have a few upcoming Smorgasburg trips before it’s over for the season. So many food vendors, so little time!

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Using a machete, or what we call a cutlass, the top of the coconut is chopped off, revealing the perfect drinking spout. 

Happy Father’s Day. 

My childhood was a little full house-esque. My dad’s best friend, who then became my godfather, was by my side since day one. They went to culinary school together, then cooked for me at home together. My godfather would come take care of my mom while daddy was at work- mom always told me stories. I remember one year for Thanksgiving, my godfather had this genius idea to debone the turkey and stuff it with his seafood stuffing. When it was done, my dad said it looked like roadkill. 

I miss these two terribly. 

Happy Father’s Day daddy & poppy. 

Time to Ketchup!

Get it? 

I know I’m cheesy- who gon’ check me boo?*

Since Thursday marked the end of my spring season at work, I took advantage of the weekend and spent an extra day in San Francisco. When on the west coast, In N Out is a must! We rounded up whomever was left at the hotel and hopped in a Uber and made sure we got animal-style burgers for my Manda Panda’s birthday. Check out the party hat!

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I’m currently on a connecting flight from PHX to JFK, I’m taking this opportunity to go through my camera roll to see what I’ve yet to post! Trust, it’s a lot! Between random food adventures with the squad, dinners with El Jefe, baecation and eating on the road with Chéo, and just random shenanigans, I have so much to write about!

Oh, and twitter temporarily froze my #avaeats handle. Like, it just happened yesterday. I’m actually quite distraught but even more pissed that they’ve yet to call me with the code I need to verify my account! ::rolls eyes::

Stay tuned…

 

img_2158-1*I watch a good bit of reality television outside of binge watching the Food Network/Hell’s Kitchen/Master Chef. With that said, I have an arsenal of one-liners from a bunch of different shows I use on the regular. From Erica Mena’s “You can’t handle my mouth…” to Nene Leek’s “I said what I said…” I’m convinced I have an applicable saying for everything. If not, I definitely have a worthy meme! 

#avaeats Kinda Tries Vegan

I hung out with my friend Nathalie from Doose NYC over the weekend. She joined me and my mom at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk again to walk in honor of my dad, followed by a brunch I wasn’t pleased with so I won’t mention. We talk nonstop whenever we’re together, and she ended up telling me about the vegan shop up Market Hotel in Bushwick. She was already going so I decided to tag along. 

I’m an equal opportunity eater, so why not try some vegan food?

I was hungry- like, a double shack burger from Shake Shack, hungry. To keep it funky: I would’ve been pissed if I bought something from one of the vegan vendors and wasn’t satisfied, so I figured I’d try some desserts. 


Baby steps. 

As we walked around and checked out everyone’s tables, a brightly colored bag caught my eye. We made our way to the Luminous Organics table just to look, and I was pleasantly surprised to find popcorn! My eyes were drawn to the pink Himalayan salt flavored bag. I tried one of the samples on the table and was pleasantly pleased. This flavor is tossed in coconut oil: a pleasant change since I like a little extra butter and salt in my popcorn. For $4, I couldn’t not leave with a bag!

Back to finding desserts.

I walked past a toasted marshmallow during my first lap around the market. I love toasted marshmallows, I’ll tell the makeshift camp fire story in another post. Luckily, it was atop of a (Not So) Rocky Road Brownie at Gone Pie Bakery’s table. A fudge brownie filled with marshmallows, dipped in chocolate, and topped with a toasted marshmallow: it was so rich and decadent and fudgy! 

Nathalie bought one of their coconut cream pies with fresh blueberries to bring home- it smelled so good!

A successful afternoon at the market, but I ate a pepperoni slice after we left. Sorry, not sorry!

Jay’s Baked.

At my high school reunion, I connected with an old classmate whose boyfriend makes edibles. Once I told her I wanted to feature some edible companies on #avaeats, she gave me his card for Jay’s Baked. Thanks for being the plug, Cyn!

I love traveling, but I’m not the biggest fan of flying. My anxiety goes through the roof, so I need a little help staying calm. Chéo and I were taking a baecation to San Francisco- that’s almost a six hour flight from NYC- so I figured trying some edibles might help.

Fruity Pebbles cereal treats wrapped in gold (on the other side.) They had the usual weedy smell, but not the overbearing taste you get with some edibles. It was so tasty, I couldn’t help but eat the whole thing! I definitely felt a little fuzzy after about half an hour, which is usual for me*. I had a great two hour nap in the beginning of my flight so it definitely served its purpose!

I recommended Jay’s Baked to a friend who came back to me with a good report as well. You have to spread the love!

To order from Jay’s Baked, email him at Jaysbaked@gmail or DM him on Twitter at @jaysbaked.

*Some people hallucinate and trip when they eat edibles, but not me. I eat, I sit, I fall asleep – that’s it.

Happy 420!

I know the date is stamped 4.21. It’s still 4.20, it’s just 10:45 PM.

So…

Happy 420! I got some edibles from Sugar High Bakes that I can’t wait to try! Confetti cake and crème brûlée cookies, infused with weed? Infused with weed?! Gimme that!

A friend had a third of a cookie the other evening and ended up roaming the city for a few hours – I promise it won’t that have that effect on me, I’ll report soon.