Monday, December 1, 2008

My second week at Brooklyn Flea Market

Yesterday was another week at the Brooklyn Flea Market. We started the day by attending the Sunday mass at St Patrick's Cathedral before picking Kathy up. She is a fantastic friend who volunteered herself to help me even after cold weather experience last week, thanks again Kathy!

Then we went to Doughnut Plant (again) to get our breakfast. Beside our love for their doughnuts, we also want to try their newest creation: creme brulee doughnut. When we were there last Sunday, it was not available yet, I guess we came too early. As usual, it was good!

Doughnut Plant: Vanilla bean doughnut Doughnut Plant: Hot chai
Vanilla bean doughnut and Hot chai

Doughnut Plant: Creme brulee doughnut Doughnut Plant: Peanut butter glaze cranberry orange jelly doughnut
Creme brulee and Peanut butter glaze cranberry orange jelly doughnuts

We arrived at the Brooklyn Flea Market around 8:30 am, 1 hour later than last week. At that time, there were only couple other vendors that had set up their tent. When we left home, it was flurry then turning into ice and then it was raining. When my husband finished setting up our tent (it only took him 30 minutes this time, he's getting faster, thanks honey!), I noticed only 10 very "brave" vendors and we were one of them, yay! I think this showed how dedicated we are to our customers and products :-)

Brooklyn Flea at 8:30 am
My husband setting up the tent

The booth - front view
The booth

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360 degree view of the market

Around noon time, Robyn came to visit and we planned to have lunch together. We chatted for a while and noticed there were a lot fewer people coming to the market compared to last week. Our tent also started to leak, so we decided to wrap up soon. In between, we got some hot chocolates from Nunu Chocolates, which was our "next door" neighbor for this week. It was good, hot enough to warm up our bodies.

I brought in about 450 macarons, which 150 of them I put aside for samples. When we wrapped up around 1:30 pm, we only sold about 10%, wow! Business usually has ups and downs and yesterday was not a successful day for us. Even though the temperature was a little bit warmer, the rain was pouring all day long. I guess this prevented many people from going out.

Chestnut with green tea and Pumpkin macarons Chocolate caramel pecan and Coffee macarons
Chestnut with green tea & Pumpkin and Chocolate caramel pecan & Coffee macarons

Pistachio and Passion fruit macarons The macaron samples
Pistachio & Passion fruit macarons and The samples

Then the four of us headed for late lunch/early dinner at Famous Sichuan in Chinatown. Robyn and Kathy just had dinner there the night before, however they liked the food a lot and wanted to go back for more :-) Of course my husband and I agreed to go there, one should never doubt these two knowledgeable ladies about what good food is! They were absolutely right, everything there was delicious. Surprisingly, my favorite was the sauteed string beans and I'm not a veggie eater! Wow, my mom would be so proud of me :D

Famous Sichuan: Sichuan wonton with red oil Famous Sichuan: Dan dan noodle with minced pork chili sauce
Sichuan wonton with red oil and Dan dan noodle with minced pork chili sauce

Famous Sichuan: Steamed vegetable dumpling Famous Sichuan: Sauteed string beans
Steamed vegetable dumpling and Sauteed string beans

Famous Sichuan: Braised beef filets and napa cabbage with roasted chili Famous Sichuan: Fried whole fish with sweet and sour sauce
Braised beef filets & napa cabbage with roasted chili and Fried whole fish with sweet & sour sauce

From here we drove to K-town to drop Robyn off since she had to meet her friends for dinner. Then after dropping Kathy off at her place (she had to meet up with her friends too for dinner in 1 hour), we stopped by at Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar (again) to get some desserts. It's all Kathy's fault for introducing me to this place, thanks :P I finally got to try the pistachio cake, yay! It was good, but my favorite was still the banana cake. BTW, I went to this place too the day before to get some take-out brunch, can you believe it? Everything was excellent, especially the English muffin.

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Candy bar pie (another view) Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Pistachio cake (another view)
Candy bar pie and Pistachio cake

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Cereal milk Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Tristar strawberry milk
Cereal milk for dessert and Tristar strawberry milk for brunch

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Pork and egg bun Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Pork buns
Pork & egg bun and Pork buns for brunch

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: English muffin Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Banana cake (close up)
English muffin and Banana cake for brunch

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Corn cookie Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar: Cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate chip cookie
Corn and Cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate chip cookies for brunch

I'm very thankful to everyone who has supported me and to those who came just to buy the macarons, how nice of you! I hope that next week will be a much better time for us.


Itzy Bitzy Patisserie

Brooklyn Flea
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
357 Clermont Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 505-3700

Famous Sichuan
10 Pell St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 233-3888

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar
207 2nd Avenue, 13th Street entrance
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-0031

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