You won’t feel like you’re in Brooklyn anymore.
Friday was a rough day. Learning of the passing of Anthony Bourdain made me stop and think about my life in a way I hadn’t before. I never knew how much he influenced the world, even me. I tried to view everything with less fearful eyes and a desire to be more culturally curious.
I can’t hop on a plane and visit somewhere exotic, so on Sunday I settled on exploring a new neighborhood in the borough I call home, Brooklyn.
Considering Prospect Park South is basically just a direction, but yet still the name of this neighborhood, it’s small but BOY does it deliver on impact. The choice of destination started with my heart set on getting a mint plant at the farmers market and ended with a new adoration for a chunk of Brooklyn I hadn’t seen before.
It felt like I left Brooklyn, geez like I left New York for a moment, walking through the neighborhoods here. One second you’re surrounded by all brick but turn a corner and there’s single family homes like THIS. WHAT THE ACTUAL?! I honestly thought I was going to cry a couple times it was that beautiful.
Someone once told me, during an interview for a job I didn’t get, that I had to try this place called Café Madeline. Wouldn’t you know, I stumbled upon this little gem. I need to go back when it’s not the Sunday brunch rush so I can try the food (and write about it!) cause if this creamy matcha latte is any indication of the food, it’s probably incredible.
The Sunday farmer’s market was bountiful and vibrant, especially considering it’s so early in the season. Plump tomatoes, fragrant strawberries and innocent vegetable plants that have yet to reach their prime. Not to mention this….
A fresh, crusty baguette, subtly sour and salty. The Farmer’s market here, though small, has a wonderful assortment of baked goods (gluten-free & vegan) cheeses, fish, grass fed meat, and other goods prepared and grown locally.
I left with just two things – not including the mini watermelon I bought for $2.50 (still freaking out about that price) Amaranth micro green and the mint plant I had my heart set on.
I can tell you with no hesitation, if you’re looking for a change in atmosphere but don’t want to stray far from Brooklyn/Manhattan, definitely make a morning trip to Prospect Park South. Go on a Sunday, have brunch, pet a dog or two, walk around the astounding neighborhoods and pick up some local goods at the farmer’s market.
Till next time, Em