National Ice Cream Month is nearly over, so I’m featuring spumoni. I have a memory of the best spumoni at Villabate Bakery in Brooklyn (before it became Villabate Alba). Where better to try spumoni than at L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. L&B is a pizzeria that sells spumoni and ices as well. It’s still owned by the same family as the original owner. There are outdoor tables outside, and you can walk up to the window and either order pizza or spumoni/ices. On my visit, I got both. I saw a lot of people with plastic cups of the signature spumoni with its distinctive green, brown and yellow color representing pistachio, chocolate and vanilla. So I got one too while my friend got plain vanilla. While it was a smooth treat, I prefer my spumoni with pink cherry in it. Also, I prefer the lemon ice at L&B to the spumoni.
The second spumoni I sampled was at the recent Giglio Festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from an Uncle Louie G’s stand. It had the same vanilla, chocolate and pistachio in yellow, brown and green. However, it was smoother than L&B and had more flavor. I really enjoyed this one.
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East Village Eats 2012, Saturday, October 27, 2012, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., East Village, Manhattan: Tasting tour of the East Village, including Hecho & Dumbo + Salón Hecho, Wechsler’s Currywurst, Veselka Bowery, Jun Mum, Hot Kitchen, Oaxaca Taqueria, Spot Dessert Bar and Poco. There’s also a happy hour with drink specials. Tickets are $60.
The First Annual Gastroball Costume Party, Sunday, October 28, 2012, 7 p.m., Williamsburg, Brooklyn: This costume party is a fun foodie take on Halloween. Dress in a food-related costume and compete for prizes for GastroBall King & Queen, Best Food Costume, Best Beverage Costume, Best Chef Costume, Best Restaurant Costume, Best Dish Costume, Best Edible Costume, Best of Brooklyn Costume and Best ‘Ruth Bourdain’ Mashup Costume. Costumes are required to attend. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit The Brooklyn Kitchen’s Classrooms in the Kitchen program.
I finally made it to Smorgasburg, a weekly outdoor food festival on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Smorgasburg is not exactly what I thought it would be. I thought there would be food purveyors more like the market near South Street Seaport with foods and goods that you take home, but it’s more like a food court with stands of Indian street food, ramen, banh mi, smoked meats, grilled cheese and more. I got a Bolivian pork sandwich and soda from La Casa de Camba.
Bolivian pork sandwich
The colorful stand was a fun spot with lively music playing and a bar on the side for patrons to sit. The pork sandwich was very good. I got mine mild, as I’m not a fan of spice, but it came in mild, medium and spicy. The soda was refreshing.
A gruyere grilled cheese from Milk Truck:
Milk Truck grilled cheese
I did pick up some creative jam, grapefruit with smoked salt, from Anarchy in a Jar:
jam and marmalade
Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast, Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, The Tunnel at the Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan: The 2nd annual blue crab feast is a sit-down event with unlimited crab, beer and accompaniments like corn on the cob. Tickets are $89.
Hoboken Italian Festival, Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 9, Hoboken, NJ: There will be a lot of food at this Italian feast, including a cannoli eating contest and a grape stomp. (I remember attending this festival in 2001 and taking photos with friends with the Twin Towers in the background only days before 9/11.)
TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint, Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Citi-Storage, 5 N 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn: This event is a block party featuring food from local restaurants along with free 3 oz. tastes of craft beer. Ticket prices vary, but the cheapest is $40 for 6 food taste tickets and 4 drink taste tickets.