Our next stop was the Mast Brothers Chocolate factory for more Bluegrass thanks to Make Music New York. Potbelly Gumbo and Frankenpine picked and strummed in front of the factory, even during the intermittent grey skies, sunbursts and rain, while Nina and I hung out on cacao sacks out front tapping our toes and sipping on tasty, and free, cold Bud.
After wandering about the Williamsburg hood, we settled into cozy, woodsy Nita Nita and nibbled on some amazing buttery garlic shrimp and spicy smashed sweet potatoes with chorizo. Definitely a place to drop into if you're in the hood, or even if you make it part of a Williamsburg destination tour.
Traipsing around a bit more, thinking I was about to head back to the city, the rain started falling again, and Nina and I found shelter in Fabiane's, a European café with a great awning-sheltered outside seating area for a bit of hot hipster eye candy. The mocha and pear tart were a lovely ending to a long walkabout day, and it didn't hurt that behind us was a couple speaking French and to the side was another speaking German. Gotta love the variety of New York.
A couple of days before, Amanda and I met Amy downtown at the Swedish Midsummer Celebration before heading to Cobble Hill where I was to meet up with Christina and Tereza for Thai food & libations. The next morning, Christina and I had a typical Parisian morning in Brooklyn complete with pastries from Sweet Melissa, freshly French-pressed café from Lighthouse, enjoyed outside on her terrace before the rain came down. No pics of the breakie, but here's one of the Swedish Fest.