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It’s fancy time!

But first… a word from our sponsor: Michigan State University.

JUST KIDDING. Obviously my university does not sponsor this blog but after the glorious win against the Michigan Wolverines this past weekend, I just have to say something. I have lots of friends that went to Michigan and most of them are great, and we’re playful about the rivalry and it’s all in good fun. But some are just nasty and I’m hoping since now we’ve beat them in football four years in a row I won’t hear a peep for awhile. Have some respect! Go green!

AND back to the topic at hand- gettin fancy!

I had seen a list of “top lobster rolls” in the country and was surprised to see a restaurant from Texas listed. So I did a little research on this place, Perla’s in Austin and decided that while in Texas, I had to go there. And also my friend Stacy had suggested we go there as well, from the positive things she had heard about the restaurant as well. So by the time I finally made it there, I had built it up pretty big in my head.

AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

Oysters, as you do. Some East Coast and some West Coast but I can’t remember for the life of me what they were besides absolutely delicious. I told the server which kinds I typically go for and he was a huge help and his suggestions were spot on.

And then you wait for the good stuff:

I have had a lot of lobster rolls in my life and dare I say *gasp* this may be the best one I’ve ever had! PERFECT. And the fries were good and we also had brussels sprouts and asparagus and my dad also loved his lobster roll and Stacy really liked her fish. So basically if you go to Austin I highly, highly recommend eating here and I highly, highly recommend getting the lobster roll. When I return, I hope to eat here again. Because it was so good! My dad and I talked about it for days. DAYS afterward.

And the place is really cute, too.

Ahhhh thinking about this again is making me think about going back to Texas immediately! Who is coming?

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Well, hello baby. I’ve posted about the Good Batch, and all the glory that goes along with their stroopwafel ice cream sandwiches. A couple months back I was at the Brooklyn Flea with a hankering for one and one they did not have. I was very sad. But the Saturday before last was the last outdoor Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene and they had something special waiting for me (and my mom): Pumpkin Cream Pie. It’s soft pumpkin and spice waffle cookies with Maker’s Mark cream cheese frosting filling. Oh ma gawsh. For realsies, peoples. It was so good we bought a second one to take home on our way out. And that is what I have to tell you today. I wonder if the Good Batch will be at Gifted or any of the upcoming winter/holiday Fleas, and I’ll have to keep checking their website to find out.

Of course there was the obligatory stop at the Red Hook Lobster Pound table. My momma’s favorite.

And there is my momma in a very “Brooklyn” jacket! Way to go, mom! (It’s mine. He.)

So… basically I don’t know how many posts I can do about the Brooklyn Flea because there are always 8 million vendors with 8 million things to try and ahh you just have to go! And go hungry!

Til we meet again, Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene.

And oh yeah – last weekend was Thanksgiving and I was in Detroit. Some good stuff for ya is coming right up.

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Are there reasons to leave Brooklyn? Sometimes I’m not sure. Brooklyn is freaking HUGE and there is really every thing you could ever want here. Every kind of neighborhood, every cuisine, every style. Last night’s adventures brought Kelly and I to Red Hook, a neighborhood I’ve been to all of one time, but a neighborhood I’m well-aware is full of good. And one good is the Red Hook Lobster Pound. Sure, you can get their lobster rolls on the weekends at the Brooklyn Flea, but we had a Blackboard Eats promo code so it was time to check out the actual shop.

You can get lobster packages to go at the Lobster Pound, or you can get your lobster to stay. Kelly and I decided to each go for a lobster roll and root beer and split a lobster bisque. Well, actually Kelly decided to get the lobster bisque and I decided we were sharing. But all the same!

There’s a lot of reasons I love the Red Hook Lobster Pound. One, it’s obviously delicious (just ask my sister), two, it’s Brooklyn and they’ve been at a lot of Brooklyn events (Brooklyn Flea and Brooklyn Bloggers Meetup on the top of my head) and three, I just like their style. And their Red Hook shop has a whole room with picnic tables for seating.

Oh, and the lobster bisque was amazing too.

And – if you’re in DC, they also have a Lobster Truck, which is an amazing idea and one I hope they bring to Manhattan, so I can grab ’em on my lunch breaks.

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I would not be upset if someone forced me to go to the Brooklyn Flea every weekend. We had the invite for brunch this past Saturday, but who needs brunch when you have the Brooklyn Flea? I mean, really?

We is myself and my sister Embily, who has finally visited me after my living here for three years! Time flies! So of course I had to take Emmyboo to the Flea. Of COURSE. And of course our first stop was the Red Hook Lobster Pound, as seen above. Not gonna lie, we started with splitting one roll and then we ate a bunch more food and then split another roll again before we left.

Here’s some other things we ate between the rolls:

Meatballs! This meatball sandwich was AMAZING and I wish I could tell you where it was from, but I just checked the Brooklyn Flea’s vendor list and I could not find it! I only remember that they told us the restaurant was “just around the corner” from the Fort Greene space so… help a sister out if you know what that was!

Grilled cheese from The Milk Truck!

We split the classic grilled cheese with gruyere. I love gruyere. Emily loves gruyere. Yep.

Then we got a watermelon drink that tasted like you were drinking a watermelon. I actually expected it to be half-gross and more like a melted slushie but it ended up being all-delicious.

Gotta love that Brooklyn Flea.

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Half of these flowers are currently in my bedroom and that makes me happy. Well there’s not much I can say about the Tasting Table Claw Off with the Mermaid Oyster Bar that hasn’t already been said on their blog.

I can show you this lobster roll and make all you people who read this and hear me talk about lobster all dang day completely miserable:

I’m really trying not to be a walking Mermaid Inn advertisement, but it’s kind of hard.

Here’s another favorite photo of mine from the event that’s not already on the Mermaid blog:

It’s the Fortune Fish and people are obsessed with this thing.

And this guy is awesome:

His name is Colby and he also works for the Mermaid and we had wayyy too much time to set up, so we explored the penthouse that we someday plan on having our wedding receptions in. Together. Haha.

Well ladies and gentlemen, I regret to tell you that this is all for today. Tomorrow we will return to our regular programming. Oh, and the lobster roll I got from Dr. Claw, aka The Underground Lobster Pound? I stuck it in the fridge and had it for breakfast the next morning. :)

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Not all lobster rolls are made of lobster. This one, for example, is basically a giant cream puff. Cream and strawberry filling sandwiched between two biscuits. And ain’t it purdy?

Mike’s Pastry is a madhouse. I mean look at all the people outside. It’s a complete mobscene inside, too, with all kinds of lines in all kinds of directions. Luckily there was a woman somewhat directing traffic, but there was still the problem of not being able to see anything. There are cases and cases of baked goods and there are so many people you can’t see all the options. You can’t even see half. I tried to do some poking around but there were just too many bodies in the way and you can only push so many people. :)

Mike’s is most famous for their cannolis. Unfortunately, cannolis is one of probably four things that I actually don’t care for. Next time I may try one of their crazy flavors (since they have so many!) but I was not in the mood so I asked what they were second best known for. Ha. And that’s how I got the “lobster roll” above! I ended up carrying it around in my bag for the rest of the day and when we got back to the apartment it was good as new. It was kind of hard to eat, though! But I got the job done. Ended up eating some of it that night and a little bit of it in the morning. The boys thought I was weird to have it for breakfast, but come on now. I’d have ice cream for breakfast.

Anyway, what D and I did order and eat on the spot was something a little more my flavor:

I mean, I don’t know if you can ever go wrong with cheesecake. And chocolate chips happen to be one of my top ten favorite things in the world so it was basically perfect. D rarely eats dessert and he ate almost the whole thing. Mmm. Yeah, that was good.

Another thing I really liked about Mike’s was the packaging:

Isn’t the box so cute?

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Uh oh. We know what that is… a lobster roll! And where is it from? James Hook and Co in Boston! BOSTON. I have wanted to go to Boston for years. I’m not sure why, but I had the feeling I would really like it. So last weekend D and I decided at the last minute to pack up and go for the weekend. Man, I love the freedom we have. So Boston it was. And a lobster roll was the first thing on the docket.

Luckily D doesn’t mind when I play tour guide because there were only three things I really wanted to do in Boston: 1) Get a lobster roll. 2) Get clam chowder 3) Walk around aimlessly. Of course we did all three. Here is number 1.

I read about James Hook and Co. somewhere and it was the lucky winner for our lobster roll breakfast on Saturday. Yep, breakfast. Why not?

I kind of love this picture of D checking out the lobsters. There were so many and they were huge!

Huge I tell you! Those poor babies… I wonder if they know they’re about to get eaten. Poor things… but they are delicious.

At James Hook and Co, the lobster roll is a whopping $12. I challenge you to find a cheaper lobster roll in the US. Welcome to Boston, City Mitten. I love lobster. But now I’m going to say something I don’t really want to say but I have to: I like Luke’s Lobster in NYC better. And it’s not just because I’m an NYC snob. Or Because I follow Luke’s on Twitter. It’s just better! I like the little added spice at Luke’s and the toasted bread. BUT if you tell me I have to eat James Hook and Co lobster rolls for the rest of my life, I will not complain, because they are good, they just aren’t Luke’s. Is this blasphemy? I don’t think so because Luke drives in their lobster from Maine, so it’s pretty legit. Anyway! What I really wanted to try at James Hook and Co and didn’t was their stuffed scallops and stuffed clams and clam chowder and lobster chowder. So I need to go back and try all of those. And maybe get something by the lb. And prepare it for myself? Ha, that’s funny.

Really, it’s all good in the hood. I mean will you look at that pile of lobster? Nothing to complain about here.

I’ve got lots more love for Boston coming up after this… not gonna lie I could probably live there one day. ONE DAY I said! :)

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