This morning on the way to lunch, I unintentionally passed the Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Place, a fortuitous encounter since I had been meaning to visit it for weeks. I paused in front of the building for about five seconds, thinking, "Do I continue to the subway or get a cupcake?"
When in doubt, choose "cupcake."
I headed straight towards Kumquat Cupcakery's table in the basement. First bite of the day: mini chocolate-caramel cupcake nubbin. Mmmm. I prefer mini cupcakes over regular sized cupcakes for two reasons: mini cupcakes provide just the right amount of cake and frosting to satisfy my sweet tooth, unlike regular cupcakes, which I usually tire of by the last bite; and bakers who specialize in mini cupcakes (such as Nine Cakes and Cake Lab, in addition to Kumquat) seem to have higher standards for their two-bite desserts than those who make regular-sized cupcakes because they have to pack more awesomeness in a smaller package.
Anyway. Good breakfast.
I continued to the N train to meet some friends at The Island of Taiwan Restaurant in Bay Ridge. Although I haven't edited my photos yet, you can get a taste (pun not intended, really) of things to come by checking out Danny's review. We ordered most of the same dishes and then some, except for the stinky tofu (er, I'll save that for next time) and the pork buns (I regretfully forgot to order them).
I spent the few hours between lunch and dinner by watching The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with John and Claire, the effects of which were slight nausea from camera angle wooshiness, and the feeling that my imagination is seriously inadequate.
And then I wanted another cupcake, mostly due to the proximity of Sugar Sweet Sunshine down the block from Baohaus. But as we peered through the windows shortly after 7 p.m., we were met with an unlit cupcake display, employees cleaning up the shop, and a door that wouldn't budge. NOOOO WUT IT'S ONLY 7 P.M. FUGGUHWUT. (Alright, bakeries are allowed to close earlier on Sundays.)
And that's why I almost had a day that started and ended with a cupcake—a cupcake sandwich day, if I may call it that. Or, more specifically, a Taiwanese food-filled cupcake sandwich day. Good cupcakes and Taiwanese food, of course.
I quite like living in a city where the potential for such a day exists.