Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, The Pie Shop and Figment Art !

I know, I know, I am very behind on posts.  And I am about to embark on some serious food-eating over the next two weeks, so posts will become sporadic for a little while, but hopefully when I return, I will have some real eats that will dazzle you, or at least make you drool.  (If I can get just one person to drool onto their keyboards, my job here is complete.)  In the meantime, here's one of my past weekend adventures!

The Saturday before last, I hit up the Brooklyn Pride event hoping there would be performance and musical festivities to watch while I perused the street market wares.

Okay.  It's not entirely true.  I really headed out primarily to catch this guy in action:

Oh, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck!  For so long I have been following Doug'sTwitter, but have been unable to get down to Union Square during weekdays, but finally!  The Salty Pimp was going to be mine!

What I love about the BGICT is the orange scented handi-wipe that Doug gives you prior to handing you the ice cream treat.  Oh, who doesn't appreciate that attention to cleanliness!  And his glasses are great too.

The Salty Pimp!  Vanilla soft serve drizzled with dulce de leche, sprinkled with sea salt and dipped in chocolate.

See that beautiful dollop of dulce?  I sure did, right before I gobbled it down.  The salty sweet combination was awesome in the summer heat.  A perfect culmination of flavors that posed the ultimate refreshing treat.

I checked out the market, but I did not find much else that interested me, so I decided to continue on with my day... another eatery that I had passed on my way to see the BGICT. 

The Pie Shop

When Greeshma, Snehal and I had left Ippudo the other night, we had walked by a place called PIE, and we all eagerly hoped that we could slices of dessert pies by the pound to eat after our ramen fix.  However, the place turned out to be some pizza shop (bummer).  I had naively hoped the same dessert goodness for The Pie Shop, and again, it turned out to be a savory shop instead of a sweet one.  Why are you misleading the masses, New York?!

I decided with a Salty Pimp in my stomach, I should eat a little normal fare, so I ordered one mini pie and one regular sized hand pie:


The mini pie was vegetarian curry.  It had a lovely bit of curry flavor, but the filling was overpowered by the thick, hardened crust

The large pie was the "Breakfast" and featured egg and bacon

Don't get this.  The egg was way too dry and the wimpy bacon did not add much to flavor up this bland, also thick-crusted, pie.

The Pie Shop has a punch card, and I love places that have one (it gives me something to work towards!), but unfortunately, I do not think I will ever want to get this punch card filled here.  The pies were really not great.

After eating my face off, I hit up Figment on Governor's Island, a collaborative public art project where artists are encouraged to build projects on the island for the public to share in and enjoy as a community.  There is really no great food vendors on the island, but I wanted to share this event in case you wanted to attend next year.

Governor's Island is only accessible by ferry from the South Ferry in Manhattan or Atlantic Avenue ferry in Brooklyn.  Ferries are free, but during peak events such as this one, I had to wait in line for an hour in order to board the ferry.

Once we arrived, you can pretty much walk anywhere on the 172-acre island and find a "work of art."  Here's some snapshots from the day:

Silver Mylar balloon web

A box of cinnamon that you use a disposable straw to blow and create designs.  It smelled so good.

There were lots of hula hoop parties to be partake in on the island.  My niece would rock at this.

"Robot painting"

This artist created little robots that you dip in paint and let run wild on the white paper.

A dream tree made of copper coils

I found Diana's dream on the tree too (except her dream will be reality once she passes that bar!)

This was an adorable tent where kids can play in thousands of beautiful rose petals

The type of people that frequent Figment: young (read: high school) hipsters and bizarre artists

Glittery dreams

Made into reality where you get to SIT IN GLITTER and throw it around and roll around in it and have the glitter stick on your sweaty body and then look instantly awesome.

This was a really neat structure

Structure from inside.  You can sit inside, and they have performances on the stage in front that you can watch

These three women performed some number commenting on a routine life in a hopeful manner that embraces nature (as you can see, that makes no sense, but I am trying to understand these artistic endeavors!)

Figment was definitely an event worth attending if you want to be astounded.  I felt I had entered a new world filled with people I would never ordinarily see in my day-to-day life (super mega-artist-types), but it was most certainly a fun and vibrant experience.  The island is also really pretty with lots of green meadows that are perfect for bike rides and picnics.  There are barely any cars on the island, so it's a fun little getaway from the boisterous city.

Usually at Union Square (17th & Broadway), but follow the Twitter
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The Pie Shop
211 Prospect Park West 
Brooklyn, NY 11215
 The Pie Shop on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

  1. that salty pimp looks to die for! and those pies?! too bad they weren't as good as they looked cuz they both looked stellar :)

    and figment is SO COOL!!! i love everything that you saw. and i'm currently studying so let's cross our fingers on that whole passing thing.

    have so much fun in these next coupla weeks!!