My in- laws are in town visiting from Spring Hill, Florida. They have lived in New York City most of their lives before migrating to Florida. They love where they live now, not at all missing the cold winter’s or hectic lifestyle. What they do miss however are the fresh Italian produce. The cheese’s, olives, stuffed pepper’s and the PORK.
So off we were on a Pork adventure, to a neighbohood not even ten minutes away from where I live. Carroll Gardens, near the borough’s central-west waterfront, has elements of old and new Brooklyn, just like its neighbors Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. My in law’s and I were in awe of the tree-lined streets, beautiful brownstones , a diverse array of restaurants and bars, good local delis and the main reason we ventured here- Italian markets.
Most bars, shops and restaurants are in the Smith-and-Court-Street vicinity. Carroll Gardens is a neighborhood where you can still buy groceries piecemeal. So my in law’s and I headed over to www.damicofoods.com (for coffee), www.chow.com/restaurants/21715/caputos-fine-foods (for pasta, bread and cheese) and finally www.urbanspoon.com/r/3/1458898/restaurant/New-York/Ca… to stock up on fresh Italian delicacies and well fresh Pork.
A few luxury condos stuck in amongst the brownstones, boutiques sharing blocks with butchers, transplanted young families sharing sidewalks with Italian-American ones who have lived in the area for generations. All of these components makes Carroll Gardens alluring for taking a Guiltless adventure through. Ideal for gallivanting with the family, like I did yesterday. Or with a mummy friend to see a movie at the perfect little Cinema on Court street, then heading for coffee and pastries after.