"Breweries" caught my eye, but only after several years. In April 2010, when I first photographed this overlapping set of signs for a custom supplier of pipe and fittings, it was difficult enough just to make out the company name. Appliquéd artwork and spray-painted tags have since added to the visual hubbub. On a recent return visit, I saw this building in a different light, literally.
It's fascinating to imagine a time, a century ago, when many breweries were opening and expanding nearby. So many, in fact, that they would be called out in business-to-business advertising — not only in the papers but also in public, painted signs.
Any excuse is a good excuse for butternut squash (doughnut, $1.50). Rockville's recipe uses the farm's own eggs, too.
Rockville Market Farm Starksboro, Vermont www.RockvilleMarketFarm.com At Smorgasburg, April till mid-November Saturday: 90 Kent Ave. (North 7th-North 8th Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn Sunday: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Hatch chile peppers — an umbrella term for several varieties of medium-hot, very flavorful chiles grown near tiny Hatch, New Mexico, and still uncommon in New York — are the namesake attraction. They dress up the Southwestern frybreads called sopapillas (three for $9), for this order stuffed with "hand-pulled" chicken that was duly chunky but otherwise humdrum. Next time, maybe the carne adovada.
Zia Green Chile Company At Smorgasburg, 90 Kent Ave. (North 7th-North 8th Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn Saturdays during the warmer months www.ZiaGreenChileCo.com
In full sunlight, it's easy to see that this bindle of sweetened coconut black sticky rice ($3) is actually coconut purple sticky rice. The distinction is mainly an aesthetic one: If you eat it like khao lam, you'll have a slightly more colorful set of stains on your fingertips. The sticky rice, served warm, would be even better (noted a commenter in another forum) if complemented by slices of chilled in-season mango.
Queen Cobra Thai During the warmer months, at Smorgasburg Saturday: 90 Kent Ave. (North 7th-North 8th Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn Sunday: Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park www.Facebook.com/queencobrathai
It's what we put on a taco, except we put it on a bun, said Rosie of her "Chiwawa dog" ($3). Generous chopped raw onion is the best part. Since the balance of the mixed-bag menu — which includes eggy breakfast sandwiches, burgers and gyros, tacos and quesadillas — is spelled impeccably, let's figure that the spelling of "Chihuahua" is a bit of fun by the Romania-born proprietress.
Cinco de Mayo special: a strawberry margarita doughnut ($2.50) with an unmistakable splash of flavor more often encountered during happy hour. In retrospect, a lime margarita would have been the more timely order, given the citrus fruit's current scarcity. Perhaps I'll be able to order a second round sometime over the summer.
Previously: From an afternoon when I photographed (and consumed) a Sicilian seafood bruschetta, an Uruguayan-Basque sausage sandwich, and a spicy Togolese stew, the photo that won the most favor from my friends was of a doughnut (below). Point taken: There's something to be said for the exotic, and there's something to be said for caramel (salted caramel) and pecans.