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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Red Hook'd 2007

It's that time of year again, good reader! Food and fun at the Red Hook Soccer Fields... so we headed down to check things out firsthand.

Some observations, in no particular order:
  • Ms. Hernadez' Spicy Pork Huarache is even better than we remembered.
  • Mr. Sosa is now making elotes.
  • Sidewalk construction has pushed the stands inside, giving things a slightly more cozy feel.
  • An informal survey of this weekend's patrons shows that word is clearly spreading.
  • We'll be finishing our full reports on the remaining stands. First up: the Vaquero Fruits, later this evening.
  • We're still waiting to see how the tents pan out this year, and will adjust our map accordingly.
  • Food Vendors Commitee Executive Director Cesar Fuentes is still making things happen, and potentially big moves are on the horizon. To wit, even the Mayor's office is taking notice.
All-in-all though, business as usual... and that's a good thing.

What did you think, good reader? Let us know!

And if you missed it, these pics are for you...
Let the games begin...The man who makes it all happen: Cesar Fuentes, enjoying some Colombian food
It doesn't get much better than a Hernandez huarache
S.O.S.A.: now serving grilled, slathered corn
Lainez Pupusas, back in actionCarmen Rojas, working the ceviche magic
Man with dog, and huarache
Three for the road
Red Hook = Food + Family + Football

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Blogger Ha Ha said...

Prices went up this year, no? Still cheap, but I seem to remember the pupusas were only a $1 for pork and cheese, now $1.75.

1:37 PM  
Blogger J. Slab said...

yeah... she mentioned this, something about the rising costs of cheese. i didn't realize they jumped that much tho....

1:14 AM  
Blogger rukia said...

It is nice to have them inside the park. Even though they've lost the few benches they had, there is none of the line congestion of the past. It may not be pretty if it rains, however.

4:21 PM  
Blogger mrfroopy said...

Many of the prices went up..
However still killer.
The scene however was a little scary on saturday, more like every hipster ever descended, and now there were even some uber yuppie types with their Connecticut parents. I heard at least one person saying they were "slumming", Which I find insulting. Also did anybody see the Shirt off half naked push up guy and his Paris Hiltonesque Girlfiend?
That all being said,I'm sure the vendors
apprectate all the extra business.

10:03 AM  
Blogger J. Slab said...

that's a good point about the rain... will get messy but fast. i was actually feeling kinda cramped... but dunno, other people seemed to like it. and by "people" i mean Ms. Slab

froop, are you sure they said "slumming" & not "slamming"? as in, yo these fields are slammin'. which they are.... yeah, the scene has clearly expanded. i completely tune out when i eat (mano a food-o), but did notice way more gringos....

not sure what the vendors think of this, reactions are probably mixed....

3:20 PM  
Blogger mrfroopy said...

No they were saying slumming.

10:38 AM  
Blogger carey said...

I have to say - and I'm half-Puerto Rican, with a command of the mother tongue, so I can back up this claim - there's a gringo premium going on this year.

Not that I actually care. Am I going to pass on Carmen Rojas's astonishing meat empanadas (yes, folks, the sun don't rise and set over her ceviche, as grand as it is) b/c she charges me $3 while the Julio behind me pays $2?

Not on your life.

[My apologies to Senora Rojas: the above was a meant as a rhetorical dramatization. In fact, I haven't been able to verify if she's jacking the tag up for whitey. Nor do I wish to besmirch Carmen's good name. In fact, my Puerto Rican grandmother's name is Carmen. Also to people named Julio -- I'm sorry.]

But I'm pretty sure the huarache vendors on the Clinton side have been marking the prices up to see what the market will bear. And I live in Red Hook, so was I there for the Cinco De Mayo grand opening, and both days last week.

Can anybody else confirm?

6:41 PM  

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