Last night was the series finale of “Breaking Bad” — and if you haven’t watched it, stop what you’re doing and go watch it. All of it, don’t worry, I’ll wait. It’s worth it. Back? Ok, so it made me think of things ending. And that made me think about the Red Hook Ball Field vendors. This is the fifth year that the vendors have been operating with official DoH permits, and the permits are good for five years. So the vendors have to decide whether it’s worth it for them to keep doing this, and of course the DoH has to approve their permits. So if you’ve never been, this is really your last chance. On their twitter feed they say they plan to be there through the end of October, but that’s only weather permitting. So next weekend, make the trip out to Red Hook. I’ve written about the Red Hook Ball Fields before, and I’ve been going there for the past 6 summers, but even so on my latest visit I got some stuff I never had eaten before. Above is a vegetarian cemita, a Mexican sandwich from the Perez truck, layered with beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, avocado, and what they called “summer cilantro” but I quickly identified as papalo. Papalo is an herb with a distinctive flavor, traditionally eaten with beans to cut down on their… gaseous side effects. I also had a sweeter sandwich — pan dulce con queso from the Vaquero truck, a sweet pastry cut in half, stuffed with queso fresco, and warmed on a griddle. And any visit to the Ball Fields would be incomplete without a tall cold glass of fresh fruit juice, sold by a handful of the trucks. Get out there, Brooklyn, and show your support for these amazing vendors.
Red Hook Ball Field Vendors — Corner of Clinton St & Bay St., Sat & Sun 9am-9pm