UIB Eats: Franklin Park & Chavela’s

Soooo last weekend was pretty eventful.  My younger cousin (from South Jers) came to Brooklyn to spend the weekend with me (from Saturday evening to Sunday evening).  It was her first time in my apartment and in Bed Stuy, so you I wanted to go out of my way to show her a good time. After meeting her at the Myrtle Avenue stop (off the J/M train, a few blocks from my apartment) around 7:00pm, we walked backed to my brownstone as she took in the neighborhood.

First order of business, DRANKS!!! I cracked open some wine and began to pour it up. First bottle, $3 buck Chuck (Charles Shaw) Chardonnay.  I distributed one bottle equally into two oversized white wine glasses. To ensure that we didn’t drink on an empty stomach I popped in some appetizers (these bomb ass mushroom turnovers from Trader Joe’s: http://www.viewpoints.com/Trader-Joes-Mushroom-Turnovers-reviews).  I prefer to visit the Trader Joe’s on Court Street since it’s a short bus ride (via the Q38) away, but you can check the link for a Trader Joe’s near you: http://www.traderjoes.com/stores/index.asp).

In no time at all, we polished off the first bottle, so I went into my fridge’ to see what else I had on chill – nothing.  I did however have another warm bottle of $3 buck Chuck in my makeshift bar, white Zinfandel.  To expedite the chill I went into my freezer to retrieve some fresh frozen chopped pineapple pieces (I tend to freeze a lot of my fruit so I can make smoothies in my nutrabullet).  The purpose of adding frozen fruit to warm wine is to chill it without diluting it (as ice would).   The best part about this chilling method is you’re able to enjoy wine infused fruit after you finish sipping.  Great with frozen grapes as well!

Franklin Park - View from the courtyard
Franklin Park – View from the courtyard

Our first destination was, Franklin Park in Crown Heights: http://franklinparkbrooklyn.com/.  Franklin Park is a beer garden and bar with mellow vibes that all the cook kids go to.  When I first started patronizing this establishment the age range was more late 20’s, early 30’s.  However, the last few times that I’ve been the typical age range tends to be early to mid 20’s.  I guess it depends on the day that you visit.  Anyway – I dig the buffalo wings (although they’re hella salty – be sure to have an ice cold brew nearby when eating them), love the energy (laid back) , the music is usually on point (old school reggae, top 40, hip hop, and R&B), and the dress code is always chill; heels aren’t necessary, trust me.

View from the main bar
View from the main bar
Better shots of our outfits.  Inside #FranklinPark in #CrownHeights.  We used the skeeball machine for a photo op as one of the bouncers snapped this shot.
Inside #FranklinPark in #CrownHeights. We used the skeeball machine for a photo op as one of the bouncers snapped this shot.

Before I called the cab, I poured mixed some drinks for our ride to Franklin Park.  I used the Wray & Nephew coconut rum that I purchased from the Appleton Rum Factory (while in Jamaica earlier this month – I documented part I of my trip to JA here: https://unicorninbrooklyn.com/2014/03/10/uib-travels-jamaica-part-i/). I added a splash of pineapple juice and a few ice cubes – good to go! We hadn’t finished sipping our drinks by the time the ten minute cab ride was over, so we decided to do post up near the entrance of Franklin Park and so so as inconspicuously as possible.  Apparently we weren’t as low-profile as I thought because three young assholes (I mean rookies) popped on us and gave us a $25 summons for drinking in public.   That damn red SOLO cup!

The ubiquitous cup of the summer
The ubiquitous cup of the summer
Waiting for our cab ifo my brownstone
Waiting for our cab ifo my brownstone

Anyway, we made our way past the bouncers, into the courtyard, and into the bar (indoors) to dance  for a bit.  We stayed for about an hour  then breezed.  The game plan was to go to Soda Bar in Prospect Heights: http://www.yelp.com/biz/soda-bar-brooklyn, but my cousin was too “chocolatey” wasted – so we went home).

Brunch

We had plans to wake up early and head to the Brooklyn Bride for photo ops and such, but that didn’t happen.  The hangover was real.  Instead I took her to a quaint Mexican restaurant in Crown Heights (up the block from Franklin Park) called Chavela’s: http://www.chavelasnyc.com/

Chavela’s is knows for it’s fresh and flavorful cuisine, affordable prices, abundant drink selections, and great brunch menu!  Brunch is served on weekends (Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00am – 3:30pm) for $11.95 per entree.  Included: Mexican sweet bread and your choice of tea, coffee, or juice.

 View from outside. Chavela's is located on the corner of Franklin Ave & Sterling Place

View from outside. Chavela’s is located on the corner of Franklin Ave & Sterling Place

Inside Chavela's
Another view inside

 

Another view from inside
Inside Chavela’s
Each order includes festive, lightly sweetened Mexican sweet bread
Each order includes lightly sweetened Mexican sweet bread

 

Chilaquiles (with chicken):  Simmered tortillas in salsa verde, with two scrambled eggs, queso fresco, and crema & refried beans
I ordered the Chilaquiles (with chicken): Simmered tortillas in salsa verde, with two scrambled eggs, queso fresco, and crema & refried beans
I started to eat, then remembered that I forgot to ask for a side of pico de gallo - for extra kick
I started to eat, then remembered that I forgot to ask for a side of pico de gallo – for extra kick
My cousin had the Torrejas: rompope tres leches french toast with berries and cinnamon syrup
My cousin had the Torrejas: rompope tres leches french toast with berries and cinnamon syrup

 

Guava juice toast - #cheers
Guava juice toast at the bar – #cheers #pinknails

 

Sunday Dinner

I couldn’t let me cuz go home hungry so I whipped up something easy, healthy, flavorful, and quick before escorting her back to the train station.

Sauteed kale (cooked in olive oil, with portabella mushrooms, yellow onions, & sea salt), curried cous cous, stewed wild Alaskan salmon, and fried sweet plantains
Sauteed kale (cooked in olive oil, with portabella mushrooms, yellow onions, & sea salt), curried cous cous, stewed wild Alaskan salmon, and fried sweet plantains -#Igetbusyinthekitchen

The weekend is already here (the week flew so by so fast).  Let’s see what excursions I get into around Brooklyn…

Until next time friends!

– PenniePenz

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5 thoughts on “UIB Eats: Franklin Park & Chavela’s

  1. Awesome post! Can we please do more next time? Like the soda bar in prospect heights??

    Me and my chocolate wasted ass 😦 ….I just love wine!

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