Three of us went to Brooklyn for the West Indian-American Festivities yesterday. We purchased flourescent yellow ponchos at a 99 cent store and braved the cold, sometimes driving rain all in the name of food. It was so worth it. We sampled the fares of upwards of 10 stands. The stands there basically consisting of Caribbean men and women grilling up mass amounts of home cooking under tarps held up by duct tape.
Over the course of 3 hours, we ate every animal in the barnyard, plus a few ocean-dwellers: oxtail, jerk chicken, curried goat, jerk pork, fried fish balls, grilled fish (can't remember what kind), crab, rice and beans, cabbage and beef patties. The best by far were the oxtails, which were smothered in the best dark sauce. They fell off the bone and you could suck the marrow right out of it. It was all quite good though, with the low point being the patties, which were cold. At one point we were eating crab so enthusiastically, using our ponchos as full-body bibs, that some girls watching the parade in front of us turned around to comment on how disgusting we were being. Not disgusting, ladies, enthusiastic.
In any case, just wanted to give the parade some proper credit where it is definitely due and tell you all to check it out next year, if you missed it this year. Just don't buy the yellow poncho - the color seeps into your clothing.