Let the summer fun begin!

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Summer is unquestionably my favorite season. Although I could do without the 90+ degree days, there is something almost magical about this time of year. Everyone seems freer, more adventurous, and there seems to be so much more to discover.

During the fall and winter, all I want to do is get home as soon as possible after work. But now, it feels like the list of things to do and places to go is endless. And of course, there are always the usual suspects: picnics in Central Park, movies under the stars, trips to the beach.

One thing that has quickly become a summer ritual for me is Smorgasburg, the artisanal food market in Williamsburg and DUMBO.

I’ve already gone three times since it opened in April, and at least once every summer for the last three years.

Entering the crowded lot, packed from corner to corner with more than 75 colorful stands is a little like dying and going to foodie heaven. There are all kinds of food — Asian, Caribbean, African, seafood, barbecue, noodles, and everything from appetizers to desserts.

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Some days, I know exactly what I want, but most times my strategy is just to work my way from one end to the other in a circle to see what’s new. We stopped by yesterday and indulged far too much (as our bursting bellies could attest to), and had the hands-down best popsicles I’ve ever taste in my entire life. See the raspberry sweet tea pop at the top of the page.

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These are the kind of things that make me love summer. The excitement of it all, the room we give ourselves to let loose for a bit and take everything in. And I love the way the city puts its best self on display.

This summer, I’m looking forward to, yes, a few more trips to Smorgasburg, but also creating new rituals with old friends.

What are you excited about this summer?

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