All The Things I Eat

But Wait, The Parade of Googa Mooga Goodness Continues

By on Sunday, May 27th, 2012 at 6:18 am

The Great Googa Mooga has dominated this blog all week but its time to say goodbye.

In the interest of wrapping things up cleanly, I’ve put together a special Sunday post that includes a whole selection of smaller items that didn’t necessarily warrant a whole post all on their own.

This was a deep fried egg roll filled with meat and served with some sort of barbecue sauce. It was good, but also greasy.

Cookin with Coolio
The Internet


blackberry macaroon

Macaroons have taken off as “a thing,” one of the more recent (and sweeter) food fads. I finally understand why. They are light and sweet and come in pretty pastel colors.

Millefeuille Bakery Cafe
552 Laguardia Place

Even though I’ve previously had some Arancini rice balls, some of my friends wanted more. They were good and a bit crispier, but a bit of “been there done that.”

Arancini Bros.
940 Flushing Avenue

Crispy fried plantains were literally the last thing I ate at the Great Googa Mooga.

El Olomega
Red Hook Ball Fields


By on Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at 6:22 am

With the beer sales ended, the music winding down, we made a final stop at the Papusa stand.

These are corn dough filled with things — in one case we had a ham and cheese papusa and the other was vegetable filled. For vegetarians in attendance at Googa Mooga, the vegetable Papusa was one of the few options available, even for the vegetarians who paid $250 for a Extra Mooga ticket.

The dish was covered in what we all assumed was cabbage and offered filling conclusion to the day.

Papusas from the Red Hook food truck El Olomenga at Googa Mooga

El Olomega
Red Hook Ball Fields

Horse Bologna and Foie Gras Grilled Cheese

By on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 5:56 am

horse meat and foie gras

The horse meat and bologna sandwich tasted great.

But it also tasted a lot like any old grilled cheese with bologna.

As the Googa Mooga festival began winding down, we were looking for some sort of last minute food before everything shut down. While many of the venders had run out of food, those that were still open tended to have long lines. The $15 price point though for the bologna and foie gras grilled cheese was probably a turn off for a lot of people, but we were splitting it three ways and felt it was probably worth it.

As we explained to a passerby asking us if it was any good, the sandwich was decent but probably not worth $15. It tasted like a well made grilled cheese, but necessarily one with high end delectables.

Also, the other thing I learned is that basically regardless of the animal you start with, bologna tastes like bologna.

When we opened up the sandwich, there certainly was a nice piece of foie gras on the inside, but had all the art and craft of adding gold leaf to motel landscape wall art.

Hose bologna and foie gras

M. Wells
21-17 49th Avenue

Wild Boar Sloppy Joe

By on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 6:48 am

wild boar sloppy joe at Googa Mooga

The wild boar sloppy Joe was disappointingly bland and absolutely sloppy.

By late in the afternoon we had finally wandered over to the dedicated pig meat area. There were bacon sandwiches and pig products galor. The main draw here was Porchetta, a popular east village shop. But that was old news to me so instead I went for the less common wild boar sandwich.

In my experience, wild boar is thick and juicy and tastes like a meaty pig, the opposite of the factory raised, super lean hogs we tend to get in grocery stores.

So I was a little disappointed with the particular sandwich given everything I hoped it could have been. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good sandwich, just not the show stopper I wanted it to be. Still, by that point in the afternoon there were few things more pleasurable than snacking on the sandwich in the shaded hillside while Lez Zeppelins took the stage.

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ
192 Orchard Street

Filipino Hot Dog

By on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 6:36 am

The best tasting dish I sampled at Googa Mooga, the Filipino hot dog hit the sweet, savory, spicy notes in all the right places.

Earlier in the day, a friend had recommended the Filipino hot dogs as one of the best foods available, and he was right. Based on that recommendation, we decided to brave the modest line and in a few minutes were rewarded with the fusion hot dog.

The whole thing was remarkably sweet, with hints of spice and the crispy skin of the sausage link.

111 1st Avenue