Carroll Gardens Staycation Guide: Allison Tray June 12 2013

Carroll Gardens Staycation Guide: 

Allison Tray

Tips on where to eat, shop and hang this summer from South Brooklyn locals.

With the arrival of summer comes the annual exodus of New Yorkers to various vacation destinations. But just as many out-of-towners will be heading to the Big Apple in exchange—especially Brooklyn!

To give visitors an inside look at some of the best places in our neighborhood, we asked local tastemakers to share their personal faves. This week's Carroll Gardens Patch Staycation Guide includes tips from Allison Tray. Allison is the owner of Trés Belle Petite Medi-Spa, which offers laser hair removal and various skin care treatments in Boerum Hill.
There are so many great bakeries in South Brooklyn. What's your favorite place to pop in for something sweet? Well, if we had a vegan bakery around here, I'd be eating WAY more sweets. Twice a year maybe, I pretend I eat dairy and go for the black and white at Lassen and Hennings. It's SO good. Other than that, I'll walk down to Smorgasburg in DUMBO for some Alchemy "push up pops," it's vegan ice cream, layered with cake in a plastic push up thing. It's just nuts. 

Now's the time to create a summer reading list. Where do you tend to find your favorite books in the neighborhood? I always try BookCourt first but, really, I order used copies online of The Paris Review. I'm growing a pretty good collection. Of course, Community Bookstore is a must. You just never know what they'll have. I tend to read the same books over and over. Weird? I've read Roots three times. Right now I'm reading Chang and Eng by my friend, Darin Strauss. I love his writing.

It's sweltering out, the AC is broken at home and you've got $40 in your pocket. Where do you go to cool down? I have found that trying to fight the NYC summer only makes it worse. I just go with it. I would go right down to Brooklyn Bridge Park for an ice cold beer and veggie dog at Bark and then romp in the sprinkler. I've done this fully clothed mind you surrounded by mobs of screaming children. OR, I'd hop the ferry to Governors Island and plop myself down on a blanket under a tree.

On summer Fridays, what is your version of an ideal lunch in the 'hood? You'd find me at M.O.B. on Atlantic and 3rd, eating some kale and yucca fries in the garden. They have the best veggie food I have ever had. The food is interesting, innovative, special. Most of my friends are non-veg and ALWAYS get psyched for a visit here. The staff are beyond kind and make you feel so appreciated and cared for. I have a crush on every single one of them. I would say Ganso 's veggie ramen would be neck and neck with M.O.B. Yes, hot soup in the summer. Plus, the owner tells me they'll have some cold noodle dishes coming up too, hopefully veggie. Another incredible Brooklyn staff here and the owner Harris really cares about bringing authentic, clean food to an area of Downtown Brooklyn often overlooked. 

What local summer event are you most looking forward to this year (i.e. Funday Sunday, Bastille Day, block party, Red Hook Jazz festival, etc)?
Bastille Day! I love hanging around Bar Tabac on Bastille Day! It's hot, it's sweaty, jazz is blowing through the streets, cold wine and beer, sexy people, smiles, it's just the best. I always run into people I haven't seen in a long time, it's just a big bad party. I'd say the Atlantic Antic is a close second.

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Peas & Love,
Allison @ Tres Belle Spa