If you’re one of the thousands of avid fans who read this blog religiously, you might recall that in the summer of 2008, Geoffrey and I took an urban field trip to the new Ikea in Redhook, Brooklyn, which opened that June, in order to provide residents of the NYC Metropolitan area with a warehouse-sized shopping facility at which to purchase cheap and interesting furniture. And very reasonably priced scented candles in reusable containers. And a lot of other cool stuff that you convince yourself you need to own because it costs a dollar. Today happened to be a beautiful day to get outside of Manhattan, so G and I decided to take the 4 or 5 train to Borough Hall, where we could catch the free Ikea Shuttle bus and do a little shopping. Before we started our shopping however, we made sure to check out Ikea’s massive cafeteria, because we needed sustenance. Everybody is always talking about the Swedish meatball lunch you can get at Ikea for almost no money, so I was down with checking that out, and I was not disappointed. Jesus god, lunch at Ikea is such a bargain, it is insane. For $4.99 you get 15 delicious Swedish Meatballs, yummy mashed potatoes and awesome gravy, and tangy, sweet lingonberry sauce. A soda (refillable) will set you back $1.29. Geoffrey had the Chicken Fingers and fries, which also cost about $4.99, and also a side of pasta with red sauce that had stuff in it (because he is a growing boy and needs his carbs) for $1.99. They have other hot meals as well plus desserts and salads and other goodies. On our way out after we had purchased our Ikea booty, G treated us both to a vanilla yogurt soft serve cone for $1. While we waited for the shuttle bus that would take us safely back to the train, we listened to music from The Darkness as it was broadcast to waiting customers outside the store. Remember when that band was popular? It seems like such a long time ago. Anyway, all in all it was a fun and tasty day! Ikea!