Barbadian cuisine might be the most playful and good-natured in the world. This occurred to us as we chowed down on "ground provisions"—a rollicking mix of boiled tubers and roots that serves as a staging platform for any sort of stew or sauce you might throw at it. My posse and I were sitting in Bajan Café, a new spot in Brooklyn's Wingate section, just north of Kings County Hospital. Doubling as a bakery, the café specializes in the food and pastries of Barbados, a former British Caribbean colony where the islanders prefer to be called Bajans. There's only one table, but it's the perfect place to sit and watch the neighborhood's unique mix of populations drift by, principally Afro-Caribbeans, Lubavitcher Hasidim, and... More >>>