Category Archives: Gourmet

May Love With Food Box

I’m excited about May’s Love With Food box.

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There are key lime cookies from J&M, sweet potato chips from One Potato Two Potato, Revolution herbal teas, tarallino from Terre Di Puglia, sea salt caramels from Le Caramel, tropical peach drink mix from Flavorz Organic, Giddy Up & Go granola, and flavored sea salts from The Spice Lab.  These are all things I enjoy.

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Chelsea Market

I took a trip to the High Line today and stopped at Chelsea Market.  From the 1890s to the 1950s, Chelsea Market was the site of the National Biscuit Company, or Nabisco.

National Biscuit Company memorabilia

Nabisco created the American classics:  Uneeda Biscuit, Fig Newtons, Saltines, Vanilla Wafers, Oreos and Barnum’s Animal Crackers.

National Biscuit Company memorabilia

In 1997, Chelsea Market opened with specialty food shops.  Today, it’s home to the Food Network as well.  I visited Chelsea Market Baskets today, a shop that has many gourmet and specialty food products and makes gift baskets.  I got some delicious shortbread from Scotland here as well as some other yummy items.  I even saw cornmeal from North Carolina.

I also checked out the Manhattan Fruit Exchange, a chilly produce market with much variety.  Here, I found crosnes, or Chinese artichokes, tubers that I’ve never seen before.

crosnes

I also saw red walnuts from Sanguinetti Farms in California.  Not genetically modified, they were created by grafting Persian walnuts onto English walnuts.

Sanguinetti Farms Red Walnuts

Chelsea Market is a fun stop.  I find the food here to be hit or miss, but I’ve enjoyed The Green Table every time I’ve eaten there.

The Plaza Hotel’s Food Hall

The Plaza Hotel’s Food Hall is a hustling and bustling five-star food court.  With Todd English’s food hall as the main attraction, this is a definite place  for foodies to visit.  Francois Payard has a shop here with his verrines (the raspberry one has olive oil marshmallows):

lovely cakes:

 

and macarons.

Other shops include Lady M, La Maison du Chocolat, Billy’s Bakery, Luke’s Lobster, Sushi of Gari, Three Tarts, and William Greenberg Desserts.

icebox cakes from Billy’s Bakery

yellow daisy cake from Billy’s

panna cotta from Three Tarts

gourmet marshmallows from Three Tarts

After circling the food hall a few times, I decided to try a red velvet black and white cookie from William Greenberg Desserts.

red velvet black and white cookie

I also tried a Greek lemon yogurt with mango bobas from Yo Art.  Yes, they look like large salmon roe, but they are actually balls of mango juice that burst in your mouth.  This was a great combo.  The Greek lemon is such a pleasant flavor.

PAPER magazine’s Super Duper Market this weekend

PAPER magazine’s Super Duper Market is this weekend, July 13-15, in the Chelsea Market building.  (The entrance is on W. 16th Street though.)  The market includes booths from local food purveyors as well as some from the West coast.  Most are giving samples to taste and then you can buy a serving if you like.  Not to miss is Humphry Slocombe ice cream.  Sample their most popular flavor, secret breakfast, and buy their book to find the secret recipe!

secret breakfast

Red Rooster Harlem is offering its spice mix for fried yard bird exclusively at Super Duper Market.  They are also premiering their red velvet Danish, which will be available at the restaurant’s breakfast nook.

Red Rooster Harlem

Nordic Breads, who is also at the Union Square Greenmarket, is at Super Duper with their wonderful Finnish ruis bread, a 100% whole grain rye bread with a long shelf life.

Nordic Breads

There are many popular items here, such as Danny Macaroons. Whatever your taste, be it ice cream, s’mores, pie, olive oil, spreads, syrups, bread, or cookies, there is something here for you.

Sweets Week: Day 2: Francois Payard Bakery

The sweet for the day is the new macaron ice cream sandwich at Francois Payard Bakery.  A new location of FPB opened up not far from me, to my delight.  However, it was a bit tricky to find as it’s not on Columbus Circle but a block down on Broadway.  Once inside, I found a small sign advertising the macaron ice cream sandwich in flavors like passion fruit cheesecake and coconut mango.  Now, I must admit, though I am an ice cream addict, I’m not a huge fan of ice cream sandwiches.  However, I am open to anything Francois Payard creates, so I had to try this exotic and posh take on a cool summer treat.  I got passion fruit cheesecake, and my taste-tester friend got coconut mango.

Verdict:  Perfect macaron cookie and delish ice cream.

Passion fruit cheesecake macaron ice cream sandwich

240sweet marshmallows 50% off today only!

I got an email from Chef Alexa, that in honor of her birthday today, all 240sweet webstore items are 50% off.  Use the code ALEXABIRTHDAY at checkout. S/H not included in discount.  Not valid with any other offers.  Offer expires at 12:01 am EST on March 15, 2012.

Also, good news for the ladies.  Their Salty Caramel Swirl marshmallow was featured in O, the Oprah Magazine‘s first food issue.

WSJ Interview with Thomas Keller

I haven’t read Thomas Keller’s Finesse magazine.  The WSJ interviewed him in Thursday’s issue about his magazine.  Apparently, the magazine features writers like Ruth Reichl and Ed Levine.  It focuses on Keller’s restaurants like the summer 2011 issue on Per Se.  The winter 2012 issue feautes his casual eateries like Bouchon Bistro & Bakery.  He mentions that he is very open to catering to people with food allergies and food lifestyles.  A chef in his R&D kitchen, Lena Kwak, created C4C (Cup for Cup) for people with gluten intolerance.  Another interesting tidbit in the interview is that a professional dancer taught Per Se’s waitstaff how to move elegantly.