If you are looking for the best in kitchen appliances, Krup’s Kitchen & Bath in Chelsea is the place to go. If you want something with a retro feel or in a unique color, Krup’s has it. Look at this adorable 1950s-style refrigerator from Smeg in pink:
How about this adorable oven range from BlueStar in purple:
Fishs Eddy is the quintessential store for dinnerware with its interesting and kitschy designs. If you’re a NYC fan, there are many local patterns like the New York skyline, the tunnels, the Brooklyn bridge, dog walkers, Brooklyn and more. I got the Brooklynese set for my mom.
They have other designs too like Alice in Wonderland, the New York Times crossword puzzle and this pretty pattern from Lotta Jansdotter that I wrote about before.
creamer and coffee mug
Fishs Eddy also has a cool collection of vintage dishes dating back to 1903.
I also like these small trays. I got one that’s a recipe card, but there are others like a parking ticket, a lotto ticket, a restaurant check, a prescription and more.
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Tagged 1950s, appliances, BlueStar, Brooklyn, dinnerware, dishes, Fishs Eddy, kitchen, Krup's, New York, oven, refrigerator, Smeg, vintage
I compiled this list of 7 cool shops on Etsy that have food-related goods.
1. Cutting boards in the shape of your favorite state from AHeirloom. Yeah, that’s mine.
New York-shaped cutting board from AHeirlooms–photo used with permission
2. AJ Sweetsoaps, my favorite Etsy shop, with soaps that look real enough to eat! Look just as good and a lot less calories!
Banana cream pie soap from AJ Sweetsoaps–photo used with permission
3. Get your grandma’s recipe in her handwriting on a kitchen towel at Small Home Design.
Grandma’s recipe on a tea towel from SmallHomeDesign–photo used with permission
4. Custom kitchen canister labels from Kreative Corner.
Custom canister labels from Kreative Corner–photo used with permission
5. Funny pin-up recipe cards from Istria Design.
Pin-up recipe card from Istria Design–photo used with permission
6. Personalized recipe on a bamboo cutting board from Marcellas Engravables.
Custom engraved cutting board from Marcellas Engravables–photo used with permission
7. Heidi Schweigert’s illustrations at the redcruiser shop on Etsy–These cards, calendars, prints, tea towels and journals give you an easy way to get your veggies.
Greeting card from redcruiser–photo used with permission
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Union Square Wines & Spirits recently hosted a wine tasting of NYU alums. There were some trays of Murray’s cheese (standard at a NYC party) and Italian meats, pates and other finger foods. The event was for the NYU Women’s Initiative and the wines of the evening were all produced by female-owned wineries. We were given some info on the wines and the women who make them. Then the sampling began, from white to red: Lini 910 NV Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy); Shinn Estate Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island); Heidi Schroeck 2009 Ried Vogelsang (Burgenland, Austria); DeMorgenzon 2011 Garden Vineyards Rose (Stellenbosch, South Africa); Foradori 2009 Teroldego Vignetti delle Dolomiti (Trentino, Italy); Herdade do Esporao 2010 Quatro Castas (Alentejano, Portugal); and Dominio de Atauta 2009 Parada de Atauta (Ribera del Duero, Spain).
My favorite of the evening was the Austrian wine. It had a crisp, clean taste that appealed to me. I enjoyed learning about wineries run by women. This was a perfectly planned event for a women’s group.
In addition to hosting private events, Union Square Wines & Spirits also hosts its own tastings. Some upcoming ones include vodka, gin and a tapas party.
I toured Murray’s Cheese caves. Who knew there was an underground cave on Bleecker Street where mold grows on aging cheeses in a painstaking, meticulous process. If you go through the swinging doors to the back room of the cheese shop, you see an area you would expect to see where cheeses are cut and wrapped. However, once you put on your blue booties, hair net and jacket to keep sterile and walk through another set of swinging doors, you arrive into a cold, temperature-controlled room. There are four doors reminiscent of Medieval times.
Behind each door is a small room with a different set of conditions to ripen each type of cheese inside. Some cheeses take only weeks to ripen; others, months or years. Some cheeses require a drier atmosphere and some require a more humid atmosphere. Some ceilings need to be vaulted for air circulation and some not. Some cheeses need to be washed or brushed. Bacteria is added to some cheese, sometimes being sprayed on. Each cheese is individually cared for to create its unique taste.
Here, you can see the younger, fresher cheese on the bottom shelf. This is something you would find at Whole Foods, for example, because they don’t have the special caves to age the cheeses. The cheeses that appear whiter are the aged cheeses, and the white is the mold that has grown.
On some of the cheeses, the mold looks like short, light hairs. Or like ripples.
Some of the rooms smell like ammonia to varying degrees. In one particularly ammonia-smelling room, there was a French cheese with a particular mold that only comes from that area. On a shelf opposite that cheese is a cheese from Italy that the French mold spores attached to. This mold sharing affects the taste of the other cheeses to create something with a different flavor.
My favorite cheeses are the mountain cheeses, like Gruyere, which require low moisture and can take months or years to age.
The rinds are smooth when the cheese is young, and it is brushed, which dries it out, forming this rind.
The oldest cheese at Murray’s is a 5-year-old Gouda.
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks‘s shop hours are 1-7 p.m., 6 days a week and by appointment or by chance. Ironically, by chance, I walked by 163 Tenth Street on my way somewhere else and remembered that I had always wanted to visit her cookbook shop. Seeing a wooden OPEN sign outside, I walked up the steps to find a Dutch door and another door ajar. Bonnie, who was sitting at a desk, was incredibly welcoming and friendly. The shop has new and vintage/rare cookbooks and some kitchenwares and interesting articles like handmade greeting cards and bookmarks. I had read about Bonnie’s store in various magazines through the years, and now that I live a few blocks away, I am happy to finally visit. Bonnie and I chatted and she checked out my blog, especially the link to NYU’s food library. She showed me a copy of the New York World’s Fair Cook Book by Crosby Gaige that she has in shop, a book that was featured on NYU’s article about the library and that goes for $200. In addition to her shop, she also appraises cookbooks. I highly recommend visiting her shop. It’s like looking through your mom’s and grandma’s collection of cookbooks and recipe booklets from days gone by.