I enjoy a good marketplace even if I am not in the market for anything. Most marketplaces sell a variety of foods indigenous to the region so they are worth a look-over. Plus I love a souvenir that I can bring home to enjoy at a later time. This is no less true when I am a hometown tourist.
My latest experience took place the day I spent in Gansevoort. It started with a trip to the Fort Gansevoort Gallery (see previous blog) but it ended with a trip to the Gansevoort Market.
Inside there were plenty of treasures ready for consuming. However I had just had lunch (next blog) so I was quit full but I planned to be purchasing some goodies to take home. I didn’t do much else but take photos and seek out what I needed to try. In truth I would have been happy to have one of everything especially once I was home and was hungry yet again.
The items I decided I couldn’t live without were coffee, muffins, and macarons. The Champion Coffee I bought and made at home definitely rates as one of the best I have ever tried. It was a medium roast, which is just how I like it.
The Bruffin Café makes muffins with an international flare. At the time of my purchase I was not looking for anything too savory like their many cheese and egg selections so I opted for the Apple Vanilla Almond Bruffin. The clerk suggested that when I was ready to eat it I should heat it in the microwave for thirty seconds for the best results. When I did so the next day I could have kicked myself for only buying one! I had NO idea how much I would love it. The description and the way it looks gave me no clue how fast I would fall in love devouring every last crumb. Next time I am buying a baker’s dozen.
Dana’s Bakery Macarons are currently my favorite brand of these French desserts. When I was in Paris I was hooked on anything Laduree sold, I still am by the way. Now they even have stores in NYC. But in terms of American brands I have tried they are good but nothing out of this world until now. Dana’s Macarons were sitting pretty in their glass case when I walked by. There were so many colors I stopped to read all of the flavors. When I eat macarons I do not care for anything exotic like lavender instead preferring the pleasure of one that has fruit filling.
I ordered only two to take home because I was afraid that however many I bought would inevitably be consumed by me. I chose one Strawberry Shortcake and one Raspberry Jam. Much later that night I bite half of each and was in macaron heaven, seriously. I am already considering sending these as presents for the holidays. I also will be purchasing a box that will be for my lips only. I am going to try to hold out until my birthday in December but St. Patrick’s Day might be my breaking point.
I already know what I want to try next time I am near the Gansevoort Market. In no particular order they are:
· Crepe Sucre,
· Cappone’s salami,
· Il Conte homemade pasta,
· Luzzo’s Pizza, and
· Tease NYC tea.
In NYC there are two other marketplaces worth checking out. The Chelsea Market is actually not too far from the one in Gansevoort. I first went to the Chelsea Market (http://thequeenoff-ckingeverything.blogspot.com/2012/09/for-meandering-through-chelsea-market.html) back in 2012 and I still think my favorite part was People’s Pops.
The other is a recent addition both to NYC and Chicago, Eataly. It is inspired by Harrods (see below) in London but exclusively sells Italian products. There are some to purchase and eat and some to take home for grander meals. I don’t really find a use for it but I get the fact that if you have never been a walk through when you’re in the area is not a bad idea.
Harrods is probably the most high-end version there is of a marketplace. Technically it isn’t so much of a marketplace as a retail space for anything you might hope to buy. This includes a floor dedicated to food of every type of the utmost quality. It is the food that is actually a big draw here especially now that they are no longer sells wild animals (Google Christian the Lion) just cats and dogs. London is notorious for their Indian food and Harrods is a great place to sample some. It is also a great place to get a taste a variety of other foods from around the world. I think the sheer magic of Harrods and traveling to London make this by far my favorite marketplace I have visited.
Pier 39 in San Francisco holds some fond food memories as well. Besides the sound of sea lions the first thing you will notice is the wonderful waft of bread coming from the Boudin Bakery, a San Francisco staple. It is during these cold New York City nights that I could really go for one of their bread bowls filled with soup.
During my first day in Savannah I went to their City Market near Ellis Square
(http://thequeenoff-ckingeverything.blogspot.com/2015/03/for-hard-hearted-hannah-vamp-of.html). I was heading to the historic First African Baptist Church later on and so we went there for lunch. I got more than I bargained for. This city center had so many famous places that I had on my itinerary. I got some of Bryd’s cookies and shopped in the Savannah Candy Kitchen before going to the Church that serviced the Underground Railroad. Lunch was delicious too.
In Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a more sophisticated and indoor version of their marketplace. There are several outdoor vendors but for the majority of your purchases you will have to go inside to a mini mall looking building. This will definitely be a plus when you are there during the winter months. In the summertime I imagine that it would be nice to walk through in and out seeing what catches your eye.
Still to go on my to do list of marketplaces to visit are the Reading Market in Philadelphia (http://thequeenoff-ckingeverything.blogspot.com/2015/09/for-city-of-brotherly-love-benjamin_3.html) and Pike Place in Seattle. The former will provide me with a chance to try pork sandwiches and a variety of pastries I have had my eye on from afar. The later is historic for the fresh fish and my personal favorite, the location of the very first Starbucks, which remains in operation.
I guess the lesson here is just when you think you have conquered all of the best foodie moments in your day there is always room for a little more.
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