Food, food glorious food! This is one thing that gets my heart racing, that is when someone mentions there is a food market close by. I love food and everything about the production of food. The best thing about food markets is that you get to connect with people that are directly involved with the products themself and these people are usualy extremely passionate about the food they are supplying.
Whenever we are in a new destination, Elise always thinks I am a freak, because I am on the contsant look out for local food markets in the area and it doesn’t take long for me to find them. Chelsea Market in New York City is a not like your usual farmers market but it is teaming with the best up scale delicacies. If you share a love for everthing food you won’t be disappointed by visiting these markets when in New York. Just be prepared to pay top dollar for everything you buy as it isn’t cheap to shop there.
This market caters for the best of the best and once-upon-a-time was an old biscuit factory making everything from Saltines to Oreo cookies. It is now a space that is lined with boutique food stores from specialised butchers, fish markets, olive oils and their is still a bakery making sweets and breads today.
Wandering the cool rustic corridors I was in heaven and although everything is extremely overpriced it was a joy to wander aimlessly observing the people serving New Yorkers and seeing the produce on display.
A visit to Chelsea Market just isn’t complete without visiting the cup cake store and you will be dazzled by what they can design on the top of any cake. We were tempted to get our very own specialise cup cakes made with our own faces on them.
Surrounded by all this delicious food, we just had to buy something, so we ate lunch from a small Italian Deli and we ended up eating a couple of pannini and watching the locals do their shopping for the week. We were surprised at just how busy the market was for a Tuesday morning, I couldn’t imagine visiting on a Saturday.
My favourite store would have to be “The Fill Station”. It specialises in flavoured salts and olive oils and Elise and I were in there for about and hour trying all the oils and salts they had on offer. They even had Merlot wine flavoured salt that was absolutely delicious. I mind started to run as I created dishes in my head using these unusual salty flavours.
This was a morning to remember and I would highly recommend going to visit the Chelsea Market if you plan on going to New York City. You won’t be disappointed.