Saturday, June 15, 2013

Weekend Cooking: Foods of NY Tour

Remember a couple of weeks ago when thousands of book bloggers gathered in New York for BEA? Well, I have a confession to make. I was there, too, but did not attend BEA (gasp!). My daughter lives in the city and, since she was off Thursday and Friday morning, I decided on an impromptu visit.

Thursday morning, we walked to Chelsea Market and met up with a small group for a Foods of New York Tour. Our guide Darryl, a delightfully funny actor who often broke out in song, entertained us for three hours as we ate our way through Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District.


Sweet treats become works of art at Eleni's, where we indulged in mini red velvet cupcakes.


We visited Chelsea Wine Vault,


and sampled the best chocolate milk ever at Ronnybrook Dairy's Milk Bar.


Spices and Teas was an olfactory delight.


At Lucy's Whey we were treated to both cheddar cheese and a gourmet grilled cheese panini.


Buon Italia's mushroom quiche tasted like it could have come from my grandmother's kitchen. Sausage rolls were next...


The Manhattan Fruit Exchange was well-stocked with colorful, exotic produce.


We were pretty full at this point, but there is always room for chocolate! Check out those chocolate shoes from Jacques Torres.


We enjoyed a scone with jam and marmalade at Sarabeth's.


The temperature was nearing 90 as we made out way outdoors again for a stroll on the High Line.


Our tour ended in the Meatpacking district. A table for fifteen awaited at Macelleria... as did homemade pasta with bolognese sauce!

Needless to say, we weren't hungry for dinner. Foods of New York offers food and culture walking tours of other neighborhoods in the city, too. You can be sure they're on my NYC "To Do" list!

And if you haven't laughed yet today, be sure to check out my photo of the Chelsea Market book exchange.



Weekend Cooking, hosted at Beth Fish Reads, is open to anyone who has a food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up over the weekend.

38 comments:

  1. What a fun tour. I had no idea you could do something like that in New York. Cool!

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. Joy - I'm convinced you can do just about anything in New York City ;-)

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  2. This has gone straight on my list for my "someday" visit to NYC!

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    1. Lisa - I keep lists of NYC things to do, too!

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  3. We missed you at BEA, but I'm glad that you had such a wonderful tour. I always bring people to Chelsea Market and to the Highline, they really are must-sees in NYC. I love your photos too!

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    1. Diane - I came in Wed for dinner and left after breakfast on Friday... too short a visit! Was wishing I had tickets for BEA and could have stayed an extra day or two.

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  4. The Chelsea Market definitely appears to be a must-see place!

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    1. Jill - Put it on your list for the next trip to NYC!

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  5. This was so fun to see! I love food tours. :) Every time I go to NYC I spend the vast majority of my time planning what I'll eat next. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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    1. Heather - This was the first food tour I've done... can't wait for the next one!

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  6. That would be so much fun! On my Bucket List if I ever make it to NYC!

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    1. Paula - We enjoyed it so much... definitely no room for dinner that day though!

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  7. Great tour. I must visit again so I can go on the HIghline - such a fab idea

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    1. Carole - I want to walk the entire High Line... on a cooler day!

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  8. What fun!! Soon after I moved to Boston I took a culinary walking tour of the North End ... samples, inside information, and fresh pasta! Yours sounds equally delicious (except for those scary spiny things on the produce stand).

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    1. Audrey - Oh, the North End would be delicious foodie tour destination!! I really need to get back to Boston...

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  9. The only think I'm sorry about is that you didn't tell us you were in the city! We could have met for lunch, dinner, or a drink!

    I love the High Line -- it's one of my favorite places and a great place for photography.

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    1. Beth F - I've already got BEA dates saved for next year. I was regretting the quick trip almost as soon as I arrived. Was on the train home after breakfast on Friday :(

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  10. What a fun time! I grew up just outside of Philly, yet I never made the trip to New York, as close as it was on a train. This sounds like a fantastic walkabout the city and I see you had much choice in good things to eat and drink. Thank for sharing!

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    1. Tina - Oh, I'll bet Philly has some great food tours, too!

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  11. I want to go on that tour - it looks like so much fun!!

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    1. Kathy - Wouldn't it be fun if a group of bloggers did a tour next year? This one was 3 hours, but they have some that are only 2... might be a nice break from BEA festivities!

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  12. I took this tour last year when I had guests in town! It was really good.

    Author Adriana Trigiani is adding a food tour to her offerings and I want to try it too!

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    1. Colleen - Our guide was excellent, and so was all the food... I'd love to do one of the other food tours sometime. Will look into Trigiani's tours - that would be fun!

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    2. I just did one of Adriana Trigiani's walking book tours this past weekend. My mom and I did the Greenwich Village walking tour and it was fantastic!!! We started in Greenwich Village, made our way through that and over to the Meatpacking district and then walked the Highline from the beginning to Chelsea Market where the tour ended. After my mom and I grabbed a quick bite to eat for lunch (at Amy's Breads) we continued walking the Highline to the end. It was so much fun and I definitely want to do another walking tour in city. The tour you did sounds fun, too!

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    3. Kristin - Now I really need to investigate Trigiani's tours - your day sounds perfect!

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  13. I so have to visit NYC! this sounds like an amazing and wonderful way to spend a day!!!

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    1. Staci - I think everybody needs to visit New York at least once... how about during BEA?? ;-)

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  14. Wow, what a fabulous foodie day!! That sounds like so much fun - and delicious, too! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

    Sue

    Book By Book

    Big Book Summer Challenge

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  15. I was going to say "how awful that you didn't go to BEA' but then after reading about your awesome tour I think more people should take time out of BEA to be foodies for a few hours :)

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    1. Stacybuckeye - Next year I'll get to BEA for sure!

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  16. What a fun tour! You've inspired me to create a travel board on Pinterest just for this post! The food all sounds delicious, particularly the grilled cheese, quiche, and scones. Good thing you were walking, huh? ;)

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    1. Les - That grilled cheese was really something special! Now that my daughter is in the city, I have a Pinterest board just for NYC activities.

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  17. Thank goodness for you and your daughter, JoAnn. Although I grew up in the suburbs of NYC, lived in the city for several years spent the rest of my life in Brooklyn so far, I had no idea there are food walking tours of NYC neighborhoods. I'm also ashamed to admit I haven't been to Chelsea Market, yet. But I now have a terrific reason to drag my husband there...he loves free food! and what a wonderful way to spend a Saturday or Sunday!

    I really enjoyed this post and appreciate you sharing your day! How much fun you seem to be having with your daughter being in the city!

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    1. Amy - I keep trying to find fun things do whenever I visit... and you definitely can't go wrong with food and sightseeing. Next time (when it's cooler) I'd like to see the entire HIgh Line.

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  18. Just now back in town and catching up with bloggers, etc. This looks like a delightful tour, JoAnn! Good thing I just ate lunch or I'd be DYING reading about and looking at your photos of all the yummies. Hope your summer is going well.

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    1. Terri - Hope all is well... haven't seen you around in a long time! The tour was amazing. We hope to do one of the other neighborhoods soon, but will wait until fall when it's a little cooler. Despite all the rain, we're having a great summer.

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