Hello foodie friends.
I thought I would bring some of my NYC trip this past week into your inbox. That rich city is abundant with its hidden treasures and I barely scratched the surface. These five foodie finds are just a few of the jewels located within the retailer links.
French decorating knife. Surprise! Something French-made again and wow, this French-made knife is a beauty. Its wooden handle is elegant and the 3.75” steel blade is dainty and exquisite. This was the most expensive item that I purchased at the actual JBPrince store, located on 31st and Madison, and it only put me back $18.80. I purchased it for Dennis specifically for his favorite task of slicing mushroom for our weekend breakfast frittatas. Who knows? I may even use it for food decoration techniques.
Pesto and truffles sauce. Put Eataly on your must-do list the next time you visit the Big Apple (and now in Chicago). Located across the street from the famed Flatiron Building, Eataly takes an entire block and transforms it into a magical Italian marketplace. From produce to fresh fish and pasta, home goods, and well, just about anything Italian you can think of, Eataly is an excellent introduction to the magic of NYC. This pesto and truffle sauce is produced by Urbani family, the world leader of Italian truffles. (Here is a tip to local Northwest Arkansas peeps… this sauce is available at Fresh Market in Rogers. Top shelf on the right with the pasta sauces.)
Hella Bitters aromatic bitters. These Brooklyn bitters really caught my eye when shopping at the Bowery Kitchen supply store at Chelsea Market. Located in Chelsea and close to the Hudson River, this store is crammed full of all culinary things that a local chef or resident could possibly need. Me? I need bitters and lots of them. Bitters are perfect addition to your bar and go perfect when making an Old Fashioned and of course, a Manhattan!
A dozen of Russ and Daughters plain bagels. Yes, you can have the quintessential iconic NYC bagel delivered to your very own kitchen. Russ and Daughters is an appetizing store that opened in 1914, on the eastside of downtown. Located about a block from the famous Katz deli, R&D bagels are rolled by hand, boiled and then perfectly timed in their old-fashioned revolving oven. I love everything about this shop, the hustle and bustle of shoppers all shouting out their orders, the many choices of pickled and smoked fishes, the cream cheese choices, and the Turkish apricots. Oh my, the Turkish apricots will make you surrender to the charm of the city and dream of owning a studio apartment. Just to return for the food.
Larien the original bagel guillotine. You just ordered those Russ and Daughter bagels, right? Now you need a bagel guillotine, aka a bagel slicer. Zabars on the Upper West Side is located on the opposite end of Manhattan from R&D yet is another beloved NYC institution. This bagel cutter from Zabars will protect your loved ones from the dreaded bagel cut injury, known as BCI to those in the know.
You can now go back to happily eating your New York bagel, spread with cream cheese by your new French decoration knife. Add a dab of truffle pesto sauce and kick back enjoy while sipping your Manhattan. A cocktail goes with a bagel, right?
Do you have a foodie find that you would like to share? Drop me a note.
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.