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Thursday, June 21, 2007

NYBB
round two

Every Party begins with (a)Toast

First you eat it (french, but of course)

then you Drink It!

None better than that we found in the early A.M. at the City Bakery, (3 W 18th St between 5th and 6th St), where the hot chocolate (“the perfect amalgam of rich, multi dimensional dark chocolate, melted into milk and cream and topped with a homemade marshmallow”) is like nothing I’ve ever tasted, so rich and thick we split it three ways, drank our health and slurped up that marshmallow floating on top. I swear, I was INTOXICATED! Party!

A lovely stroll around the neighborhood followed and a few minutes later we were joining, quite by accident, the shoppers at the Union Square Greenmarket, (located at 17th St & Broadway — Gramercy).

These were the most beautifully colored eggs!

and, AHA! The most beautifully colored yarn!


There was a stall full of Catskill Merino, hand-raised & hand-dyed by Eugene Wyatt (author of the *Baa Newsletter*), of Swan Lake, NY. I sampled and took 2 beautiful Cochineal skeins and met a hat designer who was stocking up as well.


A short ride later, we found ourselves at the Chelsea Market (75 9th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets). An unbelievable building, it was the “site of the original Nabisco Bakery, where the Oreo Cookie was born.” The market fills a whole city block and is a wonderland of food and sundry.


Every nook and cranny of this antique industrial scape was filled with shops of every kind: bakeries (cupcakes were THE food of the day), meats, wine, cheese, coffee, teas, candles, baskets, JAM (Sarabeth’s Blood Orange Marmalade!), and more.

The very best? My favorite: a place called 202. Straight from Notting Hill, England, 202 was the land of designer Nicole Farhi — really inspired clothing and housewares. She was showing a dark chartreuse taffeta trenchcoat that made me drool! Hmm. Someday. Someway.

In the middle of the concourse was a fountain — actually just a HUGE open pipe from long ago, racing into a stone-lined cylinder in the floor — breathtaking — simple — ancient.

Next up: SoHo


13 Responses to “Thursday, June 21, 2007”

  1. Holly says:

    Did you have a cookie at the City Bakery? Their cookies are not only enormous, but amazingly rich and tasty. Probably the second-best option ever…after homemade. They also have good mac and cheese.

  2. AllyB says:

    Thanks so much for the Eugene Wyatt link. Reading his new-lamb story was a great way to start the day! I do so enjoy your blog!

  3. Toby Wollin says:

    I’ve been to the Chelsea Market (hey, did you see the High Line?)and fell in love with this housewares place. My husband had to drag me away, but not before I’d done some major damage on the credit card buying amazing Asian ceramic bowls. Just a fabulous place.

  4. abby says:

    So fun! One of my best friends had her wedding reception at City Bakery, and it was great. I parked myself next to the dessert buffet and had a wonderful time… And I went to Chelsea Market for the first time in years on Sunday. Eleni’s Cookies is one of my favorites there. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  5. Bets says:

    Thanks for the tour, great pics – love the fountain! Excellent recycling :)

  6. Carol says:

    What a great place! Thank you for the most excellent tour:)

  7. Tracey says:

    Fantastic tour…keep it coming.

  8. Karen B. says:

    Ah, memories of the Union Square Greenmarket. I must go back to The City.

  9. elisabeth says:

    Oh, dear BM, you were but steps away from me this w/e.

  10. Melanie says:

    Oh, thanks for the wonderful little vacation to NYC. I miss it too.

  11. Cathi says:

    So you are purposely trying to get us all to die from supreme jealousy, right?

  12. dalis says:

    Loved the pic of the eggs. I have some designer chickens and it’s a morning pleasure to go out to the coop and pick the colorful eggs.

  13. Bonne Marie says:

    Those eggs were even more beautiful *in person* than the picture shows. The shades of aqua blue especially…

    There was even light yellow-green speckled ones — how about some Green Eggs & HAM!!! sorry ;p

 
 
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