We’ve had a few food and travel adventures lately. I could probably write a dozen posts just about the amazing gastronomical experiences in New York, but that could take a while. So instead, I present you some highlights.
Extremely fresh produce
A lot of my North American friends have a tendency to rave about farmers’ markets, heirloom tomatoes and other such mysterious concepts. I now get it. On our first day in NYC, we ate at ABC Kitchen, a trendy farm-to-table restaurant in Chelsea. That’s where I tasted my first heirloom tomato, and by God, I can never look at a tomato the same way ever again. We also had a salad of wild strawberries, rocket and ricotta which likewise ruined me for all future strawberries.
We also tagged along with Ben and Mich to the Union Square Greenmarket. There, we learnt the joys of eating raw scallops straight from the fish stall, when they haven’t been treated with chemicals to look all white and pretty. At $1 a scallop, it was a pretty affordable sashimi snack.
Great variety in lots of food categories
Back here in Singapore, it’s possible to get nice cheeses and cured meat if you know where to look. Specialty stores like Hubers and Culina tend to be a little off the beaten track in locations like Dempsey. In this respect, New York is a veritable paradise in comparison.
Independent, non-chain cafes and restaurants
During our time in NYC, we hardly ate at any of the fast food and other chain restaurants. (Starbucks was an exception.) There were just so many interesting little places to get good food and drinks.
There were a few more experiences that each deserve their own posts – akan datang!