Hester Street Fair, Bacon Marmalade, Chinatown, Union Square Green Market and Brooklyn (plus the crab that got away)
I know, I know, it’s been way too long since the Hester Street Fair that I went to. So, as promised, here it is.
We started out bright and early to get to the Hester Street Fair when it first opened in order to say hi to the fine people at Bacon Marmalade before they sold out of their delicious product. We needed to buy a few for some friends!
Then we made our way over to the Bacon Marmalade stand, where I met Ross and Joanna. They were really nice and we had a great conversation. I handed them a piece of my dad’s blue cheese and in return (which was so nice of them) they gave me a jar of their spicy to try. I still haven’t had a chance to dig into it, but you can be sure it’ll be happening in the near future. I also took a pin to show my Bacon Marmalade pride. They also took a really nice photo of the cheese and posted it on their Twitter. Thanks guys! 🙂
I really enjoyed the Hester Street Fair. It’s not very huge, which is nice. Makes it not so overwhelming which some markets can be. It’s on the corner of Hester and Essex street, which leads right into Chinatown. Being such a beautiful day, Ben and I decided to venture a little further to have some dim sum for brunch. On our way to Dim Sum Go Go, it was an amazing feeling to be so immersed into the culture of this part of the city. It’s like your transported to the far east. On our way, we passed by a ton of fish markets, one of which had a blue crab that tried to escape its fate.
Unlike the usual dim sum, this place had a menu sheet for us to pick what we wanted. In order to get into the spirit of things, we decided to get some chicken feet. This turned out to be delicious, along with all the other things we devoured.
Since we were so far downtown, it was only logical that we check out a bit of Brooklyn. From Twitter, I found out about this place called The Meathook. It is amazing. They sell a bunch of kitchen supply stuff PLUS kits to brew beer! Malts, hops, etc. They also have an amazing meat counter where we went nuts buying sausages. We got two of each: rabbit, pollo picante and chicken with ramps. It was hard not to buy everything there.
And how could anyone pass up this delicious looking dried pork? It was just out there on the counter looking all yummy and stuff.
After we were done buying out the sausage counter, we made our way to the Union Square Green Market where we bought some Fiddleheads. This was the first time either of us had ever tried them, but they’re all the rage now, so we figured we couldn’t go wrong. And boy, is everyone right. They’re so delicious. Think of a less strong asparagus mixed with a green bean. The person selling them told us to blanche them before cooking to take away some of their acidity that could upset your stomach if you’re not used to it. Below is the final result. Please excuse our paper plate. It was a long day.
All in all, it was a great day to walk around and explore. I’m so glad the weather is nice. Makes roaming around and finding all these yummy things around the city a lot more pleasant. This weekend, my friends and I went around to different parts of the city; a little food tour if you will. That post will be coming a lot sooner than this one! I also received my seeds and instructions for patio gardening from Sprout Robot. I’m really excited to try this. I ordered cucumbers, summer squash and string beans. A friend of mine has some tomato seeds, so I think I’ll be growing those too. This project will probably start after Memorial Day because they’ll have to be watered every day and I’d like to make sure that they actually grow!
New Amsterdam Market details coming soon too!
Hope everyone had a yummy weekend!!!