Let Me Feed You New York, Part IIIAugust 7, 2012
I had a freaking delicious dish at Le Verdure, their vegetarian bar, of wild hive polenta with maitake mushrooms (fascinating, see picture), corn and parmigiano reggiano.
The whole place is a great idea – I didn’t buy much while there but I did get some beautiful (albeit extortionately expensive) fruit to eat later in the day. Everything is so beautifully set out too – I enjoyed finding varieties of fruit and veg I’d never heard about before, like donut peaches and white eggplant. They also had a brilliant cheese section which made me jump with excitement. So. Much. Cheese.
Here are the blackberries that I bought for about $9. Pricy, I know, but really they were the best and the biggest blackberries I’ve ever had.
This picture is an attempt to show how giant these blackberries were – almost the length of my thumb!
Annoyingly, my food is out of focus in this photo. Burger was delicious, especially with the mysterious ‘Shack Sauce’, curly fries were a little dry, but the standout was that vanilla custard shake. You can feel it clogging your arteries with every sip but good grief was it delicious! The love child of soft serve and creme brulee, how the heck could you go wrong?
Upper West Side
Upper East Side
Had dinner with some family friends of ours who live on the Upper East Side – the lucky things have a permanent Sunday night booking at Flex Mussels on 82nd St, which serves up (as you may have guessed) mussels, mussels, MUSSELS.
The staff were extremely friendly, jovial and informative, and made the evening very pleasant. The restaurant has a beachy-feel to it and is casual although diners are, on the whole, dressed in smart casual attire. We began with some brilliant salads (in the questionable American tradition of having salads as a separate course).
The first salad was an iceberg wedge with crispy bacon pieces, radish, grapes and a blue cheese dressing. It was wonderful, a beautiful confluence of sweet and salty along with that almost peppery blue cheese.
Also great was the ‘simple salad’ of bibb lettuce, watercress, marcona almonds and a sherry vinaigrette.
This dish was some sort of spicy thai-style cold prawn salad on crisps, also tasty.
Now – on to the real deal, les moulles. K had the Copenhagen mussels with danish blue cheese, cream, scallions and bacon. They were greatly enjoyed.
I went for an Eastern bend on my pot of mussels: thai flavours of lemongrass, kaffir lime, coriander, ginger and garlic in a coconut broth. After picking out all the mussels I enjoyed slurping up the remaining curry.
Also eaten were some brilliantly executed plates of fish and chips (with pickles, of course), plus the fish of the day, pan roasted and expertly filleted.
Dessert was a long line of doughnuts filled with various flavours – I had salted caramel which I claim is the best, though there was strong argument round the table on the comparative merits of meyer lemon and raspberry!
As a final treat, the staff tossed us a handful of Swedish fish – my new favourite chewy lolly to come out of the States! Thanks again for a great night to the team at Flex!
Requisite vintage cameras – a staple in all flea markets.
So many boxes! How exciting!!
What a cutie-pie.
Vintage clothes, or props from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?
I have a funny feeling this is a prop from the movie The Music Man.
Liked the look of these vintage Dooney & Bourke bags.
Requisite designer bikes.
Inevitably, the scent of food wafting over from the many food trucks on one side of the market drew us closer. SO many delicious options! In the end I couldn’t go past the wood-fired oven on wheels that crisped up this pizza so perfectly. Spinach, mozzarella, artichokes, field mushrooms and pesto – vegetarian bliss!
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