On a Friday afternoon I finally got the opportunity to visit THE Chelsea Market. I was excited at the chance to visit one of the Amy’s Bread locations and finally try their almond brioche toast (more on that in a bit). Though Chelsea Market is a special place in NYC in its own way, I have to give the win to Philadelphia as far as food markets are concerned. You are truly a food mecca, Reading Terminal Market. You have everything anyone can ever ask for all on one block and weaving throughout the aisles and food watching (much better than people watching) makes you my absolute favorite.
75 9th Ave (Between 15th and 16th streets)
The first stop was Eleni’s, a cookie shop. We headed in for the the chocolate chip cookie samples being handed out. We took a bite and walked around the store for the sole purpose of throwing the sample out and to take some photos of the art hanging on the walls. Don’t give out burnt cookies as samples. No one is going to want to buy anything in your bakery.
Next stop was Amy’s Bread. I waited in line looking at the displays for the almond brioche toast. I wasn’t able to lock my eyes on it until I opened the bag at a table outside the bakery. It was light and crunchy all at the same time. Sticky and sweet, it would be excellent with a cup of coffee or tea. This will be one of my go-to sweet treats heading into the spring. It was roommate approved as well.
After stumbling upon an amazing Free People sample sale (and of course engaging in some healthy retail therapy) and walking to the very end of the market, we decided to use a middle exit and stumbled upon The Filling Station. This stand specializes in oils, balsamic vinegars, salts, scrubs, and craft beer. I sampled a strawberry, blueberry, and fig balsamic vinegar. The berry vinegars were extremely sweet and would work nicely in a summer salad. The fig balsamic vinegar had an intense depth of flavor. I think it would work nicely to accompany a cheese plate instead of the a preserve or jam. I also tried the Ghost Pepper salt. The Filling Station was gracious enough to warn myself and other patrons to only try one granule of salt. As soon as I tried the ghost pepper salt, I immediately felt it kick in at the back of my throat. For those of you who love spicy food, this would be a good ingredient to add into your Mexican creations. A little goes a long way.
Have you ever visited Chelsea Market before? What was your favorite or least favorite part of your food adventure to Chelsea Market?