Markets, markets, markets!

Markets, markets, markets!

NYC Edition

 We love that there are markets everywhere almost everyday in the city! There are some of your well-known markets like the Grand Central Market at the Grand Central Terminal that was absolutely beautiful. Pictures do not do this place justice (but here is a teaser). They carry both local and some imported goods, trendy food finds, delicious fresh bread...and flowers- so many beautiful flowers that come straight from Harlem every morning.

Some of the flowers at the Grand Central Market that were just so captivating...forgot to capture the food...

 Then there is the famous Chelsea Market, home to the Food Network, some of the most amazing eateries, and multicultural markets in town.

Great place to find some of your gourmet ingredients and cookware as well as fresh meats, cheese and seafood - especially lobsters. It’s always packed there with nowhere to really sit and enjoy your delicious finds, so I found myself often visiting in the the earlier mornings...Yes, I’ll take that housemade chili dog from the Meat Guys at 10:30 in the morning with my Blue Bottle Coffee and fresh Ginger Molasses Cookie. Don’t judge me. I enjoyed every bite of it. Doesn’t matter what time of day...the food was beyond great and I had a week to savor aaaaaaall of it.

Take a closer look and plan your visit: http://www.chelseamarket.com/

Neighboring Chelsea is the Meat Packing District- one of my favorite places to hang out since there are so many places to just plant yourself with good food from the new Gansevoort Market that opened up (or take a stroll from Chelsea and picnic with all the cool kids over here...it’s like tourism stops at this invisible border between Chelsea and Meat Packing). Although there is quite the gruesome history to the Meat Packing District, it has really come along away and is now not only a fashion hot spot, but becoming a foodie’s mini paradise.

The Gansevoort Market houses locally produced goods and delicious treats from French to Italian to Thai in a historic and industrial-inspired building. Sounds like my kind of place. There were so many welcoming smiles from each store set-up, it’s a place I enjoyed going back to when I could between office visits.

  Always stop by Luzzo's- La Pizza Napoletana even if it means having two lunches!

Always stop by Luzzo's- La Pizza Napoletana even if it means having two lunches!

Read more on the history, vendors, nightly events and why you should come here on your next visit here: http://www.gansmarket.com/

Eataly  is where I found myself often - often enough to where the people started to know me. Waves from across the hall brought me back to my second home in Rome. The marketplace, although a place of business felt so much like a little family in itself. 

  Everything was so fresh and as soon as you walk in, you get a big whiff of strong Italian Cheeses.

Everything was so fresh and as soon as you walk in, you get a big whiff of strong Italian Cheeses.

It is quite a busy market, but the food is so worth the hustle and bustle. Be sure to check out the 'hidden' rooftop Restaurant and Beer Tasting...and Gelato/Sorbet before you leave!

 Banana Chocolate Sorbet....you bet this is going to happen on the West Coast...time to get in the kitchen and make this delicious goodness. Missing this too much.

Banana Chocolate Sorbet....you bet this is going to happen on the West Coast...time to get in the kitchen and make this delicious goodness. Missing this too much.

Every weekend, you will see farmer’s markets and flea markets pop up at seemingly every park and open street! It just made the weekend in the city that much more exciting! Here are some found in Queens and Union Square Park.

That's it for now! It just occurred to me as I am writing this that I do not have as many food pictures as I would have liked for this post...probably because the food was just too good that it was devoured before getting a good shoot on my handy phone since my camera broke. Hopefully you all get the jist of what we am talking about!