new york city 2/14 last day

The final installment of new york city Feb 2014. I’m literally regurgitating (i mean that in a good way) the final long and productive day of tromping ten hours from mid town to Brooklyn and back with a few trains in the middle. You saw this one before- the day started with a little snow.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-3 Before I forget- Your red gloves, Stella, I did not lose. They had a full time job during their visit to New York City. So glad I saw you on the ferry. Thank you for taking them straight off your hands to loan to me for the week!

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Protecting those little paws

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Great admiration for real life in the city- notice the cane

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And the heroes of days like this one. You take for granted the hard work that precedes the ability to step one foot in front of the other with safety and ease.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-7Miss high heals, refusing to submit to weather conditions should be passing on some high fives and hot drinks to the guys in yellow.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-5Only a couple hours at the show to wrap things up that morning and then it was off to Brooklyn to visit my son’s friend who manages the baked goods production for Pushcart Coffee. The 150 year old Pfizer building at 630 Flushing in Brooklyn… a long time ago.

New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-3And a great article from Edible Brooklyn about this artisanal food production epicenter.
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And a wonderful snapshot of history from NY curbed-

…”When Pfizer closed down its Brooklyn headquarters in 2008 after more than 150 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing, the company left behind a deserted behemoth: 660,000 square feet of space, filled with lab equipment, computers and furniture. Acumen Capital Partners purchased the shuttered building in 2011 and have slowly brought it back to life”.

New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-7The rented space here produces the goods for three Pushcart Coffee locations in lower Manhatten.
New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-2 A smattering of the many producersNYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-22Because the building itself is ironically in an area void of food options outside its own walls, the vendors have started offering meal options from within.
NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-20 This pasta is on my list to bring to Chez Chloe.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-19 I bought five different bars of this Madecasse chocolate grown and produced in Africa- 4x the impact of Fair Trade. Each subsequent flavor grew on me. It’s not as smooth to me as the Belgium or French chocolate- these bars were a little more earthy and strong. I’m going to test further as I think variety is key. And I like it.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-18This young entrepreneur hit the raw and vegan scene at an ideal time in 2003 . She has worked long and hard to develop her brand, One Lucky Duck. Despite not being a total fit for Chez Chloe, I’m interested. I love to dabble in raw at home and I own her cookbook already.
NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-17 People’s pops wrap up over winter and seem to have their goods stored in the hall till the temperatures rise.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-16 New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-6Thanks Maggie for a great tour!

Are you getting tired? I hopped on the train for just 2 stops and another 20+minute walk to the ever-hip Williamsburg.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-21I did have to stop and rest and have a treat. By the end of the week I was far from my juicing days…and that was so fine.

New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-10This great little shop, Bedford Cheese, was packed with goodies I could easily have on my shelves.
New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-8Now it was the L train back to Manhatten. I thought how fun it would be to stay in Williamsburg sometime and it was so easy to get back downtown. But my son was like you should try it during rush hour when you have to wait three trains and that the L is know for breaking down.

Here’s real life on the subway- only thing I’m reading is my map.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-12This short break readied me for my round about walking trek to Dean and Deluca. I always go there for a little R&D. Not having the subway totally down (even after 5 days) I actually walked over 30 minutes to soho in what would have been a 5 min train. oops.

New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-13 Camera and notepad in close reach. Weary feet put on hold like a hungry, whining (with reason) child.New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-12 The simple merchandising always keeps the focus on the food.New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-11Oh… and we are not done. Heading back uptown because I also HAVE to make at least one visit to abc home.

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New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-21it is a work in progress
New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-20and since Eataly now really is right there- how can i not go in for a snack. 7.30pm on a Thursday night was a good time to go without the lunch crowds.

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New York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-17Pick up a demi baguette for my parma hamNew York City Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 3-18And now after walking another fifteen blocks back to the hotel, because who can get a taxi at 8pm, I eat my snack, pack and get ready to head out to meet my son for dinner AT 9.30pm! I can do city life because I basically stay on west coast time.
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Dinner at cool mediterranean establishment Ilili- I loved the Fattoush salad with sumac vinaigrette and toasted pita. That will be on my list to re-create.

A lovely walk home, a big hug, thank you and goodnight to my son. Back in the room I watched Jay Leno’s last night on air. The day was done.

 

new york 2/14 second part

My first morning of NOT sleeping in and having brunch at 1pm meant getting myself up and out at 7.45am in this. I had the challenging opportunity to stay calm and carry on… but maybe not the way I had planned. Life’s like that right?NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2

And then here I am two weeks later…trying to find a chunk of time to sort through photos. A general, oft said statement and a valid dilemma in the day and age of digital photography. Not only sorting the bigger trips and excursions but the daily snapshots that are sometimes almost too easy to capture. My poor, only eighteen month old computer shouts daily “start up disk almost full” or when its pants are really in a wedgy “start up disk full”… and I have to force quit and clean out a corner.

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The week in New York provided daily feasts for my eyes, tastebuds and heart. Inspired by all the new products, merchandise and ideas within the trade show, in my go to shops and on the street, food every night that left me in awe, and quality time with my son sealed the deal.

I generally spent a few hours at the show each day. I imagined more but reality declined. A couple of talks on social media and blogging were quite useful. But the majority of time, I perused and visited my vendors for new merchandise. Couleur Nature for linens always provides. I’m looking for more solids with accents this year.

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NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com-26Cecile at the French Farm, an importer, may have been one of the first vendors I connected with in 2006 and has held a strong presence at Chez Chloe ever since. They have such a wonderful range of products and have continued to grow through the years, recession and all. L’Epicurean’s shallots confit is wildy popular and delicious and I’ll look forward to picking up the fig and olive confit. I remember seeing L’epicurean on the shelves when we lived in Paris in 2003. I’m happy to report their repertoire has expanded greatly and the quality has not diminished.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-14 These cheese confitures are always a win win NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-13 I love the classic ivory and stainless steel Laguiole knives but will add a dash of color for the cheese knives or serving utensils.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-12 Fallot mustards might make their way to Chez Chloe shelves once again. La Favorita in the right corner makes an excellent basil pesto and artichoke garlic cream.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-11

These never disappoint

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Andresey jams and Bernard Michaud honeys. Citrus, lavendar and wildflower.

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Izola was new to me this year being outside of the food or table realm. But being in a smaller space, I’ve strayed a little from only selling things related to food. I loved selling their beautiful green glassed, natural candles this year. The Heirloom was a delicious, popular summer scent. I look forward to carrying the new scents of Green Moss and Elderflower.

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I’ll be ordering these fun shot glasses.NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com-29

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com-28A company I’ve admired from afar, John Derrian. Beautiful work. I’m debating how I can fit this in Chez Chloe. He works cleverly with decoupage and design and also has an eclectic shop on the lower east side filled to the brim with his serving pieces, art, books, tablewares and all sorts of unusual items. These paperweights are just a small version of what he creates.

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This wall of ribbon has little shop value for me but I had to add it in because it’s just so fun.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-9Same with the bed linen displays. I’m indulging my senses and the fantasy that I’d have a housekeeper who actually made the bed look like that everyday… or pretending like I’d have the patience to myself.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-3I also spent a couple hours in the personal body care aisles dreaming of a full on web shop just so I could buy and sell so many of the lovely products I tested and liked. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by clean, all natural, salts, creams and age defying jars and bottles. All of course with packaging to match.

One afternoon took me to Chelsea Market on 14th. Always a lot of fun… This red fire hose asked to have its picture taken.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-15I spend the most time in Chelsea Market Basket, who also sell wholesale and where I do buy our own actual gift baskets and other products. They have an astounding amount of specialty foods from locals in Brooklyn and all over the UK and Europe tucked into every damn corner and inch of that store. Incredible.

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-17I take so many notes when I’m in New York City. My brain is already bulging with the information I’ve been sifting through and I not even close to finished. Here’s one of many interesting producers, Hu Kitchen

NYC Feb 2014 wendyellenthomas.com post 2-16I’ll end this post with one of our dinners at Colicchlo and Sons. Tom Colicchio debuted as a cook in many prominent NYC restaurants but I believed launched his career with the opening of Gramercy Tavern in 1994 with Danny Meyer. He has more than one venue from which to choose.

Starting with the steak tartare, always a favorite for me- it was fresh and you can check out chef de cuisine, Chris Lavey’s recipe video here. Only traditional ingredient missing in his recipe is a raw egg yolk- maybe he’s too chicken. Hahahahaha. ahem…to continue.. This photo does not do justice.

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And for my main, the seared tuna. I was feeling raw that night:) Reminds me to get some radish seed started so I can garnish with radish sprouts like this at home!

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new york 2/14… first part

I left Seatac airport over two hours late last Friday, due to the arrival plane’s mechanical difficulties. Under the notion I’d be spending the night in Chicago, IL left me a) disappointed to think I wouldn’t even have time to make it downtown for a look around and b) that I truly wished to have a dash more enthusiasm for the Super Bowl in which case I could have at least been able to partake in the mass craze of blue and green jerseys and paraphernalia. Go Seahawks… and we all now know they did.

Flying out of Seattle and over the mountains…

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Incredible patterns we never consider when we are within them. Such a different perspective.

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juicing… meat eaters fear not!

Juicing 1-2014-19I don’t know why I say that except that many of the meat eaters just might turn their heads the other way. Myself included. It’s not an either/or. I love meat. And I’ve been absolutely content for a couple weeks to do without it. With the door closing on the holiday over-indulgence, I was more than ready to regain a little control over my eating. I’ve loved juicing over the years but have never honestly gone more than one day without solid food.

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savory galette: ham, chèvre, leeks

Savory Galette-wendyellenthomas.com-17We rang in a quiet but lovely New Year’s Eve this year here on Orcas Island. A little food and drink at our local favorite wine and tapas bar, The Barnacle, in Eastsound and then a drive past a couple options of music and dance. Pausing near the front entrance, with the music escaping and small groups of people laughing, milling in, out and about, filled our social card for the night. A movie and a split of champagne would fulfill our needs.

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spiced applesauce cake

applesauce cakeSo you might be thinking this is a little more fall like and it is similar to the apple quince crumb cake but to me it’s more of a grab and go slice. I’d eat this after a workout.  And it is a great little cake for January when you want to feel like you are eating on the lighter side. When you still want something sweet but not like cranberry cheesecake or chocolate mousse sweet. This easy to make and easy to eat cake can double as a breakfast cake or afternoon tea cake. OR if you want, slap a little cinnamon cream cheese or buttercream frosting on it, or spiced caramel sauce or how about Fat Toad’s cinnamon caramel sauce… and call it dessert. You can find this amazing goat caramel sauce at Chez Chloe but to buy now visit Fat Toad :)

Fat Toad cinnamon caramel sauce

This works:

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Detmold Germany 2013

Here’s a few shots, mixed iPhone/Nikon D80 photos of my trip to Germany last fall. I went to see O. You are going to meet O now. I’m getting personal. Enough with the initials and such. I’m even going to show you what we look like. Yeah, that gravatar of me is about four years old.

I arrived in Frankfurt and whilst getting my bearings after a ten hour flight, I picked up my bag and raced downstairs to the trains. Searching the depths of my mind for my German vocabulary, I panicked, and jumped on an earlier train than planned. So no pics in Frankfurt. Here is the train station in Köln (Cologne).
Detmold Germany 2013I love the kind of place where while you are waiting for your next train you are staring at an amazing CathedralDetmold Germany 2013-3

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chocolate mousse to ring in the new year

Here’s a little sweet treat you can make ahead for New Year’s Eve

Chocolate Mousse* in all it’s divinity

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Cheesecake, Cranberry, Port… yes darling it’s true.

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I had to make the most of this beautiful, relaxed weekend. No work for me Saturday and Sunday meant the time to dig into something extravagant for no reason except  to, well, there was no reason. Certainly not for the 10K+ calories loitering in my fridge.  Cranberries and port  seeped into my dreams these past weeks and begged to cover a dense cheesy  cake supported by a buttery, spicy, ginger snap crust.

Let’s do it I replied.

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