I’m thinking about starting a series of posts all about hand-held food that is hard to photograph. I’ve got some photos stored up in which the (very tasty) food looks like crap. But not this herbed risotto wrap from Body & Soul in the Union Square Farmer’s Market. For some reason it was easy to shoot. Maybe it was the sunny weather. I had to do some shopping at lunch today (don’t tell my boss, but honestly, I rarely take real lunch breaks), so I ran over to the farmer’s market. One thing I’ve always thought is that the NYC markets have a lot less food for snacking than markets in other cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco for example. Maybe it’s a climate thing, but when I go to this one market in the West Holllywood area, I make sure I’m really hungry when I get there. When I go to Union Square, it’s really just to shop for ingredients. Anyway, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of Body & Soul. They make all-vegan stuff, and it tastes so much better than you’d guess just from looking at it. Take this wrap — looks like a bunch of plain brown rice stuffed in a bland wrap. Wrong! The only thing I could compare it to is the stuffed grape leaves at Bereket, but I just mean in terms of the rice being really yummy, not the exact flavors. I really recommend you stop by (Mondays and Fridays) and try it, but it’s tough to resist their yummy turnovers.
So there is the Body & Soul stand in the back, left of the photo, next to the awesome pretzel guys. This photo reminds me, what the heck is going on with the Union Square Farmer’s Market? I know I read something about construction, and everything has been pushed over towards the south end of the park, but I still don’t get it. Not much help at this link either. Is it just going to be messed up like this for years, like the way certain buildings seem to be permanently encased in scaffolding? I hope not.