It’s been a little hard to keep track of the dates for the New Amsterdam Market down by South Street Seaport, but the good news is that it will be open weekly starting on September 12. And that will be a very good thing because the assortment of vendors here is astounding. I stopped by over the weekend and spotted and tasted artisan food samples (breads, cheese, wine, you name it) from Hot Bread Kitchen, Consider Bardwell Farm, Marlow & Daughters, Mast Brothers Chocolate, and more. We also ran into a bunch of friends including Brad Thomas Parsons who vouched for Saxelby Cheesemonger’s peanut butter and Maytag blue cheese sandwich on a Sullivan Street raisin walnut roll, which I didn’t have a chance to try. Here are some highlights of what we did try.
Not too long ago I watched the Fleisher’s Meats guys break down a whole pig at an event at the Martha Stewart Omnimedia offices. Then, get this… they did a raffle to give away the parts for everyone to take home. It was random, so you could have gotten the pork belly or ribs, or you could have gotten the feet. I didn’t win a thing? Seriously, it seemed like everyone but me took something home. This hotdog, the “Fancy,” made up for that. It was topped with sweet Portuguese relish, spicy Caribbean hot sauce, and onions. Drool… The guys at the Fleischer’s stand wore t-shirts that say “Bacon — The Gateway Meat.” I’m not sure what that means, but I want one.
This is the Caramel Corn with Candied Cocoa Nibs and Honeycomb Crumbs from Liddabit Sweets. We ate the whole bag on the spot. You would too. Next time I gotta try their Beer & Pretzel Caramels.
You already know I’m a little crazy for popsicles, right? (Example 1 and Example 2.) I’d been meaning to try People’s Pops, but just never had the chance before now. That’s the raspberry and basil popsicle. It’s just about as close to fresh fruit as you can possibly get. We’re talking chunks and seeds and all. I loved when they told me to give the pop a minute to warm up because it was so cold, my tongue might stick to it. And check out that slab of ice. They were making fresh shaved ice cones — awesome. All in all, this was a great event. Yeah, it was way too hot on Saturday, but the New Amsterdam Market will be awesome when it starts running weekly in September and the weather cools down a bit. Now you know where to find me.