It’s been a while since I could make it back into the City! This time I met an old and dear friend in the Lower East Side. That part of town has always been special to me as it was one of the first I would hoof it too when I started hanging out in NYC. Years later, I’ve found that there is even more to taste and experience!
We met up at the Hester Street Fair. It was a really hot day (almost 90 degrees!) and it was a pleasure to check out this shady market filled with cool things to eat, drink and buy.
First choice was the coolest – a paleta at La Newyorkina! Her stuff is great and I was heartbroken to read about how much damage she had taken during Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, she is up and running and making great frozen treats like this hibiscus paleta I had to cool down with. It was so good I had to eat some before I took the picture!
After such great refreshment, it was really hard to choose the next item to eat. There were so many goodies at the fair, but it was also really hot so I knew I couldn’t stuff myself. The Bahn Mi was looking really good (and I’ve always wanted to try one), but I just couldn’t resist the chicken and rice platter from Khao Man Gai NY. This is a dish that is a popular street food in Thailand, and I can see why. The chicken is moist and juicy, the rice perfectly cooked and there is a broth alongside that was made with the liquid the chicken was poached in. Best of all, though, is the dipping sauce filled with spice and ginger and garlic – I would give anything if they would just sell me a jar of the sauce! I would dip everything in it! It was a lovely meal to split while sitting on the grass by the fair – satisfying but not so filling that I couldn’t continue to walk around (of course splitting it helped!). I also had to have a Thai iced tea – one of my all time favorites!
Of course after such a nice meal – it was time for dessert! So many wonderful things to choose from and I wish I had eaten much more (damn you heat – damn you to hell!). I absoluely had to stop at the Macaron Parlour because I love them so much! I wish I could have put a dozen or so in my bag, but I had to settle for four. I had intended to both take a picture and bring two back to my husband, but neither of these things happened. They are just so good!
There are places that don’t sell food at the fair as well, but usually I don’t notice them. I do have to give a shout out, though to the really nice people at Nomaterra, who make great perfumes inspired by different cities! It was great to have a smell of Miami in the middle of NYC – made me a little less homesick!
I couldn’t finish a visit to the Lower East Side, though, without a quick trip around the corner from the Hester Street Fair to the Doughnut Plant for three of their little mini doughseeds. We had key lime, rose, and cashew and orange blossom – each one really fantastic in their own way. A great way to end our time!