Thursday, June 22, 2006
Essex Street Market
I cooked some mussels for 2 of my poker buddies last night using Teddy's excellent recipe from Thursday Club Round 3. Forgoing the overpriced & snooty Whole Foods, I decided to face the 90 degree weather & check out Essex StreetMarket (120 Essex Street).
I had passed the large indoor marketplace several times, but had never been inside. When I got there, I was shocked by the sheer selection & quality of the foods. Fresh meats, vegetables & other grocery items were everywhere! I picked up 5 pounds of Mussels for my meal. They weren't the 'cleanest' of mussels (by which I mean, visually; the odd barnacle, etc.), but they were large & extremely fresh (only 3 of the 60 or so mussels were dead by the time I cooked, several hours later). The price of 99 cents a pound astonished me.
I plan to visit The Essex Street Market again to try out some of their red meats. On the whole - this was an excellent shopping experience.