First things first, this post is going to stray off topic just a little bit. I am going to share with you another one of my passions. I promise to bring it back to food at the end. If you’re too much of a philistine (KIDDING, food is totally a good reason to skip ahead), scroll down or hit “Continue Reading” and you’ll hear my two cents about some coffee and treats in Chelsea Market.
A must-do for any visitor or resident of NYC is gallery hopping in Chelsea. It boasts more than 350 art galleries, most of which are free (almost enough of a reason to go in itself). The galleries feature both famous artists, up-and-coming artists, as well as lesser known artists. This art district is particularly great for that reason; the juxtaposition of these artworks has always caused me to reconsider my view of art and the art world. Before you go, be warned… SOMETIMES, you will have to wait in line to enter the gallery. I recently waited two and a half hours (no exaggeration at all… this is why you need to bring coffee and treats with you) on a cold and rainy Friday morning for Doug Wheeler’s “Infinite Environment” exhibit at the David Zwirner gallery.
Ever wonder what it would feel like to be in the absence of space? I actually got to experience this at the exhibit. Using curved fiberglass, paint, and a manipulation of light, Wheeler successfully created an environment with no space. Six people are invited each cycle to take off their shoes and enter the exhibit for the 10-minute light show. Once you enter the installation area, you observe that the completely white room (ceilings, wall, and ground) is seemingly small. You walk up to the very “end” of the room and pause to touch the wall ahead of you. There’s nothing there. Your hands literally glide through the “wall.”
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75 9th Avenue
(between 15 and 16th St.)
New York, NY 10014
Known for Australian savory pies and sausage rolls, Tuck Shop is a little snack shop in Chelsea Market, next to Bar Suzette Creperie and One Lucky Duck. They cook up traditional meat pies stuffed with ground pork, “chook” pies (chicken, ham, and leek in a white gravy), sausage rolls, and much more, all made with a buttery and flaky pastry. Yum… but of course, I didn’t try any of those meaty pies.
Like any logical (not) foodie, I had the roasted brussels sprouts instead. I couldn’t help it! They had a display case featuring these fresh, bulbous little guys and I just had to have some. $5 for roughly 7-8 sprouts – not exactly good bang for your buck… but again, the display case!! Simply seasoned with salt, these sprouts were exactly the veggies I was looking for after a weekend of gluttony. People who don’t like brussels sprouts claim that they are too bitter. If cooked correctly, the bitterness subsides (though not completely) and a very fragrant taste emerges. Some pieces were nicely burnt and crisp on the outer layer (I also love them because they have layers and are fun to eat), but most of them were soggy because they were pre-cooked and sitting in a covered container. Luckily, they were soggy from sitting in a pool of delicious olive oil and salt. Would I get them again? Yes, because they are green and I love brussels sprouts.