A birthday is like your own personal holiday to be commemorated in any way you choose. They are special once-a-year occasions, reserved for special, once-a-year type things. For me, that thing is usually a reservation at a restaurant in the city that I’d like to try. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to be treated to some pretty fancy places. While not as exclusive as the restaurants I’ve picked in the past, this year I chose to go a more “exotic” route and went Greek with a table at Kellari Taverna.
Our reservation was a little late, and while I do live near Manhattan it is still a bit of a trek to get to. If you’re going to travel over bridges and through tunnels to eat, you might as well do something else while you’re there. Luckily, there is always something new to discover in New York. I’ve been dying to check out Chelsea Market and finally got the chance to go. A haven of all things delicious, the rugged-looking indoor arcade is lined with restaurants and specialty food shops. It is also the home of Food Network.
| Pink Himalayan sea salt from The Filling Station. |
Rosy in color, the salt is so pure; it is like getting hit by a wave with your mouth open.
Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres, has a small shop right inside Chelsea Market. And what kind of birthday would it be without chocolate?A few years back, I visited one of his main locations in Hudson Square where you can see (and smell) the chocolate being made right from within the store. I remember every chocolate I tasted like it was yesterday. That day, we also tried Jacques’s famous wicked hot chocolate. Why wicked? It’s flavored with allspice, cinnamon, sweet ancho chili peppers, and smoked ground chipotle! A must try if you get the chance, and you can get it all at Chelsea Market. We left with a box of chocolates, along with chocolate-covered marshmallows and graham crackers—yes, it was all good!