Chellsea Market

On Thursday, my classmates and I went to the Chellsea Market. It was our second  time going and this time around I got to explore more of the Chellsea Market than the first time around. We first went to the Meat market. Inside the butcher gave us a detailed explaination about what was important and need to know about the meat market. The meat market only sells pork,lamb,beef and chicken. He also taught us various ways in which the meat was cut up and where the meat was coming from.

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We then went inside the fish market. Inside of the fish market they didn’t really talk much. They was a good amount of different types of fish. They also had shrimp,lobsters,and sushi. I saw a fish that I’ve never seen before. I thought that was cool, the guy even allowed us to take picture of it.

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We then went over to Bon Italia. Inside of Bon Italia we came across different types of ingredients. We were on a scavanger hunt looking for ingredients we didn’t know. So my partner and I were looking at ingredients we didn’t know can go on certain foods or drinks. For example, my partner didn’t know nutmeg can go inside of coffee. So we ended up choosing nutmeg as one of our ingredients.

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We then went to the vegetable market. In there we found a various amount of produce and coffee. They all looked so fresh and good to purchase. I came across asparagus that was also a vegetable that I’ve never tasted or seen before. I pictured it to look like something else. It reminded me of scallion and a cactus plant put together.

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Overall, the Chellsea market was a great experience. I did learn alot during this trip. I never knew about the chellsea market and I would recommend it to anybody that loves their food or ingredients fresh.

Chelsea Market

On Thursday, March 31st at 8:30 my class and I, went on a field trip to the Chelsea market. This was my second time going and there was still do much I didn’t see. I arrived a bit late to the trip but eventually met up with the rest of the class who were in the meat market. The meat market didn’t smell bad at all and everything seemed pretty clean. At the meat market they only sold three types of meat; beef, pork, and lam After the meat market we paired up into teams of two and went on a scavenger hunt to find things we haven’t seen before. It was pretty cool because there were things I never saw before. During the scavenger hunt me and my partner wandered off to the kitchen store. It was a really cute store and I was tempted to buy everything but settled only for a paring knife. After the Scavenger hunt we went and looked at the different types of spices they had. We also went to an Italian supermarket and I was amazed at how many different types of pasta there were, however everything was in Italian so I didn’t understand it. We then went to the fish market, it was big and there was a wide variety seafood. I was surprised to see that there were different types of caviar and that one of them was considerably cheap. After this the trip was over and me and a couple other classmates went to go buy something to eat. We settled on Doughnuttery were they sell bite sized donuts. We tried the Purple Pig, Cinnamon Sugar and Vanilla Glaze. They were all pretty good especially the purple pig which has a weird taste at first but then becomes good. The Chelsea market overall was a good experience and I’ll definitely be going back to try more food.

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Rehman Chaudhary’s Chelsea Market

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      Chelsea market established in a old historic building located in Manhattan near hudson river at 75st & 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011. Chelsea market building is a food hall, shopping market, office building and television production. This kind of combination makes it unique and we decided to visit this historic place which is still as alive as it was in past.

 It was going to be a field trip but for me it was more than that. I had a lot of questions in mind, I wondered if everything I heard or read is correct about Chelsea? How they manage such vast place? Do vendors and other businesses get the business or traffic they expect in such a busy city? Does it have those memories still preserved which will literally take you back in time? etc.

12bfdaf866f2825c267c95640956d45b  We had to meet at Chelsea at sharp 9 am, I was there at 7 am so I can just walk around the place. When I entered the building I saw a tiny shop. I bought a red bull and a cookie. Which costed me around $6.50, I compared those prices to Brooklyn where I live they were around 25% higher. I understood that it was bit costly because of the location.

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I started walking around and noticed how many people are entering in the building, It felt like time square to me even at 7 am in a market!. This made me sure about the fact businesses do get a lot of traffic here. At 9 am I met my crew and then we started our official visit.

We then visited some meat shops, other grocery stores and etc. I also noticed that people who are part of this amazing place are so hospitable and professional. They were not just anyone you meet in a store. They provided us with some details about, How they do their job and answered all of our questions.

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Then we went to the Chelsea market highline, It is one of the most famous hotspot’s in Manhattan. It’s a long walk and it worths it. You can see most famous places from there in Manhattan. They were still renovating the highline to make it more attractive for visitors. After we finished the visit, I promised my self that I will visit this place again.3692427372_0f596c0f45_b

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Thank You for taking the time to read – Rehman Chaudhary

Rehman Chaudhary’s Smorgasburg Blog

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Smorgasburg is a open market event, which takes place in different part of the cities mostly on weekends. In the event many food vendors takes part in it and show their food expertise. Smorgasburg event mostly serves thousands of visitor’s on weekends. It’s a large scale market event.

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I visited this event on 17 April, 2016. I was astonished by the scale of the event itself and the options I had to choose from. I walked around for some time trying to explore more of the area. People who were serving were energetic and confident and that’s a good thing. What made it more attractive and fun was the location and weather itself.

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I smelled BBQ, I looked around and there I saw one of the vendor’s Carnal were selling BBQ smoked short ribs which costed around $12 dollars. I think it was a bit pricey. There was a line I had to wait for my turn, it didn’t took that long. They prepared it very nicely and that BBQ smell was so catchy though. I was not sure if it worth the money I just invested on it but the first bite changed my opinion. Now I also wanted to try at least one more thing and was really curious for next surprise.

“A recipe has no soul, as a cook you must bring the soul to the recipe” – Thomas Keller

Now I understood the meaning of this quote I read the other day.

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I always heard of people talking about taco’s but I never tried it before. I know it’s weird. That moment of glory was right in front of me when I saw Takumi Taco Stand. Again, I had to wait for my turn but I knew that I will get my first taco today. I was not worried about the cost this time, it costed around $5-6 dollars which made me extra happy. After having the first bite with my Pepsi soda, I don’t know if it’s a right combination. I had the same feeling like Neil Armstrong had when he took the first step on the moon. Taco overall was really good and I like the taste and the combination.

I think overall Smorgasburg event really worth a try and the atmosphere is always so welcoming and energetic.

“Eating is a necessity but cooking is an art”

Thank you for reading my blog.

Smorgasburg

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On Sunday April 17,2016 I took a trip to Smorgasburg ,in Prospect Park with my classmate. The experience was actually interesting because I never actually eat from stands. I always worried about how they wash their hands and keep the bugs away from the food. I honestly didn’t really like it because of the amount of people that was around. The line for each stand was really long.    Many things were very expensive that could’ve been cheaper. For example, I brought a bottle of water that I paid two dollars for. When in reality I could get it for a dollar or fifty cents.

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First thing I tried was the Mozzarella sticks. The price I felt was just about right, only ten dollars. The ten dollars was actually worth it. The line was not so long and it was not so much of a long wait. I actually enjoyed them the cheese was great and the sauce was perfect. Mozzarella sticks are actually one of my favorite and these taste way better than the one I usually eat from the Chicken spot.

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Then, I tried a burger, from Might Quinn’s. It was 10 dollars for the big burger and you could do half and half, beef or pork. They also had mini burgers for 5 dollars. Honestly it was the worse burger I have ever tasted. I didn’t like it at all. I believe it didn’t want me to eat it from the beginning because when I was sitting to eat. My hamburger bun fell so I had to go and ask for another one. I believe the meat needed more flavor and seasoning to it. The sauce was actually good and the toppings was alright. The line was actually really long for this one and it was not worth it at all.

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Also, I tried a cranberry-limeaid in Bon Chovie. I actually liked this drink, it was very refreshing. They were 4 dollars for like a medium size cup. I never actually tried fresh cranberries before and had the opportunity to in my drink. The cranberry was nasty but the it was good in the drink. The drink was not too watery or too sugary, it was just right. It is the perfect drink for a very long hot day.

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Lastly, I tried Gooey Butter cakes with these #sweetboys. It was actually good and for a pretty decent deal. The guys were very nice and sweet. They were 3 for 5 and they told us we were not going to regret buying it which actually made us buy the cakes. They actually taste like the pound cake you could buy in the supermarket which was actually not bad.

Overall, the trip was actually pretty decent. I didn’t really like that there was so many people. Not only that, there was plenty of dogs around and mother’s with strollers. I kept tripping over the strollers and afraid of the dogs. I saw plenty of hipsters around. I wanted to try a couple of other stands but I ended up being full. Not only that, the lines were ridiculous and I just didn’t want to wait forever.

Sunday Funday at Smorgasburg

On Sunday April 17th, I visited a Smorgasburg in Prospect Park. I’ve heard of it before but this was my first time going to experience it for myself. Smorgasburg is a Brooklyn flea food market where local and regional food vendors come to sell a small portion of their menu items to the public. I was able to try a few items from some of the vendors like Mighty Quinn’s, Big Mozz, and Gooey and Co.

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The market was so crowded, and the lines were long. There were a lot of families and pets I noticed. My first stop was Mighty Quinn’s, which was serving slow cooked barbecue sandwiches. I visited the restaurant itself in the past and knew they served good barbecue so I was excited to try it again. I ordered a half and half sandwich with pork and beef which cost me $10. To my surprise it wasn’t as good as I remembered it to be. The next place I stopped by was called Big Mozz, I had four large mozzarella sticks for $10, and they were delicious. Two of them were enough for me because of the size.

The last vendor I checked out was serving desserts, Gooey & Co.  There menu was pretty small and offered only one type of dessert just different flavors of it. I ordered three different small gooey cakes. For some reason all three tasted the same to me. The price wasn’t that bad I paid $5 for three small bite size cakes. After that I walked around and looked at a few other vendors. There were so many different foods and most of them looked good. Some vendors were a bit more popular than others as the lines were really long.  Overall it was a great experience and I am happy that I went. I got to try some some good food and now I look forward to visiting again.

 

Brooklyn Smorgasburg

I’ve visited Brooklyn Smorgasburg in April 16, 2016. I was glad to see such a conglomeration of people because It gave me the opportunity to assure one more time that Brooklyners love the process of eating delicious food. This thought followed me to the possibility of the opening any business associated with food, especially if your idea of any unusual and urgent. As a vivid example, let’s talk about candy Diego’s Chocolate Hand-crafted Mayan chocolate from Guatemala with 6 flavors for $30 that I bought. I have never tasted anything like it before. Taste made me think, there are many things in the world that seem unknown to me. Even though, I feel like I’m already bored of those sweat flavors nowadays because I eat something sweet everyday, these kind of candies brought me back into the world of sweet bliss.

Let me start from the beginning, that day the weather was surprisingly good. My spirits rose immediately as soon as I arrived there, because the abundance of smiles gave me hope to look for the happiness. There was a sense that people were happy to see the day and each other.

I would like to share to you how I tried a new beverage that I’ve never tasted before, Blatskpepper Pineapple Ginger. Unfortunately I did not like it at all. That happened maybe because my phone dropped into the cup at that moment when I was trying to answer the call. I got a large cup for $ 6. If we talk about the price, I believe it’s not cheap, such as, one Oyster pay you $ 3 a dozen, you pay something around $30.

In conclusion, I would like to thank the organizers of this event. I got a great pleasure having been there, because I’m interested in everything that’s connected to food and tasty meal. Thank You All for organizing such amazing events!

Smorgasburg Reaction Blog

On Saturday April 16, 2016, I went to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. I went in thinking that it was not going to be a memorable experience because I was going to complete a school assignment. To my surprise, it was such a great experience and I would definitely go again sometime soon.

I arrived to Smorgasburg at 10:45 AM and noticed that the first people who were on the line were people from the neighborhood. I overheard a conversation and found out that all the local people go early because the tourists arrive around 12 PM and make it crowded. At exactly 11, the gates opened and the first thing I went to try was a passion fruit donut from Dough. There was no line and for only $3.50, I got a huge donut that was soft, fresh and covered with passion fruit glaze. I enjoyed it more because I skipped breakfast that morning. At around 12, the tourists started to arrive and it was impossible to comfortably walk around. At that point, I decided to try the Dutch fries from Home Frite, mozzarella sticks from Big Mozz, and a philly cheese steak from Fedoroff’s South Philly Cheesesteaks. I loved the Dutch fries because they were $8 and it was extremely large. The seasoning of the fries along with the sauces and onions on top really complemented each other. The mozzarella sticks were $10 and were definitely worth because the cheese tasted so fresh and the tomato sauce was a lot more flavorful than those in the supermarket. What I didn’t enjoy was the philly cheese steak because they gave you a third of a hero and it was covered in cheese and without much steak. What made me dislike it more was that it cost 7$.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience because most of the food I tried was actually delicious. Since I arrived early, there weren’t that many people and that made it a better experience. I would definitely go again but I would bring friends along so they could have a great time too.

Smorgasburg Reaction Blog

I went to Williamsburg last Saturday with a friend to check out their Smorgasburg event and the food offerings available with different vendors there. The place was crowded with mostly young couples, families, and groups of friends in attendance, and lines were long in front of most food trucks.

The first thing I got was the Elote, a popular street food in Mexico. It was a grilled corn with butter and a little bit of the spicy seasoning on it. I saw it on a TV show before so that was the reason I wanted to try it. It costed $4 but I was disappointed by the taste; it was nothing more than a regular corn and my expectation was a lot higher based on what I saw on TV.Elote & mango

The last thing I bought in the Smorgasburg was the Yaki-Ika. It was a grilled squid from Aomori, Japan. It caught my eyes when I first walked around the market because it looked very nice on the grill. I love squid, so I waited despite the long line and the high price of $13 per portion. I thought they would give me the one straight from the grill, but they gave me one that was prepared ahead of time. It did not taste fresh and juicy like what I had expected because it was not straight from the grill. Also, the Yaki-Ika vendor was rude and customer service was non-existent. Maybe they were just too busy or they simply did not care about customer service. I felt very disappointed as a result. The same vendor also sold Yakisoba, a Japanese fried noodles that could be topped with pork, shrimp, or fried egg. It costed less than $10 per portion, with extra charges for additional toppings. During the Smorgasburg, the ramen burger was seemed as the most unusual food on offer. I was tempted to try it, but was hold back by the long line and the uncertainties as to its taste. There were also some vendors selling different kinds of strange burgers and pastries which I was not willing to try because they were simply too exotic.Squidyakiika

It was a great experience in the Williamsburg. With more than 100 different kinds of food choices in that market, it was definitely a good place for foodies or hospitality major students.

Smorgasburg Blog

On Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 10. I went both Williamsburg and Prospect Park. I had never heard of a Smorgasburg before so I went with an open mind. Since I had gone later in the day both places were already very packed.

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There were some places I avoided because of the prices, for example ‘Ramen Burger’. My first trip, I had avoided it because one burger is $10 and there was always a long line. Eventually I did try it and it was not what I expected. It was good but I don’t think I even tasted the actual burger due to the overpowering flavor of Teriyaki.

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Both trips, my overall favorite was the Honey whiskey cake by ‘The Brooklyn baking barons’. It tastes like rum ice cream but a bit stronger. A close second was my ice cream sandwich from the Good Batch’. It may have been the best ice cream sandwich I’ve had in a long time. It was rice crispy with vanilla ice cream and caramel.

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I also enjoyed ‘Dough’. The stand sold huge donuts for a fair price of $3.50. I had a toasted coconut donut while my friends had a Hibiscus and a cinnamon sugar donut.

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Overall, I enjoyed myself a lot more than I expected to, even though I had came after work with a huge crowd. I will definitely come back over the summer.