Phile Girl and NYC Girl together again! In the turmoil of the city, Chelsea market is my Happy Place, and Phile had yet to see it. We spent a glorious four hours among the food shops, having endless samples of chocolate, wine, and cheese. A dark chocolate bar with macadamia nuts and a gentle hot cayenne pepper kick in the back of your throat after its melted in your mouth. Who knew that parmigiano reggiano has a pineapple aftertaste? Phile girl does not like cheese to taste like fruit. "I found it unsettling. I prefer the pungent, bold flavors that a brine washed cheese typically have. Cheeses that smell like cave...or barnyard!"
Just between you and us, gentle reader, there is an incredible Argentinian Malbec, a limited edition of only 4500 bottles: Hacienda DL Plata, the 2004 Reserve. It isn't too jammy, very subtle red fruits, and some great spice on the nose.
Up next: The Green Table