Foodie Friday – Chelsea Market

Happy Friday, everyone!  I’m currently en route to Montauk for Saturday’s triathlon, but I want to share some escapades from my mommy’s visit last week.


My mom met me after my shift ended at work, and we wandered around Union Square and went to The Strand until it was time for dinner.  This was a no-brainer:  Rosa Mexicano, here we come!


We polished off some guac, chips, and one pitcher of red sangria, plus our delicious chicken enchilada entrees. (She totally copied me.) Everything tasted so delicious, but not going to lie, my stomach was not happy the next few days.  You win some, you lose some.


Since I had a double-off day (no work and no workout), my mom signed us up for a Foods of New York walking tour of Chelsea Market.


Fourteen people comprised our three-hour long tour, and our guide Darryl was hilarious.  He’s an actor, so he’d randomly start singing and dancing.  Anyway, our first stop of the day was Eleni’s, a bakery that fuses sweet treats with graphic art.


The Chelsea Market shop was huge and had a ton of delicious looking cookies.


And cupcakes.


Nothing like a mini-red velvet cupcake at 10 a.m.  And I know Tim O’Donnell and Mirinda Carfrae would approve!

Next, we took a quick peek inside Chelsea Wine Vault, and I loved seeing a few CNY bottles.


Woohoo for hometown pride!  No tastings unfortunately, but the store does offer classes, and my mom and I decided we’ll do one next time—with my dad, too, of course.

A quick chocolate milk break at Ronnybrook Milk Bar followed, and then we looked around Spices and Tease and Nutbox.


You’re not a healthy living blogging unless you photograph various nutbutters, right?


We visited Lucy’s Whey for cheddar cheese and a sinful grilled cheese panini.


I’m not a huge cheese person (so weird, I know), but I easily polished off this comfort food favorite.

During our break, we had time to browse a bit, and I found this chipotle extra virgin olive oil at The Filling Station.


Yes, chipotle EVOO.  How good does that sound?

Farther into this store area, there was a book exchange.


Too funny!

Anyway, even though I started to feel full, I powered a quiche-like sampling at Buon Italia, a sausage roll, and some chocolate at Jacques Torres.




Our final stop in Chelsea Market was Sarabeth’s where we tasted a scone with jam and marmalade.


The tour then took us outside to the High Line, and we walked further into the Meatpacking District to Marcelleria for some pasta.



And later that night, my mom and I saw The Book of Mormon on Broadway.


Two words:  hilariously obscene!

What’s your favorite way to explore a city?  Have you been on a walking tour?

20 responses to “Foodie Friday – Chelsea Market

  1. What a fun day! Have fun this weekend.

  2. This looks like such a fun day with your mom! Everything looks so delicious, but that grilled cheese made me die a little. Mhm!!!

    I laughed out loud at this: “You’re not a healthy living blogging unless you photograph various nutbutters, right?”

    There’s a hip little ice cream shop that has a “leave a book/take a book” library and it’s so fun to browse. Spread the love!

    • carriestevens

      But PB/AB and healthy living bloggers totally go together. Also, those weren’t even all the nutbutter options–just so you know! 😉

  3. I enjoyed the Highline and Chelsea Market when we went there!!

    • carriestevens

      The High Line is lots of fun! Whenever people come to visit, I always suggest walking it from start to finish.

  4. Certainly looks like a lot of fun with your mom. I am loving that book sign but must say I agree about the crap books. You always make me so jealous with the amount of cool and different food you find. I guess that would make sense for NYC…much different from upstate 😉

    • carriestevens

      NYC is just a little bit different than Upstate, right? Hopefully I can take a trip home sometime this summer.

  5. Looks like you had an amazing time with your mom!! That walking tour looks like a lot of fun, but very filling! And red velvet, yum!

    Good luck tomorrow at Mighty Montauk, I know you’ll do great!

  6. Exploring a city through food is definitely the way to go! That sounds so fun! Now I definitely have to see The Book of Mormon. I keep thinking it must be hilarious!

    • carriestevens

      Natalie, you will die–it is so funny! There were parts that had me close to tears from laughing so hard. Definitely warn your theater companions, though; it’s pretty obscene.

  7. This post just made me so excited to visit NYC this summer! There’s so many unique foods and combinations that I swear you’ll never find anywhere else. I haven’t figured out a date yet but I’m definitely visiting some college friends who live down there soon. Can’t wait!

    • carriestevens

      NYC is a great city for foodies. You’ll be able to find every type of cuisine imaginable–and ones you didn’t know existed!

  8. OMG we buy Ronnybrook from our farmer’s market every Sunday!!! OBSESSED with their bottled chocolate milk. This looks heavenly….

    Good luck with the triathlon tomorrow! Wishing you all the best

  9. I can’t believe the amount of times I have been to NYC I have never been to Chelsea market, such a mistake on my part!

    • carriestevens

      You would love Chelsea Market! And since you’re *such* a big shopper, you’d have to check out all the trendy boutiques too. 😉

  10. Ah! Yet another reason I would just adore living in NYC. I need to go to the Chelsea market next time we’re there. It looks fabulous 🙂

    • carriestevens

      You could easily spend an entire day wandering, sampling, and eating. We were there for a few hours, and there were a ton of shops we didn’t visit!

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