Today, the veggies section has burst into a rich cornucopia of warm colors and high-end ingredients that are likely to intrigue. Don't you folks remember the dragon tongues, blue colored string beans, that I recently prepared with Danish blue cheese sauce?
|Fancy Cheese Counter|
|Fresh Fragrant Breads|
A few glances later, and like a raptor, I honed in on my prey, the missing ingredient for fancy roasted eggplant cannelloni that had been envisioning. Fresh Ricotta cheese is great, but goat milk ricotta has the power to add a burst of flavor when it is used as a replacement for the more traditional ingredient. I intended on boosting its flavor, even a bit further by blending it with some french Chèvre. Stay tuned for a future post to find out how the cannelloni turned out [editors note: click here for cannelloni post ]
But there was more going on at Tarry Market that day. Some great wine tasting was also happening amidst the aisles. If you do not know, the Tarry Market also sports an adjacent wine store, correction top class wine market which carries all sorts of Italian wines, alongside a few others from France, Spain and other usual suspects. Today a Tarry Market associate today was charged with the task of offering samples to patrons like me. "Would you like to taste some wine", he asked. Well, he did not have to ask me twice.
Great thing about this about the tasting was that some lesser known varietals were being proposed. That's right, we are not talking about your usual Pinots and Cabernets, but grapes worth experimenting with .If you read in between the lines, I think the store's mission was to help people step out of their boring, predictable wine ennui, and cross into into wine adventure land by carrying more that buyers are less acquainted with. For me - not that I live in wine darkness - this meant exposure to a dry Brachetto, yes the varietal that is usually delivered as a sparkling red known as Brachetto D'acqui. Brachetto over time has impressed many of my friends, male or female, married and single, and brings back memories of a trip to Florence where I first learned about it. When I sampled the Brachetto and its distinctive floral bouquet bounced right at me, my immediate reaction was to summon my queen so that she could join me and sample by my side. It was not that I needed her blessing to purchase a bottle, I just wanted her to experience wine tasting at the market on a Sunday afternoon. So she joined me, she sipped, she approved. One more item in the shopping basket.
|Leoncini Brand Mortadella|
It is also apparent to me that the distinctive Tarry Market branding is sticking. The Tarry "T" with its antiqued design and patina, is recognizable on the streets of Port Chester, nearby Greenwich and now Westport CT, where I've heard the BB empire is continuing its expansion. I wonder: is this about a masstige trend or is it that NY metro's constant exposure to "more authentic" has just been changing what people seek to satisfy their daily gourmet tastes? Did you catch that? Daily gourmet tastes. Well I think we have reached the tipping point , and the BB team is helping to make it even more wonderful. Good job!
Maybe some body in the BB crew will also notice me.
Postscript: I checked in to foursquare and I was told that I had become mayor. Mirable visu !