I went to Chelsea market for one thing – a lobster lunch. It was wet, cold and dreary, but once inside the market, with the heating at an almost uncomfortable level, we went in search of the Lobster Place. Here, you pick out the freshest shellfish, desired size (weight) and they’ll steam it for you, accompanied with clarified butter and lemon wedges. There is nothing better than to stand shoulder to shoulder with strangers (with the French tourists next to us having a bout of food envy, either that or they’re scoffing at our barbaric ways), devouring our beautiful lobster.
Chelsea market is not quite has big as I had imagined. I was expecting a sprawling indoor/outdoor market, much like Borough Market in London, but it was much smaller and way more poshy-poshy. There weren’t food stalls per se, instead, you get individually segregated shops, some with a few stalls within. There’s even a very civilised gallery, which was showcasing a food photography exhibit at that time. What a bonus!
And on a totally unrelated note, I went to my very first ice hockey game! The hubs booked tickets a couple months in advance and we got pretty decent seats at Madison Square Gardens. I’m not a huge sports nut, but my rule thus far, is that I would support the very first team I watch live, with the exception of New England Patriots, which I picked first because I liked their logo best. (Cue the hubs rolling his eyes right about now.)
75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16 Streets),
New York, NY 10011
Madison Square Gardens
4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001