JUST CAME BACK FROM THE STATES, NO HOLIDAY BUT A BUSINESS TRIP, NOT BAD FOR A GIRL ME WHO LOVES TO TRAVEL & COMBINE THIS ALL WITH HARD WORK AND GET INSPIRED BY NEW INFLUENCES.
THE JOURNEY STARTED IN WASHINGTON DC, VERY HUMID AND WARM WEATHER BUT HEY I AM NOT COMPLAINING!
BESIDES PREPARING AND RECOVERING JETLAG AND BUSINESS MEETINGS I FOUND TIME TO VISIT THE HOTSPOTS OF WASHINGTON.
UNION MARKET IS ONE OF THOSE PLACES, IT IS A FOOD EXPERIENCE FOODHALL FOR START UP’S.
This area is a 200 year old vendors marketplace, in the old days 700 vendors sold their fresh meat and eggs. Nowadays fancy coffee barista’s, special cheeses, home made pastries, special baked bread, pastrami buns, vegetarian dishes, home made pickles in different flavors, Asian food and more. You will get surprised by new food experiences for reasonable prices.
This Historic building is open year around and the best way to get there is by metro, take the red line to the NoMa-Gallaudet U stop then another 5 minutes walk to the area.
The area itself is like a movie-set…lots of graffity, around the new Union Market are the original old buildings selling Chinese toys, more like a whole sales area, but also butchers selling fresh chickens, wholesales stores with all kinds of goods you don’t need….but nice to buy gifts for friends. It is an experimental and inspiring area for start-ups.
Another must see in Washington is Eastern Market an indoor Foodmarket in Capitol Hill.
Eastern Market is since 1873 a get together for locals enjoying fresh food, handmade arts, enjoy music, jewelry and over a 100 merchants. The building is an old Hall, designed by Adolf Cluss, an immigrant from Germany who worked as an architect also involved with the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall.
In 2007 the Eastern Market was damaged by a fire but rebuilt again, the new opening was in 2009, June 26.
Monday’s closed but during weekdays open and ofcourse in the weekend more vendors with local fresh foods.
How to get there…very easy just take the metro the Blue and Orange Lines to Eastern Market Metro and walk about 5 minutes!. At the corner of the street you will see le Pain Quotidien, great start for a coffee and croissant!
In this area i noticed a lot of nanny’s so it must be an upscale neighbourhood.
(Maybe you wonder why i noticed…all white kids with “mothers” from other nationality’s)
In this part of the States you will find a numerous amount of high qualified supermarkets, one of them just opened and it was a joy to go in, Wegmans in Virginia. A huge supermarket with fresh cut meats, so delicious, samples everywhere and the posibility to have your lunch or dinner indoors. Fresh bakery with different kind of bagels, fresh sushi, halal and kosher section, and a international section with food from Mexico, Indonesia Japan and many more.
Surprised i was to find about 8 meters only dog food and snacks, such as morning biscuits or afternoon snacks in different flavors, colors shapes and prices.
A whole section with wines and spirits it feels more like a wholesale than a local supermarket and of course patriotic items such as US flags, toys, scarfs and mugs.
When you are looking for glutenfree, lactose free or any free from items it will be an Eye opener what we miss in Europe. In Holland we do have some great brands like Orgran, Pasta Master, Express menu availabel at some supermarkets. It is a growing market for sure!
We do see this concept in the Netherlands. You will find this style of supermarket in Amsterdam North when you visit the Jumbo Foodstore. Food experience concept and also indoors a great place to relax, eat your fresh prepared food and free wifi!
A visit at Deka market in Beverwijk the Netherlands is also interesting, feels like Carrefour Hypermarché from France.
An other experiment was having dinner in Pensylvania. You feel the difference inmediately between the Metropole Washington and the countryside in a heartbeat. Instead of fine dining it is the opposite..large plates all you can for eat for $ 9,99 like potatoe mash and gravy…free refills of awfull coffee and large cakes with double layered sugar and chocolat. Although interesting to watch modern and oldfashion living side by side. The Amish riding horse and wagon next to tourists driving their four wheel drive.
But it gets better, our journey took us to New York. First stop was Queens to visit family. Next stop took us to Long Island for years on my Bucket list. Different beaches to explore accompied by beautiful beach houses, boats and golf courses. We took a break at Cedar Beach where we could choose from fresh lobster or fresh salmon salade..what a relief!
On our way back to New York so many new impulses from different food chaines like organic foodstores half supermarkets half breakfast/lunch room named Sunac. All fresh fruits, joghurts, toast, bread and grilled cheese and omelets availabel…why ever make your breakfast at home…so easy on your way to work to hop in for healthy food and no washing your dishes anymore!
We joined them as well before our work at the Fancy Food Show at the Javitts Center, breakfast at 7.30 just go with the flow!
Even when you are on a lowbudget you can have good and healthy food by avoiding restaurants but to buy your food at Fairways supermarket, Wholefoods (organic) or my favourite Trader Joe’s…a bit like Aldi but more special products like ginger sweets…greek style products a fantastic frozen section and more for really budget proces and there are a few in New York center as well.
Also a lot of organic supermarkets who sell fresh sushsi and give the opportunity to eat your meal in front of the supermarket at a small bar.
If you like to experience another indoor Foodhall with a numerous amount of fresh food vendors you must visit Chelsea, close tot the Hudson river also called the Meatpacking district. Small vendors offers a wide variety of different style’s and flavours of food. Go for fresh lobster, cupcakes, italian food or veggie meals. Entrance next to Google headoffice
Make sure that after you ate, go for a fantastic walk along the High line Park. The trains of the High line once served the wholesale butchers cooled their products with ice from the Hudson River. You can still see some small parts of the railway covered with flowers and trees.The National Biscuit Company was established here. You can still see pictures from the old days workers carriying the boxes loading the train tot the Harbour of New York for transport elsewhere.
Ask around where to go upstairs next to Chelsea and walk above the streets of New York and enjoy the scenery. You can walk at least 1 hour and 30 minutes enjoy the plants, buildings also artists will perform at the High Line. Enjoy!
Did i mention Junior’s Cheese cake? Next time all about this delicious treat!
So far some Overseas experiences