Monday, March 23, 2009

West 4th for Foodies

Perhaps it was too cold to sit in the park and have a picnic. But it's late March and the desire for spring to come made us chance it anyway. Not knowing what to do this particular Saturday we decided to explore West 4th. For some time I have been wanting to explore the wonderful shops the location offered, so when my husband offered this as a suggestion it was perfect!

First stop Murray's Cheese. A space filled with cheeses, cured meats and wonderful little additions. I felt like a child in a candy store. Needless to say we got pretty excited shopping and ordered prosciutto, four different stinkingly delicious cheeses and marinated olives. We then hopped next door to Amy's Bread and got a baguette. All we needed was a small bottle of wine, but we washed it down with orange Pellegrinos instead. As we sat in the park and munched on our goodies we were reminded that it was a bit too cold to sit out for too long, but it also reminded us that the most simplest things made life worth while: Fresh, simple food, nature and wonderful company. We tried to stay in the moment for as long as we possibly could, but then thought it was best to head inside. Fortunately, we found warmth at Rocco's Pastry Shop where we helped ourselves to cappuccinos and shared a strawberry cheesecake. I must confess while I was certainly full, I was tempted by another diner and decided to grab a mini chocolate chip cannoli before heading out. Absolutely delicious!!! A very sweet ending to a wonderful food filled day. And while we we certainly pushing for spring, we did embrace fall, as we fell in love with a wonderful community that offered great shops worth stepping into which to our great fortune as New Yorkers is all accessible by train.

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