You can probably guess what I was most excited about visiting: One Lucky Duck, the all vegan, raw, and organic little takeaway shop affiliated with Pure Food and Wine.
I also picked up some "quackers" - rosemary flavor:
today's recreated meal.
Beyond One Lucky Duck, you can also stop at Nutbox if you are so inclined and find tons of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and candy. Personally, I find it a little overpriced but I like what they're doing.
The other shop I stopped into is Manhattan Fruit Exchange. I wasn't expecting much but I like to browse new grocery stores, so I looked around. First of all, they had some incredible foods I've never even heard of before! Sea beans?? Behind them are quenepas, which also ??!?
Secondly, I thought the store was very fairly priced with their produce. Huge bunches of chard for less than 2 dollars, crowns of broccoli for about the same, etc. etc. Way cheaper than Whole Foods or the farmers' market and with more options than a local grocery.
They also had a huge spice selection that I was impressed with, as well as mushrooms! These are King Trumpet on the left, beautiful Blue Oyster mushrooms in the back, and Chanterelles in the front. There were about 5 other varieties too.
The market was kind of nice in spite of itself. I don't particularly love typical tourist destinations (even food ones) but this wasn't so bad. maybe because it was still early in the day and mostly harried parents with a newspaper under their arm and four bags and three kids in tow. "We're already late for Sunday school!"
Sooooo once you've gotten yr refreshments, walk one block west and down to 13th street to tour along the New York City Highline. The park is a 1-mile stretch of formerly abandoned El train tracks along 10th avenue, which has been rehabilitated and turned into an urban greenspace. Exciting! I took a lot of photos and really enjoyed myself, despite being slightly agoraphobic and anxious about being stuck on a path behind slllloooowwww walkers. It was nice to see the city from the outside and raised above street level - it makes all the tall buildings feel a little less oppressive. I'd like to come back to the Highline again, for sure. With that, I'll just leave you with some photos.