02 April 2013

A Great Shop in NYC: The Meadow

The Meadow in NYC
During our recent visit to the West Village for Danny's birthday, I found one little gem of a store...it's called The Meadow.

It caught my eye because I saw a bottle of bitters in the window!  And then I saw lots and lots of salts.  Mmm.  It was intriguing enough that after having dinner with Danny, I enticed him to join me in checking out this shop.   And we're both glad we did.

It turns out the shop has (3) main specialties...

1.  Mineral Salt
2.  Bitters
3.  Artisan Chocolate 

Yes!

And by specialty, they claim to have "the LARGEST selection of mineral salts in the U.S.", "the LARGEST selection of bitters in the U.S.", and "the LARGEST selection of artisan chocolate in New York City."

Ok, then.  Impressive!

Obviously the chocolate selection was blowing my mind.  You guys, I had never seen so much chocolate...(they also have a selection of drinking chocolate.)  Dark, low sugar chocolate is one thing I do treat myself with from time to time.  Though I have a post coming about a new way to consume dark chocolate.  It's kind of ridiculously good.

Best selection of artisan chocolate in NYC

And, the bitters.  Well, you know I'm brand new to bitters...so this was just cool...

Best selection of bitters in the country

And the salt!  Well, surprisingly I've had an interest in mineral salts lately....

Best selection of mineral salts in the country
My favorite cooking blog for baking, Elana's Pantry, uses this Celtic sea salt exclusively for it's health properties and mineral content (the one she uses is finely ground for baking).  I finally got some and I'm glad to have finally made the switch.  And then, I saw this article linking refined salts and autoimmune disease.  Interesting.  Who knows.  But I think it's a no brainer that anytime we can consume foods that are less refined and processed, the better. 

So this shop has just about every kind of salt you could imagine - in every color - and from every country.  Our mind really was blown.  You can sample them and the shopkeeper was extremely knowledgeable about what foods or uses are well paired with the different kinds of salts.  I mean, how about some sea salted chocolate, for starters.  And then...salted everything...

sea salted chocolate chip cookies

sea salted watermelon

And!  They sell these GORGEOUS salt blocks! 

salt blocks for cooking
Who knew that you could deliciously flavor and season your food by serving on or even COOKING directly on a salt block!?  The block will actually heat up on your stove top or on your grill and can be used as a cooking surface.  The idea of it is mouth-watering to me...

Salt blocks for cooking and serving

Salt blocks for cooking and serving 
Do any of you have anything to add here about SALT?   :)  Do you use mineral salts or sea salts in any special way?  I'd love to hear, as I'm new at this, but very intrigued.

P.S.  Loved seeing the post about French salts on Design Mom.  Also, I LOVE the idea of making my own bath salts (taking baths is a bit of heaven to me - and adding a dash of something just makes it even more luxurious.)  Here's a bath salt recipe from Martha Stewart.  But how lovely would it be to just use a variety of gorgeous mineral salts in their natural colors, instead of using food coloring?  (i.e. this Himalayan pink salt!)

(images of the food are from The Meadow website, the rest are from my iphone.)

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20 comments:

  1. Speaking of dark chocolate... Have you heard of crio bru?? cocoa beans brewed like coffee on a french press. Delicious and so so good for you. I'm addicted. Criobru.com
    I'm sure you would love it!

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    1. um. yes. :) That's my post coming up. haha.

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    2. Ha! Sorry for the spoiler alert. I'm addicted! Looking forward to your post!

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  2. What do you do with Bitters? Are they for cooking?

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    1. Apple Pie, ginger ale, spiced nuts, etc. I wrote a post about them here - with a recipe, too! http://www.ablogaboutlove.com/2013/03/bitters.html

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  3. Cooking on those salt blocks fascinate me. I have seen them at a similar store in Portland, Oregon and they seem too pretty to use.

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    1. I started using this lavender salt scrub from Trader Joe's not too long ago: http://haleyfofaley.hubpages.com/hub/Trader-Joes-Lavender-Salt-Scrub-Review. Another review w/the ingredients: http://joluxebeauty.blogspot.com/2013/03/trader-joes-lavender-salt-scrub.html. It's advertised as a body scrub, but I've been using it on my face at night and LOVE it--it leaves my skin feeling soft & smooth. And the lavender scent is calming--perfect for the bath!

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  4. I use the Redmond RealSalt for animals. So pretty in color and so inexpensive.

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  5. Must. Cook. On. A. Salt. Block.

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    1. hahaha. Seriously. I'm thinking the same thing.
      thanks for all your great comments. :) xo

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  6. Lissette is right, we have The Meadow here in Portland, Oregon too! I haven't been in there lately, so I haven't seen bitters. But they have the salt, chocolate, and a beautiful little flower shop. Also, my Boss went to a fancy-lunch at Portland's Heathman Restaurant the other day, and she said they had an appetizer on the menu of tasting salts for $12. We couldn't figure out if it was just little piles of salt with spoons or what. So Portlandia!!!

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    1. tasting salts. WOW. And yes, yes - The Meadow has one other shop in Portland. So glad you wrote. :)

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  7. I was just in the Village on Saturday!! I'll have to go back and check out this store!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  8. Oh my goodness! I wish I lived in New York. I love sipping chocolate, and I'm very intrigued by all of the different kinds of salt

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  9. I take a bath twice a week with Epsom salts (and I usually add some lavender oil as well). Epsom salts are full of magnesium and minerals our bodies need. It is one of the most rejuvenating and relaxing times in my week! I put on spiritual music, light a candle, and soak in the salts! So heavenly! Also, I've been using that Celtic sea salt along with pink salt from the Dead Sea for years and LOVE it. Love love love it!

    -danielle boyle

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  10. I started using this lavender salt scrub from Trader Joe's not too long ago: http://haleyfofaley.hubpages.com/hub/Trader-Joes-Lavender-Salt-Scrub-Review. Another review w/the ingredients: http://joluxebeauty.blogspot.com/2013/03/trader-joes-lavender-salt-scrub.html. It's advertised as a body scrub, but I've been using it on my face at night and LOVE it--it leaves my skin feeling soft & smooth. And the lavender scent is calming--perfect for the bath!

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  11. I second the comment on Crio Bru, It is delicious! I would describe it like a chocolate tea (but it contains no tea) All the benefits of dark chocolate with no dairy, fat or sugar. We drink it daily around here...

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  12. Love this post! That article about the dangers of processed salt was a great reminder. I ran out of my good Himalayan sea salt last week and I've been using table salt until I could get to the store to buy more. I was just complaining to my husband that it tasted chemically and I couldn't get my measurements right because the taste is so different that I don't know how much to add to what I'm cooking! Great reminder to get my butt to the store quick to restock. We need those minerals!

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  13. great combination of color and taste.
    great article!

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  14. Oh this store looks dreamy! I am kind of obsessed with salt! I use Redmond Real Salt and love it. I have a salt/clay mixture that I use in my kids' baths. My son has chronic hives and food allergies and every time he is covered in hives (which is daily), I'll put him in a detox bath and without fail the salt/clay combo draws out the toxins and he leaves his bath hive-free. It is pretty miraculous. I've been meaning to comment for awhile now (but I'm usually on my phone so I'm a lazy commenter). We are gluten and (mostly) dairy free too! It is sometimes hard but I wouldn't have it any other way. We've been gluten free for almost three years now because of my kids' allergies (and then finding out that I too, have my own intolerances). Anyways I always love what you share about the link to food and our bodies because I totally agree. I have a blog where I share my passion about eating real food if you want to take a peek :)

    http://kamisniche.blogspot.com

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