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
3. Artisan Chocolate
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.
And, the bitters. Well, you know I’m brand new to bitters…so this was just cool…
And the salt! Well, surprisingly I’ve had an interest in mineral salts lately….
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…
And! They sell these GORGEOUS salt blocks!
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…
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.)