If you’re looking for something seasonal and local you’ll most definitely find it at the New Amsterdam Market. At it’s peak are root vegetables and my ultimate favorite of the Fall season is Butternut Squash. Table Tales, a catering company with a cafe in Lower Manhattan is a weekly vendor at the New Amsterdam Market. They do free sample of their amazing meaty pasta sauce on artisanal bread weekly and sell the pasta sauce by the jar to recreate the magic in your home kitchen. This week, cleverly Table Tales kicks off the more autumn like weather with a Butternut Squash Soup ($5) for a 12oz pint size. The butternut squash soup comes with a mini toast which gives a nice presentation. The flavor is pure butternut squash puree to a nice thick, consistent, creamy texture. I believe vegetable stocks were used oppose to chicken stock but be sure to ask, for vegetarians out there. Table Tales butternut squash soup is overall spoon licking good and is a delicious complement to my Porchetta sandwich from Porchetta. Yep, it’s my second Porchetta in the last 3 weeks. It’s so worth the 9 mile run afterward.
Later I had a freshly brewed draft kombucha from Kombucha Brooklyn. If you never had a kombucha or heard of a kom-bu-wha? It is the latest healthy beverage craze. A kombucha is essentially a brewed fermented tea but fizzles and it is stocked at supermarkets like Whole Foods with different brands. A mainstream kombucha brand is Synergy in which the pretty assorted CMYK color drink can really fool you. When I had my first Synergy Kombucha, little did I expect the beverage to be 1.) carbonated, 2.) the intense scent of vinegar, 3.) Holy crap : IT’s ALIVE! Anyhow that was the first and last time I’ll ever have a kombucha I thought to myself, or at least a Synergy kombucha. Until I tasted Kombucha Brooklyn. Few weeks back I sampled a concord grape flavored Kombucha Brooklyn and it was good! So the vendor recommended the Dry-hop Kombucha Brooklyn ($3 per cup) which the name is derived from the essence of dry beer (alcohol free). Personally, I like dry Japanese Beer and indeed the Dry-hop Kombucha Brooklyn had a similar quality. No vinegar taste that lingers in your breath or more annoyingly in your hand because it is brewed fresh locally in Brooklyn. If you never had a Kombucha before try Kombucha Brooklyn and not some manufactured Synergy. Kombucha is said to be highly good for you as a remedy to cure or prevent cancerous related disease and very beneficial to regulate menstrual cycles.
To wrap up my weekly eats at the New Amsterdam Market experience, there is nothing more heavenly than cheese. There are several cheesemonger vendors with this week from Providence, Rhode Island, Narragansett Creamery. I bought a ball of fresh mozzarella cheese ($5) in which I have yet to try but I have a good instinct it’s going to be love. At the market the Narragansett Creamery vendors were diligently giving free samples and one of the many included their award winning 1st prized World’s best ricotta cheese and there was a blue ribbon to prove it but foremost the taste itself really proved the deserving award. The ricotta cheese was paired with a burst of concord grape which initially I thought was an unusual pair but it made a lot of sense. Cheese, wine and grapes anyone? The creaminess of the ricotta cheese was rich. With the complement to the concord grapes, the ricotta cheese had a light yogurt flavor. I’m looking forward to unwrapping the the ball of fresh mozzarella cheese in which I can assure it will be a bundle of joy.
New Amsterdam Market/// South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, New York NY 10271 – near the old Fulton Fish Market. (Every Sunday 11-4pm, next market is Sunday Oct 10, 2010)
Table Tales /// 265 Water St New York, NY 10038
Kombucha Brooklyn /// Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Narrangansett Creamery /// Dearborn Street, Providence, RI, 02909