NYC Chelsea food market and some bloody good yogurt

Friday, April 10, 2015

The New York City Highline is a 1.45-mile-long park built in Manhattan along a disused New York Central Railroad. The Highline runs through some very cool parts of Manhattan, such as the Meatpacking district, famous for its nightlife, and also Chelsea, home to a lot of the cities art galleries. Getting off the Highline in Chelsea we sought out Chelsea Market - a huge indoor food hall with more than thirty-five stalls, with cuisines and dishes from all over the globe.
Cupcakes and oysters at Chelsea Market

Spice stalls, a shop devoted to brownies, wonderful cafes, bakeries, fresh fish markets...there was something for everyone, and really far too much choice! We stopped in for a quick brunch and then headed off to explore the rest of the city.

Moving away from Chelsea, we headed into the equally cool Soho. A fashion haven that houses all the major brands, high-street and designer, it is also the location of the Chobani Yogurt shop. Chobani is a Greek yogurt brand, of which I am a huge fan. Like all Greek yogurts, they're a great source of protein and I particularly like Chobani products as they aren't at all artificial tasting or overly sweet. In fact, all sweetness from their products is naturally occurring due to sugars from milk, fruit, honey and evaporated cane juice.They have a great company ethos in relation to locally sourced produce - so much so that the New York-based company withdrew from the UK market until they could make their products within the United Kingdom. A very sad day for this Chobani enthusiast! But a great step towards avoiding air pollution - you see, what a great yogurt brand.

My blueberry + power pot
The shop itself is a really cool concept. Aside from yogurt it also offers sandwiches, bagels and coffee, but the yogurt is kind of the star of the show. Plain Greek yogurt comes with either savory or sweet toppings. I went for the Blueberry + Power option, which had blueberries, chia, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts and agave syrup. I was a great combination of flavors and textures, and all the toppings on the menu gave me inspiration for great snacks to be made at home.

You'll never want to eat plain yogurt again!
I really enjoyed strolling through Chelsea Market, and it made me think a lot of Borough market back home in London. The Chobani store was a treat for such an avid Chobani fan like myself, and I think the whole idea of a yogurt bar is awesome - clearly I'm not alone, as Chobani is the number 1 yogurt brand in all of the US!

With more of the city to see, I was still hungry. Stay tuned as we move into Brooklyn, in search of the best Trinidadian food the city has to offer.

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