Whew, it’s Friday and I’ve already completed my long run for the week (hooray!).
This week was a bit of a cut-back in terms of long running, but I made my 16-miler count by keeping a decent steady pace and going a few miles near marathon pace (still trying to figure out exactly what this will be, but I’m getting there!).
So, 16.08 miles in exactly 2:28:00, for an average pace of 9:12/mile (ha – I heart you, Garmin!) and onto the long weekend 🙂
Ok – so I’ve been talking about Eataly opening in NYC for a pretty freakin’ long time, right?
Well, Tuesday, August 31 was finally the day – food nerds everywhere rejoiced and celebrated, myself included.
My fellow foodie, Jarvis, accompanied me on the maiden voyage, and we were wowed from the very beginning (though we just missed meeting Mario!).
I also went back on Thursday and will probably be making multiple weekly visits moving forward 🙂
Upon entering via the main entrance on 23rd street (right off Fifth), we were greeted by glorious produce.
Gorgeous (and reasonably priced!)
This is just the beginning, and I must emphasize that Eataly is MASSIVE.
It’s a huge, open space with various “markets” where you can buy cheeses, meats and fish, pasta, bread, groceries like milk and yogurt, chocolate, jams, cookwares – ahh I could go on.
The fish monger – delicious fresh fish for sale
And around the corner there’s a seafood restaurant for ordering and dining in case you want to eat your fish there!
I probably creeped a little too closely to the folks trying to enjoy their food, but whatevs. It smelled amazing 🙂
There’s a mozzarella counter separate from the other cheeses where they make it fresh, which I actually know how to do, thanks to a great internship at DiPalo’s in Little Italy last spring! (being a nutrition student has its perks!)
And then of course all of the other Italian cheeses
Fresh pastas and rows and rows of dried boxed pastas (or macaroni, like my Nonna says 🙂
Of course, they bake the bread in-house
There was an hour wait in the pizza/pasta restaurant section (on a Thursday afternoon!)
The menus (Mom and Sister, we will be visiting here on the afternoon of November 7!)
‘Round the corner was the meat counter and the steakhouse restaurant called Manzo (this one is the “fancier” restaurant, and I believe the only one that takes reservations)
I was also pleased to see that there were free samples of Italian cookies made with olive oil and a delicious “all natural” Nutella-like spread.
I may have went back for seconds (ehm, and perhaps thirds). FEED ME, I’M HUNGRY! Hehe, oh marathon training…
Ok, on to some sweet stuff…
Pastries and desserts galore
I didn’t get a photo, but there’s also a special chocolate section with truffles and all sorts of delicious.
The espresso bar smelled amazing
Rows of jams and chocolate-y spreads
Then there’s the gelato – did I mention that?
I have yet to try it, but a few co-workers managed to score some and let me photograph it (thanks, guys!). The flavors were raspberry and banana chocolate…mmmm
Eataly was hoppin’ on Thursday afternoon – super crowded and buzzing with excitement
When it calms down I definitely hope to partake in many-a-dining experiences!
I’ll be traveling a bit this weekend (including a visit to the seester and my good friend Meghan’s wedding), so I hope everyone enjoys the last bit of summer!
Since I’m a good sister, I’ll arrive in Boston tonight bearing some Eataly gifts…
(please excuse the hot mess hair and partially closed eyes…)
Happy Labor Day!
Question: What are your long weekend plans?