Thursday, November 02, 2006

Foodies in NYC and London

Ah. I couldn't resist. I was in the Martha Stewart show recently as a member of the audience so food and foodies just crossed my mind. Don't get me wrong. I am not a good cook. Actually, I don't cook very often. But I like upscale super markets and grocery stores, small canapé-style portions and high quality chocolate. Ideally, when I don't have to prepare all those things myself.

I discovered Dean and Deluca in NYC. A luxurious food shopping experience in their Soho store. Well presented, with lots of samples of their freshly made bread, appetising Italian cookies, aromas of espressos and classical music, you want to live there for good. Prices hit north but you don't care. You don't go to Dean & Deluca every day. Same counts for Balduccis. In the heart of Chelsea and not far from the Meat Packing area, Balduccis will break your heart and your bank account also with the amazing selection of worldwide chocolates and coffees but also with their smelly cheese. Forget about your low-carb diet, buy those bars of chocolate and keep moving.

On the other side of the Atlantic, in London, the equivalent will be the Harvey Nichols supermarket. HN is a luxury department store such as Bloomingdales or Saks Fifth Avenue, but with a grocery store for the affluent on the sixth floor. And very often this is where you go directly when you enter this store. Everything is clean, tidy and pricey. You might come face-to-face with a celebrity or two. I love their HN brand: if you buy HN coffee, you probably pay twice as much but you keep the nice grey tin box with their brand letters. Or spices and herbs. You don't only shop at these stores. You invest. You keep the tin boxes no matter what.

We have heard that in NYC

Tonight don't miss the First Thursday in Dumbo, 111 Front Street, in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, NY 11201. Various gallery receptions!

The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary this month. Visit for more information.

And in London

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