I was able to attend the event with 3 other fantastic bloggers – Caroline from Smarty Pants Mama, Anne from Cooking with Anne, and Toni from The Happy Housewife. It is so fun to meet other bloggers. They are all such amazing women. I am always able to learn something from everyone I meet.
We were able to eat dinner and breakfast at Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant – The National. For dinner, we all enjoyed “The Ugly Burger” for dinner with delicious hand cut fries and the most amazing ketchup I have ever tasted. We even saw Chef Geoffrey himself walking through the restaurant. Anne was “chef shocked” when she saw him. All the sudden she stopped what she was saying and was completely thrown off by seeing in the restaurant. What are the chances he would be there while we were there? For breakfast, I enjoyed pancakes topped with honey butter, blueberry compote, and candied hazelnuts. I didn’t even need syrup on these. The pancake itself along with the honey butter and blueberry compote was enough.
We also had some time to look around Chelsea Market.
That is like a foodies dream place to grocery shop. They have the most amazing meat market and fresh produce. I was in heaven. I even found this monstrous jar of nutella ($70) that would put a smile on any nutella fan! The Food Network films Iron Chef America and Emeril Live in Chelsea market. I must admit I was hoping to see someone from Food Network in the market itself, but alas we saw no one.
Then we spent time at the cookbook Launch for A Very Veggie World. We were able to sample items from the cookbook along with make a couple of the recipes ourselves.
I especially loved the veggie wagon. What a fun way to serve this dish! Even if you aren’t into serving this in the wagon, it was so delicious and you should still make it minus the wagon. I have never tried eggplant before but I am a HUGE zucchini fan. I must tell you that this dish was SPECTACULAR -so simple and easy to make and yet so flavorful. Also, I plan on making it again at home and then keeping it in containers for me to eat for lunch. You could even make individual boats with zucchini instead of the egg plant. So give it a try and also get the cookbook on line for free. I also love the hippo dip!Print