With just a few minutes to spare I am finishing the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I was discussing the challenge and my choice for a theme with a friend and she said, "I guess you'll do Zabar's for Z." Without question!
It's hard to get a picture of Zabar's without lots of people in front of the store.
Zabar's is my first stop when I'm having people over. To describe it as a grocery, simply doesn't do it justice, and saying it's a "gourmet" market makes it sound unapproachable. It is very gourmet in quality, yet very approachable. They have a fabulous cheese department, great smoked fish, terrific strudel -- at least six flavors -- coffee, great bread and desserts, the advertised olive bar and the list of goodies goes on and on. It's less than half a mile from my apartment and I've been there so many times in the twenty-two years I've lived in the neighborhood that I could draw a floor plan from memory. It's not a big store, but there's everything I'd ever want to eat and it's all delicious. The second floor has home appliances and it's a great place for browsing.
A closeup of some of the posters in the windows
It's one of the favorite places to visit with friends who are visiting New York. Some dried fruit or olive oil -- an amazing selection -- or coffee always becomes part of the souvenirs from the trip. There's a great coffee bar next to the food store, perfect for a croissant and an espresso. It's always crowded on weekends, but once I'm retired -- just a month away -- one of my first treats will be a mid-morning visit to Zabar's.
Twenty five minutes to spare, and I've just completed A to Z. Thanks, friends, for being part of this tour of New York City, from great and famous places to the fruit cart on my corner. I am so fortunate to have been able to visit so many interesting places and to share them with such terrific people all over the world. I am especially grateful for the many bloggers I've met through the Challenge.
Wishes for a Wonderful Wednesday!