Saturday, July 16, 2016

Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee (and a Sweet Treat)

I realized I've been remiss in my coffee posts when a friend asks "Aren't you writing about coffee anymore?" I've been remiss, my friends. I suspect, like many bloggers, I've got a number of half-written posts, photographs ready for posts and vague ideas for posts. I had the photographs ready from my visit last week to  Chelsea Market and Ninth Street Espresso, and I'm happy to share them.
During my April search for the best coffee in New York I was able to visit most of the places that I'd researched, but Ninth Street Espresso eluded me. I paid a visit last Sunday and I wasn't disappointed. My iced coffee was delicious, strong but not bitter. Because of the line -- Chelsea Market was crowded even at 10:30 AM -- I wasn't able to ask about the origin of the coffee beans. But I highly enjoyed my coffee and will be making a return visit.

Chelsea Market has a fabulous collection of food stalls/stores/restaurants and I was especially interested in Seed + Mill, a store which specializes in artisanal sesame seed products. Is this a niche, possibly a niche within a niche? Absolutely! But if you're a devotee of halvah, the Middle Eastern sweet, this is a find and a treasure. It also has some of the nicest staff anywhere in New York City.

I love halvah. It's a tahini -- sesame butter paste -- and sugar sweet that made fresh is indescribably good. Generally all that's available tastes like it's been made sometime in the last decade. But not at Seed + Mill. Since I've cut down on sugar halvah has been off my menu, but I noted the presence of sugar-free pistachio halvah. What a treat. It was rich and sweet and probably the best halvah I've ever had or ever hope to have. I also had a tiny sample of the ginger halvah and implore Seed + Mill to figure out a sugar-free version of that flavor, too.  

I couldn't ask more from a morning out. Great iced coffee and one of my favorite sweets, along with fine people watching. 

I waited for the bus at this spot, just below the High Line, and had a very enjoyable bus ride home.
Tomorrow's plan -- besides my daily walk, a little grocery shopping and my Pink Saturday post -- is seeing the remake of "Ghostbusters." I'm a fan of the original and I'm eager to see this version. Plus, few things beat an air-conditioned movie theater on a hot summer day.
As ever, thanks for visiting and keep cool!



Mevely317 said...

I'm unfamiliar with halvah, but my taste buds are crying for a taste. :)
I'm going to do some unofficial research and see if it isn't available in Phoenix.

'Hope you're enjoying an enjoyable afternoon!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That sound delicious! I had iced coffee with my lunch refreshing! Enjoy your afternoon sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Susie said... all looks so good. You have so many awesome things to try and see and do. One day I shall meet you in a café in NYO. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love Chelsea Market and that coffee shop! I had the espresso there and it's so good! :) They have so new shops and food places in the market now! The Thia food restaurant has food and the Asian sandwich store! I will have to visit again soon. Take care and stay cool! :)

Paula Kaye said...

You had my mouth watering while I read along. Would love to taste the halvah. I have never heard of it before. I've been drinking more iced coffee this summer. So refreshing.

Mimi said...

Oh, my! says she who lives in the land of two grocery stores. Two grocery stores, period.

Mevely317 said...

Hello again! Since an in-person visit to Ninth Street Espresso is out of the question right now, I've been indulging my senses at their on-line storefront.
Once the weather grows cooler, I'm going to order a variety of tahini and halvah to give as out-of-the-ordinary Christmas gifts. Any recommendations, other than pistachio and ginger?


My husband and I absolutely LOVE halvah and get it whenever we can. Never heard of any with Ginger. How intriguing.