October 05, 2004
Dean & Deluca
Checked out Dean & Deluca on my way home from NYU tonight, after Pilates. For research purposes only--and a bottle of Lebanese pomegranate molasses. At $4.00, it is only 50 cents more than in the Indian shops, but wait! You can buy the same thing online, not including postage, for $12.95!
Outrageous prices. Dean & Deluca charging $2.00 a pound for squash, the very seasonal local varieties that are $2.00 each at the Greenmarket, weighing in at 4-6 pounds. To think that Chinatown is just a few blocks away and the best value in town. At Dean & Deluca, a tiny--and I mean tiny--jar of currant jelly from some effete French company was $30.00. Decadence of the first order. End of the day, so the prepared food was wilted and tired, but I always pick up a good idea or two. This time, a wild rice salad, with thinly sliced fresh shitake mushrooms, roasted pinenuts, and chopped flat parsley, and another salad of green limas (I'll substitute edamame), corn kernels, diced red peppers, diced red onions. Promising.
Posted by BKG at October 5, 2004 08:46 PM
Thanks for the menus. I am inspired.
Amogst other things, I have to try the pomegranate molasses. a new one for me. Is it substantially different from pomegranate concentrate syrup which i have found in my local Russian grocery? I don't know if i told you about my amazing neighborhood: it's a combination of Russians, South Asians, plus many others, including the demographic overflow of Boro Park and a major outpost of the Mountain Jews, whose synagogue is right across the street from me. The great thing is that there are Pakistani/Bangla-Deshi, Russian, Chinese, plus Polish, Mexican, Guyanese, etc. food stores, all rubbing shoulders.
Posted by: Ilana at October 6, 2004 05:02 PM
Yes, pomegranate molasses is different from pomegranate syrup. The Lebanese variety is basically pomegranate juice that has been reduced, boiled down, until it is thick and dark. Pomegranate syrup is usually bright red, thin, and sweet due to addition of sugar. There are different types of pomegranate molasses. The Iranian one is sweeter than the Lebanese one and some brands are thicker than others. It is quite wonderful and versatile.
Posted by: bkg at October 10, 2004 09:04 PM
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