Gordon, another sake lover and overall good guy, and we made several interesting and tasty stops. One of our first stops was to The Meadow, an eclectic shop that sells fresh flowers, finishing salts, chocolates, bitters, wines, apertifs and accessories. Quite an interesting combination, and a clear allure to a food and wine lover such as I.
In the spring of 2006, Jennifer Turner Bitterman and Mark Bitterman founded The Meadow and in the fall of 2010, opened a second store in the West Village of New York City. Mark Bitterman is also the author of Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes (Ten Speed Press, October 2010). There is much more to salt than just shakers of salt & pepper, and this book goes into great detail.
Xocolatl de David, which makes not only a bacon & chocolate bar but also an incredible Parmigiano Reggiano & chocolate bar. If you love chocolate, this is a smorgasbord for your senses.
I purchased a few salts and some chocolate, though there was plenty more I wanted to buy as well. It is an intriguing store and highly recommended.
Travel Oregon lunches, we enjoyed some Sea Salt Ice Cream with Caramel Ribbon. This creamy concoction was a heavenly blend of salt and sweet, and everyone really seemed to enjoy it. It had been made by Salt & Straw, and by coincidence, I later visited their store with Gordon, soon after my trip to The Meadow.
Salt & Straw just opened this summer, and is owned by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek. Kim used to work in marketing for Starbucks but had a dream to open an ice cream shop. I met Kim, who seemed very nice, and got to taste through their line-up of unique flavors.
The Pear with Blue Cheese was one of my favorites, and I would have enjoyed it even without the pear pieces. We need more Blue Cheese ice cream! The Banana with Spicy Monkey Caramel & Walnuts was also one of my top choices, which was sweet but with a little kick to it. There were a couple flavors which I didn't care for, like the Honey Lavender, but that was only a matter of preference and not because they were not good.
If you are looking for delicious and more unique ice creams, then consider Salt & Straw.