You would be surprised how many times we get asked that question. I swear that some people think that just because we don’t have a car or Kroger in Midtown we are starving up here. Granted we do have a grocery store right across the street but I am not a fan of Anal Rape and don’t like paying 100 bucks for 4 items that should cost 20 bucks in the suburbs.
We do have Fresh Direct and Peapod food delivery services but they don’t carry everything so we are forced to go out to hunt and gather. The Morton Williams across the street is ok for things you need in a pinch but they cost more than Whole Foods or a bodega and I prefer Fairways Grocery. A couple of weeks back my former boss, Ernie Mellor, posted a Grilled Corn and Butter Bean summer salad that we used to enjoy. I was craving that so I decided on Sunday morning I would venture up to E86th Street to get provisions. Now the Fairways is about 18 blocks away and schlepping groceries isn’t the easiest in New York if you don’t have a buggy. I bought one a couple years ago and it is great for carrying stuff to and from.
I jump on the Q to E86th street and thankfully the store wasn’t mobbed as one would normally expect. I credit this to lots of people being out of town and that it was rather early in the morning. I get my groceries and lug my cart back to the apartment and get to work on grilling some corn and make the salad. Dinner was excellent by the way.
Here is the recipe for those of you New Yorkers who wish to have something different.
Here is my little Cart while we wait for the Sunday Subway schedule
Fairly Quiet on E86th Street this morning.
Front of the store on E86th Street
Prepared Fruits Section
I knew that the little clip I picked up at Home Depot would come in handy. I can hang my buggy on the shopping cart.
The Produce Section is killer here.
Anybody need 40 pounds of Garlic?
This joint has a serious Butcher and Fish Monger Station.
Not going to lie there are about 20 different species of fish that I am not familiar with when I come here
A Casino Clam?
Went with Crab Cakes in honor of some former Memphian’s that are now new Baltimorean residents
Oh Look, the Gluten Haters have their own section. Yep, I am going to take some shit from UWS Holly for this one. I have always poked fun of Gluten Free people and or Vegetarians saying that they were the new Al Qaeda because people used it as the new diet. UWS Holly actually is gluten intolerant and can’t digest it. Personally that sucks because who doesn’t love Jiffy Cornbread? Oh yeah, I am getting a text message for this one.
They love some Goya Canned Vegetables up here. Would it kill you to carry the Glory Brand?
Joker is packed to the gills ready to head back to E71st Street.
Here comes the Q Train
Just one subway stop. There were lots of people heading to Midtown to the Pride Parade
Taking Stairs with this cart is a pain in the ass. Thankfully they have lots of escalators on the new Second Avenue Subway line.
Finished the Corn and Butter Bean Salad (used a different version of cherry tomatoes to give it a different color)
Note to self – You are a fool if you don’t use one of the grocery delivery services for having bottled water, mixers or other heavy ass items delivered to your door.