Happy Bastille Day!
If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a Francophile. In fact, I had my first Aha! moment about what would become Markets of New York City the day we went to a farmers market in Paris, just blocks from the Bastille (Av. Richard Lenoir, for the curious). In truth, Bastille Day wasn’t a particularly happy day, but it was the beginning of the French Revolution which would end the monarchy. So it’s all good, although Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette did know how to throw a fabulous feast made with fine, fresh local ingredients.
Therefore, I am happy to feature the tasty, traditional treats of Les Canelés de Céline! I learned from lawyer-turned-pastry-chef Celine Legros that canelés are actually made from crepe batter poured into moulds, where they form a crispy caramel crust outside and remain chewy on the inside. Céline makes mini French pastries, including her signature canelés, as well as financiers and custom pastry orders. One of her earliest supporters was Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. For some reason, good things always happen to me in his restaurants.
You may recognize these lovely confections from the Holiday Markets, and I was happy to see Céline and her pastries at the new Chelsea Triangle French Market. We bought a bag of 15 in different flavors, including rose water (pictured), pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and orange. I tell you, there’s nothing like popping a bite-sized canelé into your mouth with a hot cup of afternoon tea. Filled with flavor, these little lovelies offer up a small taste of the France I love.
Find Les Canelés de Céline this weekend at the Chelsea Triangle French Market Saturday and also at the Alliance Française Bastille Day Celebration on Sunday (see below):
Here are your Weekend Markets Picks:
Saturday Only, July 14, 2012
- Chelsea Bazaar and Bazement: The Greenwich Village and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is hosting this food and craft market in the beautiful Altman Building. Coffee, food, wine, and music! (11AM – 8PM, 135 West 18th Street, Manhattan)
- Dekalb Market Bastille Day Celebration with The Skint: The Dekalb Market and the skint are hosting this evening event with music, food event, beer, wine and the market’s community of artisan shops. In honor of Bastille Day, they’re having a great lineup of burlesque, cancan, romantic violin and more, with dancing and a French MC. And the (in)famous Baguette Eating Contest is back (bring our own brie). Tickets are $12 in advance via Scoutmob and $15 at the door. (6PM – 10PM, 138 Willoughby Street at Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn)
- Weeksville Farmers Market: If you’ve never visited the Weeksville Heritage Center, there’s no time like the present. This organization does wonderful work preserving the history of 19th century African Americans. They are holding weekly farmers markets through August 4th, with local foods and rich demo and educational programs. (9AM – 4PM, 1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn)
Saturday and Sunday, July 14 & 15, 2012
- Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market & Third Ward’s Member Made: I love it when great organizations team up to bring us a unique and wonderful events like this one. Come see the handmade furniture, lighting and other artful and practical wares created by members of Third Ward, Brooklyn’s “multidisciplinary work space and education center.” (9AM – 5PM, West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues, Manhattan)
- Super Duper Market by Paper Magazine: Paper Magazine is sponsoring this food market throughout the weekend featuring some of our finest local food purveyors plus some visitors from the Left Coast. Personally, I’m super duper excited to try Humphry Slocomb ice cream after all the vicarious licks via their buddies at the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. (11AM – 6PM Saturday, 11AM and 4PM Sunday, 410 West 16th Street, Manhattan)
- Shout out for the Long Beach Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday and Sunday. Surf NYC!
Sunday Only, July 15th, 2012
- Alliance Française Bastille Day on 60th Street: This francophile street fair sponsored by our friends at the Alliance Francaise features French foods and crafts, and the strategic French sport pétanque. Cheese tastings, music, prize drawings, and activities for kids. Why Sunday, you may ask, when Bastille Day is actually Saturday? It’s because on Saturday, the Alliance will be celebrating in Nouvelle Jersey. Or is it Nouveau? (12PM – 6PM, 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues, Manhattan)
Enjoy your weekend and let us all eat cake!