Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hoboken Food Tour

A class in studio lighting morphed into a class on fashion photography, so I channelled my inner Austin Powers and shot photos like this:

I took advantage of my free time this weekend to examine my town more closely.  

It is easy to ignore the things that are right underneath our noses.  We are apt to jump on that plane to Aspen but to tale an afternoon to look at the food purveyors in our own area, we turn a blind palette.  Yesterday I decided to remedy that situation.

For the past year, a Hoboken food tour has been offered.  This was a chance to glimpse the family owned world of food purveyors that has kept this city well fed for generations.  Despite the 90 degree plus temperature, I signed up.

I could not have been happier with the tour.  the guide Avi had a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the Hoboken food world,  We were given behind the scenes looks of the coal oven at Antique Bakery.  We were treated to the wonderful pizza at Grimaldis.  Most impressive was Tony Lisa's demo of making mozzarella.  He and his brother formed the cheese by hand as countless generations before them have done.  Handmade, artisan and local as it could possible be.

A new cupcake centric bakery and an old coffee purveyor led to the end of the tour.  While I am glad that "Cake Boss" has put Hoboken on the map, I am more happy that people like Tony Lisa and the Antique Bakery people have been producing great food for generations.

1 comment:

Fresh Local and Best said...

I'm glad you braved the heat and humidity to find these neighborhood gems. Terrific glamour shot!