New York Hats to Hundred Acres

The ideal day to start writing about food is the day I start a food blogging class at the International Culinary Center in Soho.

Soho, to me, is Dean and DeLuca and The Hat Shop on Thompson. Linda Pagan, The Hat Shop proprieter, is a self-described citizen of the world. I agree. Linda recommended Hundred Acres, a farm-to-table restaurant around the corner from the shop , for a mid-afternoon nosh. Not only were the menu items fresh, seasonal and local she said, the cocktails were phenomenal. Sold.

Not 20 minutes later I was enjoying a Grapefruit Cooler (grapefruit juice, gin, elderflower, lime) and the dinosuar kale, breadcrumb, pecorino and anchovy-lemon dressing salad. This salad is a testament to how simple, high-quality ingredients nuture the body and feed the soul. The French doors were open and as I sat aside the sidewalk enjoying the ambiance, a cool, low-humidity New York breeze circulated through the restaurant. Oh yeah, Yoko Ono was seated at the table next to me. I love New York.

I finished with a French sauvignon blanc and a killer pimento cheese and raw vegetable dish that was as visually pleasing as it was in the utter simplicity of its taste.

OK, yes, I bought a hat. I already have the Biarritz (ala Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and the Mrs. Peel, a burnt hat with black grosgrain ribbon (remember Diana Rigg in The Avengers?) plus a fabulous black cocktail hat with black feathers and netting. Too cool for words. Well, a sage summer fedora with wide chocolate grosgrain caught my eye; I’ll have it in two weeks.

Love the neighborhood. Love the nosh. Thanks, Linda.  Thanks, Miranda.

Hundred Acres, 38 MacDougal, New York, NY 10012  212.475.7500

The Hat Shop, 120 Thompson, New York, NY 10012  212.219.1445

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