Strawberries and Bitterman’s Chocolate Salt

So this morning I set out for Chelsea Market in New York City to buy some coffee beans and I had absolutely no intention of falling in love with another berry. But I stumbled across some great-looking stracchino cheese, and then moments later bumped into some luscious strawberries, and while I was fumbling for change to pay for the strawberries, what do I do but pull out but a pile of chocolate salt that had spilled from a jar in my pockets a few days earlier.  When this sort of thing happens it makes no sense to question fate.  I strolled out to the street, found one of those odd new middle-of-the-street tables they’re putting at the voids in intersections all over the city, and sat down for a little impromptu strawberry-stracchino-chocolate-salt breakfast in the morning coolness.  This was one of the first times I’ve used my own chocolate-infused salt on cheese—other than on cottage cheese and peaches, etc.  The pairing was a natural: Bitterman’s Chocolate Fleur de Sel (it’s the only salt at The Meadow we make ourselves, a secret infusion of chocolate and our house fleur de sel) brings a rich chocolate aroma to your senses even before you bite.  And the salt’s discrete nutty-mocha flavors are like a curtain through which emerge silvery spangles of mineral-fresh salt.  The impact of the salt in your mouth is incredible as it finds its way through the rich stracchino cheese mixing with the buoyant fruitiness of the strawberry: like one of those scenes in the movies when two lovers set eyes on one another from across a crowded train platform, and struggle ardently through the all those jostling people to reunite.

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6 Responses to “Strawberries and Bitterman’s Chocolate Salt”

  1. on 20 Aug 2010 at 8:36 amTinky

    I’d love to have pockets like yours! This sounds and looks divine.

  2. on 21 Aug 2010 at 11:06 pmAlisa

    Mmmm…chocolate salt sounds amazing!

  3. on 04 Jan 2011 at 2:28 pmLiz

    Hi there,
    I’d love to include this image in a small story running in my magazine. Can someone put me in touch with the photographer?

  4. on 14 Mar 2011 at 10:54 amMark Bitterman

    Hi Liz – Usually it is me or one of my staff or friends that takes the pictures. In the future, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly (especially since I haven’t been receiving comment notifications from WordPress). You can contact me through The Meadow’s contact page, or at the shop number: 503 288 4633.

  5. on 20 Mar 2011 at 11:44 pmJennifer

    Love chocolate. Love salt. Love your website. Love The Meadow. Love to travel north for a visit.

  6. on 20 Mar 2011 at 11:44 pmJennifer

    PS – Love the photographs!!

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