Every year, at Thanksgiving time, I go with my father-in-law to Zabars, in New York City. Gerry’s a life-long New Yorker and knows everything there is to know about everything, including Zabars. I provide a willing pair of hands, a desire to try everything that a Zabars counterman can be pursuaded to let us try, and a commitment to returning home with pickles and chocolate. Every year we have the same conversations about how much fish to buy; whether smoked or baked salmon; what kind of cheese; how much ham per person; whether the kids eat the turkey; how many bagels or knishes? This year we had a great time, as always. I ran upstairs and bought myself a Zabars lunch bag and a Zabars mug for my Secret Santa person at work and a spreader for Barbara and Gerry. Who doesn’t need a spreader? But we think–Gerry and I–that it would be a good idea to record for…well, ourselves a year from now…what we bought and how it held up. So here’s the tally, in no particular order:
- 22 adults and 9 children expected.
- 4 dozen bagels (6 cinrais, 6 plain, 6 poppy, 6 pump, 6 onion, 6 everything, 12 sesame)
- 3 small containers chive cream cheese
- 1 large container regular cream cheese (Sarah’s bringing)
- 3 medium containers cucumber salad
- 3 medium cole slaw
- 1 potato kugel
- 2 lb of nova salmon
- 1.5 lbs thick baked salmon
- .5 lb. baked salmon thin
- 1 lb “fresh” ham
- .5 lb Black Forest ham
- 1 lb Zabar’s turkey
- 4 knishes – spinach, broccoli, potato, and potato cabbagge
- 3 cheeses – brie, cantal, fontina vallarta – 1 lb each
- 2 Sullivan St. bagettes
- 2 containers of olives, and 1 container of pickles (cornichons)
- 1 chick pea salad
- 1 lb. creamed spinach
- 2 boxes small black and whites – 12 oz. size
- 1 pumpkin cheese cake (Sarah)
- 1 chocolate chip strudel
Other highlights of this trip–much of which did not include me because I was at home teaching and watching Harry Potter 7 part 1 at the IMAX–include:
- Barbara and Gerry taking the girls to the Flying Karamazov Brothers, where among many other examples of epic silliness and juggling virtuosity they juggled, at the same time a bottle of wine, a dead goldfish, and a cake frosted (although not for long!) to look like a turkey.
- Josie and Maggie hosting a restaurant at the apartment complete with menu, servers, 3 course, and a bill.
- Trips to museums and bookstores and the Neuhaus chocolate shop. I’m hoping later today, after the party, to go to the Levain Bakery on 74th street. It is the only other place I really wanted to go here.
- A deliciously warm apartment
Love from New York, Michele