The Fulton Fish Market is the largest wholesale fish market in the United States. It is also one of the oldest. Founded in 1822, the fish market was originally located on South Street in Manhattan. In 2005, in need of a better facility with more modern equipment, the market moved to its current location in Hunts Point in the Bronx and renamed the market the New Fulton Fish Market.
The market also is responsible for about a third of the total seafood demand in New York. Despite operating in the wee hours of the morning (1am – 7am, Monday-Friday), the market is lively and bright. The overall mantra for customers tends to be the earlier, the better – and so, even at 1AM in the morning, the market was flush with people as soon as their doors opened.
A few months ago, a couple of friends and I took a trip down to New Orleans to celebrate our last spring break. I immediately fell in love with the city’s vibrancy and colorful architecture. Just like Miami, New Orleans is home to a mix of architectural styles, thanks greatly to its rich history.
On a trip to New Orleans earlier this year, I had my first beignet and fell in love with its warm, soft, and pillowy texture. Over the course of our five-day trip, we practically had beignets every day. And paired with a cup of café au lait – ooh! I miss it already.
Beignets are often described as “French dougnuts,” but the name itself is actually derived from the Celtic word bigne or “to raise.” These pastries were brought down by French Canadian migrants (Acadians) to New Orleans in the 18th Century, and since then have been a stable of New Orleans culture and cuisine.
I’m not a big fan of sweets or pastries, but even I downed a few plates of these during my stay in the Big Easy. Of the different beignets we tried (Café du Monde, Cafe Beignet, and Morning Call Coffee Stand), I would have to say my favorite is Café du Monde. After all, it’s the most talked about café in New Orleans for a good reason!
Do you have a certain type of food on your mind today? What is it, and are there special memories associated with this food? Let me know what you’re thinking!
- Read more about beignets here (via Joe Gambino’s Bakery) and here (via National Geographic).
- If you are in town and looking to try Café du Monde, the lines can be excruciatingly long during the day. I’d recommend going in the evening, when it’s less busy. We went around 9-10 PM in the evening twice during our stay, and we didn’t experience more than a five-minute wait to be seated – even with a party of five!