I resisted coming back to blogging, I really did, partially on the assumption that anyone googling their attorney might not care to be privy to, for example, said attorney’s rantings and ravings on a certain TUNA SALAD SAMMY from Haymarket in Paso Robles. But that’s what happened. I’m here to rant and rave once more. There’s too much good food in the world and the bar exam is over and done with (for now).
PLUS, I’VE BEEN ON ALL KINDS OF ADVENTURES. Over the summer I’ve been on a cruise with the fambam through Italy, Croatia, and Greece; I made a very special trip to Seoul to see my law school bestie; with a week and a half to go before the real firm job starts, I’ve been “staycationing” and enjoying the bounty of the Central Coast. POSTS ON ALL THAT TO COME.
But for now, Haymarket, a new sandwich, pastry, and foodstuffs market next to the Hotel Cheval in downtown Paso. It’s a complete treasure of a store with sour cream coffee cake, apricot tarts, James Beard award-winning ice cream, and a drool-worthy sandwich menu. They were sampling desserts, and you can bet I plowed through all of them.
Haymarket is up against some stiff lunchtime competition, but they’re up to the challenge for the casual sando-seeker. You’ve got the flamboyantly innovative food smiths at Artisan and the uber-creative Thomas Hill Organics folks (who do NOT shy away from a pork belly or Asian fusion), for example, right around the corner. Still, Haymarket checks all the boxes WITHOUT putting on airs. Farm to table? A must. Locally sourced ingredients? As much as possible, with nods to Paper Cake macarons and Joebella coffee, to start. Curated specialty ingredients from other places around the US? Yes. Example: Haymarket carries awesome American Spoon, a midwestern preserves company I was fond of when I lived in Ann Arbor.
I’d compare Haymarket to what might happen if my favorite food bloggers got together to prepare a meal: food that’s fresh, whole, comforting but always with an innovative twist, and PROPERLY PRICED ($11-12 per sammy).
Haymarket portions of non-dessert food are also *gasp* NORMAL, as in a small to average sized person can leave feeling satisfied, not stuffed. The food is also what I like to call PROPERLY SPICED, aka the ingredients are flavorful/hearty/plentiful without approaching “decadent” which means you can eat Paso’s best without feeling lethargic and guilty later. Because the food is properly priced and spiced, Haymarket can safely become a weekly or tri-weekly habit. It’s elevated real-life food that will delight your palette without killing your waistline or wallet, a balance no other downtown Paso restaurant truly delivers.
This is the curried tuna salad sammy on whole wheat (SUPER FRESH) bread I bought for $11 along with some tasty coffee. It was so, so perfect with granny smith apples and fat raisins. The people that work there are also really nice. They’re excited about their food and eager to talk about it in-depth.
This is the amaze-balls ice cream I referenced earlier. The saltiest, most delectable salted caramel ice cream I’ve ever tried.
That’s all for now! I intend to put up some pictures from Europe and Korea soon. Hope there are still some readers out there!