Q: What is the Jewish dilemma?
A: Half-priced ham.
I felt like a very good Jew today when I dragged my enormous haul of half-priced pork back to my lair after visiting the soon-to-be-defunct Koglin German Royal Hams at Grand Central Marketplace. I find it terribly sad that this place is going out of business, but the cherubic owner Armin Koglin expresses no regrets. He's moving to the Philippines, and I'm sure some sort of romance is involved.
I exhort you to stop by before they close for good at the end of the week. If you actually don't eat pork, there's plenty of great chocolate, marzipan, mustards, spaetzle, and that really good jarred red cabbage. The Grand Central Marketplace is one of my favorite places to shop in general, with the excellent Greenwich Produce, Murray's Cheese, and Penzey's Spices, plus the nearby Eddie's Shoe Repair in the Biltmore Room and the magical, lofty bar The Campbell Apartment.
An added bonus at the Koglin Royal Ham Sale is the adorable signage, which reads like haiku. It kind of made me want to cry. Feast your eyes on this:
No, Armin, thank you!