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Please Pass the (World Famous Anglesey Sea) Salt

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Welsh is a tough language to pick up. It’s hard to spell and ever harder to pronounce. So far, I’ve learned Croeso Cymru (Welcome to Wales) and Halen Mor Pur Gwyn (Pure White Sea Salt). That’s because the Isle of Anglesey is famous for its salt and is home to the gourmet salt manufacturer Halen Mon — renown chefs Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay are fans.

On Tuesday, after visiting the town of Beaumaris and seeing the courtyard, jail and castle, I went to the official Anglesey Sea Salt headquarters, which is basically a small trailer-type building on the fantastic setting on the Menaii Strait. (It's not that building pictured above — that's a small shed at Halen Mon's driveway.) The Halen Mon store is small, but it's worth a visit since the prices are way cheaper than what I would be paying back home in NYC at Chelsea Market.

I picked up small sizes of vanilla salt, celery salt and plain old sea salt. I'm looking forward to trying them when I get home. The isle of Anglesey has a pristine feel — just the kind of the place where I'd want my salt to be from. Here's another picture of the area just across the street and strait from Halen Mon.

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2 Responses to Please Pass the (World Famous Anglesey Sea) Salt

  1. Stephanie September 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    Vanilla Salt sounds interesting, I can’t quite imagine how that will taste.
    I remember being totally bewildered by the welsh language when I was there. It’s all those vowels!

  2. Alison Lea-Wilson September 28, 2009 at 6:01 am #

    The vanilla Halen Mon is amazing- although I say it as one of the directors of the company that makes it! Try it on white fish, shellfish and fruit such as pineapple or watermelon, and, of course on chocolate in all its forms- icecream, brownies and just plain slabs! see our website, http://www.seasalt.co.uk for an amazing popcorn recipe too.
    And once you’ve tried it, let us know your favourite way of using it.

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