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.