Friday, December 9, 2011

Little greens

The used to see plates being garnished with micro-greens. They were something I could appreciate, bringing some visual freshness to a plate and tasting nice; but I wouldn't say there were anything to get excited over.

But now, move over micros; make way for sprouts. Sprouts are something I can really get behind. They have that same freshness, but in bold and underlined. They are growing on your windowsill ready to be used, sold at farmer's markets and have great variety of flavors.

While I was visiting Merritt's Table (amazing food, great wine, go there if you are in Florida) the chef had sprouts from a local farmer that were delivered still growing in the containers. Brussell sprouts, radish sprouts, sunflower sprouts....all super vibrant in color and flavor. Different sprouts were paired with different dishes. I had spicy sprouts on a beet and citrus salad, perfect.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nicaragua adventures

Goodbye Florida, hello Central America!

Wow, I've been gone for over a month. It amazes me that one day I'm kyaking in an 80 degree volcanic lagoon and less than a week later I am zipping my jacket up to my chin and snapping into skis. Add in a terrific travel buddy, new friends along the way and good food. Could I be any more lucky?

Nicaragua is an amazing place full of kind people (people patient with my fourth grade spanish), great adventures and the largest papayas that I've ever seen. At night people pull rocking chairs onto the sidewalks and sit with their neighbors while the kids play soccer in the street. Riding a bike with three people plus an infant seems to be a special Nica talent. Eating in a restaurant often means sitting on the patio of someone's house for an hour while they fire up the wood stove and cook whatever they decide you are having. All with beer reminiscent of PBR. good times.

Well, it's good to be back but the beach weather was nice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Apple Days

Every change of season I find myself shooting a bit more than usual. The last couple of weeks have been so busy, the light has been so awesome (think buttery autumn light, inspiring awe), and there are plenty of interesting happenings around town to shoot.

Last weekend's event was Apple Days. Volunteers pull apples from trees all along downtown, pile 'em up in the park and celebrate the next day by making apple cider and having a full on apple inspired fair.

This kind of event goes a long way to show how much food is around us that is potentially wasted.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I love personal weddings that leave you with a full understanding of who the celebrated couple is. Dani + Seth (along with the whole family) put on a wedding that was everything they are. The bride's mom made the cake, friends did the flowers and entertainment and their dogs carried the rings. You could not be there that day and not be involved somehow - they even had a 'lotto' to see which guest would officiate the ceremony.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Grapes, bbq and good people.

And more grapes.

It takes a lot of grapes to make wine. And a lot of people to help those beautiful grapes along. John is lucky enough to have plenty of both.

And I was lucky enough to be invited for the day. I got to see the first Chardonnay grape harvest and have some sweet summer corn on the bbq- does it get much better?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Food For All Farms

Nicer people couldn't be asked for. Really.

Not only do Maeve and Miles invite me and my camera over, but they let me ask a gazillion questions, play in the string bean patch and send me home with a car loaded down with zucchini and beets. Oh, and they donate home-gown, hand picked veggies to the homeless shelter every week. Miles told me last week that if he could just grow and share his food instead of selling it, that would be ideal. Amazing.

That's Mr. Banga on the right, not a bad dude himself. Grows the BEST carrots at the market, hands down.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Summer Goodness

I think of summer and I think of amazing veggies (and margaritas of course).