Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mid-Week Goodies

Already I'm breaking my promise to continue talking about Boston.  I just wanted to gush over the few goodies I brought home from NYC and the return of the weekday downtown farmer's market in Portland.  You're reading a food blog, so I'm sure if you have access to a local farmers market, you go.  It's the best place to shop for produce, period.  In Portland, I usually go to two markets week. They're a big part of my life and a highlight of my week.  Shopping locally with a huge variety of local produce is a thrill, really.

The goodies from NYC.  

Price Chopper chips are vegan and taste like sweet nibs of Earth Balance!

In both cities I met up with friends from the Post Punk Kitchen, some of whom I've known for years!  Lisa from Panda with Cookie and Bazu of Where's the Revolution gave me butterscotch chips and a precious vegan Peppermint Ritter Sport!  I heart those girls so much.  I went to a PPK dinner in Boston at Grasshopper and a potluck and Arrested Development viewing in Brooklyn, which also included Sarchan of Emo PotatoDebya of Vegan Drinks and Paula of Semicircular Vegan.  All this makes me smile to think about.  I had such fantastic times with everyone.

Potluck plate - followed by Paula's incredible rugelach, my favorite cookie, and the best homemade vegan ice cream flavor ever - Lisa's Chick o Stick!

And from the weekday downtown farmers market in Portland:

Sweet choi, red anjou pears and asparagus
I can't find anything online right now about sweet choi, but the farmer told me to use it in a soup or stir fry.

Local asparagus season!!!!!

Grilling some asparagus and herbed homemade seitan on the stove:

Fine, I dislike chives, but they're so pretty!




18 comments:

Adriana said...

The seitan looks AMAZING!

bazu said...

I miss you already! And I can't wait for our downtown farmer's market to open already!

DJ Karma said...

Love the "goodies!"

Manu said...

This Ritter Sport chocolate is really precious - as it probably is one of the last vegan ones. They recently changed the recipe and it now contains concentrated butter :(

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I am super jealous of this post! NYC, Farmers Market, Ritter Sport, a potluck with people I adore! It's all too perfect!

veggievixen said...

awesome goodies. sounds like a great trip.

paula said...

that seitan is calling to me as is that plate of potluck food and the mention of chick o stick ice cream makes me cry.

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Manu - I know, it's so devastating! The best candy bar, ever, vegan or not. It's such a bummer that they changed the formula after it was FINALLY available in the US.

IsaChandra said...

Why did you leave Eppy out of this post?

panda with cookie said...

I am going back to stock up on those Ritter Sports.

sgcorrie said...

You may have a farmer's market within walking distance of work...but I have my choice of 7-11, 76 station AND Shell. Obviously I have more variety. Veggies. Psh.

(glad you had an awesome vacation!!!!)

Gab said...

Love the post!

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Erin said...

Love all the green on the potluck plate. And sigh, I miss the days when the downtown Gainesville farmers market was right outside my work building.

Waverley Kitchens: Authentic Indian Cooking said...

Wow the seitan looks awesome. Did you use a glaze / sauce on top when grilling?

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