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 Potato, Debya 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: