October is a traveling month for us, it seems. This time we blame The Delachaise.
We’ve begun to catch on to the idea that for some reason October is a good month for fare sales. We made a quick decision two years ago to get away to Santa Fe, opted for New England last year, and found ourselves seated at the bar in The Delachaise one Sunday evening a few months ago where the dangerous combination of wine and wireless enabled us to find and book cheap Fall flights to Seattle with the idea of heading north to Vancouver, both places we’d never been. You might argue it was the most expensive bottle we drank all summer.
Flights booked, there was the little matter of arranging everything else that remained. A local friend of ours put us in touch with his sister, a Seattle resident and frequent Vancouver visitor, who was able to give us an amazing catalog of do’s and don’t’s, illustrating what is perhaps rule one of travel: hook up with a local whenever possible. When she learned she’d be out of town during our visit, she went the extra mile and insisted we stay at her place gratis. Amazing generosity from someone whom we’ve still never met IRL. Then again, the fact that she doesn’t actually know us might go a long way toward explaining her willingness to have us in her house.
So below, a few thoughts, observations, photos, and terrific places we discovered in our trip to the Pacific Northwest: Continue reading
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Tagged Cape Dorset, Granville Island, Hawksworth, Kananginak, Pike Place Market, Sea to Sky Highway, Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler
Ever find yourself with the challenge of melding multiple random ingredients on hand into something that passes for dinner? Each time we purchase a produce box from Hollygrove Market and Farm we’re left with the same issue: how do we use all of these ingredients and not waste? I am philosophically in support of the Market and the $25 produce box. But with just two of us around the majority of time, we often struggle to find ways to incorporate all of the contents into our meals before they are no longer fresh.
A primary purpose of purchasing the box of food is to support the farm-to-table movement. One key aspect is the ability to capitalize on the benefit of having the freshest ingredients possible. This week for instance the produce box included: radish greens, tatsoi greens, arugula, turnip greens, micro-greens, green onions, apples, sweet potatoes, squash, rice, shiitake mushrooms, various peppers and cucumber. Notice the first 5 ingredients are various types of greens? That is a lot of green things..More importantly, greens have a very short shelf-life. Continue reading
Man oh man, what a beautiful fall day in the Big Easy!
Walking outside with a cup of coffee into the crisp morning reminded me why October is absolutely my favorite month of the year in NOLA. Hollygrove felt like exactly the right place to be Saturday morning.
Cue witty, hipper than thou analogy/metaphor/simile here, but I just don’t have one. So, just the list:
BTW, anybody have good recipes for greens?
This Saturday was like a rite-of-passage for us as we returned to Hollygrove Market after a several month hiatus. Our leave wasn’t intentional, it just sort of happened and we got out of the swing, much like with our blog.
He Said commented to me as we left the farm, “it’s like a homecoming and it feels good”. I tend to agree with that assessment. We had gotten so off-track over the course of the last several months with our eating habits that this was like our awakening.
This week’s box is certainly a sign of fall for me with things that will and should be used for soups/stews etc. Come on fall weather!
Togetherness at the market, as my ever-traveling wife was actually in town today. The rain and chill kept the crowds at Hollygrove way down, but it just made us start thinking about winter comfort food. Great haul of stuff in the box, with a particular emphasis on fruits. Here’s what we got:
Yeah, yeah, I know. We’ve been failing in our duty to the blog very badly, but hope remains. Life has just been so damn busy lately, but there are a number of post coming in the next couple of days, including the lowdown on the big dinner party, including notes on the menu and other surprises, reviews of Eleven79, Maximo’s, Panola Cafe (hangover breakfast), Venezia II, and Taqueria Corona. Also, a visit to Snug Harbor and the new version of the Spotted Cat, and even some thoughts on a new restaurant ranking system. Not to mention a review of Cork and Bottle’s “Judgement of Paris” tasting last week. And maybe even the return of the riveting week in food! I’m going to try to author as any of these posts as I can this week, so I can continue to kick my wife’s butt in the category cloud (she hates that) Inspiration comes in many forms.
I did make it to Hollygrove this weekend, and here’s what’s in the box:
We shop at the Hollygrove Market every Saturday for our $25 basket of seasonal produce, and we note what we get on this blog each week. In a previous post, I mentioned our curiosity about the difference in the low-income demographic of the neighborhood and the demographic of our fellow shoppers. Simply put, the shoppers at the market are socio-economically very different from the surrounding residents. Not content to assume this observation was accurate just based upon what we saw, I asked Kevin at Hollygrove for his take. He was kind enough to respond and to confirm our assumptions. Additionally, he provided good information on why that is the case and what the Market has planned to address it. His complete response is in the prior post.
Today, I want to consider the more provocative question: why should we even care?
We’ve posted before about Hollygrove Market and Farm, how much we like it, and our weekly $25 box.
However, each week we kept remarking to ourselves that the market shoppers looked less like the Hollygrove residents, and more like visitors to a Whole Foods Arabella Station annex.
We made our usual Saturday trek to the excellent Hollygrove Farm and Market. If you’ve not been there, you should check it out. You can get to their site via our link on the right.
Hollygrove is a farm and market whose mission is as follows (via their website):
“The goal of the HM&F is to increase accessibility of fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods, and to promote sustainability through support of locally-grown produce. Accessibility to fresh produce means it is both available and affordable. Sustainability refers to the economic, social, and environmental benefits that occur: shorter transport distances for produce, increased support and incentives for local producers, a stronger monetary investment in New Orleans, and the formation of a secure source of produce.”