Our weekly farmer’s market trips always yield a delightful new experience for my partner and I. On this trip we tasted our first Pop Craft treat.

What a great way to cool down after a trek through the hot morning sun. They have a fantastic choice of both, creamy and icy artisan popsicles to choose from.  New flavors will pop up week to week. I chose the icy” Blueberry Lemon Basil” while my partner chose the creamy “Coconut Cream.”

Both flavors were cold, full of flavor and definitely unique. Most certainly my “Blueberry Lemon Basil” was unique, it had bits of basil in the pop, hence its’ true artisan flavor.

Donna L. Tortorice is the “Lady Pop” herself and she is getting ready to open her first bricks and mortar pop shop here in Sarasota this July. Congratulations! I love to see small local businesses like this be successful. And I certainly love to partake in tasty, local,  artisan foodie stuff.

Make sure to visit their website www.popcraftpops.com

Yum Food!! Yum Art!!

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Cha cha ching!

I love being liked by 100 people….and counting!

I am truly grateful to have created this blog. I have found a great community of creative minds here.

Bowing Down To The Universe 

(oil pastel on watercolor paper)

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This is a great painting from one of the great Masters of all time!

Elliott in Gotham

[www.frick.org]  This fall The Frick Collection will present Vincent van Gogh‘s Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier). The painting has not left its home institution, the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, CA, in nearly forty years, making this a particularly rare and exciting viewing opportunity for East Coast audiences. This modern masterpiece will be shown in the Frick’s Oval Room from October 30, 2012, through January 20, 2013, and will be accompanied by lectures and gallery talks. The special loan is part of an ongoing exchange program with the Norton Simon Museum that began in 2009 when a group of five works from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries travelled to New York. Other loans have followed: the Frick’s Comtesse d’Haussonville by Ingres was shown at the Norton Simon in the fall of 2009, and Memling‘s Portrait of a Man is currently on view there, remaining…

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Crepe’s To Go ! Oh Yeah !!

Our new market experience “Traditional French Crepe’s”  made to order folks!

The official crêpe maker herself, with a large funny looking pan that created the giant crispy like pancake. Here is a link that explains a bit about the history of the crêpe. www.world-of-crepes.com/historyofcrepes.html

We shared the Turkey and Cheese crêpe, and it was pretty tasty for street side dining.

C’mon, you know I investigated it up close now ! We enjoyed our crepes with our freshly whipped cappuccino’s from atop…

you guessed it, or not…The Java Dawg Bus!!

Our favorite place to enjoy our morning brew and local fare….peeking down on all of our market peeps!

aaahhhhh…life is good!!

Yum Food!! Yum Art!!

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Stir Fry is Da Bomb!

And why is stir fry da bomb ?

Because it turns the most mundane and seemingly boring fare, into a tingling spicy delight !

Stir Fried Cabbage with Ground Beef !

First I added some tomatoes and onion to the cabbage, oh and garlic of course ! Lots.

And then I created this tomatoe-y, pepper-y, slurry with the ground beef

and dumped it into the cabbage stir fry, yum yum !

stir fried it together, and adjusted the spice to SPICY enough for a kick but still able to enjoy all the flavors of yummy-ness

I threw in some leftover, whole wheat penne pasta noodles, for a complete and Dee-lish-ous dish !!

So much for hum-drum, boring, drab, bland, mundane cabbage and beef !

Yum Food!!  Yum Art!!

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Purple striped eggplants

This unusual striped variety of eggplant, the Calliope,  inspired one of my many  “veggie only night” dinners.

It isn’t difficult to forgo the heavy meat laden yummy meals, that are more suitable for colder weather indulgences during these steamy days of our hot Florida summer.

Slice and douse with a fruity olive oil, sea salt, and fresh herbs of your choice…we used parsley.

Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 300 degree’s for about 1/2 hour.

To make a complete meal I served with some bright and delicate Mizuna greens, sautéed with olive oil and fresh garlic, all from our Sarasota Farmer’s Market (as is the eggplant).

We are still able to buy some good organic/local produce for a while longer, before the hot and humid days of summer spoil the fun for us here in the sunshine state.

I baked up a couple of yams and poured some lovely, crisp and fruity white wine into some glasses to create the perfect, romantic candlelit, “veggie only night”  dinner for my fiancée and I!

Yum Food!! Yum Art!!

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