Salted Caramels from Blu Boy: All of Blu Boy's exquisitely hand-crafted chocolate jewels are delicious in every flavor -- complete with hand painted tops. But my favorites right now? Salty, sweet, chocolate caramels. You won't be able to eat just one.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Chouda with Fons: What's better than eating Trader's Point Creamery Chouda -- a cheddar/gouda blend? Eating with Fons Smits, the cheesemaker, of course! (I almost didn't recognize him without his trademark knee high boots, white shirt, and paper hat!
Golden Plums from Locally Grown Gardens: Cold, ripe, sweet, and so juicy, you'll need a napkin when you bite into these home grown bounties of fruit goodness. Yet another reason why summer is my favorite season. All from the every-day farmer's market at 54th and the Monon Trail.
Two-Minute Warning: Is the honeymoon over? I'm kind of over Fresh Market, or maybe I'm wishing it would get over itself. Popped in today for some necessities and a little inspiration and found them lacking in both...again. Produce was scarce and some of the baked goods were bordering on day-old. The quality of their cute little cakes and breads really isn't that high to begin with, and I find I'm really disturbed by the total lack of local *anything* (along with those horrible, horrible plastic bags.) I almost always hear conversations between customers about how mass produced meat is so bad. People! You can get local, natural meat in Indiana so easily! Their prepared salads, soups, and dips are fine, but not above average. And even hungry, I find nothing I really want to eat. But perhaps most of all, I am over the check-out staff. Sullen, unfriendly, unknowlegable, attitude-laden -- it's adding insult to injury at the ridiculous prices. If I want stone faced silence, no smile, and a lack of product knowledge, I can go to Marsh up the street. Either way, Fresh Market's failures give me an excuse to keep patronizing my local faves. They won't displace my Goose-love anytime soon.