Little Guatemala in Western Carolina

The culmination of a relaxing vacation was a stop in Morganton NC to see old friends with an exciting new venture. Erica and Christian Ramazzini renovated a building at 810 East Union Street into a charming cafe serving freshly roasted Guatemalan coffee, pastries and Guatemalan street food like tostadas. You can also purchase traditional craftContinue reading “Little Guatemala in Western Carolina”

What’s new at the St. Pete Farmer’s Market

Visited old friends and made new ones at the St. Petersburg FL Saturday Market. Our first stop was the Twisted Indian food truck. Kat had the Lamb Korma Naanwich, which she described as perfectly spiced with just the right amount of heat. I had my favorite drink, Mango Lassi, a refreshing cold drink made withContinue reading “What’s new at the St. Pete Farmer’s Market”

Friday night at the Blue Rooster

We had a front row seat to hear Ariella at the Blue Rooster and I mean right up front next to the extra mics and equipment cases. We could almost reach out and touch the fabulous Ariella McManus, who was so kind to sing my favorite song, McGinn, in honor of my favorite Irish lassContinue reading “Friday night at the Blue Rooster”

Saturday morning farmers market

St. Petersburg FL has, in addition to its natural beauty and tourist attractions, one of the best farmer’s markets in the southeast. The array of fresh organic vegetables and fruits are a feast for the eyes. Worden Farms from Punta Gorda had the most gorgeous red kale and fat bunches of red and green leafContinue reading “Saturday morning farmers market”

Bitter with the sweet

Chard is in season! You don’t want to miss this beautiful vegetable, it’s almost too pretty to eat. I sauté it in olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper the same way I make my collards, Brazilian style. It was the star of tonight’s delicious dinner featuring pork chops glazed with mustard and maple syrup,Continue reading “Bitter with the sweet”