As I have said time and time again, traveling for me is really just an excuse to discover new foods, which often translates to spending time in many different grocery stores. Or, in the case of my trip to Atlanta a few weeks ago, a very large farmers [slash] Mexican [slash] Asian market known as the Buford Highway Farmers’ Market.
Laura did not exaggerate when she said I would flip out upon arrival, and the excitement I felt upon seeing the wide expanse of produce spreading before me was perhaps unnatural.
–meaning it was about time to share with you, Jenn, and any other farmers market aficionados out there, how I ate my Atlanta finds.
Some did, however, make it onto a plate with eggs and one of the Holman & Finch Bread Company rolls I’d received for free from my adventures at the local Whole Foods, which I toasted and topped with some Grapefruit and Smoked Sea Salt Marmalade from Anarchy in a Jar.
After experiencing smoked beets for the first time at Cakes & Ale, I smiled real pretty and convinced The Professor to smoke half of that giant beet for me.
Eaten first (maybe)* alongside salad and a rather shockingly delicious previously frozen (and perfectly triangular) tortilla crusted tilapia filet from Sea Cuisine (topped with homemade salsa)…
…I quickly discovered that smoked beets (and my New Years “Good Luck” Grapes and Greens) taste great with runny eggs.
As do plantains.
…and then blended up into my Cherry Ginger Beet Smoothie.
–they made a perfect ring around the
rosy chili I’d thrown together with leftover Chipotle pinto beans (saved and frozen) from the catering extravaganza earlier this fall.
SO maybe you’ll send me some more, Laura? Maybe?