A trip to the Market

Happy Saturday, kittens!

I actually have a three-day weekend situation going on here that I’ll  explain tomorrow.  Since I’m in the middle of living presently and all that, we live in the now 😉

Today was meant to be a day of Admin.  I rolled out of bed at 5 AM, ran 15 miles, slept it off and then took my dresses for the rehearsal dinner and the reception to the tailor.

Productivity = Accomplished.

As far as I’m concerned you have to Go Big or…Go Big.

Post-tailor, I managed to cajole (okay so it really didn’t take any cajoling at all) Mom into going down to the Midtown Global Market.  The Minnesota Food Bloggers were having a bake sale and I wanted to eat some damn good food.

Yes, it’s curse-worthy.

The Market has been on my To-Do list for like a year now, mostly because I haven’t been in AGES (read: more than a year) and it lends itself SO well to feasting.

And, having spent an hour there, I was totally reminded as to why I put this place on the same level as Whole Foods and Lunds.  I avoid setting foot in them at All Costs because otherwise, I end up wanting to buy basically everything in sight.

Some girls have a shoe problem.  I like to think I have a purse problem.  But the reality is, I have a grocery problem.

What did we see?

More feta choices than I thought one ever could (or should!) have.

Wares.

Herds.

All cheeses big and small.

Neon cookies from the panaderia.

And a plate of deliciousness from La Loma Tamales.

I was not mentally prepared.  Just call this therapy divided into thirds.

Naturally there was a lovely Chocolate Dulce Cupcake from Salty Tart that I dominated in the car on the way home.  I wanted to wait until I was at a proper table, I really did.  But to spend even a minute trying NOT to think about chocolate buttercream frosting and a salty caramel center is to hear its siren song.

And that bake sale?  Was fabulous.  I snagged a jar of homemade fig jam for $5.  I’ve been trying to use The Secret to source a jar FOREVER and so when I saw it on the counter, I didn’t even hesitate before snatching it up.

Are there any global market/mass food court-type buildings near you?

What are your go-to bake sale buys?

I’ll always choose canned things like jams, pickles, etc. if I have that choice.  Otherwise, I’m A Major Fan of homemade things that have been dipped in chocolate like Buckeyes and Black & White cookies.

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14 responses to “A trip to the Market

  1. I don’t have any markets like that around where I live. The closest I could think of is The World Market Store that has foods, kitchen, and furniture. I love that store.
    I would have to say that I am a grocery person all the way. I love finding new foods to try.

  2. I love the fact that you’re so blase about running 15 miles this morning! Go you!

    I have a grocery problem too. I’m getting giddy just thinking about all that feta cheese!

  3. If I hit the farmer’s market, the things I ALWAYS look for are fresh farm eggs and cheeses, locally grown honey, and artisan breads. Can’t live without those 4. Above that, it’s produce, produce, produce!

  4. Sounds like so much fun! You’re tempting me with all that delicious looking cheese. And that cupcake sounds SO GOOD.
    Whenever I go to farmer’s markets, I usually go for the type of stuff that I can’t find in other places that fresh like certain veggies or pastries.

  5. I am definitely a maven for anything with a chocolate/caramel combo going on. That, and anything locally grown or produced: fruits/veggies, cheese, pastured meats, honey, etc.

  6. Oh how I love Midtown. Next time you go (hopefully again this summer). Please do yourself a favor and get Vietnamese iced coffee from Pham’s and saffron soup from Safari Expess. I’d be down with meeting you there!

  7. Oh, I must go back! I haven’t been there in ages. I am now drooling…

  8. Those neon cookies are sure interesting me, lot of food color, but one won’t hurt right.

  9. I’m not interested in shoes or groceries, but I have a clothing problem. I’ve gotten better about it and yet I find myself buying things I really don’t need way too often. I try to avoid the mall as much as possible but still…I need to avoid it altogether.

    Feta and cookies…one can never have too many varieties. They look awesome!

  10. Oh, wow, all that feta! We don’t have anything like that here, although we do have a farmer’s market downtown, which I never go to, because it’s downtown and I hate having to drive there.

  11. So much to discuss. First of all: Global Market rocks my world. Scott and I had one of our BEST date nights ever when we each took $20 and divided the place and bought massive amounts of food for the other to try.
    Also? French Feta? For serious? I had no clue there were different types of feta! My roommate has a recipe for feta and rhubarb (which she got for FREE from her boss) salad that may require some of this awesomeness.

  12. I have ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted to go to Midtown Global Market and I haven’t.ever.been. Maybe when The Universe decides we can be friends IRL (in real life – duh!), we can go? I might need someone to hold me up after my knees go weak for those cheeses. I loveahhh the cheese.

  13. I love the Midtown Global Exchange – I actually only live a few blocks away from there. I love that I can have authentic Mexican food followed by a nice French dessert all in one place. Amazing.
    Much love,
    B

  14. Did you really get out of bed and run 15 miles at 5 a.m.? Darn, girl. That’s impressive.

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