Mercats de Barcelona. My friend and favorite photoblogger Rion Nakaya was in Barcelona recently and wandered through one of the city's many markets with her camera. There are lots of other gorgeous photosets on her site; of the many food-related ones my favorite is of Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market.
Illinois pizza farm draws tourists. "R" Pizza Farm is "a half-acre circular plot divided up like the slices of a huge pizza. Each of the eight wedges represents something used on a pizza - from
tomatoes to peppers to herbs including rosemary and sage. Three goats
represent milk and Cleo the cow is symbolic of beef. Seven penned-in
pigs illustrate pork." They do tours from April through October, teaching people about farming and organic growing, and wrap by serving pizza made mostly with ingredients from the farm.
This weekend I traveled to Sausalito, California to practice the art of leisure. By all accounts, it was a success. One of my favorite meals from the weekend was a late lunch at the Salsalito Taco Shop.
Salsalito Taco Shop
Sausalito, CA 94965
Earlier this month, I spent a weekend in Austin, Texas attending SXSWi, and of course, eating. Here's a quick report of some the restaurants I visited. Enjoy!
Iron Works Barbecue
100 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
* Styles of barbecue vary widely, but Central Texas barbecue tradition is heavily influenced by the influx of German and Czech settlers in the late 19th century and their tradition of sausage and smoked meats. Beef brisket figures prominently in Texas barbecue -- I, however, threw caution to the wind and opted for the Jr. rib plate at The Iron Works, conveniently located around the corner from the Austin Convention Center. It was a tasty mess, just like I like it.
While we were wandering around La Boqueria in Barcelona, we spied this strange looking fruit. Bright pink with large scales on the outside, cut in half to reveal white flesh flecked with what look like tiny black seeds. Wena kindly informed me that these are Dragon Fruit, or Pitaya. It's part of the cactus family, grows in tropical regions, and apparently is very tasty. More information and photos of Pitaya.