Hi Crabby, I’m on staycation (yes, I too am surprised that it has its own Wikipedia entry). Wish you were here.
I took an afternoon stroll around the ‘hood today to shop and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts. I left the house without my camera which guaranteed I’d see all kinds of photo-worthy sights. In lieu of the pics I would have taken, I’ve attempted to draw what I saw. Too bad I’m the world’s worst draw-er.
Here’s a staycation tip: Try to get to the Old Strathcona Farmers Market before two o’clock. It’s a lot less crowded then but that’s because most of the good stuff is gone. I bought some green beans, blackberries and ground bison to make meatballs to have with spaghetti.
Outside the market, I stopped to smell the kettle corn and the fat franks at Fat Franks. I considered having one of their smokies for lunch (which was also breakfast) but decided I wanted a sit-down meal instead.
I returned DVDs at the library and got some new ones, then walked to Whyte Avenue. I popped into Chapters and thumbed through a copy of Fine Cooking magazine, the one you alerted me to last night. It has an article called Tiki Time about the history of “tropical” cocktails, with some recipes. I decided the four-page spread wasn’t worth the $8 price tag. If you’re seriously interested in Tiki drinks, this is the book to have.
Across the street I could see the guy with the bicycle decorated like a parade float (I’m sure you’ve seen him) in the parking lot of the Tim Horton’s where all the bikers hang out. I really have to get a photo of him someday ‘cuz he’s way hard to draw…
so here’s a Timbit instead.
I headed west along Whyte with the idea of finding suitable lunch grub. I remembered Da-De-O, which I love but haven’t been to in a long time.
I ordered a blackened catfish po’ boy sandwich with sweet potato fries. It was so good it made me wonder why I stopped coming here. I used to go just about every week for their po’ boy special (they still have it on Mondays and Tuesdays). I think I may start that ritual again. I see they also have poutine made with sweet potato fries – mmmm.
Heading home, I stopped in at the K & K Foodliner, my favourite little neighbourhood grocery store, because I forgot to get eggs at the market.
checkin’ out the German DVDs at the K & K
I also picked up some of their wonderful bacon which they butcher and smoke in-store.
Then I went home and now I’m waiting for those ugly storm clouds in the northwest to roll in.
Posted by Jean Poutine