I ♥ the Farmers’ Market: the San Diego and birthday edition

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Last weekend I celebrated my 36th birthday. I’m still reeling from that idea because I’m pretty sure I missed 35, it flew by so quickly. But here I am, another year older (and 75.5 pounds lighter, woo hoo!). The original celebration plan was set since last November, when it was announced at the closing session of the International Food Bloggers’ Conference that the next IFBC would take place in Portland, Oregon, on my birthday weekend. Since my birthday so rarely falls on a “cool” day like a Saturday, I was more than happy at the prospects of spending it surrounded by foodies in one of my favorite cities.

But the universe had other plans, as it’s often want to do. Rather than finally score that sponsorship that was supposed to pay for my travel and conference fees, it felt I’d do better relaxing in San Diego with some close friends and not wasting precious money on extra food outings (the other fees that you’ll incur at conferences, awesome as they may be!).

I would have enjoyed IFBC for sure; I always do. But with the way things have been going with my health, my work and family, it was better for me to save the money I would have spent out of pocket (upwards of $1,000 for one weekend??? No way I could pull that one off) and just take a break for once.

A real, honest to goodness break.

Breaks pair quite nicely with some Brown Sugar-Buttermilk Cake made especially for you by your incredible friends. : )

It was just what the doctor ordered! We did some sightseeing, I was spoiled rotten by my friends, Susan & Richard, and I got to absorb all the beauty and splendor of the San Diego area. It didn’t take my problems away, of course; reality has a way of waiting ’til you get back from vacation. But it gave me a chance to get out of the house, see something new, and slightly recharge my very weary batteries.

Because my friend Susan is a talented chef, she was looking forward to taking me to a couple different farmers’ markets so we could geek out on fresh produce together. Coming from a place saturated in farmers’ market happenings, I was super stoked to check out what my SoCal neighbors were doing with their markets. And it was awesome! All the greatness of California’s bounty, with an extra touch of warmth so you can get things like ripe passion fruit (not easily found up here). There were plant oases, food vendors, music – it was a great time!

And there was tomato porn EVERYWHERE.

So, before I launch into my latest edition of the $25 Shopping Cart (which will be tomorrow’s featured post – and it’s going to be a good one!), I thought I’d share some of the fun from my birthday weekend, especially since I didn’t have the opportunity to write up a special birthday recipe. I’ve put up a few random scenery shots here in the post, but also created a special farmers’ market slideshow, just because. Enjoy!

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5 Responses to "I ♥ the Farmers’ Market: the San Diego and birthday edition"

  1. Sherry Bailey says:

    OK, first of all, if you just turned 36 (Congrats and Happy belated birthday, by the way) then stop posting pictures of your fifteen year old self — it’s demoralizing! ;^)

    Next — Goat Cheese popsicles? ick!

    Finally, please identify those tiny green items in the slide show that resemble thumb sized watermelons. (I live in New England, those are alien creatures to me!) Thanks!

  2. The Frozen Food Fairy says:

    This makes me want to go to Farmers Market right now! Gorgeous photos. Your book is going to look amazing!

  3. Sam says:

    I live in Hillcrest! I am so proud of that farmer’s market, it is such a glorious place.
    On a different note, let me also just say how much of an inspiration you are to me!
    I was reading your about me, and I feel like I am very much in the same place financially as well as being an horrible impulse buyer with regards to food.
    Thanks for what you do!

  4. Ashleigh says:

    Apparently I’ve been going to the wrong farmers market. I live in Escondido and I’m never really impressed with the selection. Maybe I should start checking out other city’s farmers markets…
    Happy birthday!


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