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Monday, August 27, 2007


A few random food-related musings:

  • Findlay Market's farmers market doesn't open until 11 on Sunday mornings. Considering I usually don't make it there until noon or later on Saturdays, I thought I'd make a effort and go down at 8:30 on Sunday. I had to work at 9, so what a way to start the day. Yeah, according to the one vendor who was there, I was about three hours early. Apparently, everyone else knew this. I was so proud of myself for getting up early and being productive. Ha! But I'm glad that farmers can have one day to sleep in -- they deserve it.
    I went back later in the day and bought some gorgeous green zebra and garden peach tomatoes and mini squash from a Batavia farmer. His name escapes me right now, but I'll track it down. He's always so helpful and cheerful, and his tomatoes are divine. He always lets me sample!
  • I'm busy tracking down the details on Restaurant week. I'll post more as I find out, but some helpful readers have posted some details in the comment section here. I've got just a few left to track down.
  • I took my boyfriend's mom to Jungle Jim's for the first time Saturday. She loved it. She lived in Italy and Egypt for years, so she found food that she hasn't had since she left. We live in northern Ky., so it's a bit of a drive to Jungle Jim's, but I love that store! My only complaint is that the Korean section is small, but I usually go to the huge Asian supermarket on Sawmill Road in Columbus when I visit my parents. (There's also a nice-sized Indian market across the street, and a Whole Foods and Trader Joe's nearby. It's a foodie's grocery-store heaven!)
  • Reader Mary graciously gave me a box of cookbooks she was getting rid of. I spent a good part of the weekend reading cookbooks and old cooking magazines. I have quite a collection, but I can't resist cookbooks. I read them almost as much as I read nutrition books, my real passion. When I'm done, I'm sure I'll pass them along. Thanks so much, Mary!


at 3:33 PM Anonymous Mary (a.k.a. Nice Jewish Girl) said...

Hi Stepf,
You are very welcome for the cookbooks. Yes, Findlay Market has only been open on Sundays since last year and that decision was not without controversy. Many of the farmers were not happy about having Sunday hours. Did you know that there is a huge Asian grocery store (and I do mean huge) in Evendale? The name escapes me, but I'm sure another reader will read this and respond with the information. It's right off of Reading Rd.

at 3:37 PM Anonymous nice jewish girl said...

Here's the link to the market:


at 3:45 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Awesome, thanks! I will have to check it out. I tend to buy kimchi in bulk from Jungle Jim's because they have the best in town, aside from restaurants. (The stuff at the grocery stores is a sad, tasteless imitation of kimchi.) The other dry goods I haul back from Columbus, so this will save me time and energy. I cook Korean a lot, especially in the winter.

at 5:41 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I read recently (now I am wondering if it was on this forum) that Jungle Jim's recently won a national award for the best bathroom! I need to check out some of the tastings and classes there. I tried a wine tasting at the Party Source this weekend and it was very well done. I learned a lot about Italian wines. I recommend trying one of their classes or tastings. The classes are usually buy one seat get one free and for a $20 tasting you receive a $12 gift card to the party source.

at 5:52 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

CinTwin 1--Check out the free wine tastings every Friday night at Liquor Direct in Covington (right under the bridge, across from the Lexus dealership). Many people do not know about this place, but people in the know do. They have absolutely the cheapest prices on wines and an incredibly friendly staff. (Tell Alphonse that Mary told you about it.) They also have a location in Southgate at the old Drug Emporium, but I've never been to that one.

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