Sunday, September 30, 2012

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A SWEET WAY
TO START THE DAY

Saturday morning at the market,
surrounded by fresh local produce.

Not in the mood for greens and roots today,
  so I let my "sweet tooth" take control . . .

A chocolate ganache "shot" and fresh pear crepe
were calling my name.

Chocolate truffle shots 
at ka-ka-o chocolatier
(www.kakaochocolate.com).

And a fresh pear & goat cheese crepe
at Holy Crepe!
and Nicole's stylin' mobile creperie
(facebook/HolyCrepeSTL).

Some days you just gotta' let the urge 
take control.

Double Yum!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

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OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBIT
YEAR ROUND
AT LAUMEIER PARK, ST. LOUIS

Over 100 sculpture installations are
installed at Laumeier Park in St. Louis County.

Some in open fields,
some in wooded forest land.
But all to discover year round.

Friday, September 28, 2012

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HOLES,  HOLLOWS,
BURLS AND KNOTS

As trees mature,
they acquire the blemishes and scars
of surviving the years.

Like each of us,
it's the warts and imperfections
that make us unique,
  and who we are . . .

Beautiful!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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THE SHOW HAS BEGUN

"Autumn is a second Spring
    when every leaf is a flower."

                      -- Albert Camus

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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TROPICAL DRAGONS
IN RED AND YELLOW

When I first tried a pitaya fruit
(at the market, while living in Colombia),
I fell in love with its sweet, exotic flavor,
its meaty texture and crunchy seeds.

This bright yellow fruit grows on cactus
and is an excellent digestive aid.
(But "don't eat too much", I was warned,
"too many seeds can be toxic.")

So I ate one a day, and never had a digestive problem.
My trail snacks, before hiking anywhere,
were always the same . . .
pitaya, passion fruit and dark chocolate!

It seems pitaya and dragon fruit, its look-alike
red cousin, are "one and the same."
Red dragon fruits, marketed in the U.S.,
are actually less sweet than the yellow Colombian pitaya,
and suffer from the delay and refrigeration
of mass market distribution.

If you ever have the chance to try either one,
enjoy it fresh, at room temperature.
Just slice it in half, and eat by the spoonful.

But not too much . . .

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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BIG TIME POLITICS
COMES TO KIRKWOOD

Republican "big guns" came to Kirkwood
to help support a controversial U.S. Senate
candidate, Todd Akin.

Ex-Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich,
stopped off at the Kirkwood Train Station
to make a media visit in support of the
troubled Todd Akin campaign.

Akin has drawn recent national criticism
and appeals to drop-out of the senate seat race,
especially for his misplaced quotes
against women's health, and calling student loans
a "stage 3 cancer of socialism."

When is "too much politics" 
too much for Kirkwood?

Right now!





Monday, September 24, 2012

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PROUD HARVEST

Local growers and farmers
bring their finest pick and canned goods
to the Tower Grove Farmer's Market.

Hungry visitors get to enjoy
hot specialty sandwiches, too.

Perfect, organic foods
grown, prepared and sold
locally!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

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THERE'S A LOT GOING ON
IN TOWER GROVE PARK

(Saturday morning, first day of Fall.)

This St. Louis park is not the biggest,
but it is full of splendid Victorian era
architecture and design features.

And on Saturday mornings,
there's free yoga sessions,
great acoustic live music,
one of the city's best Farmer's Markets,
the most eclectic, friendly neighbors
and some of their dogs.

Even some of the Tower Grove trees
merit their own marker.

(Tomorrow's post will show off
the market's local fresh produce
and seasonal specialties.)