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Saturday in the City

One of my favorite things about living in the River Market is being a short walk away from the City Market. On Saturday I began my weekly tradition of stocking up on produce, bread, spices, flowers and whatever else catches my fancy–or appetite!

Combine that with one of my other favorite things, taking photos with the Instagram app for iPhone, and you’ve got the makings of a great day.

There are no words for how much I love this city. What a gorgeous skyline!

Imagine my delight when I stumbled across my favorite flower, the incredibly fragrant lilac! I told the cheerful vendor that I thought it was way too early for lilac blooms, but he said the recent warm weather had encouraged their growth. These will be on my must-purchase list until they’re out of season!

Other than that, R. and I attended an amazing wedding on Saturday night (congratulations C&J!) and spent the weekend planning–and implementing–our Great Loft Reorganization of 2011. It’s going to be a lot of work, but the results will be worth it — and we’ll have an excuse to throw a party!

Hope you had a great weekend, too – isn’t springtime in Kansas City the best?!


Reasons I love Kansas City, #5: City Market

In all of the excitement surrounding my book release, you may be thinking that I abandoned my “Reasons I love Kansas City” countdown.

Not so, my dears! We’re going to keep the party going, this time with the City Market.

Photo by Rob Schamberger

Celebrated as the largest farmers market in the Midwest, the City Market is a fresh food lover’s dream. The perimeter of the market is lined with wholesale produce sellers and various specialty food shops and restaurants, including an authentic Italian deli and Middle Eastern restaurant + grocer. The middle aisles are generally populated by local farmers, gardeners and artisans offering everything from homemade pasta to crafts.

I’ve been visiting the City Market for years, even before I lived in Kansas City. I can remember walking longingly through the aisles, lamenting the drive back to Columbia that prevented me from buying fresh flowers and anything requiring refrigeration. So when Rob and I moved to the River Market last year, we spent our first morning wandering the market, buying everything in sight and sipping freshly squeezed strawberry lemonades.

In addition to the amazing food selection and prime people watching, I love the market because you never know what you’ll find. Magicians, musicians, food demonstrations, garage sales–the market has a fun, eclectic vibe that’s hard to find elsewhere in the city.

But above all else, the City Market is home to the Holy Grail, or as I refer to him, The Spice Guy. Follow your nose to the impressive line-up of fresh spices, available by the scoop at insanely low prices. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recommended Al-Habashi Mart and its spice selection, especially for people like me who need hard-to-find Indian and other ethnic spices.

Now that market season is picking up, I feel that balance and order has been restored to my life. There’s nothing I love more than starting a Saturday morning with a leisurely stroll around the market, returning home with bags full of produce, spices, flowers, bread and anything else that catches my eye. If you haven’t yet been to City Market, don’t make any plans next weekend and stop by. This is one of the true jewels in Kansas City and it deserves to be treasured.

Bloom Baking Co.: UPDATE

As promised in yesterday’s post, I went back to Bloom Baking Co. today and had a lovely chat with Stephanie and the bakery’s owner, Janet. They clarified the fresh flavor combinations found in the hummingbird cupcake, which is a carrot cake-like cupcake with pineapple and coconut instead of carrot. The result? A more tropical flavor palette that’s perfectly balanced by the citrusy topping. The rich frosting is not lemony buttercream, as I originally thought, but a lemon-spiked cream cheese frosting.

Of course, I couldn’t leave empty-handed . . .

Vanilla bean cupcake and iced oatmeal cookie

After a convincing testimonial from Stephanie, I opted to try the vanilla bean cupcake while Rob went for the iced oatmeal cookie, which Stephanie said is a popular choice. Both were delicious, but the vanilla cupcake is definitely not for the faint of heart — the frosting is, in a word, intense, and the cupcake is made even better with freshly scraped vanilla bean seeds.

Run, don’t walk, friends — Bloom Baking Co. is waiting!

New in town: Bloom Baking Co.

We’ve already established that I love food. A lot. But what I love even MORE are baked goods and dessert, so you can imagine how my waistline cowered yet my tastebuds rejoiced when Bloom Baking Co. moved into the City Market.

Oh yes, my friends. Cupcakes, whoopie pies, pastries, potato bread, challah–all made-from-scratch and deliciously tempting in their sweet, yeasty glory.

And you know I couldn’t leave without a treat! After some careful consideration, I opted for the hummingbird cupcake, a delightful concoction that combined a slightly dense, spice- and coconut-studded cupcake with the best buttercream frosting I’ve ever had, made even more delicious with a slight hint of lemon.

Hummingbird cupcake

I’m already plotting a return trip for scones, cookies, bread–oh, who am I kidding? I’ll happily eat anything they make! And speaking of the baking process, be sure to check out Bloom’s kitchen, easily visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows next to the shop. Just make sure you don’t leave any drool on the window!

Welcome to the City Market, Bloom Baking Co.! It’s great to have you, and I’m sure this is the start of a sweet, sweet friendship.