Farmers Market Finds: Mother’s Day

It was gorgeous day at the Farmers Market. Everyone seemed livelier, maybe because the sun was briefly out and it was Mother’s Day. There were more people than usual too. I was in bit of a hurry and could not chat much with familiar faces or stop to take beautiful photos. I needed to pick up a few ingredients and quickly prepare for our Mother’s Day picnic and hike. Though, I was delighted to find lots and lots of squash blossoms. We are going to eat amazing frittatas and snacks this week!

squash blossomsSquash blossoms are the flowers of zucchinis. They are delicate and are a special treat. The blossoms go quickly at the market and don’t last long in the heat or fridge. I usually use them up within a few days of buying. They can be eaten raw, slightly sautéed, or stuffed and fried. The blossoms come off as exotic, so it’s fun too serve them at a special meal. At restaurants, I loved eating them on pizzas, but it’s hard to find speciality gluten-free pizza. 

blueberriesI couldn’t resist taking a photo of these beauties.

A tradition only started last year, my brother and I choose a local state park to have a picnic and hike with our parents. We thought it would be a nice way to spend quality time with our parents and get them to hike, something they normally do not do on their own. We try to keep the hike moderate, so it’s enjoyable for everyone. Walking amongst the giant trees sparks interesting conversations. It’s also a nice alternative to worrying about reservations and dining out.

treesThis year, we went to Roberts Regional Park in Oakland. We live nearby so many state parks, but have not visited half of them. Mother’s Day is our new reason to explore the parks and trails around us.

picnic

After a small, homemade picnic, we went for a moderate hike. We had pea pesto marinated chicken, turkey stuffed bell peppers, poha (spiced flattened rice dish), lentil and chard pilaf, dolmas, spicy hummus, mangos, and cherries. A very ethnic and delicious picnic.

treesI am so thankful to live within half an hour of these beautiful redwoods. The air was amazing.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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The Weekender

If you are in San Francisco this weekend, check out these noteworthy food and fitness events!
Friday May 7 • Il Cane Rosso • 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy a three-course dinner on the Embarcadero for $25 at Il Cane Rosso. Local, seasonal ingredients are featured and are served family-style at communal tables. http://canerossosf.com/

Embarcadero View

Saturday May 8 • Boot Camp • 9-10 a.m.
If you’re committed to getting in shape and want inspired training, try out an outdoor boot camp class offered by JCCSF. You do not need to be a JCCSF member and the first class is free. Call
415-292-1299, ext. 2822 for more information.
http://www.jccsf.org/programs/fitness-group-exercise/jccsf-outdoor-boot-camp/
Saturday May 8 • Culinary Walking Tours of San Francisco • 10-1 p.m.
Three hours of local food, local culture and local flavor! Choose from one of three neighborhoods to tour and taste.
http://www.foodieadventures.com/San_Francisco_Tours___Chris_Milanos_Foodie_Adventures!_-_%7BFood_Tours,_Travel_%26_TV%7D_-_Foodie_Walking_Tours_of_San_Francisco.html

North Beach

Sunday May 9 • Divisadero Farmer’s Market • 10-2 p.m.
Enjoy a pastry from Bakers of Paris and a freshly squeezed juice from Juicey Lucy’s, while picking out the perfect blooms for your mom. Don’t forget to get a box of chocolates from Stickler Chocolates! Then treat your mom to a classic brunch in Magic Flute’s beautiful garden.
http://www.pcfma.com/market_home.php?market_id=63
http://magicfluteristorante.com/

Juicey Lucy at Divisadero Farmer's Market

Sunday May 9 • Mother’s Day Brunch Cooking Class• 10:30-1 p.m.
Learn to whip up a gourmet brunch with your mom in a hands-on cooking class taught by Parties That Cook, in the picturesque Ferry Building. Once the cooking is over, enjoy a fantastic brunch buffet with Mom. All while sipping mimosas, of course!
http://www.partiesthatcook.com/events/san-francisco-bay-area-cooking-classes/mothers-day-brunch-cooking-class-san-francisco/

Ferry Building