All Beverage Edition

I know tweens are the new teens, but it still caught me off guard when my 10 1/2-year-old daughter asked me what a mojito was. After considering telling her it was either (1) a small parasite that carried malaria, or, (2) what the Seattle Mariners renamed their "mojo" when they were on a losing streak, I decided that honesty was the best policy and said, "It's a nasty alcoholic drink that you would hate because it tastes like wine." She made a face and asked no more questions.

For the rest of us, however, who might enjoy a cocktail now and then, I found this handy blog post from Eating Well, entitled, "Margarita makeover: add this secret ingredient to make it healthier." I know this falls along the lines of "ten wonderful things about dark chocolate we can use to justify chowing down that entire candy bar," but still... Hope you still have some frozen blueberries from last summer because you can now invite some friends over, make a whole pitcher and call it good for you.

Speaking of good for you--to breastfeed or not to breastfeed, that is the question. Yes, folks, HAMLET is no longer just a tortured Shakespearean prince--he's now an element in breast milk (uh-huh, you read that right). And not just any old element in breast milk--he's a cancer-fighting one! Check out this interesting article from Science Daily on it. Once word of this gets out, I think the controversy will no longer be whether nursing mothers should be allowed to breastfeed in public, but rather, should grown adults be allowed to shove the babies out of the way so they can hook those moms up to the Medela pump. And then, a few years after that, HAMLET will be showing up as a food additive in margarine and eggs. Good night, sweet prince, indeed.

And then, finally, for my particular readers who are teetotaling, weaned, and/or doing a 100-mile diet, I thought I'd include this link for a farm Lori and I became aware of at Foodpurtunity. Sakuma Brothers in the Skagit Valley grows and processes tea, selling green, oolong (black), and white versions. Sakuma Brothers is one of only two commercial tea growers in the entire United States, and they're here in our own backyard. Now that's something to drink to.

A Golden Foodpurtunity

Last night BFM Director Lori Taylor and I attended Foodpurtunity in Seattle, "a networking event for food journalists, Public relation professionals, restaurateurs, farmers, companies and all food passionate people." It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. Tom Douglas' Palace Kitchen Ballroom was packed with such folk, all trying to elbow each other out of the way (politely) to get at the delicious samples. Personal favorites included the short-rib-and-kim-chee sliders from Mistral Kitchen and the gluten-free crostini with cheese, arugula and balsamic reduction from Wheatless in Seattle. Oh, and let's not forget the molten chocolate cakes from hot cakes confections, indulgent treats that will be available at our Thursday market. Pure indulgence.

Many of the treats featured ingredients from BFM farmers and vendors. Lori and I came upon Fishing Vessel St. Jude tuna and Willie Greens produce and Foraged and Found nettles. One Spanish tortilla featured potatoes from our own Olsen Farms, and both Marilyn's Nut Butters and Fosse Farms were there sampling products.

If the food was front and center, the networking was close behind. Large screens scrolled through tweets from attendees, and the evening wound up with a rigorous "speed-networking" event where I had to face off with twenty other bloggers, chefs, reviewers, sommeliers, etc. and see if we were going to make beautiful meals together. I think a whopping two of them had ever been to our lovely market, but hopefully my thirty seconds of arm-twisting will get more of them to cross the bridge.

Thanks for checking in with the blog. You might or might not be thrilled to know you can now become a fan of the Bellevue Farmers Market on Facebook or follow me (@CNDudley) on Twitter. Bon appetit, and let's network!