Aside from the general pleasure of visiting the farmers market, this past weekend there was an added bonus of discovering a new food item..


Rapini (commonly marketed in the United States as broccoli raab or broccoli rabe /rɑːb/) is a green cruciferous vegetable. The edible parts are the leaves, buds, and stems. The buds somewhat resemble broccoli, but do not form a large head. Rapini is known for its slightly bitter taste and is particularly associated with Italian, Galician, and Portuguese cuisines. Within the Italian tradition, the plant is associated especially with southern Italian cuisines such as those of Ciociaria, Rome, Naples, Campania, and Apulia.

 So I happened to be taking pictures of the vendors display when I happened to overhear him telling a couple of ladies about rapini. 

 "Its like broccoli, you cook everything," he said. As I put my camera down and stepped forward I said, "...

 During the holidays, my husband and I frequented a specialty market here by the the name of Tony's. It never fails that you'll find something amazing at this market when you're looking to create an impressive meal.

We happened upon this mediterranean mix of seafood and knew that once the holidays were over, we were going to whip up something delicious.

... and we did.

Sunday's Seafood Vermicelli consists of:

 1 cup, mussels 

 1 cup, scallops

 1 cup, squid

 1 cup, clams

 1 cup, shrimp

4 tsp, capers

4 tsp, black pepper

1 cup, extra virgin olive oil

1 cup, grated parmesan

2 tsp, alaea salt

1 cup, cilantro

 1 cup, whipped butter (salted)

 1/2 package, vermicelli 

 4 tsp, garlic salt

 1/2, lemon

 Boil noodles in medium high pot of water.

 Rinse seafood and sautè on low heat in skillet, using 1 tsp of the whipped butter, squeezing lemon over seafood. 

*You can remove seafood from heat, returning when noodles are boiling and 70-80 percent complete.* Once you return the seafood to (now) medium...

 For the vlog this week, I spoke of going on the hunt for a new boutique. However, I've chosen to write about a favorite bookstore of mine and its meaning.. beyond the books, stationary, and beverages.

I discovered City Stacks while on one of my morning strolls in the city about two years ago. A lover of an awesome read, I was beyond thrilled to find this new bookstore, and the staff.. so sweet, so knowledgeable, so personable. 

 I fell in love instantly, and could not wait to bring my husband in to see my new favorite place. Since that morning, I've been in a number of times. Be it in search of a new book, just stopping by for a magazine and a beverage, or simply to say hello to the wonderful owners, each visit was a delight.

My last purchase from City Stacks, #GIRLBOSS. 

 The last beverage my husband and I bought from the bookstore, 7 Spice Root Beer.

This past week, while checking my emails, I saw something that caused me to do a double take. I was used to receiving emails...

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