Thursday, June 18, 2015

And then I took a Pink Tiger home

It was a marvelous early summer day, when only half of the tourists have arrived yet, mostly from the South. I headed out to the coast. To work.

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I encountered parts of windmills that were transported under police escort, but otherwise it was a usual summer day. I arrived at Chase’s Daily just in time to still get lunch (they serve until 2:30pm).

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It was finally the time when Chase’s has started to sell produce from its own farm. Around this time of the year, this includes seedlings.

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Like winter chard. Or tomatoes.

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I had given up on tomato plants a few years ago, because it seemed cheaper and easier to just buy them at the farmers market. But, the farmers market does not have pink ones. Pink with yellow stripes.

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So I took a pink tiger home. There was also Napa cabbage, ready to eat, and my favorite mesclun mix.

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I am not the only one who is in awe of this salad mix.

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After paying for the goods I moved on to lunch. A fabulous salad of said Napa cabbage with pink beets, carrots, and fresh mint (!), fantastic spicy grilled tofu, grilled scallions and a miso vinaigrette.

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After all was eaten and some work done, I wandered the streets of Belfast, with all its cute little stores.

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Brambles at its new location is back in business with olive trees. There is also now a fresh flower store in the store, just beautiful.

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On the backside, unseen from the Main street, is a brandnew brickoven neopolitan pizza store.

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Including outdoor seating.

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Then, I finally, finally found a ‘coffee shop’ to actually sit down and work. It is a secondhand bookstore which is an eclectic mix of secondhand books, and antique porcelain and kitchen ware. I’ve never quite bought anything in the store, I just wanted to be in the store. It transports you to your playful grandmothers house. New tables and chairs in front of the store indicated that something had changed. When I walked in I was overwhelmed by a seductive aroma of cinnamon and fresh baked cookies. There were little tables everywhere in the store, inviting people to sit down, enjoy some coffee and cookies. Brilliant. I picked the most remote table in the back of the store, and got the computer out. I worked until I ran out of battery power. I think I have to move to Belfast.

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