The Seminole Heights Market, just like the other Tampa Bay markets, is a foodie paradise! Fresh bread, succulent produce, and vendors slinging tasty lunch for Tampa’s market-going community. Sign me up! Every 2nd Sunday of the month, you can find me on the lawn of Hillsborough High School (5000 N. Central Ave) in this historic neighborhood, buying my market goods and enjoying yummy food!
Ann, my recurring partner in crime for all things food, met me with hunger pains, so off we went to La Petite France. Here, the handsome French chef, Glenn, will make you the crepe of your dreams, which in her case was the L’Auvergnate: spinach, blue cheese, mushrooms, green apple, prosciutto and walnuts with a Red Currant Balsamic sauce. Are you in a hypnotic trance? Mmmmmmmm!
This was the ultimate stuffed crepe; I swear Glenn is testing just how much food he can put in one crepe! The earthiness of the cheese and mushrooms, the tartness of the apple, the saltiness of the prosciutto, and the richness of the walnut were all perfectly melded and complimented by the tangy balsamic sauce. Yay for this overstuffed goodness!
I wasn’t feeling particularly French (I know, a travesty), but I was feeling cheesy (always). I found my cure at the Riddle on the Griddle stand. I am not exaggerating when I say that this vendor produced the most delicious, pleasing grilled cheese I have ever had (coincidence that the griddlers name is Blair? I think not). Yep, even my mother couldn’t trump that grilled goodness. For $5, two pieces of handcrafted “Pony Bread” (coarse, chewy farmers bread), a signature cheese blend, and the extras of your choice (because, you know, it wasn’t already making me salivate). Add their thick, tangy tomato dipping sauce and a glass of their Pumpkin Spice Cider, and I'll meet you in heaven. Mmmmm!
I chose the Albeit grilled cheese with bacon, avocado, and tortilla chip-chips. I couldn’t have been happier with the melting cheese, chewy bread, and the creamy avocado. Add bacon and crunchy chips, and I’m a devoted fan!
Dessert, a necessary companion to every meal (especially since I quit smoking 6 months ago) was provided in the form of a yummy butterscotch square covered in powdered sugar [Insert standing ovation] from Sweet Caroline's Bakery.
I also picked up some of my signature market buys, including delicious pear and walnut bread (destined to join with the Brie in my fridge and the honey in my cabinet) from 20 Shekels and some delicious, fragrant produce from Bob & Daughters Produce! Bob was so nice; he offered to get some fresh cranberries in for me for the next market! Oh, and he gave us free pens with his logo! Thanks, Bob!
|Organic bread for all! No enriched flour, just yummy goodness!|
|Honey Crisp apples, Holiday Seedless Grapes, a kiwi, and some yummy strawberries!|
Make sure you are there this Sunday, December 9th, and the second Sunday of the month from here on out! It’s a great way to spend one of these wonderful winter days! And please, for all that is good in life, get a grilled cheese sandwich. It will change your life... well, it's DELICIOUS!