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Portobello Rd. Market – Notting Hill, London

12 Oct

You have got to go here…Portobello Rd. Market – Notting Hill, London Do you ever plan on visiting something just to check it out and then are completly blown away by what you discover?  Well, that is exactly what happened to me when I took my first steps into the Portobello Rd. Market.  I will foerver be thankful to the Londoner who told us about this spot! (Which brings up a good point.  If you want to truly find the great spots in the city – talk to the locals!) Follow the signs... The market is located within walking distance from the Notting Hill Gate underground station.  Just follow the signs…you can’t miss them! Notting Hill Gate One of the coolest things aobut this market is the energy.  The flow of people heading towards this gem was amazing…it just felt like everyone was happy to be outside together enjoying the sunshine (we were lucky enough to get some.)  As I turned the final corner on my way to the market all I could see were beautiful brightly-colored buildings and vendors for miles. OMG look at everything!Artsy Train...Thank goodness for the signs! We went on a Saturday (the market is open every day but Sunday and different goods are sold on certain days) so the streets were full of antiques, new goods, produce and my favorite FOOD!  The smells were intoxicating and my taste buds were so happy that they got to sample some of the freshest food I have ever eaten. No matter what you are craving they have it here! Fresh ProduceTreats for all. Donuts!!! Best Bruschetta EVER! As I kept wandering I discovered more markets down little alley ways that were full of more food, more goods and music.  Do yourself a favor and take it all in, see it all – you never know what you might find! And…since you’re already here, why not explore Notting Hill a little more?  It is full of history, there are tons of cool things to do and I am not sure if you know but a pretty famous movie was filmed here so feel free to scope out the locations it was shot at (lol)! George Orwell Whatever you decide to do, I highly recommend hitting the streets at the Portobello Rd. Market.  It is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and really get the feeling of what it would be like if you were lucky enough for this to be your local market. Happy Portobello Roading, Crystal P.S. – Bring cash!

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Little Italy Mercato – San Diego, Calif.

11 Nov

You have got to go here…Little Italy Mercato, San Diego, Calif.

Who doesn’t love a good farmers market?  I am here to tell you that in my opinion the Little Italy Mercato is the best farmers market I have been to in Southern California…

…and here’s why (in no particular order)…

Best view! Located just a few blocks from the ocean, it is blessed with an amazing spot to call home.

Samples!  Come hungry because there are tons (more than I have ever seen) of amazing fresh samples to delight in.

Local Products!  I know this may be obvious – but the variety is top-notch and so unique.

Music!  What a pleasant way to shop while listening to the sweet sounds of local artists.

Fresh fruits and veggies!  I would not be doing the market justice if I left out that fact that of course they also have hundreds of different fresh fruits, flowers and veggies to offer shoppers.

Fun (my favorite part)!  This market provides a perfect way to spend a day doing something fun with your friends and family.

With over four city blocks of fresh product, the Little Italy Mercato is somewhere you have got to go.  So, next Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., grab your besties and head to San Diego.  May I suggest making a day of it?

Happy Mercatoing,

Crystal

Tom’s Farms – Corona, Calif.

1 Aug

You have got to go here…Tom’s Farms – Corona, Calif.

Need a romantic date idea or just something fun to do with the whole family?  Well, look no further than Tom’s Farms in Corona, Calif.

Don’t let the name fool you, there is so much more to be discovered than just food.  Since 1971 this family destination has been pleasing all who enter its doors.

You will enjoy Tom’s Farms if…

…you love to eat!

With restaurants, snack stands and ample space to picnic after you grab some yummy delights from the Wine and Cheese Shop – there is something for everyones taste buds!

Fresh Salsa!

…you love fresh food!

Tom’s Farms has a produce market, wine and cheese shop, sweet shop , and a gourmet popcorn /fudge factory.  With thousands of local products from strawberries, to jams, to breads, to dried fruits, to cheese, to wine – you get the picture – you are sure to leave with your arms full!

…you love to shop!

No, I’m not just talking about food.  A huge home store filled with hand-crafted furniture, art and country goods is also located on the property.

…you like to have fun!

There are attractions for both kids big and small.  Trains, mining, magic, tractor rides, photo opportunities…the list goes on and on!

…you like to spend the day getting away from it all.

The thing I like best about Tom’s Farms is that it feels like you are out in the country, in a small town, where there isn’t a big city for miles……………

Happy Farming,

Crystal

Hold on, I’m not done yet.  Located just a few miles from Tom’s Farms is a hidden oasis – Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa.

You will only like it here if you enjoy relaxing.  The price of admission includes usage of numerous pools, saunas, mud baths, exercise classes, and yoga just to name a few.  If you have a whole day,  plan on visiting both places – you won’t be disappointed!

Tanaka Farms – Irvine, Calif.

6 Oct


You have got to go here…Tanaka Farms – Irvine, Calif.

Isn’t this picture enough to make you want to visit Tanaka Farms?  Look at all those awesome pumpkins that you can pick yourself!!!

Tanaka Farms is located in Irvine, Calif., not far off the 405 freeway.  If you live in the Southern California area or are visiting, it is worth a trip.  Since we don’t really have seasons here in California, going to the Tanka Farms to pick pumpkins makes me feel like it is fall outside – even if it is 80 degrees.  Did you catch what I said?  PICK PUMPKINS!  That is right, you can pick them right off the vine.  While some have been picked for those who may not be as adventurous, there are plenty available for you to get your hands dirty…my favorite part!  There are orange ones, white ones, green ones…OH MY!

After many trips up and down the rows (and longer than I wish to admit), I finally found my perfect pumpkins.  Take your time, have fun! I promise there is nothing like picking your own pumpkins.  I was so giddy and excited…it made me feel like a kid again!






So you think the fun is over right?  NO WAY…Have you ever seen a pumpkin cannon?  Well now is your chance.  I know it sounds silly, but it was totally rad (yah I said it!).  Seeing a pumpkin shoot into the sky and smash into pieces on the hillside was so much fun.  I mean come one, you don’t see that everyday!  The only thing that would have made it better was if I got to push the button, but sadly that didn’t happen…hahaha!


My suggestion: stay for at least two pumpkins…you won’t be sorry

Now you think all the fun is over right?  NOT EVEN CLOSE!  Have you ever picked your own veggies?  Well, Tanaka Farms lets you do that too!  They have radishes, green onions, green beans and carrots (all organic).  I actually got to pick my side dishes – truly farm to table.  The U-PICK veggies are $2.99 a pound and well worth it.  You can’t get any fresher than that.

Are you ready for more?  There is also a corn maze, BBQ, produce stand (with farm fresh fruits, veggies, and more) and a petting zoo.  Interested in getting a box of fresh fruits and veggies once a week?  Sign-up for the “Community Supported Agriculture” program and your wish is Tanaka Farms command.

As you can probably see pumpkin season is my favorite, but Tanka Farms offers year round U-Pick opportunities: strawberries in the spring,watermelons in the summer and Christmas Trees in the winter.

OK, well I am going to leave you with one more pictures to temp you into visiting Tanka Farms this season…look at my loot!


Happy Pumpkin Picking,

Crystal