If there's one thing I love about Saturdays, it's going to the farmer's market. Something about just walking around the stands, seeing all the gorgeous local produce, and knowing how passionate the farmer's are about their produce - it brings a smile to my face every time!
Yesterday after a trip to the gym (40 minutes of cardio + a full body weights circuit) I went to the market with my friend Andrea. There was lots to see as always!
Squash... looks like we got there a little late.
Funny shaped heirloom carrots
Local apples... my favourite!
Date coffee cake and granola muffins. Sound amazing, no?
Later on in the day I celebrated local food once again by going to dinner at Garlic's with my friend Chris. It changes its menu monthly and uses as many local and organic ingredients as possible in its dishes. I went there earlier this fall and was blown away by my meal, so I was excited to go back.
The bread was a molasses bread with a garlic butter. The bread tasted like beer (yuck), but despite that I still enjoyed it.
Afterwards we were brought out a special treat from the kitchen: fried Jerusalem artichoke with Cajun-spiced breading and a garlic aioli. This was so good!
For my appetizer I had the mixed organic greens with toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and a maple-balsamic dressing. This was fantastic and a huge potion size! I was impressed.
My entree was by far my favourite part of the meal though. I opted for the Arctic char with celeriac puree, roasted fennel, and heirloom carrots and beets. The fish was incredible, but the veggies were equally as good. That was my first time trying celeriac, and I loved it! It was like a combination of potato and celery.
Then Chris ordered a crazy dessert: garlic ice cream!!! I tried a bite, but I was not a fan. It was just a little too weird for my tastebuds.
Afterwards I just came home, put on some sweats, and caught up on blogs while Twilight was on tv in the background. It was the perfect relaxing end to my day!
Have you ever tried celeriac? What are your favourite root veggies?
Have you ever tried any crazy flavoured ice creams?