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New Year, New Foods

December 30, 2011 - 3:57pm
Author: 
Catt F

NEW YEAR, NEW FOODS

Whether you've had a 2011 to celebrate, or you're one of the many who feel they barely survived, there's something hopeful about washing away the past and welcoming a new year. Shop the Little Italy Mercato tomorrow to make your celebration delicious.

In the spirit of transition, pair old favorites and new foods tomorrow night. Stuff Morocco Gold Dates with Cinnamon PB Peanut Butter. Devil a dozen eggs from Swiss Mountain. Try a fresh sea urchin from Poppa's Fresh Fish or order a live lobster, and shuck Carlsbad AquaFarm oysters at your party. Mary at Taste Cheese will introduce you to varieties of fromaggio that you've never tried before; pick up Sweet Potato or Whole Grain crackers from Fresh Start Foods and complete your tray with honeyed almonds from Hopkins AG and dried pluots from Smit Orchards. Stop by Mello Mushroom and try this clever Chanterelle Ceviche recipe to serve with Baba Foods' pita chips. Slice and grill zucchini from Poiros Family Farm and stuff with Terra Bella Ranch's sun dried tomatoes and Springhill Farms goat cheese for these rollups.

What's left? Just grab a few bottles of Merlot or Viognier from Triple B Ranch at the Mercato, and some cold Prosecco from Mona Lisa for that midnight toast, then it's on to 2012!

 

Eat With the Fishes

December 23, 2011 - 8:00pm
Author: 
Catt W

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

For Italians, like many Europeans, Christmas dinner's got nothing on the Christmas Eve feast, and in Southern Italy it's all about fish. The Little Italy Mercato on Christmas Eve morning will have all the ingredients you need for that celebration. Oysters, scallops, linguine with clam sauce, sardines, urchins, lobster and more: the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a tradition to warm the hearts of seafood lovers. Whether the seven varieties symbolize the Catholic sacraments or the seven virtues (or perhaps surrender to gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins) it's a delightful tradition. 

Choose your favorite fish from Poppas' Fresh Fish and the peppers from our newest farmer Proios Family Farm and try this Roasted Pepper Crab Soup, or use fresh pasta and olives from Lisko Imports, lemons from Polito Farms, and beans from Suncoast Farm and try Foodblogga Susan Russo's linguine with mixed seafood or tuna and olive pasta. For baccala (salt cod), stop by Mona Lisa on India Street. On Christmas Eve we all eat with the fishes.

Urgin for Urchins

July 28, 2011 - 10:12am
Author: 
Britta T

SEA URCHIN SHOOTERS THE NEW TO DO
Some people dread and despise the ornery, spined creature known as the sea urchin. However, it's becoming a normal affair to see people sluggin' down sea urchin shooters at the Little Italy Mercato. Squishy and tongue-like- it makes a great breakfast, lunch, or cure to those ever often Saturday morning headaches. Though you won't have to worry about eating the poking spines of the urchin, the "roe"(actually the gonads!) is the, urhh, mouthwatering delicacy sweeping the nation with growing popularity.

If you're brave enough to try your luck at slurping, Poppa's Fresh Fish offers the freshest catch every week. If you're still a bit hesitant, but interested in the flavor of uni- purchase a good amount of the uni and try putting together this tasty sea urchin bruschetta:



Combine 1/2 cup of minced yellow onions from Schaner farms, a dash of dry sherry, a bit of lemon juice, a handful of chopped cilantro from Vang's, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl. Add the urchins and season with salt and pepper. Let marinate while you grill the bread. Brush the bread slices with the remaining olive oil and grill over medium heat until both sides are lightly colored. Slice the toast into finger like shapes, top with the urchin and serve.
 

SOMETHING FISHY IN NORTH PARK

June 3, 2011 - 3:15pm
Author: 
Hillary E.

YOU'LL BE HOOKED

No, there's nothing suspicious about the new seafood offerings at the North Park Farmers' Market but you have every reason to get reeled into the excitement!

Poppa's Fresh Fish will now be shucking oysters and serving up fresh sea urchins for your enjoyment every Thursday. You can eat the sea urchins at the market or take them home, served in their shells they make a dramatic and gorgeous presentation. Newcomer Ceviche Shack is serving it up with a smile. Inspired by a lifetime of vacations and trips to Baja, the ceviche here is tangy and fresh with just a little kick. Perfect for topping tostadas, scooping with tortilla chips and enjoying on sunny afternoons. And for something truly decadent, order a crab cake sandwich from the Devilicious truck and find out just how devilishly delightful their food really is.

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