“Yeah, but yours is more of a mocha color," the blonde explained. "Look -- and she held the bags next to each other-- this is definitely more chocolate than mocha. You have to get it." (See, there is a connection to food already.)
The brunette walked over to an available cashier and purchased her chocolate colored bag. I was astonished. Do women love handbags that much? Then I looked around me: half of the female population of Southern California were in Nordstrom that day, and fully half of them were in line holding new handbags.
Given that most women have inherited the autosomal dominant "handbag gene," it didn't surprise me to learn that even a reusable grocery bag could generate a stir. In case you missed it, Anya Hinmarch, a posh London designer, whose handbags go for hundreds and even thousands of dollars, created an eco-friendly tote bag imprinted with the words, "I'm Not A Plastic Bag." It was designed as a fashionable way to encourage people to stop using biodegradable-resistant plastic bags. It has been selling wildly all over the world, including here in the U.S. at Whole Foods. Women here were so eager to get one of these coveted bags that they waited in line for hours. That’s nothing, however, compared to what happened in Taiwan: In a frenzy to obtain one of these bags, a stampede resulted in 30 people actually being sent to the hospital.
Though I don’t think you should trample the woman in front of you to get one, I do think a reusable tote bag is an easy way to help the environment. Since the lovely Meeta of What’s For Lunch, Honey? has asked us to share some habits that help protect the earth for this month’s mingle, I’ve decided to submit this post. Though it’s a small thing, using a canvas tote bag can make a big difference. For more about the benefits of reusable bags and for tips click here. Also, Cate of Sweetnicks and Well Fed fame likes the tote bags from reusablebags.com which are made from recycled ad banners and seatbelt straps.
Any reusable bag will do, like this nifty one from my dad, who thought I'd like it for my farmers' market trips. I do; my only problem is I can't find the right heels to go with it. Maybe I'll head back to Nordy's....
This no-cook summertime salsa is a fresh, easy way to incorporate many of your farmers' market finds. Thanks for sharing Blush, the tomato, Alanna! With juicy cantaloupe, crunchy corn, and fiery jalapenos, it's a vibrant and flavorful medley of summer's finest fruits and veggies. Served atop grilled seafood or tofu and a cooked whole grain, such as quinoa (OK, this part requires some cooking, though very little), it makes a lovely summertime meal.
Print recipe only here.
1 cup diced cantaloupe
1 cup diced mango
1 cup diced red or yellow bell pepper
½ cup red or yellow cherry tomatoes
½ cup chopped cucumber (peeled and de-seeded)
1 ear of fresh sweet corn (cut from cob)
¼ cup diced red onion or scallions
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (about one small lime)
Pinch of lime zest
1 Tbsp fruity olive oil
2 tsp fresh grated ginger (about a 1-inch sized piece)
2 Tbsp minced jalapeno, with or without seeds
2 Tbsp each chopped fresh cilantro, mint, and basil
Combine the first 7 ingredients in a bowl, and toss gently to blend.
Combine the lime juice through the salt in a small bowl; whisk until fully blended. Pour on top of the fruit mixture. Serve either at room temperature or chilled. Stir in the chopped fresh herbs just before eating so they don’t turn brown.
Fresh sweet corn on the cob can be eaten raw, which is delicious and crunchy. If you've never tried it before, then give it a go. You'll be glad you did.
If you don’t like the intensity of raw onions, simply pour some boiling water over them to remove their pungency, or sauté in a bit of olive oil.
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