Saturday, May 5, 2012

Strip District

Today Peter and I ventured to the Strip District.  Peter's been there before, but it was my first time.  All this time living so close to Pittsburgh and I can't believe I haven't gone here before! 

We checked out the Pittsburgh Public Market first.  So fun!

Beans and grains for sale:

Yummy homemade desserts:

Today they were selling lots of seedlings for making your own garden at home.  We have already planted our lettuce and spinach and it's not warm enough for basil yet so we didn't get much.  We did get one really dark organic red lettuce plant though!  It was too good to pass up for a buck!

We spent a lot of time at Olio Fresca.  We couldn't decide which olive oil and balsamic vinegars to buy!  We settled on a Ascolano Olive Oil and Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar.

We picked up a bunch of organic kale from this seller.

So much cool jewelry, but I didn't get any.  Talk about self-control!

The Berry Patch sucked us in so quickly!  They had tons of jams and jellies to sample.  Within minutes, we had purchased a sampler of 4 items.  YUM!

My handsome date for the day.  :)

After the market, we walked around the Strip some more.  We stopped in this cool pottery shop.  I loved these items!  Maybe someday I'll take a pottery class.

The back area of the shop where the work is done reminded us of our trip to Italy when Aunt Grace took us to Deruta and showed us where they made the pottery there.

It was a beautiful day and I loved all of the flowers available.  You can tell the weather is getting nice when people start planting flowers.

We had gotten down there relatively early and it was crowded already, but not too bad.  By the time we were leaving, it was getting really busy though!

On our way home, we stopped at Jimmy Johns in Bakery Square for lunch.  Peter has never been there and loves sandwiches so he was happy to try it out.

Then we went to the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church.  They were having a flea market and car cruise. By the time we got there, around 2 PM, the flea market was pretty much over.  Peter had fun checking out the cars though.

Check out the original price sticker!

Bench seats in the front!

We had a super fun day date and brought home lots of goodies! :)

This flower pot hangs on our front porch.  It's already really healthy and I'm looking forward to it getting to be a big hanging basket.  :)

Close-up.  Love the colors!

My hunny also bought me some hot pink mini carnations.  I love mini carns - they are pretty and last for at least 2 weeks!

Our Olio Fresca purchase!  Can't wait to dig into these! :)

This was something we picked up and drank (obviously), but it was delicious!  I didn't think I was going to like the grapefruit juice in it, but it was light and refreshing without being overly sweet or bitter.

Our sampler from The Berry Patch!  Pumpkin Butter, Elderberry Jelly, Blackberry Jam, and Grape Jelly.

I'm so glad we decided to get down to the Strip.  We'll definitely be making more trips there in the future!

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