Head on down to the Ferry Building!

Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

I took this photo years ago at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, CA. Have you been there? If you’re in San Fran, I highly suggest it. It’s a feast for your eyes! I’m not kidding, so many wonderful things, fresh food, drink, you name it! Here is a list of VENDORS. I’m not sure if the flower place is still there or not, it was magical! I could picture us living there, going to the Ferry Building each weekend for fresh flowers and produce… well, except for the $$PRICE$$ of living in San Francisco… oh well, I’m happy with my life here in Charleston, and the fact that Trader Joe’s, EarthFare and Whole Foods are close by!

Catch you back here tomorrow!


Featured Artist… John Carroll Doyle!

Emerald and Pink by John C. Doyle /Image: JohnCDoyle.com

John Carroll Doyle… if you are from Charleston, SC, you undoubtedly know John. He’s a fabulous artist full of wonderful stories. I love how each painting has a story, its part of what makes his gallery such a treat to visit! This painting, entitled “Emerald and Pink” is fabulous, I love the movement in the water, and how the light pink plays against the greens, very nice! John is a fascinating guy, if you’re ever downtown you must visit his gallery! If you aren’t fortunate enough to be in the area, check out his website, it’s a good one!

I remember years ago when my husband and I were renovating our kitchen… it took months, and for months we ate at this neat healthy grocery store called EarthFare that also had a hot bar with healthy choices. We ate there daily. With no sink and no kitchen, it was easier to walk over to EF, eat and walk home. No clean up, ha ha… We saw John there each day having dinner… My husband and I were in line when a few women spotted John sitting at a booth eating and reading… “OHMYGOSH… DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT IS???!!!” said one… “JOHN DOYLE!!!!!”, it was too funny, they were trying to decide whether or not to interrupt his dinner, they were SO EXCITED! Almost like seeing one of the Beatles, ha ha… On our way to a table I gave John a heads up, in case he was bombarded, it was too funny… instead of speaking to him, they just watched him eat. Oh, I’m so glad I’m not a star in Charleston!

Here’s a blip (and a photo) about John from the gallery website…

John Carroll Doyle was born in Charleston in 1942, and is nationally known for his energetic, light filled paintings of subjects as diverse as blues musicians, blue marlins and blue hydrangeas.  The artist got his start with his distinctive sportfishing paintings which have graced the covers of many popular sportfishing magazines in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  He continued to make a name for himself throughout the 1980’s with his now famous and large scale commissioned paintings that can be seen on the walls of many of downtown Charleston’s beloved restaurants, as well as clubs and restaurants as far afield as Chicago, Illinois and Alexandria, Virginia.  

With a career that spans four decades, John has become a seasoned American Impressionist whose muse has always been Charleston and the surrounding lowcountry.  From wildlife to still life, John Doyle paints with a passion and understanding that makes it hard to believe he is self taught.

Doyle claims as his “teachers” the wooden boats at the Charleston Yacht Basin, lavender shadows on Charleston stucco, and the coastal sunlight that floods this city year-round. In 1997 the artist completed an autobiography entitled John Carroll Doyle: Portrait of a Charleston Artist. Lavishly illustrated with color reproductions of the artist’s work and vintage black and white photographs of Charleston from the 1940’s and 50’s, the book tells not only the story of Doyle’s development as an artist, but also the transformation of Charleston from a sleepy town to a bustling tourist destination. 

In 2008, the John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery moved to 125 Church Street, which was formerly the Margaret Petterson Gallery.  Margaret Petterson, a fellow native Charleston artist, has retired from gallery ownership but is still producing her beautiful paintings and monotypes which are featured exclusively at the new John Doyle Gallery at 125 Church Street.

Catch you back here tomorrow!!

Foods that should never cross your lips… #2

Image: Prevention.com
Image: Prevention.com

I happened upon a fantastic article in PREVENTION MAGAZINE, and I thought it was worth sharing… Each Thursday I’ll post another food that should never cross your lips. It’s a great article because it tells you WHY! I am doing it to the best of my ability!

Ok, here it is, from PREVENTION MAGAZINE:

Corn-Fed Beef

Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming, gives us the scoop:

The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. But more money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E,omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. “We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure,” says Salatin.

The solution:
 Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers’ markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It’s usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don’t see it, ask your butcher.

Budget tip: Cuts on the bone are cheaper because processors charge extra for deboning. You can also buy direct from a local farmer, which can be as cheap as $5 per pound. To find a farmer near you, search eatwild.com.

Excellent information from a reliable source. That’s why I read Prevention. If you haven’t subscribed, trust me it’s worth it… and it’s nifty size is so perfect to toss in your purse to take with you! Check it out! If you’re in the Charleston area I know EarthFare and Whole Foods carries it. The taste simply cannot compare to corn-fed. It costs more, yes. But we don’t need to eat such large portions, cut your portion and spend the same amount for something that’s better for your body and fill up on those veggies!

So to backtrack… last week it was CANNED TOMATOES… this week, CORN FED BEEF… What do you think it’ll be next time?

Catch you back here tomorrow!