Day Three in Decatur

Just a quick one tonight, as I’ve had a long busy day and should probably already be sleeping! Today was full of taxes and licensing and insurance and…are you sleeping??? Well, we weren’t! It’s that stuff that many people leaping into this kind of thing have no clue about — and we had a lot of questions. I only had SOME clue about it all and was happy to learn/determine I’ve made some pretty good choices so far and got some guidance so I can make some good choices in the future.

For lunch we headed down the street to Taqueria del Sol where I had two delicious veggie bean tacos with a side of turnip greens. And I couldn’t pull myself away from the salsas, guac and crazy gooey cheese dip — so much so that when the gang got up to disperse and get coffee, our instructor said something to the effect of, “No rush though, Kirsten. You can stay and finish eating chips and stuff. ” Yeah… (A friend, whose husband grew up in the area, warned me about how addictive the cheesy stuff was and she was right! Thanks for the head’s up, B!) The place was PACKED but our food came within about 2 minutes of our group of 10 sitting down. They have their system down, for sure.

We all grabbed some tea and coffee from Dancing Goats and I managed to have some willpower as I passed the yarn shop (being on the phone with D definitely helped).

Back in class, we managed to fight our way through the rest of our learning about business-y stuff and took our second of two tests for the day. I was a bit braindead by then, but I don’t think I’m going to fail. πŸ™‚

At the end of the day, I grabbed a quick glass of wine with a couple of my classmates, then I headed to the Dekalb Farmers Market with T and M. Cathy (our teacher) has been talking about it, but I had no idea what I was in for. What an incredible resource for anyone — whether a home cook or a personal chef (especially a personal chef!). There were bulk spices and beans, giant containers of everything from soy sauce to poppy seeds, every variety of most fruits and vegetables (have you ever seen five or six kinds of pears at once?), and an incredible selection of fresh meat and seafood — if you’re into that kind of thing. πŸ™‚ And let’s not forget the breads, baked goods and amazing tarts and things.

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking:

There was a bit of a buffet in the cafe area of the market and we decided to go for it. There was one whole side that was mostly salad bar and the other had hot dishes, bean salads, etc., as well as such items as samosas, pastas and pizzas. I loaded on a little bit of everything — as you can see — and decided it would be worth it even if I couldn’t get to everything.

Among the items on there are a big ol’ salad with homemade Asian ginger dressing, curried chickpeas, roasted plantains, roasted winter vegetables, sweet and spicy lentil salad, broccoli/potato casserole and pesto ravioli. I refuse to reveal how much I managed to eat…

I’m really getting to know a couple of the women in class and we’re having a great time. It’s nice to meet some interesting people and find out how much we’re all alike — in our food and our ‘regular’ lives. Tomorrow we’re onto marketing and whatnot — should be a fun day. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen on Thursday though!

3 responses to “Day Three in Decatur

  1. I’m jealous…wish I was there!

  2. How long do you think it will be before we can hijack Sarah and come down here???

  3. Kirsten, I just love your “journal” and photos!!!! I feel like I’m there with you and enjoying every minute of it! That market looks awesome, and totally overwhelming! πŸ™‚ Continue to have fun and we’ll be seeing you soon!!!

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