Friday, February 09, 2007
Farmers' Market, Firefly and Friends
The Thursday night farmers' market in South Pasadena has long been a favorite of mine. As much as I love the Sunday Hollywood market, buying my produce Thursday night is much more conducive to a weekend of cooking, and the South Pasadena market has more than enough bounty, without the crowds. Plus, there's a couple of patches of green grass to plop down on and enjoy your tamales, buttery sauteed mushrooms, or chilaquiles.
Last night I met my old friend Jill of Eye Level Pasadena and new friend Emily of Superspark for a quick tour of the market, and then tapas and Sangria at another favorite South Pasadena spot, Firefly. Every Thursday, they feature ingredients from the market in a small, reasonably priced tapas menu, under their twinkling tent. Last night's crispy tempura fried asaparagus and pear fritters were standouts--and a steal at around $6/piece. Each dish was more than big enough for each of us to have multiple bites. Topped off with a large $20 pitcher of tangy sangria, a great night all around.
South Pasadena Farmers' Market
Meridian Ave & Mission St
4 PM-8 PM, Thursday
1009 El Centro Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Market photo by Jill; Firefly photo from the restaurant's website