Ive always considered myself to be someone who is very young at heart. Some people might refer to this as immature, but my friends like to say Allyssa lives in a world of unicorns and rainbows. FYI guys. The weather is fantastic and Im having a blast over here!
I think I am definitely young at heart in quite a few ways, but I have always felt like nobody my age could ever REALLY relate to my interests. To my other siblings dismay, I could watch Audrey Hepburn dance all night with David Larrabee in Sabrina; be just as surprised that not ONE, but all of the sisters end up falling for the brothers they were snowed in with for months, after the 15th time of watching Seven brides for seven brothers; and Im positive that had my parents let me stay in the basement with any Rogers and Hammerstein movie, I would not have emerged for days. Maybe even years. I mean come on,
how many 8 year olds do you know of that would stay up late on a Saturday night watching PBS just to catch British comedies like Keeping up Appearances or Are you being served???
Another hunch I had that I was a little bit different was that I have always been an entrepreneur. While other kids would rent the boxcar children series or joke books, I would borrow books from the library on starting my own businesses or cooking at the age of 9. Back then, I also knew my love for cooking was not just a fleeting notion, but a passion. Not only would I dream of having my own bakery, but I would watch every cooking show I could convince my family to endure. When my parents somewhat made this dream a reality by getting me an easy bake oven, I IMMEDIATELY figured out how to monetize it. (More to come on this in a later post)
At a young age I enjoyed going antiquing with my mom. Growing up our parents were both very big on being a part of our community as well as protecting our environment. We shopped in many local small businesses, had our own compost piles (my dad was extremely proud of his masterpiece), there was always a garden in our backyard, AND we went to farmers markets on a regular basis! **Queue my Farmers Market obsession**
So fast forward 18 years, and I am still a sucker for an amazing farmers market! You can only imagine my excitement when I realized that Arizona has about a bazillion farmers markets. I checked out Vincents on Camelbacks Saturday Market this past week with one of my blogger Babes Josie (better known as Hello Silhouette). It was AMAZING! There was Paella, madeleines, fresh flowers and produce from local farms, and everything was delicious. I also snagged a loaf of bread from Noble bread that was so great that it inspired me to make the PERFECT bread pudding. (Check for the recipe in the Sugar & Spice portion under recipes)
I definitely want to make my way to as many farmers markets here in Arizona as possible, but I will definitely be back to Vincents. If not for a Saturday market before they close down for the summer, at the very least for one of their killer croissants and a mimosa!