the unexpected garnish
My friend Kevin was in Miami this week for a Knight Foundation event, and his order during a working lunch with Mayur and Jess arrived with a surprising garnish, perhaps to anchor the plate’s portion in the patio gusts:
Saturday morning I was similarly surprised at the last Coral Gables market; a new favorite orchid with markings like a tally sheet on some petals, scatterplots on others,
I wondered at the line of classic cars,
and this duck I applauded for owning the exaggerated tuft—that might, as a friend suggested, look slightly like the height of my hair in this picture.
Children cartwheeled to the steel drums,
samples from area restaurants waited at tables,
and I visited my favorite farmer (two bunches of rainbow chard, one bunch of purple haze carrots—and cauliflower greens and a tomato at his insistence) before picking up this week’s CSA farm box from Bee Heaven Farms. Watch for the extraordinary daikon radish greens:
In the afternoon, I went over to Mayur’s lovely new apartment building to puzzle through simple furniture instructions along with Kevin and Jess. They explain our success:
that we toasted to on the roof with a blue, blue pool that matched the cream cheese icing of Jess’s wonderful cupcakes with chocolate chips and blue sugar sprinkles that looked like stained glass.
And I looked into the pools of water around the Magic Cottage this afternoon as the branches dipped in the rainstorms, leaving water plants shiny and happy, the way I felt all this weekend,
and little lily pads, garnished with drops, floated gently near each other and into the week…
More images and videos in the Flickr set.