After reading Tracy's (Ms. Bake It) and Shellbelle (Tiki Hut) posts on their adventures last week, I just had to get down to St. Petersburg to experience the Saturday Morning Market for myself. WOW! It's fantastic! (I had only been to the summer market which was held in a parking garage...in the shade...and is much smaller.)
There was so much to see...to experience. Mac Daddy and I spent most of the day exploring the market, neighborhoods, and a few thrift stores. Drummer Boy, his wife, Sweet Catherine (Sounds of Sight) and her mom met us at The Dome Grill...a Greek-style diner which has been thriving in downtown forever. (We were first introduced to The Dome by another son, Wine Guy, and his lady.) It's known for scrumptious breakfasts and Greek Spanikopita. It's a "place your order, gather your flatware, tear off some paper towels, and pour your own coffee" sort of place. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables! You will see a cast of characters eating here...baseball players, semi-homeless, and well-heeled residents...and the sweetest lady who busses the tables. She calls all the regulars by name...and even sits and chats if the restaurant isn't too busy. (MacDaddy had a delicious omelet, and I had a classic eggs and bacon breakfast. Mmmmmm....)
As much as we enjoyed the food, we all wished we had not eaten....because there was so much food at the Saturday Morning Market. And the smells were so enticing!
Here is a little taste of our day in St. Pete...
FRESH "NATURALLY GROWN" VEGETABLES AND HERBS (I spent a fortune here...I've GOT to get a garden planted!)
There were ARTISANS scattered throughout the market. This vendor had metal coastal sculptures. I loved the seahorses! I spied a GOURD lady, a SOAP maker with wonderful olive oil soaps, and more. I spied a couple of PAINTERS, too. Most of the work was not original, though. The one I truly liked had mostly giclees of his original works. However he had one truly inspired original...a 3 dimensional painting with lots of texture.He was so excited that I had noticed it (the first person to do so in 3 weeks), he shared how to do it on my own. :-) I also loved the ADIRONDAK CHAIR maker...and his fish chair and table.
Notice the bouganvilla at this stand... was amazing! And the prices were so much lower than the plants we found at Lowes or Home Depot... I'm going back next week!!!
Aren't these pepper plants gorgeous!
Cute puppies were everywhere! I loved this little Dalmation. He was so sweet!!!
The little Yorkies were dressed in glitzy duds...and they rode in style in a double-decker pet stroller. Too cute!
"Mr. I Got Em" dressed for the event...he manned this huge grill filled with sausages, turkey legs, and bbq. It smelled so GOOD!!!!
I am planning to return next weekend...with good walking shoes, a hat, lots of cash, and AN EMPTY STOMACH!!!
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