what I ate this weekend: Jewish Food Fest

Tallahassee makes you a foodie. We have all sorts of ethnic food festivals. This weekend was the Jewish food fest. I haven’t had much Jewish food. I think the only thing I can recall is a latke my bestie gave me in tenth grade. It was really hard to eat vegetarian, but we did spot some of these.


Falafel pitas. Although these were particularly tasty, I’ve had them before so walked over to other vendors asking “is there meat in this?”



Potato knish. Comfort food wrapped in a roll of bread.

potato knish

Of course, everything in the bakery was veg.

bakery box

Hello Delicious.

bakery items

Hamantashen and Mandlebrot cookies. They were out of cheesecake and strudel when we got there.

If anyone has a recipe for vegetarian matzo ball soup, I’d love to have a go at it.

Natural Design – Mushrooms & Torreya State Park

Life is just so hectic sometimes. How is it almost 9 o’clock? I’ve sat down on my couch for the first time today. It makes you wish for a place to relax. A place like this:


That was the view about twenty feet from my campsite. Some friends and I went to Torreya State Park for a birthday celebration hike. Oh yes, I hiked that. Well, some of it. It was quite intense. However, before the heavy, labored breathing kicked in, I did get some great snapshots of natural beauty. Since this blog focuses a little on design, I think it’s time to give Mother Nature some credit.


I really can’t offer any help in stating what type of mushroom this is. My gut told me oyster, and my stomach wanted to agree, but my brain was too frightened.

TurkeyTail Mushrooms

I think these are turkey mushrooms.


They look so tasty (but please don’t eat wild mushrooms)…

Mushroomsand so pretty.

Mushrooms are just like humans; they like to sunbathe too.

MushroomsThis little guy was my favorite. It was velvety and looked like it should be soft and squishy, but then it was very solid. It looks like something that belongs under the sea, right?