Monday, May 5, 2014


Got wind of an event going on at Fairway Market.  Funny Food Art.  Bill Wurtzel, author of the book, took over half the Douglaston store’s café area and brought in various items of food to give us the opportunity to express art using food.  My goal was to choose food that I thought would work well on my own. Manager Chris Lobenhofer was on and to assist me. with where I could get all the items.

Sunday is a demo and tasting day.  Annie was just setting up the tasting areas that featured Fairway products.  I began with the produce area buying strawberries, bananas, avocados, cilantro, a blood orange and some combination of fresh greens.  What else would do?  Eyes. What to use for eyes.  Dried cranberries and cherries.  Slithered almonds for teeth or even eyebrows.  Saw a few fruit and vegetables washes.  Trying one for the first time. 

Over at the deli area, there is a tasting for Fairway’s guacamole and salsa.  Oh yeah…Cinco de Mayo.  Lox pieces are colorful and can easily be carved.  Might as well get Ben’s Creamcheese to go with it.  Hmmm…make a spread.  Mother’s Day is this weekend.   Thoughts also go to a fancy brunch.  Serve your mom “artistically”.   

I’m now at the cheese area to try a few.  Decided to stick with P’tit Basque and Manchego.  I see a bag of Fairway green pasta that looks like rabbit ears.   That will do.  Fairway’s whipped cream, hazelnut spread and Dijon mustard. Have to get mayo too.

Here at the bakery I view a display ad for tres leches cake.  Cinco de Mayo.  It certainly looks good turning out to be quite light and fluffy.   Serve a piece with food art around it.  Create a stick figure of yourself with an arm stretched out.     

Another tasting.  This time is was Fairway’s pistachio crusted salmon.   A nearby display had not only this salmon but a few salmon burgers.  Great brunch option.  Got a package of tomato and basil, one of teriyaki and a package of spinach and feta. 

Moving to the sushi counter I find that the company who makes the sushi came up with their own Ramen Noodle bowl.  He tells me to simply add boiling hot water, stir and eat.  Follow up: tasted okay…better than the instant but heavens knows what additives and preservatives are in it.  Not worth the price of $8.99.  

Tasting of an Italian pork sausage.  Okay, but not my thing.

There is another company also doing a sausage tasting of various chicken sausages.  There was one with mango in it.  That’s more my food fancy.  I did go over to the butcher.   Since I got salmon burgers I thought that “mom” should have the option of having beef or chicken.  Chicken with veggies, beef with bacon and cheese…nothing to add.   Fairway bakery has pretzel buns.  Small enough to make sliders…beef, chicken, salmon….

Another display to push Fairway’s fresh mozzarella that included small yellow Campari tomatoes, pesto sauce and an already made mozzarella, tomato and basil package.   A Fairway tapenade was another perfect companion for the fresh mozzarella.   I then see another display of Vinny’s fresh herbs.  Great for art!  

Now I have to think about a few other things like paper towels to clean up my mess-o-art.  Ice cream nearby. Hmmmm… ice cream called High Road.  One is branded as Fairway to Heaven…coffee with crumbs and a hint of cinnamon.   Another one just labeled with High Road is a gelato with ricotta and something.  Heck, I’ll try them both.   Follow up.  Tastes fine and great for those who are into having “stuff” in their ice cream.   

Another tasting going on the pharmacy area of a powdered green good-for-you thing.  Mixed with apple juice it tasted fine.  Mixed with water it tasted like green tea.  I’ll play guinea pig on this one.
Now, if you’re going to do a tasting geared to me, it might well be bars of chocolate.   I’ve been meaning to taste Fairway’s brand.   Got various bars and will follow up on this.  This one I tasted was certainly good.  I have a feeling that the dark mint brownie will tweak my taste buds. 

Got Milk?  Must get. Eggs too are another great thing to make use of with slices of hard boiled egg.  
Conclusion for a Mother’s Day meal.  Go a little bit fancy and a lot on art.  

Now I'm hooked on the are some more creations.

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