Baltimore’s Local Flavor
This past weekend the Totally Vegetarian team went off to Baltimore to attend the Natural Products Expo East. Our goal was to seek potential sponsors for the show and to explore what’s new in the natural and vegetarian/vegan food industry. I can tell you that there will be a lot of exciting stuff hitting the shelves soon. We managed to spend two days sampling food out of tiny cups that never seemed to end and I’m sure I consumed enough Green Tea to fill up a small pond. The food was great and the vendors were interesting and inspiring. It’s so wonderful to chat with people who are dedicated and commited to producing delicious food and healthy living products.
Though the weather was lousy up until our last day, we were finally able to check out a downtown farmers markets before we had to fly out. On our way to the market, I asked everybody I met if they knew where I could go for a crab-free mock crabcake. The question of where I might find this culinary “oddity” brought us some very interesting responses from local people and really made the day a great deal of fun. Since we never found it, the experience also gave me the incentive to create a crab-free mock crabcake recipe.
When I travel, I try to make a point to check out local stores and, when possible, farmers or open markets. I encourage all of you to do the same. It’s a great way to learn about local cultures and cuisine, and you’ll may get unique ideas for new recipes. Baltimore’s farmers market boasts a blend of fresh foods, friendly people, music, entrepreneurs, adorable dogs, and colorful local eateries that set up for the day. If you’re ever in Maryland’s largest city, be sure to check it out, and, if you find a crab-free crab cake, please let me know.
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