1.) The Denver Art Museum is sparsely populated on Friday nights
The Denver Art Museum is open until 10 p.m. every Friday night. We went last night, and it was fantastic, especially for people (like me) who prefer to see art sans crowds. There was a handful of other art-viewers, but I don’t think we looked at a single work at the same time as anyone else. This might be due in part to the fact that they’re between big exhibitions, but I was quite content to see the Clyfford Still show and “Color as Field,” as well as the old favorites from the permanent collection. I can certainly see, from a budgetary perspective, why they don’t open both buildings so late (the Ponti building closes at 5), but it would be nice…
2.) Sunflower Market is really cheap
Okay, so we all know it’s cheap (if we shop there), but I think we forget the degree to which it is cheap. It is very, very, very cheap. Today I went and picked up some ingredients to a.) test out polenta, b.) test out fennel-and-something sorbet, c.) make shrimp creole, rice, and collard greens for a southern-themed “Culinary Saturday” tonight, and d.) buy all of the contents of this week’s Door-to-Door organic delivery. I spent $50 or so, but it turns out that $18 of that was on the shrimp (stupidly I didn’t look at the price, but I’m probably $18-glad that I don’t have to shell and devein them).
…I was surprised to see that I spent under $14 on all of the fruits and vegetables that would have been in the $22 Door-to-Door delivery… If you’re interested, here’s the breakdown (all fruits and vegetables were organic):
- 1 bunch carrots with greens – $1.29
- 1.54 lbs yams – $2.29
- 1 head green leaf lettuce – $1.49
- 5 bananas (the delivery specified 4, but I bought 5 small ones) – $1.17
- 2 Fuji apples – $2.49
- 2 Bartlett pears – $1.45 (I actually got D’Anjous, but they charged me for Bartletts — not sure what the price should have been)
- 2 kiwis -$1.00
- 1.35 lbs organic onions – $2.01 (Door-to-Door would have delivered 1.5 lbs this week, which would have cost just a little more)
They didn’t have mizuna greens (I don’t even know what mizuna greens are, but certainly will check them out), but unless mizuna greens are ridiculously expensive, I saved a lot of money by buying this myself… I spent $13.29 instead of $22 minus the cost of mizuna greens. The only difference I would be concerned about is that the produce at Sunflower might not be as local, but really, when it’s winter and you’re buying kiwi fruit and bananas, it’s pretty safe to assume it’s not local… And I would have to go to the store anyway, and the truth is I’m not so ridiculously busy I don’t have time to go to the store (I kind of love it, actually).
It’s not even 2:00, and I’ve made the following today (note that this is more than I typically make in a month):
- polenta (setting in the fridge for a bit longer, until I can cut it into squares and bake it)
- stewed collard greens (with extra spice added, somewhat accidentally — Sorry, Lacey)
- shrimp Creole (sans the flour — should have bought some cornmeal or something instead, but, alas, I did not. I’m not as excited about this one, but we’ll see…)
Sometime later this weekend I’ll test out the fennel-and-something sorbet, sans ice cream maker…
One more well-kept secret: A good knife makes a big difference.
Pictures of culinary escapades to follow…