Seems a little callous to go from writing about poverty to food that's fancy enough to cost a slightly ridiculous amount. But have a look at these cauliflowers [click photo to enlarge]. I have never met anyone who said "Cauliflower is my favorite vegetable." It's not my favorite either but I like it once in a while. Barzini's is a local fruit and veggie store that grew as they do here in NYC into a very crowded general store with lots of specialty items, has four kind of cauliflower -- just this time of year. Not other times But they often have green, red, yellow and orange peppers all at the same time - I LOVE the yellow and orange and can eat them like candy. They have grapes in several colors all at the same time and quite an abundance of other wonderful veggies. Inside the store is one of the largest selections of specialty, micro-brew beers I've ever seen, artisanal butter, amazing yogurts even if I don't like most yogurt ... I could go on. This is a haven for the middle class -- yes. Barzini's is not a Dean and DeLuca or even a Zabars. It's too far uptown to be that kind of upper-middle classy. There's fresh bread and good coffee beans and all kinds of prepared stuff [iffy and uneven as far as I'm concerned]. But, hey, when it's three blocks away it's a frequent stop.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!