Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cute, Crafty Things: DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Zinc Letters

EAT! Well...you don't have to tell us twice. If there are two things that we love, it's delicious food and getting crafty. Enter stage right this delightfully simple project from Lolly Jane.

Image by Lolly Jane
With a quick trip to the craft store and a little paint, these cool decorative letters can be yours! And it goes without saying that you can spell any word that your heart desires.

Click here for the full tutorial.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Top Food Markets of the World: Union Square Greenmarket

Up next in our Top Food Markets of the World series is number 2 on National Geographic’s list – the Union Square Greenmarket located in New York City.

via Flickr by Mike Lieberman
As if the regular hustle and bustle of the Big Apple wasn’t enough, NYC is also home to the largest and most diverse outdoor market network in the United States. What began in 1976 as a single market with the sole purpose of providing a much needed opportunity for local farmers and fishermen to offer city residents the best locally grown food that money could buy has now developed into a huge market network. Boasting 54 year-round and seasonal markets and an impressive vendor list of over 230 different family farms, fisheries, bakeries and greenhouses, the GrowNYC Greenmarkets are now an established cornerstone in the culinary landscape of this vast city.

So here we go – let’s take a closer look!

Union Square Greenmarket

via Flickr by Lucius Kwok

Location: New York City, New York

Operating Hours:

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday, 8AM-6PM

Where Should I Go?

The Union Square Greenmarket is held on the North and West sides of Union Square Park. This particular market is open year-round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but it’s always best to double check as they occasionally host on alternate days if there are recognised holidays that conflict with market dates.

Affordable Meals for Four, Cooking Demos, Instagram Takeovers and regular book signings are just a few of the wide selection of events that the Union Square Greenmarket hosts, so definitely check out what’s on at the market on your chosen visiting day. (Lucky you if your visit lines up with an event or two!)

via Flickr by Alexis Lamster

Which Vendors Should I Visit?

Because certain vendors will only appear at the market on specific days we highly recommend that you take a look at the daily farmer listing before stopping in at the market. That being said, here are a few vendors that sound particularly interesting.

Andrew’s Local Honey: Right now Andrew can be found at the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hailing from Fairfield County, Connecticut, you can find a wide variety of raw, local honeys and soaps at his stall.

Bread Alone: With over 30 years of experience, Bread Alone specialises in creating delicious, wholesome artisan breads and pastries. Committed to working with local and regional ingredients, many of their dairy products are sourced from local farms, fruits are picked seasonally and canned or jarred for year-round use, and their grains are grown in New York, the Midwest, and Canada. They can be found at the market on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Flying Pigs Farm: Located near Battenkill River in Washington County, the Flying Pigs Farm has been in operation since 2000. This small-scale, pastured livestock operation specialises in raising rare heritage breeds of pigs. Flying Pigs Farm has been recognised in the likes of Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, O, New York Times for their exceptionally high quality meats and sustainable farming methods.

Norwich Meadows Farm: Providing a wide selection of produce, Norwich Meadows Farm is a certified organic veggie vendor from Chenango County, New York. Created in order to build a community supported by local farming and other small businesses, Norwich Meadows believes that “food should not be wasted. There are people who go hungry daily, and there are the many who are overfed but under nourished. [...] We produce what we believe is good for our families and thus would be good for yours.” Really, what could be better than that?

via Flickr by erin

The Bottom Line

Visiting this market is a definite must if you happen to be in New York City and have a hankering for delicious local produce and other yummy foodie items. From the freshest local produce to some of the most passionate local-movement vendors, take it all in at the Union Square Greenmarket!

via Flickr by Phil Roeder

Have you visited the Union Square Greenmarket before? We’d love to hear about your experience (and what you bought!) in the comments below.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekly Market Round-Up: April 25th & 26th

Look at those cute little guys...don't they just want to make you hug them and never let go? This is just one of many, many examples of the awesomely fun goodies that you might find if you visit a craft or artisan market. So why put it off?! Put on your comfy shoes and head on out that door tomorrow morning to see what your local artists and farmers have to offer!

via Flickr by M Lim
Here are our top picks for this weekend:

Saturday, April 25th      

12PM-6PM, Wayville Pavillion Adelaide Showground, South Australia

via Flickr by David Rosen
10AM-5PM, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, England

10AM-5PM, Elgin Hall, South Surrey, BC, Canada

9AM-1PM, Fullarton Park, Fullarton, South Australia

10AM-5PM, West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish, BC, Canada

11AM-5PM, Rose Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

10AM-5:30PM, Royal Welsh Showground, Powys, Wales

Sunday, April 26th   

10AM-5PM, Wayville Pavillion Adelaide Showground, South Australia

10AM-4PM, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, England

10AM-3PM, Macclesfield Market Place, Cheshire, England

9AM-2PM, In front of Whitehorse Civic Centre, Nunawading, Victoria, Australia

11AM-5PM, Rose Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

10AM-4:30PM, Royal Welsh Showground, Powys, Wales

via Flickr by M Lim
Are you planning on visiting any craft markets this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments below so we can add them to our list.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cute, Crafty Things: Repurposing Vintage Earrings into Shoe Clips

Is it just us, or have you also noticed an abundance of fabulous, over-the-top vintage clip-on earrings lately?
Image by HonestlyWTF
A few days ago we came across these really beautiful shoe-clips; however, on further inspection we were surprised that not only were they a DIY project but they were re-purposed clip-on earrings!

HonestlyWTF has come up with a clear written tutorial and a lot of step-by-step pictures (just in case you get stuck!) as well as some links to their favourite project supplies.

Well, we are off to clear out our local op-shop of all their clip-on earrings...

Image by HonestlyWTF
Click here for the full tutorial.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Top Food Markets of the World: The St. Lawrence Market

I'm going to let you in on a little secret... over at Robin Street Market, we love food!!!

...okay. That's not really a secret, is it? If you follow our blog, you already know that we love food. We love writing about food, cooking food, looking at food art, learning about interesting restaurants, and dreaming about visiting the best food markets in the world. Who doesn't?! We're shameless foodies!

via Flickr by Brandon Satterwhite
We also enjoy spending time pouring over lists of the top places in the world to visit and ogling gorgeous photos of beaches, mountains, hiking trails, forests and...well, you get the picture!

During one of our list-binging sessions we stumbled across the Top 10 Food Markets as compiled by National Geographic in their book Food Journeys of a Lifetime (published in 2009). So... this inspired us to take a closer look at each of these food markets, what they offer and why they deserve the title of "top food market".

Sound good??

First on the list is the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Canada...

St. Lawrence Market

via Flickr by Julie Corsi

Location: Toronto, Canada

Operating Hours: 

  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8AM-6PM
  • Friday: 8AM-7PM
  • Saturday: 5AM-5PM (South Market and Farmer's Market)
  • Sunday/Monday: Closed.

Which Building Should I Visit?

It really depends on what you're looking for. This market is made up of three different buildings: the North Market, the South Market, and the St. Lawrence Hall. 

The North Market building is home of the Saturday Farmers' Market, which has a history that spans more than 200 years. That's right, this farmers' market began at this location in 1803, which means that it was in operation over 60 years before Canada officially became a country!

via Flickr by Danielle Scott
The South Market is home to over 120 specialty vendors, all of which are known for their exceptional selection and impeccable quality of produce. Here you can find fruit, vegetables, baked goods, various dairy products, fish, and meat; however, you can also find a variety of other very unique non-food items.

The St. Lawrence Hall also provides a home for a number of retail businesses, as well as a rental space for meetings, weddings and other social functions.

Which Vendors Should I Check Out?

With so many vendors to choose from, this is a really difficult question! We've chosen a few vendors that sound extremely interesting, but we strongly suggest you take a look at the full official vendor list (which can be accessed here).

Carousel Bakery: Known as the home of the award-winning "World Famous Peameal Bacon Sandwich," the Carousel Bakery has called the St. Lawrence Market home for over 30 years. With long lines to prove their popularity, you're best to try and visit this vendor outside lunch hour. Their Peameal Bacon Sandwich has been featured on the pages of magazines and papers such as Condé Nast Traveler, USA Today and the New York Times...just to mention a few! 

Olympic Cheese Mart: This particular vendor was the very first specialty cheese shop to grace The St. Lawrence Market. Established in 1958, the Olympic Cheese Mart has a long history of providing the city of Toronto as well as the Greater Toronto Area with thousands of specialty foodie items and an almost unparalleled selection of cheese.

via Flickr by André Ribeiro
Willis Shank: A vendor specifically of the farmers' market (which means that he can only be found in the North Market on Saturdays), Willis Shank is a third generation farmer. If you visit his stall you are sure to find a fabulous selection of root veggies and delicious home-made jams and preserves.

The Bottom Line 

If you're looking for top quality food products and you happen to find yourself in Toronto, you should definitely be taking a stop in at the St. Lawrence Market. Their selection of vendors and items offered are second to none. Whether you're looking for the "World Famous Peameal Bacon Sandwich" or the freshest Ontario peaches, you're sure to find it here!

via Flickr by Mack Male
Have you visited the St. Lawrence Market before? We'd love to hear about your experience (and what you bought!) in the comments below.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekly Market Round-Up: April 18th & 19th

TGIF...am I right?! Here at Robin Street Market we just can't wait for Friday to roll around because it means that we're just one short day from strolling through some of the local markets. In our opinion, this is one of the best times to check out what our favourite resident artisans and farmers have been up to...and pick up a beautiful trinket or two!

via Flickr by Phil Roeder

Here are our top local and international picks for this weekend:

Saturday, April 18th      

All Saints’ ‘Classy Crafts’ Market
9AM-1PM, All Saints’ Community Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Paperific Paper Arts Tarts
Melbourne Showgrounds Expo Hall 3, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Royal City Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair 
11AM-4PM, Community Square, New Westminister, BC, Canada

Salt Spring’s Saturday Market
8:30AM-4PM, Oceanside at Centennial Park, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

Signature Spring Craft Sale
10AM-6PM, EY Centre, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Spring Craft & Gift Fair
10AM-4PM, The Deaf Trust on Leger Way, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England

Wild About Melbourne
11AM-4PM, Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Preston, Victoria, Australia

via Flickr by Col Ford and Natasha de Vere

Sunday, April 19th   

Birkenhead Artisan Market
9AM-1PM, Highbury House, Birkenhead, New Zealand

Crafts at West Cosstessey
10AM-4PM, The West Cosstessey Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Lardner Park Craft Market
9AM-2PM, Lardner Park, Drouin, Victoria, Australia

Nifty for Fifty
11AM-8PM, Heritage Hall, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Norwich Mr.Bead Bead Show
11AM-4PM, The George Hotel, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Signature Spring Craft Sale 
10AM-5PM, EY Centre, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Williamstown Craft Market
10AM-4PM, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

via Flickr by Karlis Dambrans
Are you planning on visiting any craft markets this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments below so we can add them to our list.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cute, Crafty Things: Vintage-Inspired Frames

If you're looking for framing ideas that venture off the beaten path, Geneva of A Pair & A Spare has you covered. She's come up with a beautifully simplistic way to show-case your prints. Best of all, this project is very quick and easy to complete...

(just make sure you wait for the paint to completely dry!).

Photo by Geneva.
Of course, this framing project isn't perfect for every wall hanging. It offers very little protection for your prints, so we wouldn't advise hanging limited edition or one-of-a-kind art like this. But you have to admit that stylistically it's pretty perfect for a print such as the one pictured above.

Click here for the full tutorial.

Monday, April 13, 2015

1 Ingredient, 5 Ways: Avocados

We get stuck in a rut when it comes to avocados. Don’t get us wrong, we have no problem using them up...but it’s always the same. Guacamole, mashed on toast with lime and salt, cubed in our garden salad – rinse and repeat. How boring!

via Flickr by Jaanus Silla
And just in case you haven’t jumped on the avocado train quite yet, there are so many health benefits of including this slightly bizarre fruit in your regular menu. For example:

  • Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fat. They are quite high in monounsaturated fat, which actually helps in reducing bad cholesterol. This also helps to lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.
  • Avocados are packed with protein. An average avocado contains approximately 4 grams of protein, which is much more than other fruits.
  • Avocados are low in sugar. When you combine this with their high fat content which slows down digestion, they can actually help to stabilize your blood sugar.
  • Avocados are also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. In fact, they pack more potassium per weight than a banana and contain almost half of the daily minimum recommended fibre intake.

Looking to shake up our regular avocado routine up, we’ve rounded up five anything-but-ordinary ways to use avocados, so without further ado...

Photo by Gimme Some Oven.

Gimme Some Oven: Brain Power Smoothie Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

Avocados are a really great addition to smoothies. Some people might turn up their nose at the thought, but you really can’t beat the creamy, smooth texture that comes from an avocado. And the flavour is so mild that it is often masked by the other ingredients, so you don’t even taste it!

Click here for the recipe.

Pinch of Yum: Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

·       This salad is absolutely delicious. Buttery, garlic-y, slightly spicy shrimp? Check. Creamy smooth avocado? Check. Super greens? Check.

While this salad takes a little bit of stove-top prep-time, it is absolutely worth it. Really, this salad is utter perfection as a side for dinner or a light lunch...or both (it’s that good!).

Photo by Pinch of Yum.
       Click here for the recipe.

Savor Home: Avocado Hummus Dip with Crispy Sea Salt Pita Chips

Photo by Savor Home.
You probably thought that you’d find a guacamole recipe in this post, but we like thinking outside-the-box so you get hummus instead!

A quick look at the ingredient list tells us that this isn’t your standard hummus recipe either (no tahini or chickpeas), but it sure does sound exciting. A little spicy and oh so smooth, this hummus sounds like a perfect addition to our snacking arsenal.

Click here for the recipe. 

Fuss Free Cooking: Smoked Salmon Avocado and Rocket Arugula Salad

Fuss Free Cooking, you had us at smoked salmon. How gorgeous and fresh does this salad look? This salad only has a few ingredients and looks pretty simple to whip up for a quick lunch or dinner. We love that the dressing combines the classic avocado flavour partners -  lime and salt! Yummmm.

Photo by Fuss Free Cooking.

Click here for the recipe.

The Smoothie Lover: Avocado Brownies

Wait...avocado brownies?! Didn’t think it was possible, did you? As mentioned, avocados have such a mild flavour that they can be snuck into foods that you would never think to hide them in! The Smoothie Lover’s recipe is perhaps the healthiest brownie ever. No flour, no white sugar – only delicious goodness.

Photo by The Smoothie Lover.
We will have our cake brownies and eat them too, thank you very much!    

Click here for the recipe.