I had no intention of going to Artisanal LA‘s holiday market in Pasadena but I found myself there anyway on Saturday. It was ok. Most of the vendors didn’t really speak to my holiday shopping needs but I did manage to get some high falutin’ chocolates from Marco Paolo and a jar of Indian spiced tomato sauce from Mee’s Kut. The chocolates will be given as a gift but the tomato sauce is mine, all mine! I will probably eat it all in one sitting with a very large serving spoon. Possibly a bib. Also, a shout out to the ladies at Bond Bar… Thanks for the 5lbs you’ve added to my hips in samples. I appreciate your efforts but I was serious when I said I’m avoiding you. My fu is stronger than your tasty treats!
The highlight of the event and the whole reason for the spontaneous visit was seeing Santa! My little one had never met the big guy and I was nervous about her reaction so I went with a friend as a precursor to our real Santa excursion next week. My darling daughter is a huge flirt though, so it was an instant love fest. After a short wait to get him sprung from jail (he was stuck in a parking lot), she took up her seat of honor on his knee and stared longingly into his twinkling eyes while tangling her fingers in his beard. Sadly, the pictures include a crummy tent tarp background in a lackluster general environment. We’ll still visit a higher end Santa next week but for 5 bucks, Artisanal’s Santa experience wasn’t awful.