Archive for June, 2011

Farmer’s Market Opening Weekend

June 7, 2011

Although at this time of year, available produce is limited, its always fun to catch the opening of the farmer’s markets. Even though it starts early, don’t forget to brush your hair before you go because you are sure to run into all your friends, ex-lovers and former business partners.

People’s Market
The People’s Market is my favorite SLC farmer’s market. Although produce selection is more limited, it is also less expensive. You are guaranteed to see some weird crafts that you thought died out in the 1970s at the vendor tables. And they bring in an awesome band every week. I like this market because of the chill atmosphere and because I’m always up for supporting SLC’s west side.

People’s Market will run every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the International Peace Gardens, 1000 S and 900 W in Salt Lake City. It kicks off on June 12th.

The Farmer’s Market
Huge and crowded, the Farmer’s Market is the hip place to be on Saturday mornings. Live music, ethnic food, and gorgeous crafts by some of the best up-and-coming artists in Salt Lake City. It kicks off at 8 a.m. and the best stuff is gone well before 10 a.m., the event closes at 1 p.m. Opening day is  June 11th. It’s held at Pioneer Park, located at 379 S. 300 W.

Our friends at the Farmer’s Market say to look for fresh salad greens like sunchokes, asparagus and garlic scapes this weekend.   If you haven’t used them before, garlic scapes are the top of the garlic plant. I often ask the farmers for recipes and preparation tips.  Here is a fun one from a farmer for garlic scape pesto:

Garlic Scape Pesto
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice
1/4 lb. scapes
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt to taste

Puree scapes and olive oil in a food processor until smooth. Stir in Parmesan and lime or lemon juice and season to taste. Serve on bread, crackers or pasta.

There are several other farmer’s markets in SLC, including one in Sugarhouse and a produce-only market on Tuesday nights. Park City, Murray and Herriman also have their own events. As for me, you’ll find me at the People’s Market buying heirloom tomatoes and trying to keep Scout from attacking all the other dogs. Happy fresh produce season!


June 5, 2011

Pride Batman

Your friendly neighborhood Batman says, “Remember to come downtown and join the Pride celebration.”

Keep your eyes open for Anna and Scout as they join the SLUG crew in Sunday morning’s parade! Scout will sport a new ‘do, taking on the role of gay Toto, and Anna will dress up as a wicked witch complete with bullet bra. | Utah-Pride-Center


When In Doubt, Ad More Glitter – Advice from the Beauties of Blue Lotus, Part 2

June 2, 2011


Part 2 – Stage Beauty

Who better than the beautiful Blue Lotus belly dancers to offer advice for looking beautiful for the stage and photos. Here are their words of wisdom:



Liz  says “1)  Foundation on the eyelids keeps eye shadow from creasing, 2)  Chilling pencils (eye or lip liner) in the fridge for a few minutes before using keeps them from becoming soft and smudgy (editor’s note: I love this tip!), 3)  A little spritz of hair spray on your face keeps your foundation from running, this is extremely helpful when we do shows outside in the summer time (editor’s note – my skin would react like an acid burn, but I know many people with less sensitive skin could do this).”

Annie says “I have slightly down-turned eyes, which I don’t like, so when I apply eyeliner I do a heavy cat eye on the top lid and a very thin line on the bottom.  This disguises the natural shape of my eyes.”

Meg says “Liquid eyeliner, finished with a brushed on powder eyeliner make for a dramatic eye.”



All of the Blue Lotus girls agree, false eye lashes are essential for stage and photos. I’d like to share the tips taught to me by a Belly Dance Superstar for applying false eyelashes. First, protect your delicate eyelid by applying your eye shadow, liquid liner and a layer of dark powder eye shadow over the liquid liner while it is still wet. Next, using a cotton swab or even a toothpick, apply eye lash glue to the lash. Set it aside. Let the glue partially dry before applying. Use tweezers to tug into place.

Here are some great opportunities to see Blue Lotus live. Don’t miss them at Arts Fest, for me, they are the best part of the whole event!

Psychedelic Show and Seminars, Friday June 10 and Saturday June11

Sandstorm Show and Seminars, Friday June 17 and Saturday June18

Salt Lake City Arts Festival, Friday June 24 at 6:30 on the City & County Building Steps

Summer Oasis Show and Seminars, Friday August 5 and Saturday Aug 6


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