When you're a food lover, sometimes a craving strikes and the rest is history. You convince other people that the item you're craving is one they should desire as well, sometimes persuading them with a fervor misunderstood by more moderate food seekers. Such was the case this Saturday when I forced my body out of slumber mode and went to the Santa Monica Saturday farmer's market in search of one thing: the alligator. Now, it's been months since I have sought joy from the Bread Man's alligator pastry, which in the past I have savored while walking sleepily through the market. On a day where you want to explore, go breakfasting in your flip flops, and swill coffee, the alligator is the perfect treat. And this was the experience I wanted for others to whom I had promised a sublime breakfast experience. But sadly, when I arrived to the market this Saturday, the Bread Man was nowhere to be found. I had definitely heard news of some farmer's market vendor reshuffling, but I know now I was in denial. I learned the hard way that rolling out of bed and sacrificing groomed hair to get my hands on one of the often sold-out alligators is no longer an option for me on Saturdays. I'm planning on showing up to Bread Man's other markets with hope in my heart and a little bit sleepier eyes since now it will require long distance travel to hunt the alligator.
This Saturday, since I was left lacking alligator, with bad bed head and an increasingly growly stomach, I was happy to try the new kid on the market block, Valerie Confections. After picking up a few bunches of cilantro, I nibbled on their strawberry hand pie, both pictured below. Delicious, and buttery, this tasty morsel lasted just long enough to comfort me during my defeated exit to the parking lot. Don't get me wrong, not all change is bad. I was excited to see Valerie Confections at the market--their galettes and hand pies are beautiful, and I'll be visiting their storefront soon. But it's definitely the end of an era, and the alligator and I, we had a lot of great times.