This past week, the authors of Jai-Alai's first publication, Forager: A Subjective Guide to Miami's Edible Plants, visited Flavorish Market on Miami's "Upper East side" for a discussion and tasting.
Tiffany, George, and Nick brought a bounty of plants that they had foraged that afternoon, including Spanish needle, mango, elderflower, tamarind, pigeon pea, and purslane, all of which had been picked within thirty blocks of the store. Visitors passed around broken-open shells of tamarind as the three talked about the process of creating the book, a "subjective" guide to foraging in Miami. Tiffany described it as "a love letter to Miami," which is better than any description I've come up with and perhaps explains the interest in it that we've received from other cities. Forager doesn't just describe Miami. It feels like Miami.
Flavorish's owners Alain Guillen and Jennifer Frehling provided free wine for tasting from the market's curated selection of vintages and made everyone feel at home in the store. If you haven't been, Flavorish carries all kinds of local, organic, and unique gourmet items for kitchen and table that you won't find at Publix, Whole Foods, or Sur la Table.
Stay tuned for upcoming events. The Forager team will be and out about with the book later this summer and into the fall. We'd love to see you!