Columnist Florica Vlad shares her love for food and unique Bay Area locales and experiences on SFblotter. She first dipped her toes into the local-food movement with the Bronfman Jewish Center at NYU, where she studied permaculture, slept in greenhouses, prepared CSA boxes, and got behind-the-scenes looks at ethical farms and restaurants. Since, Florica loves keeping abreast of new trends and tastemakers, all while learning a bit of culinary know-how herself. Now, she’s interviewing professional jellymongers, dining with food designers, assisting pioneering vertical gardeners, and going to fabulous underground dinners!
Darling buds of summer are popping up on foodies’ plates this season. Edible flowers add delicate, new flavors to old, favorite dishes, while enhancing the plate visually and aromatically. If it is true that we eat first with our eyes, then a plate lavishly decorated with flowers is both enticing and irresistible!