Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bell’fiori e lemons for lemon bars tomorrow.

Potted some more flowers yesterday. They seem to die quickly or at times get knocked over when I accidentally hit them with my size 12 converse allstars. We move the tables and chairs inside at night so there’s a lot of commotion around the potted plants. I like the way these photographs turned out.

Remember, first bread making class coming soon

Lemons for the lemon bars tomorrow. I didn’t get a chance to do them today.


We’re now offering grab and go sandwiches

Today we featured two new grab and go sandwiches with tomatoes from the garden. We created a grilled eggplant, parmesan reggiano, basil and tomatoes  sandwich. The other sandwich was a tomato with burratta cheese and fresh walnut pesto. We made them on a larger version of our piccolo baguette.

Tomorrow will will offer two more. I am thinking proscuito and parmesan reggiano and maybe the fresh tomatoe, burrata and pesto. Stop by and check them out.

We have the new Red Ribbon Almond Creme Soda.

First Bread Baking Class Scheduled

New photos



know I posted this the other day, but like it too much

Great Sunday

My friend Rob from college came by with his wife, Brenda and their son Riley. It was great to see them. They live in Westchester so we don’t see them that often.

Made olive foccacia today. It turned out real nice. Take a look.

Picture of the making of our fresh asparagus and pea cous cous

For years I prided myself on not drinking coke or pepsi. I simply drank  tons of water. When I was in college I consumed diet coke most of the time. These days I’ve been drinking our new colas. Mr Cola and Nichol Kola. I’ve developed a taste for them especially the Nichol Kola. Here are a few photos:

Cheese Plate for Charles

I made a cheese plate for one of our best customers named Charles. He works nearby and stops at Fiore for his mid afternoon break. Yesterday he asked if I could make him a cheese plate to enjoy with one of our baguettes. Here it is:

What you see here is Toscana pecorino, parmigiana, Danish blue cheese, ssorted olives, homemade white peach jam with blackberries and one of our piccolo baguettes

Fiore Market Cafe now open 12:00pm til 4:00pm on Sundays

What’s New at the Cafe

I have been using the smaller tomatoes for the last few weeks in soups and salads. Tonight I picked one of the beefsteak tomatoes and served it on the tuna salad sandwich. It was  ripe and juicy, an absolute perfect tomato. I’ve never had great success growing tomatoes until this year. My thumb must be getting greener.

Our newest addition is a second community table. It’s not as big as the butcher block table and not as sturdy, but  has good character and it’s perfect for a family of 6. Anne set it with the white parchment paper and drawing materials. Below is a drawing from few of our regular customers.

Don’t forget cinnamon bread and blackberry scones tomorrow morning.

Tomato thief spotted in South Pasadena at the corner of El Centro and Fremont Ave.

tomatoes are doing well. Very well. We are using them in lots of Fiore recipes.

I caught someone stealing one . She didn’t realize I was behind her. She plucked it off the vine, took a good look at the beauty and was just about to take a bite when I spoke.

She was completely unembarrassed. She also admitted to taking 3 cherry tomatoes on a prior visit. She said they were oh so sweet.

All I can say is ” Le vie est tres jolie”

Mid Summer Days

The heat is upon us and it feels good for the most part. We are discovering  the heat makes people want to hide indoors and we don’t have much space indoors for people to hide. They have to sit outside on our cool, comfortable patio. It’s only slightly cool because the tables are all well protected from the sun by the umbrellas and awning. Late afternoon and early evening the patio gets a great breeze rolling through. It’s very nice.

We have an ad running on South Pasadena Patch. See if you can find it.

I have posted some pictures from our recent Gazpacho soup. We offered it to the guest at a baby shower over this past weekend and received a great review on Yelp. I hate to say it, but the Gazpacho is all but gone. I believe I have one bowl left for tomorrow. I made a nice Tuscan white bean soup with sausage for tomorrow. I know it doesn’t sound very summery, but give it a try. It turned out real nice. I am always amazed how a soup tastes better the next day.

I have been working on a second community table for Fiore. It’s not complete, but close. I found a very old table top and did my best to restore it. I stained it today and painted the legs. Next I’ll build some new benches with my neighbors help and we’ll be there. I have attached a few pictures of the table.

The garden is amazing. I fertilized for the first time about two weeks ago. I believe it helped. The tomato plants, eggplants and peppers look healthy as can be. I have two tomato plants that are wilting.I would love some advise if anyone can diagnose the problem with my plants.

New basil has finally settled in. The plants look healthy and sturdy. Waiting for them to take off. We use lots of store bought basil for our home made pesto. Looking forward to using basil from the Fiore garden.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the pictures. Remember we are now open until 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Stop By.

Beautiful Day

What a beautiful day in South Pasadena. Hope tomorrow is just as Great.

Happy Birthday to our wonderful customer Sundok (I am sorry if I spelled your name wrong). Hope you had a great Day.

Hear is a great song to the end of a  Beautiful Day.