FF: The Farmers Market bike from Sweet Pea Bicycles

ff7My pet name for one of my dearest friends is “Sweet Pea” – and you all know I love bicycles… so it follows that I was please to find the Farmers Market bike from Sweet Pea Bicycles. You have to like a company with the slogan: “Sweet Pea Bicycles was born from the idea that a bike can love you back.”

About the Farmers Market bike from Sweet Pea Bicycles: “When we originally designed the Farmers Market, we said it was a part time touring bike, part time road bike. Meant for gettin’ s@#$ done, lugging around veggies, and having a few beers with the girls on the weekends. This bike does that, but also takes it a step further making it even easier to leave the car at home. Available in just 10 weeks in a standard size or a completely custom design.”

Learn more about Sweet Pea Bicycles here.

FF: “Privateering” by Mark Knopfler

FF1I don’t often write about music here, but Friday Finds is a perfect venue for talking about the arts. Today, I wanted to recommend the latest album from Mark Knopfler, Privateering. Mr. Knopfler has carved out quite a solo career since his days in Dire Straits. His music is somewhere in the realm of folk ballads, ballads in the true sense of the word. His distinctive voice and superior guitar work makes listening to him an utter delight.

About Privateering by Mark Knopfler: “’A privateer is what I am, really,’ says Mark Knopfler. The title track of the legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist’s eighth solo album evokes a swashbuckling era of seafaring plunder, merchant raiders and licensed pirates. But Mark finds an analogy with the modern rock and roll life. ‘I really get a buzz out of having this little group of people that sallies forth across the world. I enjoy being in command of it, the band, the crew, travelling through this ever changing landscape and playing in all these different places. You get where you get without any kind of assistance, really, making your own way in the world. There are no government grants to play this music. You’re a privateer. And that’s the way I like it.’”

Privateering by Mark Knopfler is available from Amazon and other fine music retailers.

FF: The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand

FF2Seattle may be the coffee capital these days, but you would be hard pressed to find an older or better coffee shop than New Orlean’s Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand. If you can’t make it to New Orleans you can buy Cafe Du Monde’s coffee and other products in their online shop.

About The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand: “The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans. The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. In 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to the cafe. Soft drinks also made their debut that year.”

Shop Cafe Du Monde here.

Learn more about Cafe Du Monde here.

FF: Jacobsen Salt

FF4From the cold waters off the coast of Oregon comes Jacobsen Salt.

I love salt, as you know, and l love the folks at Jacobsen Salt, not just for their salt, but for their cool packaging, like their Slide Tin.

About Jacobsen Salt’s Slide Tin: “Perfect for your bag, chest pocket, or purse. Take your favorite finishing salt with you wherever you go and make each bite of food that much better – wherever you are.”

Also try Jacobsen’s vanilla bean salt – what I refer to as a fine “dessert salt.”

Learn more about Jacobsen Salt here.