The limo picked us up at 2:30. (Yes, a limo. We knew we would have lots of packages before the afternoon was over, we didn’t want to fight for parking, and we didn’t want to schlep bags endlessly. Besides, isn’t that the mode of transportation you choose when you go to the market?)
The first thing that happens when you see the flowers at Pike’s Place market is you start scheming about how in the world you’re going to be able to get some home. The variety, the prices, the beauty. It’s overwhelming. So many choices, but we knew we would be back many more times during our 8-day stay, so we could afford to be choosy.
We had to think about all the different factors affecting what flowers to buy — of what the meal was going to consist, what dishes we planned to use, what size and type of vases we had, what the placemats would be. Such decisions!
Of course, there was also the issue of which flowers would be most photogenic. After all, one of our objectives was to create dazzling tables and pictorial memories.
Off we go with our photographers (Ken and Michael) in tow. Besides Pike’s, we had other stops to make, including Sur la Table, the cooking store that became like a second home.
All this before we even started buying FOOD!