Two weeks ago, on a beautifully mild Saturday morning, I headed over to Kansas City’s River Market. CC introduced me to this place when I was still just a visitor in the city. I’m especially grateful for the introduction now that I’m a resident! I try to go every other weekend or so. As the weather cools, I heard (from the Habashi House lady) the vendors abandon their outdoor stands until it warms. Of course this makes sense, but I hadn’t considered that rows of colorful produce, boxes of bright mums, and tables full of earthy spices would disappear as winter paints everything gray, and I need them most. Luckily I had the comfort of the most delicious hummus on the earth (thanks, again to the Habashi House lady) as I thought over this news. Inspired by genuine Greek olives, I vowed to make my trips to City Market even more frequent and to make good on a plan I’ve had for a while to actually “meet” the spice guy, who scoops joy into a plastic bag and sells it for $1.00. If you’ve never been to City Market and you live in Kansas City, go immediately before you have to hunker down through bleak winter. Don’t leave without Habashi House hummus and maybe a scoop or five from Mr. Mohammad. I told him I loved his spices and that my friends and I never left City Market without stopping by his table of wonders. He beamed and said, “Come every week! I’ll be waiting for you! And God bless you.” “He has,” I thought as I walked away. I’m looking forward to starting this weekend with a coffee and chat with Mr. Mohammad as he scoops up cinnamon, habiscus, and maybe some curry? I’m still working on my list!