I Found It!

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I am on my way to enjoying my first homemade hibiscus margaritas. <a href=”http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2006/12/05/on-the-prowl-for-hibiscus-margaritas/” target=”_blank”> (I discovered these cocktails on my recent vacation in Mexico.) </a> I headed out to Port Chester today on the auspices that I needed something “for my blog.”

At Velozzi Market (197 Westchester Ave. Port Chester, 914-939-5660), I walked in and started poking around. I overheard one of the staff say “guera,” — that is, “blondie” — so I turned around and smiled at them.

How can I help you? bellowed the big guy, in both Spanish and English.

Busco flores de jamiaca, I said, — I’m looking for hibiscus flowers…

He turned to the two women behind the cash and wrap. (Of course the women knew where they were.) They said they were at the end of the aisle.

So the guy leads the way, saying, in Spanish: “Right this way, grasshopper!”

So funny the little terms of endearment people use in other languages, isn’t it?

Here are the flowers, ready for the water. Next up, the tea. Then the cocktail….

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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