Gloria Ferris

one woman’s view from a place by the zoo in the city

Living in the City: West Side Market and Bon Bon Cafe

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Early this morning, Christine and I took off on the 79 bus for a whirlwind shopping trip to the West Side Market.



The photo above was taken Mother’s Day weekend while we waited for Mo, Geri, and the girls to arrive.

Our first stop of the day was Urban Herbs where we picked up poppy and sesame seeds for a new salad dressing for a holiday picnic.  Second, we picked up produce from The Basketeria. I ordered it Friday on line. I just LOVE this benefit. Our third and final stop in the market was Michelle’s Bakery where we bought bread made with unbleached flour AND no preservatives. Yum!


Since we were so efficient, we had plenty of time to visit BonBon Cafe where the staff wanted to get a ramp for Christine’s wheelchair, but we decided to sit outside. Christine decided to get up and walk to see the desserts. Anyone who knows her knows she is a chocolate aficionado. The servers took over so that I could secure our packages and the wheelchair.  They were very gracious and very helpful. Before this visit was finished, she was planning on how she could get there on her own. I was very impressed too.  When I arrived home and mentioned French pressed coffee, Tim’s interest piqued.

As we sat sipping our coffees and eating pastries, the 79 North whizzed by telling us we had about 20 minutes before it would arrive to take us south.  While we were waiting, two young women from Montana asked us if we were waiting for the bus that would take them to the Zoo. We talked for awhile and found out that they were two sisters on a trip to celebrate the younger one’s college graduation.

They had spent Friday riding roller coasters at Cedar Point and today, they intended to enjoy the zoo and maybe the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We told them to be sure to visit the Rain Forest and the African Elephant Crossing before they ventured back down town to see the guitars in front of the Rock and Roll hall of Fame.

All in all, it was a wonderful kick off to this first Holiday weekend of the summer.

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  1. The last time I thought about Montana it was in conjunction with that Frank Zappa piece about raising dental floss.

    Isn’t that also where our friend Dick Cheney lives, the one who had better things to do when everybody else shipped off to RVN training?

    Tim Ferris

    26 May 12 at 7:37 PM

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