Martha Stewart came to West Palm Beach and, in true Martha style, she flew away with something more stylish than a lousy souvenir T-shirt.
While shopping on Antique Row, she found a Moroccan brass table she couldn’t resist. A relic of the late 19th Century, it held a cluster of hand-blown English glass dinner bells from the same era.
“I loved it so much, I bought it,” Stewart wrote on her “Martha Blog,” where she posted 58 photos from her recent visit to the area.
At Kofski Antiques in Palm Beach, she purchased a striking bronze crab. And when she stopped at the Balatro vintage shop in Palm Beach, she spotted a floppy, natural weave hat that made her wonder “if it would be a good hat for the Central Park Conservancy ‘Hat Luncheon’ I attend every year.”
Her recent stay was a “jam-packed weekend of tours and activities” that included a visit to West Palm Beach’s “sunny” Saturday morning green market, where she stopped to pose for photos with fans.
“I was so happy with the preparation of foods being offered, as well as the very large array of fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood,” Stewart said by email last week.
She says she had been planning a Palm Beach escapade “to visit good friends who have been vacationing there.”
“I stayed with my friend, (banker) Lisbeth Barron, who has a home there in the north end,” she said. “I had a very busy time shopping, partying, dining, and visiting with friends.”
Did she have any memorable bites while in West Palm Beach?
“The Mediterranean Market & Deli offers delicious food – stuffed grape leaves, quinoa salad, tabbouleh,” she said of the shop that’s also known as the Middle East Bakery & Grocery, on 5th Street. “And it’s a great stop in a busy day.”
BRUNCH WITH MARTHA IN SOUTH BEACH
On Saturday, Stewart is headlining the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s sold-out rosé brunch with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. We took the occasion to ask her a few brunch-centric questions:
We must ask: Is rosé your go-to brunch drink?
“Ever since my first trip to St. Barths, rosé has been my wine choice for brunch. Year round, I think it accompanies most food perfectly.”
What does a nice rosé bring to the brunch party?
“It seems that all of a sudden everyone loves rosé, and I think its popularity speaks for itself.”
What are the keys to creating and serving the perfect Sunday brunch?
“Do as much prep ahead of time as possible. I have a secret way to make eggs Benedict. Poach the eggs the day before, then store them overnight in the refrigerator in ice water. The next day, reheat them for a few seconds in simmering water right before you assemble them. Perfect eggs Benedict every time.”