I was originally going to post an old illustration I have of a Valentine party with the popular (and somewhat obnoxious) kid getting a shoebox-full of glittery cards while one little outlier is left with a pathetically empty box. But I was determined to create something new instead. For some odd reason I thought of vegetables, maybe because I had recently seen a photo of a brussels sprout plant and was totally blown away–it is a truly weird and beautiful plant. As luck would have it, the gorgeous brussels sprout turns out to be ranked as the least popular vegetable in the UK (first on the list of my google search). The tomato, incidentally, is the most popular. Personally, I have never been a huge fan of the tomato. And let’s face it, if you compare the two, brussel sprouts wins hands-down as the Carmen Miranda of the veggie lot with all that fabulous foliage. So here’s to the misunderstood and totally under-appreciated brussels sprout. Although at the Valentine party, I imagine he would still come up short-handed.