Wednesday, July 30, 2008

dinner 7-30-08

Having marinated the pork for 10 hours, we bbqd them and they were very very juicy served with grilled scallions on top, mashed buttery potatoes underneath, sliced grilled yellow beets, braised cauliflower and brussel sprouts and my favorite bite on the plate....cold corn relish, corn off the cob, brandywine tomato chunks, balsamic vinegar and chopped white sweet onions.......yummy!

of farm stands and veggies and berries all in a row!

I am already wondering how i will survive winter and the lack of farmer's market tuesdays, this week yielded such a bounty of goodness I am beside myself with excitement.....miniature heirloom tomatoes, curly leaf lettuce picked that morning, orange mint, strawberries that are small and so sweet you just drool to see them, I remember growing them as a kid in so cal and just never letting them get bigger than a golf ball, and here i get to buy the same small sweet natural ones, so unlike those horrid monsters that the chain stores sell, the big as your fist strawberry with no flavor is not my idea of a fruit you eat! ok i also splurged and got some cranberry walnut bread from the grateful bread company of yummy! not cheap but good as a treat once in a while! I got some elberta peaches, freestone! and yummy and still firm, not lasting long in this house! 2 bunches of orange beets and one of small carrots, you know the ones that grow in the ground and have green leafy tops on them, not those plastic bagged orange chips some machine churns out in the dark.........carrots with dirt on them, you know earth, dirt, water, sun and seed can equal food in some parts of the world! I am only disappointed by the blackberries i bought from placerville, they just are so tart and flavorless.....not ripe yet i suspect! Cannot wait until next tuesday to see what the stalls hold for me!

You know you are in trouble whennnnn...........

Having perused the menu for going on 2 months and hoping that our trip to the bay area would include a brunch at Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, I was overjoyed when it was suggested we meet up with hubby's friends on sunday morning at said location!!!! I knew the menu, had a clue as to the atmosphere and arrived hungry! Let me say right now, that it is Wednesday after the said Sunday and I am still thinking about the great food and trying to figure out how any subsequent trips could include a stop in emeryville....hmmm headed to disneyland, can we find a shortcut through emeryville? LOL So our largish group was seated in the back room and I horrifyingly had a prime view of the monkey paintings on the wall.....the sea monkey room....i have that fear of monkeys thanks to the wizard of oz and the flying version that haunted my preteen sleep for years.....i avoid them at all costs and here i was about to eat food while staring at some, but guess what the food was good enough to almost make me forget monkey images were present at the tasting! I knew i was ordering the rude and reckless and wanted em to have his new fave french toast, so i got to taste that also......very very YUMMY, our server was great, company sublime and I just wish i lived closer!