Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I think, however, that the bartender spoke a sum total of two words: "It's Nice."
He was right ... the pinot was nice, and the place was nice. I'll try it again.
Monday, April 26, 2010
I drove up Saturday evening in time for a home cooked feast and a night of camping in the vineyards. Sunday, after an early morning walk through the vineyards and an hour or so of reading on the porch swing, I headed to the winery to begin the volunteering.
We showed up at the winery and began quickly setting up for the crowds. I managed to get a place at the sales table, where I chatted with guests, poured from a selection of 7 wines, and rang sales for the day. Not only did I have a great time meeting so many new people (both my fellow volunteers as well as a dizzying stream of customers), I also got to sample the array of excellent wines and debate with myself all day which I wanted to bring home. I ended up with a case of the 2006 Dry Creek Zin as well as an '06 Cab, an '05 Merlot, and a bottle of Olio di Gio ... I plan on cracking open at least two of these bottles tonight when I reunite with my farm box over a home cooked meal. Don't worry, one will be the olive oil. Happy, healthy Monday!
We stopped in Higher Grounds coffee house to enjoy breakfast crepes (mine: pesto, feta, onion with a side of potatoes). Teags kept fighting off sleep to hang with the big girls. I am sure she had a BIG nap that day!
Monday, April 12, 2010
It was actually quite tasty, and I have enough leftover for tomorrow's lunch!
Friday, April 9, 2010
I ordered the pork banh mi (just straight up pork, not fancy, although I will probably try that combo next time) and enjoyed the crusty roll, sliced pork, marinated carrots, and especially fresh cilantro. A simple sandwich but oh-so-tasty ... made all that much more enjoyable by a sunny afternoon and time with a friend eating near the waterfront.
Oh, did I mention it was only $4.50? I have a new regular lunch spot.
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Today at the Farmers' Market, I bought a bouquet of ranunculus to brighten up my day. I also picked up some Yukon gold potatoes to add to a spring vegetable soup ... my first home cooked concoction with the Farm Fresh ingredients. After a Dailey Method class, I am excited to get into the kitchen!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
- 2 Hass avocadoes
- 2 Navel oranges
- 1/2 lb strawberries
- 1 Eureka Lemon
- Green leaf lettuce
- Bunched carrots
- Spring onion
- Garnet sweet potatoes
Monday, April 5, 2010
This little lodge offers the usual assortment -- coffee, soda, chips, sandwiches, cookies -- of a mid mountain stop. Outside, however, they fire up grills for your usage. Man them yourself. On a series of chairs on the way out to the Basin, people were talking with excitement about the bratwursts they were packing in. Inside, groups were camped out on picnic tables running in the burgers and dogs from the snowy outside grill area.
One particular group, featured in the photo, really had their system down. Not only did they pack in meats to grill, but also checkered table cloths, cheese and crackers, and several bottles of vino!
(Mind you, this was 10:30 in the morning when I popped in for a brief caffeine break.)
While impressed with their style, I would also like to point out that they were missing some of the best powder I have ever skiied in. Knee deep in Colorado fresh, I will pass on the vino, thanks!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
For dinner I served salmon (baked in a foil packet with Moroccan spices) alongside a salad I adapted from a friend, Ann. Butter lettuce, red onion, sliced mushrooms, avocado, halved grape tomatoes, and Annie's organic Goddess dressing for the lemon and Tahini flavors.
A couple of the girls brought wine, and Dolores brought dessert, pictured above ... delightfully buttery palmier cookies with some whipped cream and strawberries alongside. What a beautiful and decadent little treat!