Not like peanuts, almonds or pistachios, but more like bananas!
And I know today is August 31, but I don't remember the other 30 days that have apparently, according to that calendar thing, happened.
Work travel was crazy and a long awaited vacation to San Fransisco & Cannon Beach with dad. And in the midst of all the action, this adorable face has come into my life and filled my heart!
I introduce to you Cody the Golden Retriever!
Cody found me while I was searching for a canine companion on Dogwood Rescue. He comes from a loving family that came upon some hard times and needed to focus on some big life changes. He has come into my life and given nothing but loving affection and appreciation. He's my SweetFace, Handsome Pants good boy!
Not to leave out Dad:
San Franisco and Cannon Beach were great! Dad enjoyed himself, as did I! Perfect weather the whole week, and of course, yummy food!
July and August have been a drag in my kitchen. I go through food funks. I get bored of cooking, and I tire of the same 'ol dishes I 'create'. So I really don't have inspiring recipes or insights to share all too much here today, but rest assured, I truly enjoy the fall and totally look forward to diving into some harvest meals.
I will share some vacation food fun though. Since my July travels involved work, I of course squeezed in some family time, sisterly:
This was the most incredible salad! OMG, we all practically devoured it all in that dinner seating. I couldn't tell you what was in it, but it was vegetarian and included a bag of crunchie goodies, like you would find in any grocery store, but wouldn't think to add to a salad! I'll se if I can get the recipe in writing, but as with most chefs, most creations are free form.
And really, who doesn't love roasted baby potatoes with balsamic?
Look away if you're vegan or fully vegetarian. I still do consume fish, although very rarely and will likely eliminate completely next year. But this was some divine salmon; cedar plank with soy and maple with capers and candied olives. To die.
Chef Ian always puts on an amazing spread.
Following the drop-in to the sisters, back home and then back on a flight to San Fran y'all!
Necessary travel plan: land, check into hotel, park yourself on a patio in the sun = bring on the wine and food! We found ourselves a great table at Market Bar
This was seriously fantastic guacamole and tasty champagne (the real stuff, Roederer!).
Ducca, at the Westin where we found our heavenly sleep, served up a delish grilled peach salad with crostini and goat cheese. YUM
A reservation I had looked forward to was at The Stinking Rose in Little Italy. A truly fun village to walk around....And boy did we do some serious walking in San Fran.
The interior of The Stinking Rose was oh so Italian:
(and check out the white sign above)
And you must have the dish of simmering garlic fleurs.
Followed by a kick ass pesto pasta!
And the next day we toured back to Little Italy and made our stake out on a patio we had seen the night before. The perfect spot to while away the hours with red wine, and more pasta. And I cannot find the name of the restaurant anywhere! So if you go, you'll see the patio tables easily..
And just down the street you can find every flavour of salt water taffy you can imagine! My bag of sweets cost $25! I have a long way to go finish them off.
Off to Cannon Beach!
Here is where go on a culinary adventure.
EVOO is a gem in the heart of Cannon Beach. Chef Bob and his wife Lenore are food enthusiasts with tremendous careers in the culinary industry. They have set up shop in Cannon Beach to provide a dining experience like no other. They host dinner shows and give many cooking classes. My dad and I went for the dinner show. I had booked this months in advance and was so excited to go! They do cater to food allergies and choices, and as such, I was lovingly accommodated with my request for vegetarian (fish ok).
My first course was halibut. And 2 pieces were served! One prepared oven baked and the other prepared pan fried. Both were yummy. And along side a saffron risotto cake and tapanade.
My second dish was 2 huge skewers of marinated root veggies with tofu, grilled. Sadly, no picture because I was busy eating it and chatting with our table mates.
My third entree, yes THIRD entree, was the most amazing authentic tamales. OMG. Mine of course were without the meat, but instead a superb medley of mushrooms. This was my favourite dish of all. But I was SO stuffed already! No matter though, I put back 95% of this dish.
And not to forget about desert......An incredible homemade almond brittle sprinkled with black tasting salt, alongside fresh berries and cream with homemade ice cream. TO DIE.
Here we see Bob flaming the berry sauce.
I HIGHLY recommend you get to EVOO asap. This is a night you'll won't soon forget, and you'll want to go back once a month for every new menu!
More time at the beach of course led to thirsty times. Dad found Lush in a nook across the way from where we stayed:
Fun spot to sit, chill, sip, draw, snack and relax.
We stayed at The Cannon Beach Hotel
Seriously cute rooms:
And of course we did some local shopping.....
Fine lookin' fella!
So be the summer I have had. Luckily summer finally showed up here in Vancouver. And tomorrow it's September! Oi! But I do see on my horizon a tasty dish that may be cooked up this weekend,
Cheerio, caio, adios, au revoir, arreviderci for now!