December 5, 2010

Where I’ve Been

If I wasn’t so lazy, I would have scheduled a guest poster for the week I was away, but it didn’t happen. What did happen was a trip to hang out with my parents at their home in northern California. Lucky for my blog, I did little more than eat (although I went to my parents’ BAD. ASS. gym every day, which was way fun) so I’ll just share what photos I did take with some minimal commentary.

(Minimal—yeah, right!)

It all began on Thanksgiving day.


No parade-watching for me; I was on a plane out of NYC by 7am. Woof.

My nephews decorated the napkin rings and place cards.


Sorry, kids, but that looks nothing like me. Better luck next time.


I stuffed as much of my fave fare into my face as possible, which includes green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a new-to-us-this-year dish, corn pudding.


Now that I’m thinking back on that day, I remember having slices of pumpkin and Dutch apple pies as well, but I guess the delirium of the 3:45am wake-up and jetlag had rendered my camera skills useless by then.

Despite the exhaustion, we made sure to acknowledge time-honored traditions…


…and pass them on to the next generation.


What, you don’t eat olives off of your fingers?

Among the delightful home cooked food (which I made sure to enjoy again…and again…), there were some notable meals out. I am quite glad to welcome Chez Panisse back to the blog!


And special snaps for its bread, which never fails to astonish and amaze. Looking back to my first post about Chez Panisse, I’m shocked that I didn’t take a picture of the bread. I’ll have to make up for that by posting two now.



Sourdough = love of my life.

These photos are very dim because we were seated right next to the open kitchen. It was a very interesting (and busy!) vantage point, but my pictures suffered a bit as a result. Anyway, here’s what went down the hatch:


Eggplant and olive tapenades…


…with assorted crudites.


And an amazing pasta dish made of one of my favorite flavor combos: olive oil + garlic with veggies (cauliflower and peppers this time) and dried nuts + fruit (pine nuts and currants). Alice, you outdo yourself.

But wait—there’s more (as if I would go to bed without dessert).


I couldn’t resist sampling the persimmon pudding—I’ve been fascinated by persimmons ever since experimenting with them (with great results!) last year. (By the way, is that not the sexiest whipped cream blob ever?!)

But nothing could have prepared me for the chocolate ice cream.


While examining the dessert menu, I glazed over the ice cream because…well, who orders plain old ice cream when dining CHEZ PANISSE? My dad, apparently. And he’s a smart guy, so I too should have known that Alice would do up this simplest of desserts in a mind-blowing way. Sure enough, it was like eating the best chocolate bar in the world, just in ice cream form.

Looking at that sundae photo, I think I’ll share my last bit of CA eating in a separate post. You’ll understand why when you see it.

Back to the grindstone I go! Tell me about your favorite ice cream so that I may partake of it as well. Smile


Big Sister said...

Your blog is no longer rated PG - that whipped cream blob is lascivious!

And thanks for documenting the Thanksgiving olive tradition - it's like I was there. And yet not (no leftovers :-(.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

to big sister: love this word--very underused: lascivious!

anyway, the post! and i had no idea your 'rents lived in nor cal.

Looks like an awesome time was had!

sophia said...

You went to Chez Panisse!!! Jealous!!! It sounds amazing. And I wouldn't adore ice-cream of course, but now that the subject is up, I would very much like green tea or pistachio gelato on a cake cone. Hm, funny how they are both green...

p.s. when are you taking a trip to SOcal?

Mama Pea said...

Your nephews suck a portraiture but rock at turkeys!

Um, cookie dough ice cream. Duh.

Mo Diva said...

omg i love putting olives on my fingers! It enhances my eating pleasure!
Loving all the food porn.
I dont have a fave ice cream. sometimes I get so torn having to choose ONE! dont make me choose- it hurts!

Mo Diva said...

...and you're right. that drawing looks nothing like you.

elise said...

awwwww...we should have met up. actually i was only in nor cal for 5.23 seconds, so maybe not. but next time for sure. for reals! (if for no other reason than for me to crash your fam dinner at chez panisse)

emily said...

Yay, I'm glad to see a post from you again!

My favorite ice cream is actually gelato - Ciao Bella Key Lime Pie! It is the best thing ever, aaaaand they sell it in Cobble Hill at the Nut Box (down the street from TJ's) so you should go try it yourself :)

Shannon said...

some times the simplest is the best!! what a wonderful meal :) and favorite ice cream? that's tough. hmmm... maybe the pistachio i made with a coconut milk base... yum!!

Heather said...

Everything looks amazing!!! My favorite ice cream right now is Reese's peanut butter cup!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Looks like a lovely Thanksgiving. My newphew decided to make placecards for everyone and assign them seats. He was so proud of himself. lol
PS - I'll be in NYC this weekend. Any interest in joining me and Joanne (Eats Well with Others) to dinner at V-Note on Sat night? Let me know... would love to finally meet you in person! :)

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

Ha, I used to do that with olives as a kid too. :-P Great eats! I think the best ice cream I've had was the mint chocolate at Cafe Gratitude and will occasionally splurge on it from Whole Foods.