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Month: July 2011

Grilled Pizza with San Marzano Tomatoes

Grilled Pizza with San Marzano Tomatoes

In addition to the sweet momotaro’s growing in the garden, we also have some San Marzano’s. I have 3 reasons to be excited about this: 1) After the ladies (chickens) ate the previous ones, we finally have some to try for ourselves, 2) They are […]

Momotaro Tomatoes

Momotaro Tomatoes

I couldn’t be happier with the sweet and juicy tomatoes we are getting lately. This is the first year we are growing Momotaro’s and I’m convinced they are one of my favorites. The flesh is hardy, sweet tasting, has minimal seeds, lots of juice, and […]

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I know. This is kinda weird. But hey. It’s this random stuff that keeps me amused. Playing tourist is cool. I should do it more often. This day was spent at San Diego’s Zoo Safari Park and the weather was excellent. A word of advice…it definitely gets warm there so don’t don’t don’t go in the dead of summer because it’s blazing hot and miserable. Going in the middle of the week or anytime that’s not a weekend will definitely increase your fun and it will be a lot more leisurely. Mobs of people taking indiscriminate pictures and listening to  screaming children don’t make for a happy time. Actually, the indiscriminate picture taking does make me laugh.

If you do go, there are a handful of awesome things to see and do. Here’s what I almost always try to see:

1. Feed the lorikeets. Don’t wear fancy clothes. You will likely get pooped on. If you do, there’s a hand washing station at the exit, so no big thing.

2. Check out the baby elephants. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch them playing in the watering hole.

3. Meerkats!Need I say more?

4. Daily cheetah run (new). See below. Totally cool. Don’t cheap out. Buy the $10 viewing pass if you want to be closer and not have peeps hovering over you. Completely worth it.

Lastly, definitely ride the tram. Your feet will thank you. Plus, it affords great picture taking opportunities and much needed relaxation.

Blueberry Verbena Soda

Blueberry Verbena Soda

Question: What do you do with a basket of blueberries forgotten in the fridge for  too long? You know the ones. The once plump and juicy berries that are now on the road to hell. It happens. I have a solution. Make blueberry syrup. It’s […]

Wine Tasting in Paso Robles

Wine Tasting in Paso Robles

Exploring a new city is always a lot of fun. Exploring a new region with wine tasting is even better. Paso Robles is full of wineries located in a very convenient area all along a wine route that spans a pretty good distance while remaining […]

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

I need my coffee in the morning. It used to be that I needed my cup of green tea to get the morning started. After a trip to Argentina where there was no green tea and no mochas to be had, I got used to drinking coffee. It didn’t take long before I was hooked on black coffee with a scant sprinkling of sugar. Nothing gets done before my morning coffee is made. I also like to have a little something sweet to munch on while enjoying said coffee. Enter this excellent recipe found here for the perfect breakfast bread.

I had a bunch of pecans, so I tossed them in as well.

Fresh from the oven and barely cool enough to cut. I can’t wait!!!

This was made in the afternoon, so I thought a glass of milk was more appropriate for this snack. Trust me, a few slices of this cake wrapped in waxed paper or parchment and this is a ready made breakfast to go with your morning coffee, tea, or espresso. It also makes a great midday snack.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Hope everyone is having a safe and happy 4th. We’re mixing up some refreshing gin drinks  and margaritas. Here’s a new favorite that’s light and cool on a hot summer day: Italian Summer Cooler: 1/2 jigger good quality gin, we used Death’s Door 1/2 jigger […]

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