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Whisked Away

Posted: March 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Today I had two separate experiences across the bay! The first stop was to put some of our extra things in our storage in Hayward. Afterwards, we opted for lunch in Rockridge – including a quick stop at Market Hall – the place where I first got Rancho Gordo beans, so it holds a fond place in my heart.

It was a blissfully nice day out, so I opted for an iced coffee.

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We then stopped at Cactus for some burritos – I had a fish burrito, with no rice, and plenty of cabbage salsa. (Yum.) I really liked my fish burrito, but Devon was not as much of a fan of his chile verde. The salsa is worth it though – cabbage and lots of lime!

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We were pressed for time, and so I ate my burrito in the car. Which was good, because not only did we get slightly lost trying to get on the highway, we also had to brave the extra traffics.

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I had reason to hurry, because Tara Austen Weaver was coming to speak at Omnivore today about her new book ‘The Butcher and the Vegetarian‘. Her story about growing up vegetarian, and then facing decisions about joining our cult of carnivores…

This is her about to explain to us her first experiences with barbecued bacon. Actually, reminiscing about the moment of disbelief that she was actually going to eat this stuff – actually going through with it.

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But before she started, Celia had a treat for me:

This chocolate covered, caramel-y, toffee crunchy goodness.

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After the talk, filled with cute children:

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Supportive friends in red shoes (it’s a tea and cookies thing…)

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I went home jazzed – mostly because I get to see more of the lovely Tara tomorrow at a fabulous photography workshop. But also, because I started thinking to myself… hmm.. I could go for some meat. (Which is not a usual thing…)

And when I came home, my desires were seconded….

So I got whisked away on a romantic date….. to AD HOC.

We had:

Salad of Escarole Hearts, and romaine lettuce with shaved radish, candied walnuts, kalamata olives, asian pears, garlic croutons, and white anchovy dressing. (The dressing was so good that I was offered a little dish of it after the waiter noticed me desperately wiping the plate clean with bread… I politely declined because asking for more dressing after you’ve finished your salad is the sign of a glutton.)

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Herb Crusted Colorado Lamb Sirloin, with broccoli rabe from the French Laundry garden, roasted cauliflower, the creamiest polenta topped with a golden raisin and caper relish. [The broccoli rabe was crisped like kale chips, and the lamb was painfully delicious.]

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The cheese course was one of my favorites: Tumalo Farm’s Pondhopper, from Bend, Oregon, with roasted peppers, arugula and a sweet onion soffrito.

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And for dessert:

Some blissful Tiramisu with homemade lady fingers, and this lovely and light mascarpone cream. It was mighty tasty, although I must admit not nearly as boozy as if I were to make it myself…. Then again, I don’t have very much restraint, so this is a more refined version.

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I finished with a cup of french press coffee, and a permanent smile on my face that might not go away for two weeks.

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A perfect evening.

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