point reyes

i believe this to be my all time favorite place… on all the earth. people love the mountains… well, i am all about the beach and the ocean and everything else that goes with it!

zipping our way through the valley on highway 37. it was almost as though our trip was preordained… no fog… no traffic… and lovely people!

we not only explored the beaches, but the cheese too! our first stop was at marin french cheese. we dove right into sampling the offerings… and they were great! we hopped back in the car and made out way to point reyes station. once there we hit the cowgirl creamery. they are an organic, artisan cheese making operation in the heart of point reyes station. (well, truth be told the town is only a couple of blocks… so really it’s all heart!) they were in the middle of washing the rinds of their red hawk, a triple-cream cows milk cheese. above are the lovely ladies in action… washing the rind.

we left the creamery and headed downtown to fetch some lunch. (this really meant we walked around the block) out of pure fascination, and having never been into a real general store, we popped into the point reyes general store. there was everything a person, or horse, needed. continuing our tour, we headed down to toby’s but was pleasantly distract by the yarn bomb that i spotted on the railing.

enough oooo-ing and aawww-ing over the yarn bomb spotting, we finally headed over to toby’s and were greeting with the fantastic display of organic fruit.

after retrieving lunch, we finally made out way to the beach. it was a treat to act as a tour guide for my friend heather on the way out. once we began making our decent into the drakes bay area, i knew i was were i supposed to be.

this time of year is a busy one at point reyes… people flock to see the migrating gray whales and the nesting elephant seals. the national park service closes off the road at south beach and operates a shuttle between the light house (where, after descending steps equivalent of a 30 story building, you can have the best view on land of the migrating whales), chimney rock (where there is best area for viewing the elephant seals) and drakes bay (where there were 2 elephant seals on the beach, therefore we had to stay 300 yards away from them). we caught the sunset while on the shuttle back to the car and headed over to north beach and took in the beauty of where was in front of us.

all in all, it was a great day! oh, yeah… we ended it at the station house cafe, located in downtown point reyes station. we feasted on hot popovers and bbq-ed oysters. a great ending to a great day!


6: food, pt. 3

i am going to continue with this food series… because food is great! but also, because i love good food. food created with love, good ingredients and while enjoyed with friends… that’s the best!

another reason i love spending labor day weekend in sacramento is the greek food festival. pretty simple, it’s a church fundraiser for the greek orthodox church in sacramento. it doesn’t change much (the older i get, the more i appreciate stability in these type of things). we know the lay of the land, how things work, the best way to get the best “greek” experience we can. here’s how this works…

first, we check out the internet for coupons! although it’s only $5 to get in, the $2 we save at the door mean another cookie or another piece of spankopita! (come on… it’s all about the food)

second, we formulate the game plan. if you plan it right with the people you go with, you can try almost everything on the menu! from the spankopita to the patistio to the lamb (not a lamb fan, so i vote the chicken), we are all in this for eating good food and walking out of here stuffed… so planning is essential!

third, we get our food… sit down and eat… oh, wait… don’t forget about a beverage… coke (major sponsor) or a greek beer anyone. when in rome… er, athens, right?

forth, we eat! but remember to always pace yourself… taste the good food that the greek ladies having been spending months preparing! don’t forget to dave room for a little dessert!

fifth, need to talk a walk. walk around… enjoy the exhibits, see the market… just long enough for your meal to settle and to prepare for the greek pastries!

finally, head over to the pastries and coffee. being allergic to walnuts (boo hoo… i love the baklavah!) i need to be very careful about what i do eat. i always get the kourambiedes… wonderful butter cookies covered in a heavy dusting of powdered sugar… wonderful!

that’s it… pretty simple… but oh, so good!

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred

this comes from the blog very good taste. here is what you do…

  1. copy the list below into you blog, including these instructions
  2. bold all the items that you have eaten before
  3. cross out any items that you would never consider eating
  4. optional extra: post a comment on the very good taste blog

the vgt omnivore’s hundred:

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. steak tartare
  5. crocodile
  6. black pudding
  7. cheese fondue
  8. carp
  9. borscht
  10. baba ghanoush
  11. calamari
  12. pho
  13. pb&j sandwhich
  14. aloo gobi
  15. hot dog from a street cart
  16. eposisses
  17. black truffle
  18. fruit wine made from something other than grapes
  19. steamed pork buns
  20. pistachio ice cream
  21. heirloom tomatoes
  22. fresh wild berries
  23. foie gras
  24. rice and beans
  25. brawn or head cheese
  26. raw scotch bonnet pepper
  27. dulce de leche
  28. oysters
  29. baklava
  30. bagna cauda
  31. wasabi peas
  32. clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
  33. salted lassi
  34. sauerkraut
  35. root beer float
  36. cognac with a fat cigar
  37. clotted cream tea
  38. vodka jelly/jello-o
  39. gumbo
  40. oxtail
  41. curried goat
  42. whole insects
  43. phall
  44. goats milk
  45. malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more
  46. fugu
  47. chicken tikka masala
  48. eel
  49. krispy kreme original glazed dughnut
  50. sea urchin
  51. prickly pear
  52. umeboshi
  53. abalone
  54. paneer
  55. mcdonald’s big mac
  56. spaetzle
  57. dirty gin martini
  58. beer above 8% ABV
  59. poutine
  60. carob chips
  61. smores
  62. sweetbreads
  63. kaolin
  64. currywurst
  65. durian
  66. frog legs
  67. beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
  68. haggis
  69. fried plantain
  70. chitterlings or andouillette
  71. gazpacho
  72. caviar and blini
  73. louche absinthe
  74. gjetost or burnost
  75. roadkill
  76. baijiu
  77. hostess fruit pie
  78. snail
  79. lapsang souchong
  80. bellini
  81. tom yum
  82. eggs benedict
  83. pocky
  84. tasting menu at a three michelin star restaurant
  85. kobe beef
  86. hare
  87. goulash
  88. flowers
  89. horse
  90. criollo chocolate
  91. spam
  92. soft shell crab
  93. rose harissa
  94. catfish
  95. mole poblano
  96. bagel and lox
  97. lobster thermidor
  98. polenta
  99. jamacian blue mountain coffee
  100. snake