23 September, 2009
Autumn has formally descended upon us, and yet the weather says otherwise! Well, at least for us here in the North American Sahara known as Southern California. My apologies for being so absent during the last month and a half, but I have lots to update you!! I won't do it all in this one post, of course, but I am happy to be back sharing with you some of the fun and exciting events that rounded out my summer of 09.
Some of you may know that I moved in the middle of August from one part of LA to another. And sadly, I could not take my garden with me. However, I did take pictures of the beautiful tomatoes that flourished from months of patience and endurance, and I crossed my fingers that my previous roommate would continue to take care of the beauties in the garden upon my departure.
The cherry tomatoes grew like crazy, while their mellow yellow cousins took their sweet time, but oh how sweet they were when they ripened!! The one lonely green tomato you see was the one and only HEIRLOOM that I saw slowly grow, beautiful and glorious and oh so desired. Nearly in tears to have to leave my little garden, I was proud of what I had accomplished in six months with the help of my boyfriend. The thought of leaving the fruits of my hands was unacceptable, and so I uprooted the Serrano Pepper plants that also had sprouted so beautifully.
I am happy to report that of the four pepper plants I attempted to take with me to my new apartment, two have survived the shock and transport and are THRIVING!! I will be updated you soon with photos from the new homefront. Unfortunately I left my herbs, but I am anxious to replant some more and keep those handy in my kitchen. Updates to come soon!!
Immediately after the drama and soreness of moving, my car broke down. And when I say it broke down, I mean it BROKE DOWN... However, this didn't stop me from keeping my ear to the ground and my hands in the food! I was able to get away for a weekend in San Francisco for the Outside Lands Music Festival, and of course besides enjoying a weekend full of music, my friends and I enjoyed a weekend full of food. LOTS of food.
Keep your eyes out for my future blogs from:
* San Francisco: Slanted Door at The Ferry Building, Golden Star Vietnamese Restaurant in Chinatown, Brandi Ho's and Mama's in North Beach, and Hamburgers in Sausalito!
* WeHo/Hollywood: Bistro LQ and Street
* Downtown LA: Würstkuche
* Kitchen Arts & Crafts
I can't wait to share all the photos and stories!! Stay tuned!! In the meantime, here are some teaser photos for you. See if you can guess their place of origin:
Lots of Food and even more Love,
The Moonlighting Fooditor