Anson and I started this blog on a whim 3 years ago so that we could share our gardening and life happenings with our friends and family who live far away from us. It ended up taking on a life of it's own and I began to really enjoy the food photography and writing. I imagined making a living photographing food and got serious about the blog reflecting these aspirations. In the process, I lost some of the joy of writing and photographing; it became more of a chore than a creative outlet and life journal.
So, over the last several months I've really tried to return to the aspect of blogging that inspired me in the beginning--sharing our life with you through photography and stories. There's no particular theme or rigorous schedule, just what I'd like to share when it comes up. I guess that's why you've seen posts that range from Kraft Mac & Cheese to lost cats to wine country vacations. I'll continue to write about and photograph what inspires me and what I think is interesting to people that know us.
That being said, here's a round-up of some random cool things that we've been occupied with lately. Thanks for reading and commenting and keeping up with us!
Our friends, Kim and Barry from Rustic Garden Bistro, have their own little farm going on at their house with their true rustic garden, amazing French country kitchen, two dogs and 14 chickens. Now these are no ordinary chickens, you have to check out their blog to see what they look like. They have one called a Silky that is just about the cutest thing I've even seen in my life. Yes, that's a chicken, not a Muppet.
Vinoteque on Melrose. The event, to promote the Food & Wine Festival in Ixtapa, was hosted by Chef Guillermo Gonzalez Beristain who spoke about Mexican wine and shared his unexpected Mariatinto wine with us. I admit, I was a bit skeptical about the wine, but my eyes opened wide at the first sip. It was complex with a nice amount of berry fruit and just enough tannin to give it some body. Very nice.
Wine expert, Mark Oldman, walked us through the tastings in a charming and entertaining style. We got a copy of his book, "Oldman's Brave New World of Wine," which, if it was anything like the other wine books I have, I expected to put me to sleep on nights when I need to go to bed early. I was pleasantly surprised at how usable and engaging the book is, focusing on lesser known wines, such as Txakoli ("Zingy like a downed power line.") and Cahors ("Medieval on your tongue.") with accessible descriptions and very funny commentary.
We were given a little bag of sea salt from Baja too. I supposed it makes sense that Mexico would have plenty of sea salt, but like the wine, I never think of Mexico when I think of these culinary flourishes. I'm thinking it's time that we start looking at Mexico a little closer. After all, did we ever think we'd be drinking wine from Argentina and South Africa?
What's so special about this fridge? It has water and ice in the door. Crushed ice. In the door. On demand. I feel like a Vanderbilt.
The first thing I did was make a smoothie with it. I used some Big Train vanilla latte mix and added an avocado. Not the prettiest smoothie, but definitely delicious. I'm going to try chocolate with spinach and banana next time. I think it will work.