Monday, June 17, 2013

Stompin’ Grounds… Part 2

This weekend has been a whirlwind trip! Yesterday, we began with a trip to the local farmers market.

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The market is held every weekend, year round, rain or shine. It’s a great use of space for Sacramento, they hold it in empty lots under the freeway.

And it was CROWDED!

Vegetables bigger than my hand, and enough vendors to fill up three blocks of lots.
I loved the fresh bread and pastries, of course.

And the cherries, all those cherries.

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There were so many plants too! Have you seen those air plants?
Crazy, prehistoric plants that look like they came from the dinosaur age?

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Then the flowers. No market is complete without flowers.

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Next, we went to my friend’s brother’s house for Father’s Day Brunch.

There was way more food than table space.
Ribs, pastries, cake, sausage, fritatta, yogurt parfaits…. oh my goodness, did I forget anything?

Maybe I’m trying to forget all the sugar, grains, and dairy I’ve consumed this weekend.

OH, THE MERINGUES! My friend makes these delicious meringues!
She likes to eat hers plain, and I like mine with some fresh fruit on top.

Like puffy little clouds of happiness. Of course I didn’t get pictures of the meringues.
I was too busy stuffing them into my face.

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What else?

Oh! Zebra striped tomatoes!

She has the best green thumb I know.

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Then this morning, she took me for breakfast.

It’s called the Fox and Goose Pub. Right in the heart of downtown Sacramento.

Check this out: Eggs Benedict Arnold.
Eggs Benedict served on an English Muffin with bacon and tomato, and a side of cheesy rarebit sauce.

Rarebit sauce is like a fondue. It’s like a hollandaise, but has stout beer and cheese.
SO. DELICIOUS.

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Then this.
She really wanted to fill me up and roll me outta there.

Ollalieberry scones with Devonshire Cream y’all.

Devonshire cream is like a whipped cream with powdered sugar added.
I was down for the count.

True definition of FOOD COMA.

In fact, it’s 5:30, and I’m still not hungry.
That’s a good meal right there.

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Did some more crazy window shopping.
Found this crazy huge spatula that would be perfect for pancakes.

Didn’t get it.
Don’t worry, I spent plenty of impulse money at Trader Joe’s later.

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Found some new furniture I just HAVE to have.

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And finally, for the piece de resistance, Trader Joe’s.
They don’t have ANY in Texas y’all. Don’t you feel bad for me?

So I tried all this cool stuff.
I had been reading about goat’s milk for awhile and was really curious. It was good!
Tasted just like milk, no strange aftertaste at all.

Also splurged on some plantain chips, natural beef jerky, and coconut chips.
ALL YUM.
OHHH, and the cookie spread. Their version of Biscoff.

I have to say, I like Trader Joe’s version better, because it has just the right amount of crunch.

That’s all our activities for the past two days, y’all!
One more dinner party tonight, then back to the great state O’ Texas tomorrow!!

Love to you all!

~Peace, Love, and Sunny California…

Saturday, June 15, 2013

My Old Stomping Grounds

I was born and raised in Northern California y’all.
Sacramento to be exact.

Stayed here until I was 20 years old, where I moved to AZ to switch colleges three more times before finally finishing in six years. Yikes.

Welcome to my stomping grounds. I’m here on a very, very last minute trip to see my bestest childhood friend graduate from UC Davis with her Master’s.

Well, I actually missed the graduation, but I’m here for the party and that’s what counts.

Right?

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I flew out of Austin yesterday with some stormy looking skies.

Elizabeth found my ticket on Priceline, so I had an interesting route to get here.
Austin to Minneapolis, to Sacramento.

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I was really impressed with Minneapolis y’all! It’s funny too, because Elizabeth always came to MN every summer to visit her grandmother, just like I came to Texas every summer to see MY grandma.

The airport was almost better than Austin! I’ve been trying to stick to this Paleo thing, which is REALLY hard when you’re traveling!

Who has time to travel with hard boiled eggs and chicken breasts in their carry-on?

NOT I!!

In Minneapolis, though, I was able to find a Quinoa candy bar (I know!! NOT Paleo, but I wanted to try it), all natural beef jerky, and a “mojitea” (mint tea with lime and sugar).

Pretty dang good if I do say so myself!

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This morning we went to take Elizabeth’s niece to gymnastics.
Um, I certainly have never been to a gymnastics studio since I was like, 4.
They have these awesome bouncy floors, a trampoline, and a pit full of foam blocks to jump in!

Why has no one told me this?
I swear I’m thirty.

Anyhow, stopped to get a good Peet’s coffee.
I had a coconut iced latte.

Boom, y’all. That’s all. Definitely don’t have that in small town Texas.

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Look at this awesome house I want! Being that it’s California, it probably costs $350,000.
I could probably get the same house in Texas for a third of that cost.
But I just love it.

When you come to Sac, check out East Sac and the “Fab 40′s” (a neighborhood between 41st St and 49th). You’ll get what I mean.
Gorgeous, gorgeous, clean houses.

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After climbing out of the foam pit (and I’ll save you any embarrassing descriptions of what that looked like), we headed downtown for lunch. We stopped at La Bou for my favorite sandwich.

La Bou is in the old Posey’s building. An old smokey joint for all the Good Ol’ Boy legislators to sit and shoot the breeze. Gorgeous sign, eh?

Oh my goodness, y’all, that Minnesota stuff is rubbing off.

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Here’s lunch. My happy place, yo.
La Bou makes two things really well. Actually like 8 things, but two are my favorite.
Thai Chicken Soup, and Creamy Dill Dressing.
Ok, their baguettes are to die for too, but now I’ve lost count.

My drool worthy, hunger inducing, lip smacking, finger licking meal consists of:
(Wow, CA really is coming back to me, I’ve left my “g”s on every one of those descriptors! GASP!)
Thai Chicken Soup
Turkey Sandwich on fresh Baguette with butter leaf lettuce and Vine Ripe Tomato!!!
With a side of…. drumroll please…
CREAMY DILL DRESSING!

Butter my biscuit and call me honey.
Happy girl right here.

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But Elizabeth wasn’t done there. She surprised me by taking me to Ginger Elizabeth’s… chocolatier extradonaire, right here in ol’ Sac Town.

The building next door was remodeling, and they decided to decorate the brown window coverings with foodie quotes.

I just LOVE that, don’t you?

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Here are the goods y’all!

Beautifully flavored chocolates, sampled a dark chocolate lavender caramel… and the macarons.
Ohhh those macarons.

And the piece de resistance.

A Parisian Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich.

We had pistachio, and salted caramel.

My life is complete.

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Here is Elizabeth’s Aunt Paty, who flew in from MINNESOOTA eating her macaron sandwich.

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PS – Last cool thing. Marshmallow Batons.
Oh Ms. Ginger, you’ve really outdone yourself.
You can freeze these babies, and then just cut off what you need.
Marshmallow at your service, y’all!

I’m off for the evening.
My brother and sister in law is coming up tonight from the bay area, I get to see my cutie patootie little nephews….

Then tomorrow is the big PAR-TAY for Elizabeth!!
YAY for friends with Master’s!

And yet, we’re both unemployed.
Oh, the irony.
Keep your fingers crossed y’all.

- Peace, Love, and Travels Y’all!

Friday, June 14, 2013

BlogHer Food Recap! {Part 2}

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Saturday morninnnnnggggg.

Lauren and I have the same dress!! #unplannedtwinday

We just love each other so much so we were all “We’re gonna rock this!”

It was pretty funny.

Well, we thought it was funny.

That’s funny, right?

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Then we went to breakfast. Look at all these beautiful ladies.

We ate the Old Pecan St. Cafe, and the strawberry crepes were to die for.

The roomies were Sheila of Eat2Gather, Liz of The Lemon Bowl, and you know Lauren, Megan and Laurie already.

I LOVE THESE LADIES!

Seriously, we all got along go great. I would easily be friends with all them in real life.
You know, if we weren’t already invisible internet friends.

So much fun. I could go on and on.

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THEN I GOT A PICTURE WITH NANABREAD! A real live, in person, recent picture!!

Ain’t she a beauty?

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Lunch was hosted by Doughmesstic at a mansion near Lake Austin.

Faaan-cyyyy.

Chef Ben Ford has partnered with Dole and treated us with great treats.

Pork Sliders, Spring Rolls, mini pineapple cakes, all delicious, and we were spoiled!

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Then began the after party at Stubb’s BBQ, hosted by The Pioneer Woman, Simply Recipes, and Steamy Kitchen!

Here I am with Flavia’s Flavors! Another TX local. I LOVE finally getting to meet all my friends!!

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Then Laurie and I snapped a pic with Jaden of Steamy Kitchen. She is so nice, and really funny!

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Jeanne with Jaden and Ree! We’re so excited!

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The whole gang! Awwww. Love these people.

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All the roomies from the condo. MAN it was hawt, and we were sweaty!

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We stopped at Hoboken Pie afterwards for a post pizza party.

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And as any good Texan knows…. The road goes on forever, but the party never ends….

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Sunday we all said our goodbyes, and I headed off to Ikea for one more blogging function…. we’ll see what comes of this! I met a great bunch of home and DIY bloggers.

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Next stop was HOME to begin the three hour nap and unpacking!

Sigh, this blogger was TIRED.

~ Peace, Love, and New Friendships Y’all!