Monday, October 13, 2014

Bay Trail Photo Walk About

We took advantage of some very beautiful weather over the weekend. Avril got her very own DSLR and we swore that we would  do more, what we call, "Photo Walk About." It means to grab camera, get off the couch and take pictures! We tried a new walk at the  Hamilton Field portion of the BayTrail. On what was a military airfield there is a beautiful community of homes and businesses. The trail overlooks what was the runway for the airfield. It has been returned to marshland habitat, home to a large number of birds and is a perfect place for photo opportunities.Here are some of my shots.
Hamilton Landing Novato, Ca.
Hamilton Airfield Novato
Fall Color Novato, Ca.
Bay Trail Novato - San Francisco in the Distance

Bay Trail Novato Ca.

Bay Trail Novato

Of course all this walking and  photographing had us hungry, so we mulled over our choices for an early lunch. We wanted to try a new place and had heard good things about Mi Pueblo in Novato, so off we went. I ordered the two taco combo  and Avril the super nachos. At under $10 each we were surprised at the huge portions! We ate and ate and still took home huge containers of wonderful food. The refried beans were the best ever!
Mi Pueblo, Novato Ca.

Mi Pueblo Novato, Ca.

Mi Pueblo Novato Ca.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Big Eyes

My eyes were bigger than my stomach! A double at JJ's Burger Joint is huge! I took home half and it made a wonderful dinner.
Double Cheese and Fries JJ's Burger Joint
JJ's Burger Joint

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seduced by Porland

We headed to Portland last week to visit my oldest daughter and new husband. We also wanted to check out Portland. I am pulled in many directions now and have been negligent in reporting. I have been dallying in the instant gratification of Twitter and Instagram  photos. If you want to check out those glimpses, the links are to the right.
I will admit we were seduced by the city of Portland and may continue that relationship in the future. For now I will make the analogy with the starters at Clyde Common in the Pearl District. Portland is like the sparking lavender lemonade, refreshing and sweet tart. It is also like the the togarashi popcorn, buttery with a hot finish. Portland "we'll be back."
Togarashi Popcorn and Sparkling Lavender Lemonade. Clyde Common Portland

The Best Real Estate in Portland

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Daily Bread

 There is nothing more satisfying to me than bread. I like to keep different kinds of bread on hand for different occasions. We are down to two in the house so we freeze the bread so it won't go bad. The best practice we have found is to slice the bread product when fresh and then separating the needed portion for a meal. This process also works for bagels and cakes. I call these frozen assets. Recently I purchased some rustic bread and challenged myself to use it in  unique ways.
Daily Bread
For breakfast I spread ricotta cheese then layered some fresh white nectarines. A drizzle of honey and walnuts finished the dish. Another breakfast saw a topping of butter and Knot's Berry Farm Raspberry Jam. Lunch one day consisted of bread and ricotta with prosciutto, snipped chives and cracked black pepper. At cocktail hour I created crostini with mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil and balsamic reduction. Enjoy!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Good and Cheap

If you are in the North-bay for lunch Monday through Friday, I've found a deal for you. Matsuyama Restaurant has a bento lunch deal at a steal. I had this delicious two item bento (gyoza and mixed tempura) for $8.95++. There are plenty of other choices for sushi, ramen and Japanese specialties.  Good food cheap, it's my kind of place.
Matsuyama Bento Lunch Deal

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Carbo Delicious

I have always wanted to try poutine, a Canadian export that pops up all over the internet. We've been to Canada twice in the last two years, but it never appeared on menus we saw. We were on the west coast maybe that was the problem. Why the draw of poutine? I remember having fries with gravy back east in my high school days. The food of youth always calls us back. When my daughter, who works at Trader Joe's, alerted us that they carried a frozen version of poutine it was game on. My expectations were low but we were pleasantly surprise by this beefy-cheesy treat. It would be a perfect dish for the up coming football season.
Trader Joe's Poutine. Beefy!

Sunday, August 10, 2014