All posts tagged: California

Scenic, Sunny Saturday Drives

Spring is in the air at Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg. Growing up in the South Bay, Marin and Sonoma County always just seemed a teensy bit too far. Driving all the way over the bridge? When I could go get a scoop of salted caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite and hang out in Dolores Park for the afternoon instead? Nah. Well, now that I’m calling Healdsburg my home sweet home, I am soaking up all the scenic, sunny Saturday drives with my windows rolled down and the music turned up that I can get. I’m checking out farms, vineyards, backroads, and sideroads. Pending disagreeable weather (such as this weekend), I am trying my darndest to go for a hike every weekend so that I can get out there and explore the land on foot. The night before Easter, I found myself talking and thinking a lot about the beach and the ocean. Despite being from California, I did not grow up right on the water, and I have only (unsuccessfully) tried surfing once. But for some …

Please Bring a Dish Representing Your Country

A very typical Californian meal consisting of avocado, a grain salad, some Acme bread and some cheese…gotcha! This meal was from Les Halles de Lyon! If I hear a version of this request one more time, I might…I don’t know…combust… This week we have a class called “Social History of Food” which unfortunately is quite boring. The professor has good intentions and is probably well-respected in his field, but I don’t really care about many female dishwashers from the Netherlands there were working in restaurants in Brussels in 1840. I’m sorry. A glimmer of hope in the 6 hours of lecture we have endured so far was the theme of food identity and if it’s possible to have dishes that are representative of a country (in his case, Belgium) or even a region (Europe). Now, this being an international university and all (even though I would say the breakdown is mostly Italians, Americans and “other”), this question comes up quite often. At the ever-popular “Street Food Sessions” held at the Gastronomic Society, students from India, China, Argentina and Mexico have had …