Monday, October 8, 2012

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Things have been busy lately, and I've had a hard time keeping up with garden and SSFC posts. Last weekend we went to San Francisco for the wedding of one of my best friends from college. It was great to see so many of my friends all in one place! We all live in different parts of the country, and even though some of our group were missing,  it was so nice to be around people I've known for a long time and who know me well. As much as I like meeting new people, there's something comforting about being around people who know your history already.




Of course, being in California, I got to eat some fantastic locally-sourced food. At my friend's wedding, they served slices of avocado and mango in pieces of endive. I kept flagging the waitresses down so they'd bring the tray of these over (that's what I mean about being around people you're comfortable with).  I have to recreate this for myself, although I know mango and avocado are not going to be locally-sourced here in VA. One of the best parts about being out in northern CA--the wine. While in Napa we went to several wineries and you know the grapes are being grown right in their backyards. Can't get more local than that.

I saw so many cactus and succulent gardens, and so many interesting plants and shrubs that I wish I could grow in my own garden. I have some research to do on that.

Coming up this week--I'm still sorting through wedding pictures to send out to my friends. And we're finally getting new windows for the house! We've needed new windows since we moved in a few years ago, and we're finally getting them installed this week. At some point i hope to find time to update on my gardens and ongoing attempts to eat locally sourced food, but right now a lot of my online time is spent researching jobs and companies. Job hunting is a full-time job, oy!

So for now, off to refill my cup of coffee and get back on the search...

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  3. What a great trip. Fun you got to see so many good friends. Those little endive appetizers look wonderful. Fun to hit some local wineries too.

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    1. I loved endive in Switzerland, in South Africa it is too expensive. But we have the mangoes and the avocados - maybe I can just use lettuce?

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    2. Thanks Emily and Diana!I should have mentioned that the endive is called Belgian endive, don't know if that makes a difference? It was nice and crispy. I don't think I'd ever eaten it before.

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  4. I'm from CA and LOVE the entire Napa area. One of my favorite wines is from Mendocino. It's called Toad Hollow. Tasty!

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    1. Oh I'll have to look for it! I just found out that Whole Foods near my house has a Napa section.

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  5. Glad to hear you have had fun with all the busy stuff you are doing...love CA

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  6. Sounds like it was a fun wedding, and the Endive dish is so creative! Napa and Sonoma are so incredibly beautiful in addition to providing excellent wine. I'm jealous!

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  7. what a cool trip! good luck on your job search. it seems like things are picking up, at least around here--two of my friends just started new jobs (one of them had *three* job offers!), and my mom just quit her old job to try something new that she's excited about. i'm sending happy employment vibes your way.

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