I had a major food excursion today. Living here is a lot like living in France, actually. You should really go to numerous different places to acquire all your groceries. Trader Joe’s for basics, farm stands for produce, the bakery for bread….really, when you get down to it, you should dedicate a whole day to grocery shopping and I can’t think of a better way to spend my time (or money?).
Check out these HUGE carrots and beets from a farm stand in Santa Rosa. This ain’t no winn dixie, people.
That carrot was the size of my arm. Seriously.
After chatting a bit with the owner, I found out that everything at this stand is picked fresh daily. I couldn’t believe I was buying leeks and swiss chard that had been in the ground only hours before. Crazy!! I also picked up some more dried beans since you really can never have enough.
Then, I went to this tiny Mexican grocery that the owner of the farm stand recommended for slabs of bacon. I figured it would be good to have good bacon on hand….you just never know. Really. Then, it was off to TJ’s for three lbs of greek yogurt (muhaha) and basics like sesame oil and baking powder. I came home triumphant and hungry.
A half cup of yogurt with gooey almond butter and puffins. Hit the spot. Then, I walked to Sheltons (the natural foods shop in town) for fresh sourdough bread that was just baked today. See? I told you my days revolve around food.
Dinner was a little something I like to call “beans & greens”.
So, I know this is like totally unfair of me to do to y’all but I’m in the process of making up and testing like a gazillion new recipes and I can’t release them on the blog for public knowledge yet. You’ll have to just trust me on this one. It will be worth the wait! However, I’ll tell you this: it involved bacon, onions, garlic, swiss chard, cannellini beans, olive oil, sea salt and sourdough bread with butter. And it was awesome.
So does swiss chard???!! This stuff is absolutely amazing…why am I just discovering it now? I loved the crunch…and the fact that it was just picked today!
Per usual, had a glass of (ahem) Deux Terres with dinner and a mug of Aveda tea after dinner. With chocolate.
The first step is admitting you have a problem.
Enter: Jenna’s chocolate drawer. Yes, I have a whole drawer in my kitchen designated to my dark chocolate stash. I don’t see a problem at all. Dessert was 4 (??) squares of the TJ’s chocolate in pink. The chocolate I usually eat when I photo it for the blog is the Scharffen-Berger organic stuff……I got a whole bunch from BlogHer Food and it’s pretty darn amazing.
So tonight my glamorous life included me, sitting on my wood floor eating beans, drinking wine and talking to my mom on the phone. California is glaaaaamorous I tell you! 😉
Just put my “writing music” on and I’m off to work. My writing music may or may not be the soundtrack from Little Women, circa 1994. Yesssss.