Blue Apron #1

Blue Apron Whole Grain Pasta & Summer Vegetables, plus makings for a Caprese Salad

Anyone else curious about this? Thanks to my niece, Arispa, I received a free Blue Apron shipment. These are the ingredients for the first meal I tried. Note the adorable little packet of butter!

After much anticipation, the Blue Apron box arrived around 3pm on Friday.  I unpacked and took pictures, of course!

Condiments for the Yakiniku-Glazed Eggplant

The packaging is adorable, if not 100% effective. (More on this next time.) A couple of the cherry tomatoes went rogue and were squished among the rest of the contents.

Theirs.
Mine

Large portions. I’m okay with the difference except that there is more pasta to zucchini ratio in mine. 

My Caprese salad
Nice packaging.

The heirloom tomato was big and traveled well, but it was far from ripe. Actually crunchy on the other!

Decent meal. The salad was a nice touch. Lots of leftovers because thus doesn’t interest Hydra.

Not sure of the value of having to put the olives, especially since they tasted like regular black olives. Is be willing to work harder for kalamatas!

Hopefully,  I’ll post about the other two meals soon.  

Grape Haul

Must have picked 4 or 5 pounds of grapes from our vine today. Quite a nice surprise! There are about this many more waiting to ripen.

Just beautiful on the vine.

Dodger gets a kick out of picking them off the stem. Perfect size for him he ate 8-10 in one sitting!

Olives & Chocolate

Spanish Olives

#1 in a series of drawings I’m making of the souvenirs I brought home from Europe.  The olives we had in Barcelona had such a delicate, deep flavor…not too briny.  We especially love the anchovy stuffed olives.

I know, it sounds weird, but trust me, they’re amazing.  We’ve been putting off opening these, but their time will soon come!
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The chocolate is almost gone.  Luckily, it was another of the first things I drew.  The hazelnut creme eggs from Barcelona were the BEST.

It’s a very small sketchbook, about 4″x6″ to fit in a camera bag or purse.

Clifton’s Downtown LA Lives!

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We took a lunch break while in downtown L.A. for the March for Science to check out Clifton’s cafeteria, which has a long and storied history.  (Click on the link to read more.) The family that owned this place gave away a lot of food from the back of this restaurant during the depression.

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I love how they salvaged what they could of the old mosaic floors. Smart!

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The decor in the serving line is considerably jazzed up since before the renovation. And so are the prices.  Still, you can get a good sized side of their famous macaroni and cheese for $4.99, which is exactly what I did.

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Desserts. Yes. I had pie. Pecan pie.  And limeade.  SO good.

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We sat at a nice old dining room table in a little alcove all our own on the second floor, tucked under the stairs.  We could see most of the first floor dining area from there.

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Three story high faux tree which houses a fireplace.  Do you need more convincing?

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Next time I will sit in this chair. I did sit in several of the chairs made from big slabs of trees.

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And yes, there is taxidermy.  There’s a whole buffalo under glass on the second floor. This guy and some others are on the third floor, which is mostly open just for private events.

This place is an L.A. classic.  It’s a three-block walk from the Pershing Square stop on the Metro Red Line.  Want to meet for lunch?

Tea for Ten

dscn1822I’m privileged to work with these fabulous, witty and smart women. Don’t see enough of them since I started working from home, but how lovely to lunch from time to time.

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We’ve gathered at The T Room in Montrose for several years now for an annual holiday tea/lunch/secret Santa exchange. They do a lovely job and we always get hugs from the owner!

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My personal tea cup. We were served three rounds of freshly brewed tea. The first, the black-tea based Noel blend. The second a black-tea based butterscotch. The last, a white-tea-based holiday fruit tea (pomegranate, etc.)

 

 

Better Off Red

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Sometimes you have to just step back and let the veggies speak.

Super simple salad. Just tomatoes, steamed beets, fresh basil and a sprinkling of apple cider vinegar.

The tomatoes are from Blum Ranch, so they are the next best thing to home grown.

Mintea

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You probably know that you can make iced tea without boiling or setting the jar in the sun. Just put tea bags in cold water and steep overnight or for a few hours.

Bigelow Mint Medley tea at the beginning and the end. These former Trader Joe’s Morello Cherries jars are perfect for my uses. I drink straight from the jar!