Tuesday, January 27, 2009

California Dreamin'

I'm on vacation! We are down visiting my parents in Palm Springs, escaping the cold of Edmonton winter, and enjoying a lot of food experiences that I wouldn't be having at home (either things we don't have or things we don't have at this time of the year). This post is nothing but a mix of food porn and rubbing it in that I am in the sunshine.

We arrived here just in time for a late lunch, and even though it was hot dogs, i was thrilled because we got to have them BBQ'd. Hot dogs are pretty much the opposite of fancy food, but they are delish when you get to have them hot off the BBQ and eat them outdoors in the sunshine. Mom had a couple of dips for us to have with chips on the side, and fresh strawberries that actually had some taste to them.

This morning, we were off to the College of the Dessert Street Fair. It was like a mix between a flea market and a farmer's market. Really, it was more like 90% flea market at this time of year, but there were still a few items that i wanted to photograph just for the joy of having seen them piled up in a stand outdoors. I have never seen a baby pineapple being sold before, but they are just like cute little pineapple, just a bit larger than the limes they were right beside.

After hitting up the market, we went for lunch at the Indian Wells golf course. My mom had the lobster mac and cheese, which sadly made my homemade mac and cheese pale in comparison, and I had a shrimp quesadilla. The whole group enjoyed a number of fruity cold drinks while we ate on the patio.

Finally, on the way home we stopped at a Trader Joe's store to drool over some of the different food items that they stocked. I couldn't pass up getting a couple bottles of the wine they all call "two buck chuck." The price is right, and the lady in front of me in line was telling me that it is good enough that it wins blind taste tests from time to time. To be honest, if it doesn't taste like vinegar, it will be a good deal. I also grabbed some mixed root vegetable chips to give a try. I have heard that they aren't much more valuable for you nutritionally than normal potato chips, but I just wanted to try something a bit different.

Did I mention that I picked the orange I ate for breakfast off the tree in the backyard? HAHAHAHA. I'm in California, and most of you are not!


  1. Awww, how fun to read this! We're actually in Los Angeles, so everything you said hit home. Especially BBQs in January and the $2 Chuck. It makes a really great sangria by the way. And not only do we get oranges off people's trees, but we also take limes, lemons and rosemary. It's a rough life out here...

  2. 2 buck chuck sounds epic and is there anything better than picking your own fresh fruit. Looks like a fun time.

  3. BBQed hot dogs are pretty tasty! It's snowing outside and I'm missing California right about now:-)