Saturday, October 8, 2011

The ones that got away this month

Grape Arbor
  The transition from September to October is a blur and somehow I have misplaced about ten days or so. Home-life and work-life whirling full tilt in their own universes that collide when my car pulls into the driveway. Here it is, six am and I am playing with photos and thinking how much of a slacker I've been. Then, in the quiet moments I reflect on what I've been doing and where I've been recently,  just to realize that I am living life fully.

On September 24 we got to visit Heart O' The Mountain Winery and tour the former Alfred Hitchcock estate while sipping luscious 2008 Pinot Noirs. A beautiful crisp autumn day, blue sky with massive cumulus clouds sailing across the sun and vineyard views from the mountain to the ocean below us. Soft guitar resonated through the mighty oaks and redwoods, a life is good moment. Breath in, close your eyes and picture it again.

Flickr Set for Heart 'O The Mountain click here
During the week that followed I must of had some kind of crazy seafood cravings. Pulled out a Dad memory and made Clam Fritters that captured the essence of our early morning clam digs. I will have to tell you the story of this one soon.  Have you ever been haunted by a recipe? No, well I have. This one seen in La Cucina Italiana, July/August 2011 has been visiting my brain all summer.  Finally Spiedini di seppie e finnocchi (Squid and Fennel Skewers) made its way to the dinner table. So worth the hour of squid cleaning.

Grilled Squid and Fennel Skewers  -- Clam Fritters
Before I knew it, my darling and I were off to San Luis Obisbo County for Sunset Magazines's Savor the Central Coast. This is a humdinger of an event with 140 wineries, Cat Cora, test driving Infinities on a crazy slalom race track, divine food nibbles and visiting with friends from Limerock Orchards and Jack Creek Farms. A late lunch at Artisan in Paso Robles was the perfect kick-off for this food and wine adventure. Afterwards we visited Dark Star Cellars, West Hwy 46 and grabbed a couple of bottles of 2008 Ricondati, 2007 Chain Reaction, and 2007 Soft Shoulder. We also took a scenic ride on Vineyard Drive with a late stop at Opolo Vineyards (by the way, the 2009 Viognier was delightful!) The light was so warm on the vines. On the way home we concentrated on the Hwy 46 East wineries with stops at Steinbeck Cellers and Pasoport where we picked up a lovely 2007 Violeta Ruby Port (thinking poached pears soon, real soon.) There is so much more to tell about this road trip.

Salmon Tartar @ Artisan, Paso Robles -- Grapes at Opolo Vineyard
In the meantime, I have become all clumsy and discombobulated in the photo department. I have an exciting opportunity coming up and my darling dear and I decided to upgrade our camera.  I have been using my sweet little Canon Powershot 770 and have been pretty happy with the results. Retraining my brain for a Canon 7D and assorted lenses is one more production complication in the panic to get a photo of the food before it all goes cold and inedible for dinner. My blog, my life is a real time event. Rarely is there time to prep, cook, then play with the food styling with layout and lighting for the ideal shot. It is usually a quick pic right before "Come and get it!" I am going to try and work on that aspect and time management more as I stretch my creative muscles.

May you take time pause,  to breath and revel in the memory of the many small moments 
that flash by so quickly. 

Links you might enjoy
Heart 'O The Mountain:
Artisan Restaurant:
Dark Star Cellars:
Opolo Vineyards:
PasoPort Wine:
Limerock Orchards:
Jack Creek Farms:
Savor the Central Coast:


  1. What an enjoyable post. You have such a way with words, and the food looks amazing!

  2. Hi Ms. Lyndsey! It just tickles me that you enjoyed this post and offered such kind and encouraging feedback. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  3. Beautiful yummy post, what a gorgeous celebration of autumn's depth and flavors...brava!

  4. What a whirlwind this autumn has been. So nice to hear from you!


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