…and I have many days worth of food to post!
Last weekend, I went home to St. Louis for a little rest + relaxation with my brother who was in town visiting from Sacramento. Saturday day was spent with family! My two grandmas, one aunt and one cousin came over for a really delicious lunch featuring my dad’s hard morning work. Inspired by a recent outing to a BBQ place near my school, my dad decided to smoke all sorts of meat for our luncheon. Warning: LOTS of meat pictures ahead.
Smoked chicken, ribs and salmon. The salmon was for me.
On the side, my two grandmas brought potato salad and homemade bread.
I contributed to the spread too (per my mother’s orders) and made Haricots Verts and Grape Tomato Salad with Crème Fraîche Dressing.
Really simple and delicious! Lots of flavor. Everyone was in agreement about that.
For dessert, my grandma made blueberry pie for my brother…
…not knowing that my mom had bought her a birthday cake from the store! Muhaha…my grandma told everyone that she’s not having birthdays anymore.
And then the cake massacre of 2009 happened. Just like 2008. Apparently, history taught me nothing. For some reason, I have these intense cravings for store bought cake, and so naturally, I was looking forward to having a piece of grandma’s bday cake. Flashback to 12 months ago when I was deep into my healthy eating spree, my mom encouraged my grandma to give me a big piece to kind of give me a break from my normal eating. I agreed and happily ate until I felt sick and didn’t want that kind of cake again for a year. A year later, it happened again. I’m looking forward to 2010. Maybe I’ll learn from my mistakes. I stand by that it was all worth it.
But wait, there’s still more desserts. My dad made his homemade ice cream after my other grandma suggested it.
My cousin was perplexed as to why I was taking pictures of my food. Always a weird thing to explain, I’m sure you all can relate.
The night before the feast, I had another mini feast with my best friend from high school. We went to my favorite neighborhood in St. Louis, the Central West End. After searching for a parking spot for twenty minutes, we were ravenous for dinner. The Drunken Fish wasn’t too expensive and could seat us right away so we chose that. I’ve heard good things about the sushi restaurant, but I wasn’t blown away by the food. It wasn’t bad though!
For an appetizer, we split the St. Louis Roll: tuna, avocado, pickled radish and masago.
Not a shabby way to represent the hometown. For my entree, I had Chicken Yaki Soba Noodles.
I ate it. I’m not really a noodle girl–it kind of all tastes the same to me. Give me a sandwich, salad or pizza and I can say more marvelous things. The best friend ordered an appetizer and only got two wimpy skewers of meat so we decided dessert was a must. We walked across the street for some gelato, which ranks in the top 5 of my favorite desserts. Carrot cake, chocolate chip ice cream cookies, cherry pie and s’mores take the other four spots.
She got chocolate chip, and I got mint chocolate chip. My chip ended up being one HUGE chunk of chocolate in the middle that I happily unladylike bit down on.
Just this past weekend, I met up with Mara, Jenn and Caroline at Blind Faith Cafe. You can read more about the fabulous time we had on their blogs and hear about the delicious treats Jenn gave us! I ordered the Homemade Quiche with red peppers and spinach and enjoyed every last bit of it down to its flaky crust.
Food fact time. This one’s a short one (unlike the rest of this post).
Honey is believed to be the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found to still be edible. You know what that means? Stock up when it’s on sale!