Chef Angel killing it in the kitchen.
Pork belly on pozole with caramelized bananas and thai peanut relish. My favorite dish of the night!
There were pairings with each course.
Most people went back for on beer. Of course.
Happy chefs make better tasting food.
Arrogant Bastard braised beef cheek, black truffle potato puree, grey sea salt.
In the end, the dinner was a success!
Christian and MC were married at the lovely Inn of the Seventh Ray Restaurant in Topanga Canyon. If you’ve never been it’s perfect for a romantic dinner date or a small wedding. They’re small guest count was the perfect amount for the cozy venue.
Last week I drove up to San Francisco just 2 days after driving back from there. Why so soon you ask? Missed the cool weather? Got a last-minute job up there? Nope. I forgot my camera there. And all my camera lenses. And my laptop. Pretty much all of my most important possessions, I managed to forget in my mom’s trunk. I know. I’m taking ginkgo biloba. And since I can’t be without my laptop for longer than a couple of days or trust FedEx with all my gear, I drove back up to get it.
My mistake actually turned out lovely. I spent some extra time with my mom, had breakfast with an old friend, escaped the last bit of the LA heat wave, and finally got my hair cut by Deb, my most favoritest hair stylist of all time. (Seriously, the lady is a hair magician.)
I would have stayed a bit longer but I had the Hillside Produce Exchange in Glassel Park to go to the next day. If you’ve never been to a produce exchange the way they work is like this: Everyone brings whatever they grow in their garden or bake, you divide it all up evenly, and everyone goes home with a variety of herbs, veggies, fruit and baked goods. It’s great! This last time I took home pomegranates, pineapple guavas, eggs, peppers, tomatoes, chocolate persimmon cupcakes, fresh aloe, lots of herbs, and more. Since I’m without a garden at the moment, I bake my contribution. However the morning this time around, I didn’t want to bake; I wanted to sleep. The drive konked me out. So after sleeping in, I got up and whipped these up lightning fast. These are probably the second fastest cookie I know how to make. (I’ll share the fastest one closer to Xmas time.) They’re chewy, delicious and everyone I’ve fed these to has LOVED them. Also for some reason macaroons haven’t been too popular lately which makes them an unusual, but welcome cookie to bring to a party. And I think they got grandma kitsch appeal(or at least they seem like something my grandmas would like.)
Here are a few photos I took of the exchange when I started participating about 2 years ago.