A story in pictures, and a few words.
Acme Bread Company Baguette
From left: Harley Farms (Pescadero, California) “Monet:” goat cheese with a layer of Herbs de Provence and decorated with edible flowers, the infamous Fleur Verte: goat cheese coated with dried thyme, tarragon, and crushed pink peppercorns, and Fresco Italia’s Quattro Stagioni soft cow’s milk round with edible flower
Some readers might remember my adoration for txacolina, a mineral-rich white wine from the Basque region of Spain. Urki’s Getariako Txakolina is a new discovery from Paul Marcus. It is a beautiful experience. The cork smelled of vanilla and flowers, and the txacolina was crisp and dry as expected, and citrus-y too, yet gentle (perhaps gentler than the Xarmant Txakolina), effervescent, but without any sour bite.
The light bubbles as seen through William Yeoward’s Pearl goblet
All photographs taken with the Canon Powershot G10, an amazing camera I borrowed from I. Highly recommended. It makes everything and everyone look beautiful.
New linen placemats and napkins with hummingbird pattern from my mother. Towle “Old Lace” silver. Mottahedeh plats with raised swan design. Laguiole cheese knife. Roses from my garden.
Memorial Day is past and so is Easter, so we’re officially landed safely in white-shoe time of year. And while summer won’t start officially until the solstice on June 21st, why not celebrate with some white Car Shoes?
I haven’t mentioned soothing in a while because I was afraid the term got overexposed, but summer is close, and it seems appropriate to resurrect it. Moccasins in general soothe. White Car Shoe moccasins? Super soothe.
So–there are less than 3 weeks till school’s out and while my students are probably daydreaming about keggers and no curfew my mind is set on warm afternoons spent with rosé and good friends (and possibly some fleur verte). I’m excited about this bottle of Shramsberg generously bestowed on me by my favorite neighbors/friends/partners:
Hm: “White people don’t show hints of unconscious bias against blacks who belong to the same group as them, a new study suggests.” The Situationist
Yum: Fleur Verte, a perennial Rockridge favorite.
Last night I stopped by the cheese counter at Market Hall’s Pasta shop looking for some Fleur Verte (a/k/a raison d’etre de Rockridge) and they were OUT. Naturally I was devastated. But my kind friend behind the counter suggested that I sample something new that had come in–the new robiola made by La Casera. Phenomenal. And he was proud to report that it had just been featured in the New York Times!
This goat cheese is exactly what I’ve been looking for a soft, creamy, complex goat that is magically both tangy and sweet.
Fleur Verte will always be my true love, and one of the most visually stunning cheeses (pure white goat’s milk coated in tarragon and pink peppercorns from the Loire Valley):
but the robiola from La Casera is nothing to turn up your nose at:
I think the savoy cabbage fastened and rafia tie gives it a distinctly Piedmont-ian feel. The robiola just might become a new constant in ARL. It’ll be perfect for hors d’oevres while I’ll set my FV aside for breakfast and dessert.