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Monday, July 16, 2007

A Moveable Feast - Part One

Ah, Dear Reader, it's my favorite time of the year - Hollywood Bowl season! That's right, July 9th marked the first of many Bowl Shows and great picnics. We went to see "Die Zauberflote" (that's "The Magic Flute" to you.) Unfortunately, Sumi Jo was not feeling well that night and her famous aria, "Der Holle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen" (that's "Hell's Vengence Boils in My Heart" to you) suffered but the picnic was fabulous!

Our starter - La Quercia prosciutto:



Oh, man, this producer of American prosciutto is giving Gli Italiani a run for their argento. It was really excellent and the pork is from Berkshire pigs raised humanely in Iowa (they also make pancetta, speck, and guanciale). We served this with a mediocre brie from Whole Foods and the absolutely wonderful Two-Seeded Lavosh cracker bread from Rustic Bakery in Marin. I first bought this at the Cowgirl Cremery store in the Foodie Building in San Francisco but luckily I've been able to find it down here - for $2 more!

A photo of our sup:



Hear the commentary (and see Raven's hand!):



And our wine (organic grapes Dear Reader):



Now, I'm going to get on a soap box Dear Reader: with all the news about contaminated food lately, please consider buying and eating local foods, or if not too local, then food raised/grown by people who practice organic/sustainable/humane farming in the U.S. Every little effort helps. And the food tastes better too.


La Quercia

Robert Sinsky Vineyards


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2 Comments:

Anonymous Raven said...

The prosciutto, brie and crackers made an awesome combination. It was just exactly right.

Oh, and the fresh dill in the salad? Delish. If I ever have a garden I'm growing tomatoes, dill, and maybe cucumbers. It will never happen, but one can always dream, right?

7:39 PM

 
Anonymous Sarah said...

Wow, that's some picnic! You are so right about the importance of eating locally whenever possible.

6:06 PM

 

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