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South Bay day trip

Today promises to be a gorgeous Sunday, so here’s my plan of attack for an art- and food-filled South Bay/Peninsula day trip. (Contrary to my previous post, I’ve decided to try and hit the Illustrated Bites art show at the Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco later this week.)

1. Hit the San Jose Museum of ArtThis is probably my favorite small art museum anywhere. I find the exhibitions consistently well curated: diverse and fascinating with straightforward, down-to-earth placards that illuminate your understanding of each work. Names like Calder, Thiebaud, and Warhol mingle with up-and-coming and regional artists for a fun, approachable take on modern and contemporary art.

Among the works at the Renegade Humor exhibition (on view through July 8)
are Walter Robinson’s Melt, 2008 (the pink animal cookies), and
Brian Goggin’s Desire for the Other, 2004 (the red millipede-shaped
couch stuffed with household items).

 Betsabeé Romero’s Espiral Sin Fin, 2008,
part of Mexicanisimo Through Artists’ Eyes (through Sept. 23).

Frank Lobdell’s 2.22.93–4.8.93 Bleeker, 1993,
centerpiece of the exhibition Frank Lobdell: Wonderland (through Aug. 5)

2. But first…check out Psycho DonutsThe San Jose location is a five-minute walk from the museum. It’s off-the-wall sugar overload I’m not sure I can handle—I mean, Nestlé Crunch pieces on a chocolate doughnut with chocolate icing? A strawberry-icing doughnut with freeze-dried strawberries and a Pocky stick? Yowza. But I like to say I’ve at least tried a place, so I think I’ll go for the “donut sticks covered in cinnamon & sugar served with custard ‘mayo’ or raspberry jelly ‘ketchup.'”

Relatively innocuous-looking “donut fries.”
Relative to Psycho’s other doughnuts, that is.

3. Post-museum, head to Walia Ethiopian Cuisine. It’s been awhile since I last had Ethiopian food in the Bay Area and I always did like the spiciness of the wots and the spongy injera bread.

4. Stop by the library to pick up a hold copy of Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal. I love libraries. I’ve always loved being able to wander in and be surrounded by all these books, all this knowledge, that I can check out for free! I also love the smell of old books (incidentally a scent bottled by CB | I Hate Perfume). These days I like to audition a book before I buy it, because my shelf space is getting so limited that I want to be sure that I’m going to read the books on it over and over again. Remember that line from Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery when Anne is telling Leslie, on her first visit, to feel free to borrow any of her and Gilbert’s books?

“Our library isn’t very extensive,” said Anne, “but every book in it is a friend. We’ve picked our books up through the years, here and there, never buying one until we had first read it and knew that it belonged to the race of Joseph.”

That’s how I feel about my books. They’re comforting, like being surrounded by a shelf of good friends. Plus I’ve been hearing so much good press about An Everlasting Meal that I’m eager to see if it’ll become a new favorite.

5. Drop by the gourmet grocer for some of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. It seems that ever since Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home won the James Beard award for Best Cookbook in the Baking and Dessert category, a few more Bay Area markets have begun stocking the Columbus, Ohio–based ice cream. This excites me. It retails for $12/pint (!), so plus S+H it can add up. Talk about exercising self-restraint.


Lick the screen: Dark Chocolate and Salty Caramel.

I first tried it last summer when my brother had some shipped to me for my birthday. I’d never heard of Jeni’s before that, but after my first taste of the fudgelike Dark Chocolate (so rich I could eat only two spoonfuls at a time) and the Salty Caramel with its distinctive creaminess and sea-salty caramel flavor, my eyes just about popped out of my head. Then, of course, in the following months I became more aware of it showing up in Garden & GunNat Geo Traveler, and Saveur as well as on Food52.

So far I’ve also tried and liked Riesling Poached Pear sorbet (refreshing and textured, like biting into a cold pear) and Brambleberry Crisp (pie à la mode all mashed up together). Next up is the Buckeye State; it’s so chocolate flecked. No stinginess in chocolate chips for me! Anyway, I can maybe take home a pint and then go to work on the Adler book.

“To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites.” –Robert A. Heinlein

(via San Jose Museum of Art, Psycho Donuts, Walia Ethiopian Cuisine, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)

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Trina Enriquez:

The window of opportunity for checking this out is closing! If I can wend my way past all the Bay to Breakers madness, I hope to be able to make it up tomorrow. After a tasty brunch somewhere along or off Valencia, of course. :) Something not unlike this, perhaps … like at Tartine Bakery.

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Illustrated Bites

I’m very excited to announce the opening of the Illustrated Bites art show this Saturday at the Curiosity Shoppe on Valencia St. in San Francisco. If you’re in the Bay Area, please stop by and say hello!  And yes, there will be snacks.

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Best cheese ever: Brillat-Savarin

Every once in a while I crave cheese. Like, buttery, silky, triple-cream goodness I can savor straight off a spoon. So I head for Whole Foods and buy the ripest wedge of Brillat-Savarin I can find, then eat it like dessert, lingering over every last lick. It’s so rich, sometimes I have it (and only it) for lunch. For the sake of appearances, I’ll occasionally buy a crusty sweet Acme baguette to go with it…and then maybe find a place to eat it in private…but today, nah.

I’ve tried other triple-creams, but nothing beats the Brillat-Savarin’s flavor and texture—and price point. (Although an oozy La Tur does come close.)

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DIY paneer and queso blanco

Just found out that Urban Cheesecraft has launched a new website and is waiving the usual S+H charges with the code “freespring.” So I jumped on it and bought the DIY cheese kit for paneer and queso blanco. I love me some cheese enchiladas and palak paneer, so I dig the idea of being able to make my own cheeses, even in my tiny kitchen. Even though I otherwise would have no clue what I’m doing.

All you need to make queso blanco and paneer should be in this kit.
Minus the milk, of course.

Urban Cheesecraft also offers kits for making mozzarella and ricotta as well as chèvre, but I see DIY stuff for that a lot more in food media, and making paneer and queso blanco seems fun and a little different. (Um, not to mention that kit’s cheaper.) I can hardly wait for it to arrive. And of course I’d like to blog about the process of doing it, hee. More important, though, I’d like to eat something like that and be able to say I made with my own hands.

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Trina Enriquez:

Ever handy…I love illos like these. Actually, I would love to take a class someday about “the art of food” (that is, an art-historical view of it, not necessarily the plating of a dish) if there were ever one offered near me. I get a kick out of seeing food rendered in art, I enjoy reading about it…and some of my most memorable little adventures involve trying new restaurants or new-to-me dishes in foreign lands.

P.S. If you like this sort of thing, They Draw and Cook—especially the book—would be right up your alley.

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