Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Market Toast from Santa Monica


I realize I haven't posted since early last week, but I can explain.  I was in Santa Monica for the weekend with my sister visiting one of my best friends and spending time with two new ones.  And now that I've returned to NYC I have some pretty serious California envy.  Probably more than is healthy.  I spent one day at the Getty picking through 300+ year old sketchbooks, touching pages that Jacques-Louis David actually touched (!!) while my sister wandered the museum and managed a magnificent sunburn on our "indoor" day.  



The rest of the time we walked on the beach, sat by the pool, and ate.  Seriously, I am proud of all of our eating and I owe much of it to our hosts.  There was a wine bar and a Mexican joint, Cha Cha Chicken and Chinese.  But perhaps the best culinary experience was the walk to the farmers market and the resulting breakfast from heaven.


I didn't bring my camera to the market, and good thing.  I was way too overwhelmed to focus.  While berry season has perhaps not quite reached us in NYC, in Santa Monica it is in full force.  We bought strawberries and peaches, citrus fruits I'd never heard of, as well as a log of goat cheese anointed with a cinnamon-cranberry chutney.  Oh yes. (By the way, cinnamon and cranberry does not need to be a holiday combination. It was perfectly at home in the summer, tart and sweet and bright.)  We took our booty back to L's house (L's house, with a yard and a dog and a gazebo in back for al fresco dining, and an herb garden.  It's paradise.  I have the pictures to prove it.) and made french toast from some thickly cut Texas toast which came from the neighborhood bakery.  We slathered the toast with knifefuls of cranberry goat cheese and topped with fresh strawberries and peaches.  You don't need a recipe for that, of course, just immensely good luck and people who know where to find these things.  Thanks girls, for a beautiful weekend!

11 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

wow how nice.

jen said...

i would have california envy too! sounds so wonderful, there's nothing like california farmers markets.

Sam said...

It sounds fantastic, I wish I was in California right now!

merith said...

possible amendment: touching pages through the archival-approved white gloves that David touched...? sounds like you had a wonderful time and I'm jealous!

Chrissy said...

What a yummy meal it was!! One detail left out: we were also celebrating the last few weeks of Andrea's singledom! What a fun time we had :)

Elra said...

Hmmm, yes yes.... I guess we are so lucky to live here in CA. Sometime I envy you guys who live in NYC too... see you envy the market, I envy the fashion. LOL!

The Cooking Photographer said...

I am envious just reading your post lol! Sounds like a wonderful time.

Esi said...

I'm so glad you had such a good time. It's nice to hear other people speak so well of how good we have it here.

The Food Librarian said...

I'm glad you had a great time in LA!!

Ragnar said...

I'm not sure if it is called singeldom Chrissy:)!!!

Tricia said...

So pleasing to the eyes and definitely pleasing to taste. Love it!