No, bitter greens are not a political affiliation…

Ironically my garden excels at growing bitter greens. So, what do you do when life gives you bitter greens?  Send them back!?!  HELL no. Make a soup? Indeed, the irony of bitter greens mastery pales in comparison to all the lovely possibilities of awkward food selfies. So, here we go. Bitter greens are ready for their closeup.

Add some roast Kabocha squash,

a mirepoix,

some English peas,

vegetable stock, water…DAMN!  I’m hungry!  Let’s eat soup!!!

And don’t forget a nice sourdough…for dipping.

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Sometimes good things come in plastic. So awkward.

Really awkward food selfie here.  Probably could redefine the genre of the awkward food selfie, really.  On the road to Santa Cruz, Ca after a long grinding week.  Arriving at our digs and realizing we didn’t have a clue where to go for food, a decision was made to take the dog for a walk.

sunset santa cruz

That accomplished we chose not to consult any of the usual internet subjects and resources and waited to see where our feet would lead.  Soon we came upon this little roadside gem of Hawaii’n cooking here on the mainland.  Aloha Island Grille sits less than 100 yards from our accommodations!  

storefront

Calls are placed, orders made and food picked up in 30 minutes.  Here comes the awkward, “good things sometimes come in plastic”, part.  The grilled Mahi-Mahi tasted as good as it looked, you’ll have to take our word for it, because hunger overrode  production sensibilities and the meal was gone before a thought was given to imagery of any sort. Don’t even talk to me about how good the white rice and mac and cheese were!!!

good things come in plastic

Tonight’s sushi,

was a complete disaster in the food selfie sense. In the sushi sense it rocked! Fish and rice was ordered, Sushi Bistro on Balboa delivered and eaten. Not an image in sight.  Yet an awkwardly timed photo was managed well after the dishes were done. We supplied the sticks, glad we didn’t turn down the soy, ours was almost empty. 

  

Bark scape. Alien scenes of flavor in orbit.

Pulled Pork in sight after 7 hours at 225 degrees creating a landscape imaged from above. Populated by paprika and chili flakes this other worldly view of flavor and fullness was worth the wait. Typically, the roasting of the pork shoulder and chopping up of the cole slaw took precedence over images and this meal was a memory without an utter lack of photos.  Served up on Hawaiian Sweet Bread King’s Hawaiian! Yes! with pickles from a very terrestrial source, Vlasic Stackers…is this stork supposed to be Groucho, or what?  Pork Shoulder purchased at my favorite butcher, Guerra’s Meats in San Francisco.  at Taraval and 15th in the Sunset.  #food #foodies #foodselfies

Just another case of bad timing and an awkward food selfie is born.

Grilled and good to go, add a nice red wine and we’re ready for our closeup!

Roots Run Deep winery (Educated Guess) has been so kind as to produce a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon for a remarkably affordable price of around $20.  Yes, you can enjoy wine without busting your budget!  Paired with these succulent sirloins to create a taste and memory that will not fade.  These steaks fed my oldest son and his good buddy, home from school for Spring Break.  Full and happy, ready to take on the coming spring time ritual of a break from studies and a head of new beginnings the young men take their leave.  All this and I forgot to photograph desert!  Next time, in an awkward way.

educated guessgrilled steaks