Seriously, this was good again. 

I’ve returned to the scene of the sublime @OberonsTavern. Back for a @HopValley Red. And, of course, the Honey Bacon Apple and Cheese sando of lore. Green apples with cheddar and honey bacon grilled inside sour dough bread, drizzled with house made balsalmic vinegar. Come to @cityofashland enjoy the @osfashland and revel in the exquisitely hand carved Shakespeare verses lovingly applied atop an ancient slab of Oregon pine. OK, the pine part and verse deal is true, the hand carved part, I mean, come on…

@OberonsTavern in @cityofashland Oregon

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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

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