Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, sand dabs and other delights of summer

We took lunch to my mother today after first grazing the Berkeley Bowl, an independent grocery which must have the largest produce section in the western world.

We picked out choice avocados, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, fava beans and mushrooms. Then we moved onto the fish counter and selected a few sand dabs, a Pacific Coast family favorite for generations.

We then drove to my mother's house and Lori prepared an amazing meal. My job was to cut the tomatoes and debone the 'dabs. And thanks to one and all for asking about my mom -- she is doing much better these days and walking much better.

Technically speaking, we were at the new Berkeley Bowl. The old one is still around, a feast for the senses in its own right. The new one, further west of Ashby, is big, clean and has a produce section at least as big as the old Berkeley Bowl. We are truly blessed to have so much fresh food and the farmers who grow it here in California.

Here are a few photos I took at the Berkeley Bowl. And if this is making you hungry, check out Lori's food blog by clicking: Lori K's Cafe.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jim,when I lived in San Francisco was the first time I had ever eaten sand dabs..... Loved them!!!! Hope you are enjoying your time in Ca.