Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Week Ends - Motorcycles - Old Cars - It's All a Blur

One EVENT after another.  One WEEKEND after another... they all flitter by!  This last one was labeled "The Hollister Street Fair and Car Show" or perhaps it was the other way around.

We took the time to check it out.

Cars, Cars and more Cars.  Pick Up Trucks

and the fogies who knew.... they were better back then.

The scary part is that I so well remember these......

there was a Ford Fairlane, Black, White, and Yellow parked outside my house.

Walking down the street we found these two beautiful ladies! The Betty Boop sisters ?

 Do they shop at the same store?;-)

At one end of the street we had a band playing music befitting the veteran car theme.

There were car radios playing Elvis Presley songs and there was Santana...

at the other end of San Benito Street,

there was classical music,

with the most adorable performers,

getting me all "choked up" with the Aaaahs and the Ooooohs!

There were planter boxes to admire...

VW buses to "drool" over,

the camera man always wanted one of those.

We walked past yards with flowers,

Checked out cars, some

we had never seen


There was a zucchini garden on our way back  to the car.  We had parked at the grocery store,

where....  well, you know how it is...  we needed to pick up

a few things,

for dinner!

Home we went,  to do what I so love to do.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tacos al Pastor

It is sort of funny how my mind and/or my brain works.  Things that used to set me on fire are no longer important.  The things that still gets my attention these days are ALL things Swedish (no change there) and recipes.

In last weekends edition of "The Free Lance," a local Hollister publication, I found an article about Tacos al Pastor.  My David tells me it is Marce's favorite!  Earlier in the day, there was a piece posted  on facebook by Anissa Helou, whom I have been introduced to, via David Lebovitz,  regarding the influence and the history of how the flavors of the Middle East ended up in Mexico.  The Lebanese immigrants brought this particular method of skewered lamb on a spit similar to the Turkish kabob or Greek gyros to this side of the big water.  It seems to me, with geographical  food influences like that, we should ALL learn to get along!

Most interesting reading, let me I assure you.
In the local paper Mitch Mariani refers to a recipe in the tried and true teachings of Mexican cuisine  guru and expert, Rich Bayless.

Mitch tweaked the recipe some, then I tweaked it even more...... just let me say, it was for me a sheer delight.  A new experience!
Finding the achiote paste was an adventure in itself!
The aztecs used the achiote seed to make a  face and body paint for ceremonial use I was told. Wonder what they sacrificed???  Oh, I have seen too many movies;-)
Marinating thinly sliced meat,  chicken or fish in a mix of achiote paste is another use of the seed.
Adding chipotle chiles,  garlic, olive oil, and pineapple juice ....... then grilling the slices of meat, in this case thinly sliced pork loin,

along with slices of onion tossed in a drizzle of olive oil,

and slices of pineapple...... then dice it, slice it and place atop a warm corn tortilla........  well, delich!

 I, the swede, who not so long ago knew nothing about tortillas, pulled pork, chipotle peppers, or achiote "anything"... how grateful am I to have learned ALL this!   To have savored such a treat!

After the delectable, heavenly tasting, loaded tacos..... a  long evening walk was in order.

Sun setting on some satisfied well fed people and their dog.

Monday, July 15, 2013


Back in the day, we used to come here quite often!  "The Cats" in Los Gatos always makes me think of Nancy.

The Southern California visitor took us for a tasty treat.

Not much has changed.  Those mushrooms, those ribs ...  Mmmmm!  It was a great evening.  Just as good as we remembered.

The visitor did a little golfing on  our neighborhood course.

The camera man tagged along for some different kinds of shots.

Busy week end.  Two pooped guys.

Boy, that is a nice cold stone!

We had an errand in Watsonville.  Stopped at a neighborhood park so Ralle could have some fun.

Watched these two young men at batting practice.

They were REALLY good!

Hit 9 out of 10 balls.

Several balls went flying out of the park!


What form!

Great style

and grace!

Kids with great talent.

Future pros?

With a great eye.

Great power.



A nice way to spend time

in the afternoon.

Great fun for us to watch.

Let's see what we will get into this coming week?
May yours be really nice!