Blueberry Mom came for a visit this weekend and we had so much fun! Food figured prominently in our festivities, as it always seems to when we get together. When Blueberry Mom got in on Friday night, we offered her the choice of a relaxing evening in, or going out. She picked going out, so we took her to one of our favorite restaurants in the area. The food was very good, as usual, but the most exciting part for me was getting to order oysters as an appetizer! Oysters are, in my opinion, the world’s most perfect appetizer. They are luxurious and delicious, but light enough that you still have room for an entree. (As an added bonus, oysters are extremely good for you: full of protein and minerals, but low in fat, cholesterol and calories.) I rarely get to order them because I can’t finish an order by myself and the Lemonator despises them. Blueberry Mom, on the other hand, loves them as much as I do, so we happily shared.
The next day was busy, but so much fun. Blueberry Mom and I had a mother-daughter breakfast in the morning, leaving the Lemonator to sleep in. We went to a local cafe. We both had multigrain toast, fruit and eggs. I had bacon, while Blueberry Mom had sausage, but other than that, our orders were identical.
We also had coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. This was an extremely filling breakfast that kept us full until late in the afternoon. Everything was delicious, but the housemade raspberry jam that came with the toast was especially good. It had a really intense raspberry flavor and wasn’t too sweet. When Blueberry Mom ran out of toast, she ate the rest of hers straight and then moved onto mine. It was that good.
We spent the rest of the morning wandering around and shopping. Eventually we retrieved the Lemonator and made our way over to Santa Monica for some more shopping and, eventually, a late lunch/early dinner at Locanda Del Lago. We ordered a pizza for the table to start. It was cracker thin, hot and crispy with prosciutto, arugula, and a mild Italian cheese. It was very simple, but every bite was bursting with flavor.
For my main course, I ordered a salad with arugula, tomatoes, parmesan, and bits of rosemary rubbed filet mignon. It was just the balance between light and rich that I wanted, and the flavors were lovely. The Lemonator and Blueberry Mom both ordered seafood, which is always good at that restaurant.
For dessert, I had panna cotta with strawberry sauce and an almond cookie. I found the sauce a bit too sweet for my taste, but the panna cotta itself was perfect–creamy and cold and flecked with vanilla.
I traded my almond cookie for a bite of Blueberry Mom’s flourless chocolate cake.
I also split a dessert martini with Blueberry Mom, which had espresso, bailey’s and coffee liquer. It was really good…frothy and rich and not overly sweet.
After dinner, we went on a long walk on the beach. The weather was perfect and the ocean was just beautiful. Eventually, we headed home, changed into PJs, and stretched while we watched an old Gene Kelly movie musical. Pretty close to a perfect day, in my book.
After all of our eating out, the Lemonator and I opted for a simple dinner tonight after Blueberry Mom headed back home: baked marinated tofu and simple garlic spinach. Food for the soul.