by Lydia Ellison
Biscuits with Country Ham
Drew’s beloved Grandmother passed away last week and we traveled to her home town of Mt. Airy, North Carolina for the funeral. His Grandmother was an AMAZING cook, her recipes are the highlight of every meal I’ve shared with his family over these 5 years. Many of Drew’s childhood memories are intertwined with one of her recipes, buttermilk sugar cookies at Christmas, frozen fruit salad alongside every special occasion meal or stealing extra shares of “Hot Boys” (yeast rolls) from the bread basket with his cousins.
Deviled Eggs and Fried Chicken
These pictures are not of her of her famous recipes but are from the luncheon following the funeral services generously catered by the women from her church. It was all so beautiful and delicious even though there we many desserts masquerading as “salads” (more on this topic some time soon I promise,) I couldn’t resist sharing them with y’all.
"Salads" of the South
We feasted on these dishes made with love, washing them down with mini Cokes in a bottle in honor of Sarah Jackson Howerton who always had two Cokes a day, never more, never less.
by Lydia Ellison
At least once a week we go to the Pho Cafe down the street from our house on Sunset Blvd. It’s in a strip mall and doesn’t have a sign which really bothers Drew (he is irked by post modern pretensions.) However Vietnamese food is great for Drew’s gluten allergy, lots of protein, rice noodles and very little use of soy sauce. The decor is clean and modern and the food is fantastic. Light, flavorful and yet so satisfying. Best of all your average bill will be about $12 (cash only, come prepared.)
Last night we went with the gal pals and had a feast…
Not pictured are the great Vietnamese beers, limeade, coffees and teas they also offer. Run don’t walk to Pho Cafe!
Address: 2841 West Sunset Blvd.
Cross Street: Silver Lake Blvd.
Phone: (213) 413-0888
Hours: Daily 11am-12am
By Sarah Lagrotteria
I hereby add happily to the heaps of praise given to San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery. It’s my favorite place to meet friends when I’m up north and I’m not ashamed to say that I usually go more than once (or twice) a weekend when I’m there. I love the mile-high quiche, which in this picture is stuffed with sweet corn and bacon—heavenly! Angus prefers the éclair, which has a rich and puddly vanilla crème—totally unlike the stiff pastry cream I remember from junior high French class. Check out their beautiful cookbook.