May 16, 2011 § 20 Comments
I haven’t done a weekend update in quite a long time but this past weekend deserves one for sure. I met up with some friends for lunch, one of which is our very own Canine Cologne of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High. We started the day at Alforon. Kirk has posted on it here, here and here. But since they were still closed when we got there, we decided to pop over to Vine Fresh. Cathy has posted on it many times. Just do a site search and it’ll list all the posts.
My friend C, being the gracious hostess, walked us down each aisle, pointing out different foods, giving us some background on how some of the freshly baked goods are made and various other good-to-know for us first time shoppers. We didn’t buy a lot of baked goods since we were saving our appetites for Alforon. But we couldn’t pass up picking up just a couple since they all looked so damn good. Here are the mushroom and chicken meat pie and the sweet cheese bread (?) that I got. I liked the meat pie better, especially the mushrooms.
I also picked up a couple of olives for the Mister to sample. Check out the crazy prices on these. The Mister liked the garlic stuffed one (right) more than the dried olives (left). He requested a couple more different ones to try the next time I’m there. (Noted)
CC took way more pictures than I did at Vine Ripe. Uh, correction, I didn’t take any pictures at Vine Ripe so you’ll have read CC’s post (here) to see all the great pictures from that day or read some of Cathy’s of mmm-yoso to see all the cool things there.
After our wonderful lunch at Alforon (post to come), we drove over to the San Diego Blogger Bake Sale in PB for dessert. I was really excited to go since I wanted to meet some of the food bloggers that I follow as well as buy some wonderful baked goods. There were so many delicious looking items to choose from and in the end, I ended up getting more than I had originally planned but it was for a good cause. Without any particular order, here are the items I got.
On the left, a lemon Whipping Cream Pound Cake by Kathy of Panini Happy because I love pound cake. On the right, Coconut Cupcake with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting by Amy of Do You Know the Muffin Pan. I chose this because the Mister loves coconut cupcakes. It was delicious!
On left, Chocolate Chip Cookies by Dan (aka Mr. Meandering Eats). Marie of Meandering Eats (aka, da Missus) organized this whole event. Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? Right, and my favorite, Mango Buttercake with Macadamia Nuts and Cream Cheese Frosting by Jenny Williams of Jenny Wenny Cakes (check out Jenny’s blog here).
I got this vegan Chocolate Pecan Bar for the Mister, made by Stephanie of Recipe Renovator. He loved it!
Last but certainly not least, Reese’s Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle,by Mary of Foodies: The SoCal Food Blog (The Plain Jane). Perfect cookie for any Reese’s lover, like me.
Whoa, hold on there! That’s not all the goodies I got from that day. Both CC and Cathy brought goodies. I felt really bad because I didn’t bring anything except my wit and charm. Sigh…
What a loot! CC gave some suggestion for using the Mama Srta’s packs. And if there was any indication on just how big hearted CC is, look at that bar of Coffee Crisp. She shared her stash of Coffee Crisp with us. I don’t know if I could have been so generous because I love my Coffee Crisp. Although the Mister did ask if I would share it with him since he hasn’t had one since his teens. Okay, I’ll share. (I’m eating the Ube cake as I’m typing this post, yummmm.) Those are some delicious blood oranges from C’s yard, which the Mister has already staked his claim.
What a weekend! Thank you ladies for such a wonderful time and the gifts. We gotta do it again soon. As a matter of fact, I suggested doing a BBQ crawl since we are coming up to BBQ season. And I’m dying to know if the rumor that there is no good BBQ in SD is really true. I know Leanne is in (who I met at the bake sale and is even prettier in person). Cathy, CC and me. So who else? Maybe Dennis? Kirk? Anyone else?