So we went out on this one day of not-so-rainy-gusty driveability and got — uh — food.
Four grocery stores, one farmers' market and three restaurants in a single day. I doubt that's a record, but I impressed myself.
The Marin farmers' market was skimpy today, but the basics were at hand. We got mushrooms to make beef stroganoff with our leftover Christmas roast beef. Potatoes to have with 1) the gravy I will make from the beef drippings, and 2) the New Year's Eve snicker-snack of roasted baby potatoes topped with crème fraîche and caviar. Some Huckleberry potatoes for — I dunno, a salad? — because I just read about them, and they're Pink Inside! Who could resist? And they're local. Some Marin wildflower honey for our tea, because ever since Eat Local August, we haven't used sugar. A couple of rolls for leftover roast beef sandwiches.
At the various stores: Rice vinegar to steep cloves of garlic in. Cowgirl Creamery crème fraîche and clabbered cottage cheese to experiment with on the caviar potatoes. A sack of black-eyed peas for New Year's Day "good luck" eatin'. Oh, some cans of English-style Heinz baked beans, for beans-on-toast. Some avocadoes on sale. Japanese rice seasoning (seaweed, salt, sesame seeds).
And at the restaurants: First, a sippy at one of our old Mill Valley haunts, followed by a gorgeous seafood repast of the mildest sort (though one could go way overboard, easily) at Fish, in Sausalito. We're going back; it's good. Then another sippy at another Mill Valley-Sausalito-ish, Christmasy place right off 101. Bar was so packed, one of us had to stand instead of sit. Who, I wonder?
Holidays. Lovely. And throughout this season, I've actually managed to shed a few pounds! (Too stressed to overeat? No, I love this season.)