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A food and restaurant review through the eyes of a 13 year old and his family.

Monday, October 24, 2011

National Food Day - October 24, 2011

National Food Day was today, October 24, 2011. It is a day to recognize healthy food, to support healthy farming, nutrition and good eating habits.

So today at school, I brought in a snack to share with my class. It was pasta with creamy pesto sauce, "Simpson Skewers" and homemade chocolate chip cookies. I made the creamy pesto by first making a roux. A roux is melted butter, flour to form a paste and then you add milk to make the cream sauce. I then added homemade pesto from basil from our garden, salt and pepper and a hint of truffle salt. The Simspon Skewer is a fresh mozzarella ball, basil from the garden and a cherry tomato skewered on a fancy toothpick. I drizzled a balsamic dressing over them and some salt and pepper. This is one of my favorite snacks. My mom made chocolate chip cookies using our family secret recipe.

National Food Day is a day that helps me appreciate the food you eat, food that comes from the garden, from local farmer's and is healthy. I am not a fan of using processed foods like American cheese. It's disgusting. I was able to make this snack for my class from scratch and show that even I can cook and make a healthy meal. All kids should help out in the kitchen and ask your parents if you can cook. You might make a few mistakes, you might make a mess, but that's how you learn. So go out there and cook with your family or for your family. Check out the local homegrown places like Victorian Farmstead, Stemple Creek Ranches, French Garden Farms, Laguna Farms, all the farmer's markets. You'll love it like I do.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pezzini Farms, Castroville, CA - The BEST Fried Artichokes You'll Ever Have!

If you are traveling down towards Monterey and you love artichokes, then you have to go through Castroville, CA. Castroville is the Artichoke Capitol of the World. They are everywhere. For the BEST fried artichoke hearts, go to Pezzini Farms. This is a really great vegetable/fruit stand with a food truck that sells fried artichoke hearts. They are lightly battered, fried crispy and seasoned then served with your choice of dipping sauces. My favorite was the garlic dijon aoli. It's six bucks per order. You should just order 2 orders when you make your order because you will definitely want more!

Their address is: 460 Nashua Rd., Castroville, CA
The website is: www.pezzinifarms.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The 19th Hole, Tres Pinos, CA

The 19th Hole is like a really cool real deal cowboy bar and restaurant. It is located in the heart of Tres Pinos, CA. A little town that has a few restaurants, a fire department, a post office and a feed store. If you blink while going through this town, you will miss it. The restaurant is in an old building that looks like a saloon in the old western cowboy days. It is decorated with some old style guns, some bows and arrows scattered all over the place, saloon doors and cowboy western stuff everywhere. There are also pictures of real cowboys from that area and their history hanging throughout the restaurant. It is a really cool place.

The food is excellent! My usual there is either the Chicken Hole Club or the Hole Burger. The Chicken Hole Club has chipotle may, bacon, pepper jack and wood fire grilled chicken. It is served on a bun with french fries. The Hole Burger is a freshly ground beef patty with jalapeno poppers, pepper jack, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a bun. It's also served with french fries or onion rings. The french fries are big fries and the onion rings are beer battered and totally delicious. A really cool thing about their drinks is when you order them, they come in a large mason jar. They have a really great kids menu with the usual grilled cheese, mac and cheese, etc.

If you are ever heading down to Monterey or the Pinnacles in the Hollister area, make sure you go through Tres Pinos and eat there....you won't be disappointed!

Food: *****
Kid Friendly: *****
Price: $$
How it felt: *****
Service: *****