I’m in my final 10 days of eating during the month of July on $3 a day. I started the Saturday after July 4th because I had plans that day and it would have thrown my meal plans off. So I’m just eating 31 consecutive days which throws me into the first few days of August.
So that gave me $30 to splurge at Ferry Plaza.
Let me just say that dinner tonight is
- Far West Fungi’s pink mushrooms with a piece of baguette
- Ella Bella duck tongue lettuce with their dry-farmed early girl tomato and All Star Organics’ amira cucumbers
- Everything under the Sun’s white strawberry peach with McGinnis raspberries … perhaps with a garnish of Heirloom Organics’ chocolate mint.
- Glass of white wine … the only average part of the meal
For $3 I will eat exquisitely.
First some comments about the stuff that was out of my price range but I either enjoyed a sample or it looked interesting …
Bombolini - Has anyone tried these Italian donuts at Boriana? They looked excellent with four fillings – custard, fruit, chocolate and something else I forget … I was at the end of my trek at this point and didn’t take notes. At $2.50 they were out of the scope of this week’s budget.
Bodega & Yerba Santa Goat Cheese – I sampled this … DIOS MIO !!! … that Natilla … the caramel sauce made with goat cheese is one of the best caramel things I’ve tried in my life. Why aren’t Chowhounds shouting the praises of this stuff? The vendor’s father makes it personally. Lovely cheeses all of them … especially the Queso Crema. All of them were good …. Queso Fresco, Queso Cabrero, Queso Casero, Requestor. It is nice to see artisan Latino cheeses.
Squash Blossoms were AMAZING this week. Yerena Farms, the strawberry vendor, had $3 baskets that some chef was snapping up. Another vendor had HUGE, perfect squash blossoms 2 for $1. If the right type of cheese had been in my budget, I might have indulged. Pretty, just pretty.
Eatwell Farm eggs – when did they start selling them? These are simply stunning-looking … all different colors and sizes. Prices run from $6 - $8 a dozen depending on size and you can buy half a dozen. Any opinions?
Tierra smoked, dried sweet red onions – Oh MY … what an amazing aroma … what an amazing price … $6 for a small bag … but I’m thinking these are probably one of those things that is worth the money … anyone tried them? How do you use them?
Happy Quail has lovely pimentos de padrone. The also have ‘white’ jalapenos. This time of year they let them develop a pink color and sweetness.
Hare Hollow: Great vinegars, the best of which was the ginger and blackberry balsamic which was intensely flavorful and had a lot going on. The lemon olive oil is the best I’ve had outside of Sciabica’s … true, intense lemon flavor.
Speaking of Sciatica, the Spring 2007 unfiltered fresh pressed olive oil looked lovely … the color of orange blossom honey. The grandson said nobody presses olive oil in the spring and this has a light unusual flavor. Also I asked about them selling at the Pleasanton Farmers Market. It seems they sell there in the winter until the Modesto farmers market opens. The grandmother is on the fourth cookbook and the grandson said it was great … he was jazzed about taking the pictures. He said that there are recipes for pie crusts with olive oil.
St. Benoit Meyer Lemon yogurt – Outstanding. Try it. You’ll love it. The honey was my next favorite. I didn’t think much about the plum.
June Taylor has an amazing apricot jam this year. It’s so good you just want to stomp your feet and dance. I thought the name would be on the website so I didn’t note it. Some sort of apricot variety I haven’t heard of before. Also there was one with rose geranium that was pretty incredible. The white peach was great as well. She has samples so you can decide.
Churro chicks – How are these churros from the two ladies who sell them near the parking lot close to Taylor’s. $2 and they seemed large.
Rancho Gordo had a bean that he seemed quite pleased with – Pebbles.
Don’t know how they taste yet but they are the most beautiful beans I have ever seen. They really do come in all sorts of colors and sizes like pebbles – white, black red, brown … but according to Steve they are a single variety of bean
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