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Pie Ranch barn dance

Pie Ranch

Barndance-4

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Olallieberries U-pick, or Me-pick, rather

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This is the tail end of Olallieberry season in Northern California, so when my friends Beccy and Sean asked me to join them to pick olaillieberries at a farm just north of us on the coast highway, I jumped at the chance.

Have you had olallieberries? If not, you really should try. I love them. I mean, how could you not love a berry whose name is pronounced oh-la-la berries. Ok, some people say oh-la-lee berries, but I much prefer saying oh-la-la. Makes me happy just saying the name. It’s a cross between something called Loganberry and youngberry. Don’t look at me, I am just clueless at this as you are. Go check out Wikipedia yourself.

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The Alain Passard dinners at Manresa, just the food ma’am

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Some more shots from the Manresa/Arpège dinners last weekend. This set is just the food, ma’am. Just the food. More pictures of the fun inside the kitchen to follow.

I won’t tell you how the food tasted. I’m far too biased to be a good reporter on this one, so you’ll just have to see what others have said about the dinners instead.

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Two chefs at the pass

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Alain Passard was at Manresa this past weekend to cook with David -three dinners for very lucky people who managed to call within 45 minutes of the announcement and got their tables. Three dinners, sixty covers at each one, sold out in less than an hour. The man is a rock star.

I got to hang out with said star this weekend. Yeah, now you can hate me even more. Heh. Or perhaps not, because I took lots of photos so I could share the experience with you. So, hate me a little less perhaps?

Here’s the first set in a series. I call at ‘At the pass’. The shots were taken around the area called the pass in the kitchen. Hence the name. Yep, quite creative, me.

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