Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hope for Haiti benefit

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The event this Friday is going to be ca-razy! We are so overwhelmed with everyone from our community down to get to work and raise some money for the Haitians!
We have a line up of over a dozen musicians,
the Moore Photobooth
Art work for sale by number of local and not so local peeps
Artisan bread made lovingly by Mary O'Neill
Face painting by amazing artists
Crafty crafters making gorgeous goods
live discussion with missionaries who just returned from Haiti!
goodie goods by Sally Loo's truly
and probably so much more!
We are SO proud!
check out more @ our dear friends blog

Friday, January 22, 2010

Haiti will Rise

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I feel my dear friend said it best over here

"The grandmother with a face covered in dust and a voice strained from crying. The girl with braids and a dress who lies covered in rubble. The stunned people running through the streets, looking for help but finding no one. The father who, in one moment, lost all 4 of his kids and his wife. The parents still searching and praying for their lost children.

It's been hard to stop thinking about Haiti. The heartache and suffering are so immense that it seems as though it can't be true. Each loss is a tragedy, and combined they form a situation that is incomprehensible. If any good can come of this, perhaps it is that people in America and other developed countries might recognize the need to strengthen places like Haiti before disaster strikes. Once the emergency teams are gone and the situation stabilizes, the need will still remain." -Lindsay Lange

It is devastating to see the mere images of what is going on as they try to pick up the pieces.
This is a call to action!

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for
good men to do nothing -Edmund Burke

come one come all! Spread the word!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

sweetheart soup

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Our boxes of produce arrived from Cal Poly Organic Farm and at the bottom lay a bouquet of crimson beets. Add some ginger and lemon for a kick and voila! Sweetheart soup! A heart of goat cheese on top melting into every bite. oh yes.
Check back for it around Valentine's day. yes, we are that cheesy :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

chanterelle lover

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"I've got some mushrooms, would you like to take a look?" the young man asked as he placed the grocery bag on the counter in front of me. Inside I was pleasantly greeted with beautiful local chanterelles covered in mud.
I must admit, I was a bit worried, what shall I make with them? What will bring out the flavors best?
I set to work as I was serenaded by the musicians playing and clogging in the next room.
Here is what I built...
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Wild Local Chanterelles with cashew cream

4 large onions diced
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
make the trio o goodness
add the puree of 5 delicata squash
add 4 large portobellos(other types of mushrooms would work too) and about a pound and a half chanterelles for a couple minutes
saute until sticky then add about a cup of white wine to get those crispy bits off the bottom
{place head over pot to enjoy pure bliss :}
add vegetable broth approx 8 cups and simmer
add salt and pepper to taste

cashew cream:
2 cups cashews
4 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
food process until smooth and amazing

add to simmering soup to add vegan creaminess!

saute chanterelles and garnish soup
fresh parsley to garnish as well

my favorite!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

macaroons!

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You asked, we listened. Y'all get your macaroons! They are chewy and delicious and gluten free. This time around they are two bite size with a sprinkling of dark chocolate chips.
and you know it's all organic with fair trade chocolate!

Friday, January 15, 2010

my body, your body, M.Body

A new and exciting yoga studio, M. Body has opened up in our neck of the woods and we had the great pleasure and honor of catering for their Grand Opening Party! We made two appetizers and two desserts (Tawnie and Peter are big chocolate lovers as is their beautiful toddler, Athena).
We made polenta cups filled with delicata squash, arugula, and crispy shallots
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A flatbread with caramelized onions, pears, bluecheese, and thyme.
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For the desserts we made a flourless mexican chocolate cake with candied pecans
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and the famous chocolate rosemary tartlettes
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Here is our biggest fan shamelessly going back for seconds
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Let us know if you are interested in booking us for your next gathering.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This Friday the 15th at the cafe!

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Notorious
Extraordinary fiddling, masterful fretwork.
Lauded as 'sparkling' and 'exhilarating' NOTORIOUS presents a thrilling musical experience, featuring traditional American Celtic, and Eastern-European tunes, swing, blues, classical music and original compositions.

This Friday! at 8pm $15 at the door
Come on down, we'll have special treats just for the evening

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy 88th Kent

We have a beloved regular, Kent who walks miles to our door almost every day! He is turning 88 today and plans to hike Madonna Mountain, naturally! In his honor, go out and hike Madonna too. When you see the tan smile of dear Kent wish him a happy birthday before he passes you!
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Soup season

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So it's 75 degrees in January here in slo so I guess we missed the winter season all together. None the less, tis soups season! We have been having lots of fun creating recipes from the seasonal produce coming through! Pictured is our Roasted Veggie Lentil soup. Its of the vegan variety and is also gluten free, hip hip! Served with a slice of yummy toast and butter.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Daddy the pitbull

As some of you all may know, our paninis are named after famous pitbulls through history. (We are well aware of how nerdy we are, thank you.) We would like to introduce you to our latest obsession, the Daddy Berry Nutella goodness! Picture strawberries and raspberries smooshed between sourdough with nutella oozing through. Oh yes, it is addicting. I've tried to convince myself it is a good idea to have another a few times this week.
Who is Daddy you may ask?
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This is Daddy! He is Cesar Milan, aka The Dog Whisperer's right hand pooch. We ADORE both parties and are happy to add his name to our list. He has helped train so many people and rehabilitate so many dogs. He is such a beautiful, amazing, and balanced dog. He is such a pitbull!

If Sal were a teenage girl, Daddy would be the heartthrob taped to her walls.
So, the sandwich is fitting, no?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

I've waffled before, I'll waffle again



I'm so hungry right now. It's 11:30 pm and I am having a craving for our waffles.

Oh hot loveliness.

Have you tried them yet? no? what are you waiting for? They are crisp and delicious and packed with all sorts of healthy goodness like flax and bran to help you out! Served with real (aint no mrs. buttersworth here folks) maple syrup and seasonal fruit.If you're feeling really ca-razy, try the Goober waffle. oozy gooey organic peanut butter drizzled atop with bananas.
yes ma'am