California Dreamin' ~ Nik Snacks

Bite it and write it. That's what I do. Fueled by butterbeans & collard greens.

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On 4:41 PM by Nikki @ NikSnacks in    5 comments
Don't worry, kids.



I've just been on vacation in California for the past week or so. After returning to North Carolina, I seem to have contracted a nasty cold/flu thing from somewhere. Most likely the plane :( Even though I am a believer in Airborne and Emergen-C it did not protect me as well as I had hoped.



When I am back up to speed (or at least a minimal crawl) I'll be back to cooking, posting, and having a good time. I really don't want to see me in the kitchen right now dripping all over everything.



As a matter of fact, the next week will be completely devoted to my California culinary adventures. There were plenty.



Until then...a teaser:





California is the bread basket of America. From the Sierra-Cascade region down to the San Joaquin Valley, a great variety of crops are produced here including fruits and nuts, vegetables, field crops, and livestock.

The Golden State is an epicenter of its own cuisines: California and New American. A fusion of culturally diverse and fresh foods characterize the region's facade that forced the rest of the nation to look at its eating habits.

A list of restaurants and venues visited:

Copia: The American Center for Food and Wine

Julia's Kitchen

Wine Spectator Greystone at Culinary Institute of America

Brix Restaurant & Wine Shop

Chez Panisse

Cafe Fanny

Dean & Deluca

Sutter Home

In N Out

Yosemite National Park

Sequoia National Forest

Sequoia National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

5 comments:

Karen said...

Hi there,
Thanks for visiting my blog the other day! And yes, I would be very interested in hearing how your version of bobotie turns out. Did you say ground lamb? That sounds wonderful. By the way, I noticed you visited In N Out while in California. It's one of my guilty pleasures. If I lived in California, I would probably go at least once a week!!

Best,
Karen

MrOrph said...

Good to have you back Nik!

Hope your vacation was enjoyable.

Nicolette (Nikki) Miller-Ka said...

Karen: Yes, I did say ground lamb. I'm very excited about this new recipe. Also, it was my 1st time going to an In N Out. I wish we had them on the east coast!

Mr Orph: Thanks! I had a memorable time!

Kitchen Queen Victoria said...

Nikki, I was wondering where you had disappeared to! Glad that you had such a good time, but sorry to hear that you're not feeling well now that you've arrived home. Take it easy (yeah, right!) and get better soon!

~Vicci

Nicolette (Nikki) Miller-Ka said...

Vicci: Thanks a lot! Today has been the best day all week! And it's nearly over.