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Weekend Trip to Dallas

July 18, 2011

We just got back to NY from an extended weekend trip to Dallas for a wedding. It was a wonderful and relaxing trip most of which we spent in the air conditioning or the pool to escape the 100+ temperatures. For the plane ride to Dallas we made tortellini with homemade pesto and tomatoes from the garden. It was easy to transport and still delicious a few hours after we left the house.

Dinner for the Plane

In Dallas we sampled a lot of interesting Texas beers and had some interesting food experiences. The most exciting was a trip to Taco Borracho during which the place almost burnt down. After arriving minutes too late for breakfast tacos (we had to return the next day to get some), we had ordered some regular tacos, sat down to enjoy them, and then noticed something on the grill was on fire. We thought maybe the fire was normal and continued to eat. (The tacos were delicious- brisket and steak). A few minutes later, it was clear that this was not how things were supposed to go. We finished our meal outside as the place filled with smoke. Unfortunately, in all the excitement I failed to take any pictures.

When we got back today, I was happy to find that the garden was looking good and full of ripe and ripening tomatoes. We were lucky to find a good friend willing to water while we were away. With some of the tomato varieties, it is difficult to determine ripeness because they are supposed to be green or orange. From what I’ve read, you’re supposed to go pick them when they “have a little give”. Though we weren’t quite sure, we picked three Green Zebra, one Jaune Flamme, and one Oranje van Goeijenbier as well as some more Tiny Tim cherry tomatoes.

Today’s Harvest

Tonight we made sushi bowls inspired by this recipe from 101 cookbooks: Sushi Bowl Recipe. We used a cucumber from the garden as well as some tofu and avocado.

Sushi Bowl

One Comment leave one →
  1. Joan permalink
    July 19, 2011 10:33 am

    Love your tomatoes. I too have finally got to pick some from my plants. It’s so exciting ….

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