Food Pr0n : Just practicin mah foto skilz

Citrus Gazpacho al Fresco

As usual, the calendar says “First Day of Autumn” but our weather in Northern California says “extreme fire danger.”

But hot weather means cool soups from the kitchen at work. ChefQ does an amazing job at blending the fresh flavors of veggies and citrus in her Citrus Gazpacho and I get to eat it!

But first I took some pictures because I’m trying to learn more about photography, especially lighting. I recently completed a couple of classes and need to practice so I don’t forget and also (hopefully) get better. The picture above was taken at lunchtime out under a large shade tree. I really love the soft light.

I took some gazpacho home to see what I could come up with later in the day. The pictures were taken in the shade after sunset, and look how much the light changed.

ChefQ's citrus gazpacho

The soup has crunchy bits of cucumber and red pepper, orange bits and lemon add brightness and a touch of jalapeƱo gives it a very slight punch.

My next task is to wrangle the recipe from the chef.

ChefQ's citrus gazpacho

If it isn’t about yarn, it must be food related.

Monkey love

Looks like I’m not going to make it into BlogHer food. I signed up late and was on the waiting list – foolish to wait I know.

I’ll just drown my sorrows in Monkey Love and Churros dipped in chocolate.

Monkey Love is the drink above as served to me at Marinitas, a new restaurant in San Anselmo. I might have to reverse engineer it for consumption at a later date. I know it contained Myer’s platinum and dark rum, pineapple, orange and hibiscus. Very tropical and very potent.

The rest of the meal was pretty darn tasty too. We shared appetizers: ceviche, and queso fundito (mmmmmm queso). And I had the Saturday special entre Pork Tinga. The pork was fork tender and served over cheezy polenta (mmmm cheezy). My only complaint was that we had to order tortillas separately. Who serves a plate of meat without tortillas?

Whatever.

I was quickly subdued by the arrival of the warm, crisp churros with chocolate dipping sauce. (mmmmm chocolate)

Churros and chocolate.Churro anyone?