This was my first trip to California, and I fell head over heel in love with it. The weather, the people, the scenery. And at the heart of it the family and the love for great fresh food.
We had a family barbecue on Mother's day, and Mum Alaina and Grandpa Al both made some pretty amazing food from their family recipe book. Mum Alaina made fresh pasta salad, chunky potatoes egg salad. Healthy and tasty. Grandpa Al made his signature barbecue beans and barbeque chicken and ribs. They were so delicious that I threw my wedding diet out of the window!
While in Linden, I had a chance to taste some of California's best agricultural offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have to say, I have never tasted anything as good as the cherries we picked from the trees.
We had our rehearsal dinner at Tarantino's restaurant at Fisherman Wharf in San Francisco, The food was delicious with views to match. All the seafood was fresh and juicy. I tried their Mahi Mahi and it was meaty and perfectly cooked! Everyone was happy with their meals. They even gave us a complementary wedding cheesecake.
As for our wedding, we had De Vinci's for catering and the food was really good. De Vinci's has been a local favorite for 30 years, and they are famous for their handmade ravioli. They provided a variety of food at our wedding and their chicken was amazing. My favorite was the Italian salad with ranch and Italian dressing with the beans. It tasted really awesome with the sauce from the raviolis mmmmm
I have been to many incredible places in my life but i can honestly say this has to be the most amazing trip of my entire life. It was filled with love.
|Rehearsal Dinner At Tarantino's|
|Tarantino's best: Scallops with rice, Mahi Mahi, crab cakes, seafood platter|
|Judy Anderson's Yogurt chicken with fresh Asparagus|
|Grandpa Al's barbecue beans and Chicken, Mum Alaina's salads|
- 6 Cloves of garlic, minced
- 9 drops Hickory Smoke Liquid
- 3/4 cup Oil
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup Ketchup
- 6 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
- 3 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 3/4 cup honey
- Blend all ingredients well,
- Pre-cook 2 Ibs pork baby back ribs
- Boil in water for 40 mintues
- Pre-cook chicken pieces- bake in 350 F for 30 minutes
- Baste ribs and chicken with sauce. While grilling baste often with the sacue
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