Pat came to Stanford my last weekend there and I had to take him to one of my favorite spots in Stanford. The Cantor Arts Center is the University art museum that boasts a huge Rodin sculpture garden. They have one of the largest collections of Rodin sculptures in the world, including the fan favorite, The Thinker. Because the sculptures are made from a mold, there can be multiple “original” versions of each sculpture. There are twenty “Thinkers” all over the world including the most famous at the Musée Rodin in Paris.
I loved the Palo Alto Monday Night Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners (say that four times fast!) so much that I went back again this past week. This dinner was even better than the last!
Chef James Holloway didn’t disappoint with the following menu:
This time I was a pro, and even had friends to meet there. I reunited with Nalini and Gina from my first dinner. We had an instant connection last week and it was so nice to see them again. The whole dinner was spent getting to know them better and I couldn’t have asked for a better meal to do it over. The conversation was never boring and ranged from lame medical students to vegan blogs. We even tried to shake James Holloway down for the recipes. He was pretty tight lipped, but did spill that the chickpea cutlets also have yellow and red potatoes, brown rice, and leeks in them. I’m hoping that Nalini can figure out the recipe so I can share it on the blog. They were amazing!
I got a little bolder with using my camera, now that I had outed myself to them as a blogger. I’m really trying to use my camera to capture the moment. Not only do I want this blog to be a place for me to share my ideas, I want it to also serve as a diary of sorts that I can look back on and be reminded of prior adventures.
I had last Saturday off, so I checked out the Palo Alto farmer’s market. The Madison farmer’s market is a tourist attraction and generally entails being trapped in a crowd of people all shuffling along in the same direction. The Palo Alto farmer’s market is much different. It is quite a bit smaller, with only 15 or so vendors, but still boasts a huge variety of goods – everything from the typical fresh flowers and veggies to dried apricots, infused olive oils to baked goods. It wasn’t crowded and I felt like I could take my time to check out each stand, without “holding up the line.”
I was admiring a flower stand and the owner started talking to me about his wares. He was about my age, and I have a sneaking suspicion that he quit a “serious” job to grow a huge beard and start an organic flower farm. He had so much advice to give about keeping cut flowers fresh and which flowers to pick so your bouquet lasts a long time. Did you know that a pinch of sugar will prolong the life of your bouquet? Also, every time you add water to the vase, you should completely clean it to remove all the debris and bacteria that build up on the sides. I admit, I usually just stick them under the faucet and top off the existing water!
When I explained to him that I’m living alone in a tiny place on the Stanford Campus and that I’m not home much to enjoy flowers, he insisted that I take a small bouquet home to put in a coffee mug. It definitely makes me smile as I stay up late pouring over my pediatric nephrology textbook.