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Sunday, August 19, 2012

veggie soba bento, a stroll through junior college


Hi guys! Today was a relaxed, take-it-easy kind of Sunday. Jamison and I went to the always upbeat and fun My Friend Joe, our favorite spot for coffee and browsing the paper on weekend mornings. I've become really fond of their spicy iced mocha with its cinnamon-pepper kick:




Magnetic poetry on the espresso machine


Some images from a stroll in the cozy and relaxed Junior College neighborhood, with its mix of Victorians, Tudors, Craftsman homes...and colorful gardens. We will be moving to this part of town in just a couple more weeks!





















For Monday's lunch: soba noodles tossed with ginger, broccolini, carrots, golden squash and scallions, pretty striped green figs and cherries (flower accent from Goldie, our Meyer lemon tree..)


Happy cooking this week, friends!














16 comments:

sheri fujihara chen said...

So excited for you two, Jenn!!
And what a curious fig. Never before seen the striped kind. How was it?

Robin | what-about-the-food said...

What a perfectly lovely neighborhood for you new digs! The pretty, pretty striped figs are new to me, I will have to be on the look out for them. Happy Monday to you!

Blorgie said...

What a charming neighbourhood - perfect for the flaneur in you I think!

OhayoBento said...

I've never seen striped figs before, they're beautiful. The flowers you captured are breathtaking! I'm excited for you to get into your new home, it's so exciting embarking on a new adventure. Have fun!

Rina @ Bento School Lunches said...

Soba noodles looks delicious and good luck on the move! That's a very lovely neighborhood.

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! Love these "candy striped" green figs--here's more info on them:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/dining/20figs.html?_r=1
Biting into one from lunch bento to answer your question--wow, the article is right, they have a sweet and mild raspberry flavor :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin, thanks dear! These figs are a Cali specialty, hope they appear in a local market near you...thanks for putting figs on my radar this weekend with your recent post!

Bentobird said...

Hi Carolyn! A great area for my inner flaneur, yes indeed, with its many layers of the past and wonderful sense of neighboorhod and a relaxed and happy civic culture of smiles and hellos and easy chats about gardens...happy week to you!

Bentobird said...

Hello and hugs dear Heather, thanks for coming along!

Bentobird said...

Many thanks for your nice comments, Rina! We are so looking forward to moving in :) Have a great day!

Lexi said...

Your new neighbourhood looks lovely! Happy moving!

Bentobird said...

Hi Lexi hon, what's new? Thanks, we are excited to start the process of really making a nest/home! There are many eclectic and affordable antiques shops in this area, which will be fun/helpful :)

Lyndsey Chapin said...

Love your new neighborhood...well I knew I would! So interesting the striped figs. Your lemon tree has blossoms now? I night get a random bloom on my lemon tree throughout the year, but the citrus usually blooms in March and the fruit is ready in Nov and Dec. My favorite time is when all the orange trees have blossoms the smell is intoxicating just sitting out on the lanai!
Love your pictures thanks for sharing!

Bentobird said...

Hellllo Lynds! Loving these striped figs to, nothing more fun than finding a new produce treasure, right? Oh, your orange grove sounds transporting indeed. We will planting at least on blood orange tree :) Goldie the Meyer lemon is covered with blossoms right now and baby lemons! Congrats again on your beautiful new puppy....

origa-me said...

Delectable photos and food as usual, how wonderful to be getting to know a new and interesting neighbourhood.

Bentobird said...

Hello Carol, how are things? Thanks for sweet comments and visit!