Before we left on our recent holiday, DH and I had been a bit concerned about whether we would be able to eat healthily whilst away. On a previous trip in 2011, we had not been so concerned with diet and had eaten a fair bit of 'junk food'. With DH's diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes early this year, food choices have changed. But I think we did pretty well with the minimum of 'naughty' foods consumed.
So here is a collection of 'food' photos taken on our journey through California, Washington State and Vancouver. (in no particular order) Warning, lots of photos of food follow!
In San Francisco, we sampled the clam chowder and delicious breads at Boudins.
Turtle shaped bread rolls?
|Waiting while DH ordered our avo toast...the counter in front of me was filled with bags of dried fruits and nuts...mmmm|
In Hollywood, I had the best gnocchi; it was light and just like my Patrozza (Godmother) would make. DH had a pizza as you can see in the photo.
A closer look at DH's burger lunch at Ruby's.
During our 5 weeks away, I was often able to order a simple meal of salad with chicken, like this meal .
A dinner at the Lumberyard Restaurant in Laguna Beach...
Another night while staying in Huntington Beach, we all went out to a local Mexican place. Our hosts are pretty cluey about good food places and this was no exception, despite the 'fast food restaurant look' about the place.
In Vancouver we met up with friends from there, whom we had met in San Francisco in 2011. They chose the Old Spaghetti Factory in New Westminster as a meet up point. It was lovely catching up over a long lunch!
On another day while we were in Vancouver, we lunched with some friends of DH's eldest brother and his wife...they chose a favourite of theirs, Cardero's Seafood Restaurant.
The food was beautiful!
When we arrived in Canada, DsD3 took us to a Red Robin Gourmet Burger Restaurant; she particularly wanted her father and I to try a Canadian specialty, Poutine. It appears to be chips/fries, covered with gravy and sprinkled with 'cheese curds'. We politely tried just the one each. But as you can see in the next photo, our meals were definitely in the 'naughty category', even without the poutine. Nik took the photo but the plate of poutines doesn't really show. My chips/fries are 'yam' fries but they seemed just like sweet potato.
In Seattle we visited a quirky cafe called Bedlam...very nice coffee! Lots of vintage, quirky items to look at as well as Art.
Next door to our hotel in Seattle was a cafe called the Biscuit Bitch. We ate breakfast there one morning...eggs and biscuits. The biscuits are more like our scones.
Also in Seattle we had a lovely lunch at Etta's in Pikes Market; the fish was breadcrumbed and it was so delicious. The accompanying coleslaw had the lightest dressing...very nice.
Yep...it was large as a foolscap page...but so delicious! and we saw my salad being freshly made/tossed behind the counter. It had the loveliest blueberry vinegar dressing. As well as the usual salad vegetables, it was sprinkled with toasted flaked almonds...mmm, yum!
(Luckily our room in Seattle had a fridge and microwave which is unusual in the US; we took the leftover slice back there and reheated it next day)
I'm including this next photo as there is a bit of a story attached to it. Cobs is a chain of breadshops/bakeries in Canada.
On a few nights when we stayed with DsD3, DH and I cooked a meal; I cooked spaghetti and meatballs from scratch one night, DH cooked our 'salmon dinner' the next night, and then near the end of our stay, he cooked spaghetti bolognaise . ( years before I had shown him how to cook these and I regularly get a 'night off' when he makes these 'specialties')
Hope I haven't made you feel hungry with all these food photos???