My brother is a MEAT man, and my sister-in-law has been a semi-vegetarian ever since she lived in Mexico because the meat down there... not so clean. She found that the abundant, high quality and cheap veggies and seafood were far more appetizing. My Eric is a VEGGIE at heart, but does love his meat from time to time, so we cook lots of vegg in our house with a sampling of meat here and there. I miss being able to cook up big meat dishes, and BBQ and push them onto my brother. Now? We can't get through a tri-tip before having to toss it. With my brother... that baby would be gone in one sitting.
Next Wednesday they will start the drive south for a visit. They don't have a date they have to go home, so they are going to stay until they feel like leaving (how awesome is that!) He has to work, and she has a friend that just had a baby so she's going to help her out during the day. That means we're going out to eat or cooking a yummy meal almost every day for the next 2 weeks (of course unless they have plans or something).
I've been looking forward to this ever since they mentioned a possible trip a few months ago. In the back of my mind I have kept a running list of things we must do while they are here (note, it is all food related):
Places we will go out to eat:
- Korean BBQ - some place in Oakland we go to but never remember the name
- SUSHI - Yanagi Sushi, Concord
- Mediterranean - The Mediterranean, Concord
- Indian - Sargam Indian Cuisine, Walnut Creek
- Chinese Buffet - Buffet City, Concord
- The best Chinese food in NoCal - O'Mei's in Santa Cruz
- Napa - anywhere, its Napa... Everything is good!
Stuff I want to make:
- BBQ Pulled Pork
- Duck with a Cherry Gastric
- Grilled Salmon
- Steak & Scallops
- Some tasty pasta dishes
- Sourdough bread
- Eggs Benedict
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Apricot Cobbler
- Plum Tart