Bay Area Summer

If you live in the Bay Area, have lived in the Bay Area, or even just visited the Bay Area, you know how summer is here: nonexistent. Cold, foggy, drizzly, with an off-chance of a rare beautiful day (i.e. over 75 degrees) every once in a while.

When A and I lived in Italy (hot, humid summers with bugs as big as fists), coming to California to visit every summer was an incredible treat. We would get our three-week fix of cold weather, sleep with a down comforter in the middle of August, and then fly home to appreciate heat and humidity (aka being able to wear a tank top in the evening).

One thing we can still appreciate though, is the bounty of summer fruits and veggies. It’s good being here this time of year. This is a random list of yumminess I wanted to share…for no reason other than I’ve been thinking about all of these foods a lot.

  • roasted beets with goat cheese
  • corn, in any form (but heavenly mixed with jicama, avocado, mango, and a little bit of oil & lime juice)
  • avocado, in any form (see above)
  • strawberries
  • apricots
  • nectarines
  • tomatoes
  • tomatoes
  • tomatoes
  • tomatoes
Did I mention tomatoes? Cooking the simplest of summer pasta sauces (zucchini sauteed with a bit of olive oil and garlic, with fresh tomatoes added after about five minutes) always always takes me back to the first summer I was in Italy, living in Siena. I was totally penny-pinching (god knows why…it was one of the last times the dollar was kicking some ass over in Europe) and ate that pasta practically every day. It was good then; it’s still amazing now. Oh summer, how I love you, even in your Bay Area form. 
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