Just a few odds and ends photos
Bucatini with Bread Crumbs and Roasted Tomatoes

September Weekend with Squeaks

After the "Great blackout of '11" I was able to toddle up to Laguna Niguel to visit with my friends Squeaks and Bill.

Squeaks and I had full agenda for the weekend, one thing being finding me a long black skirt for the Victorian tea at church. I figured a thrift store would be a great place to find what I needed so we hit up a few thrift shops, one being Portobello Road in Tustin. Dang, what a great place, I got an impeccable white wind breaker/rain jacket for only $3.00, yup, that’s right, 3 bucks and it benefits a woman’s abuse shelter.

In one shop we had a blast checking out the kitchenware area.


Along with some old kitchenware this shop also had a lot of old records, even some 78's. 

After a busy day we picked up a beautiful piece of Coho salmon from the Santa Monica Seafood Company to go along with the Cacio e Pepe we were planning on making. It’s so easy and so delicious it’s almost criminal.



I'll show you what we did. 


While Squeaks was making the salmon I got started on the pasta. 


We weren't able to find the bucatini so we used fettuccine. (but of course the next day we found some at Williams Sonoma)


To a bowl of hot pasta add, 






pecorino romano cheese 




then toss together in the bowl with some of the pasta water to make a rich creamy sauce. 




A nice bottle of white and life is good. 


Sunday morning after we made Bill a good ol' bacon, eggs and potato breakfast; we hit up Sur la Table, Williams Sonoma and my favorite shoe store where I drooled over the gorgeous boots. 


Shopping takes it's toll, even on veteran shoppers like us, so we headed down to San Clemente and had a light lunch at The Fisherman's Cafe on the San Clemente Pier. 


It was a perfectly beautiful day so we sat outside on the patio. 




Squeaks is so lady like, she eats her oysters on the half shell with a fork.

Me on the other hand, I slug them back right from the shell. 




The crab cakes were deeevine. I only wish the dipping sauce would have been a little spicer. 

Another wonderful time with some really great friends. 


And that's that