These beauties are the Violetta artichokes found at the Route One Farms stand at the Saturday morning farmers market in Aptos.
After my great birthday dinner on a farm, I longed to lie about and pretend it happened in the month of May, so I could boast about all the local ingredients on my blog. But that would be pathetic and cheesy.
Alas, the week since has been challenging in small ways. Cinqo de Mayo, for example, was a complete bust, because we were invited out for Mexican food with my ex (who is a Mexican). But at least we ate organically, at least somewhat: Tortilla Flats in my village of Soquel uses organic ingredients when possible.
Tuesday I happened to be downtown, and thought, "I'll finally get around to trying Cafe La Vie." I'd met the owner, the beautiful Yeyen, at Collette Cassidy's birthday party back in September. She wants to buy some farm photographs, so you think I would have hustled my butt down there sooner, but no. Cafe La Vie is making quite a buzz, serving up raw and organic food that has hardcore omnivores and vegetarians alike saying, "Man, that was good!"