Graduation Days

Abe and I have been together for 14 years, so I’ve watched all of his cousins grow up before my eyes. They’re all graduating now – last night we celebrated the first one – little Noah is going off to college!!!


Been saving this jar that Wild Hibiscus sent for a special occasion like this…


…you place an edible flower + some syrup in a glass and add a sparkling beverage (this was Prosecco)


The bubbles gently open the Hibiscus:


I didn’t taste any, but the general verdict was, “Uh, what’s this thing in my glass?!?”

To eat, there was catering from one of my favorite places, Mendocino Farms!!!


Along with an array of their wonderful sandwiches


…a Strawberry and Cheese salad…


….Penne Pesto with Spinach and Cherry Tomato:


I tried one of the appetizer offerings – Apple, Goat Cheese, and Preserves on Crostini…


….then started filling my plate!


To start – half of two sandwiches – Peanut Butter, Banana, and Apple + Proscuitto and Roasted Chicken


Can you say flava?!? This is my favorite way to eat – samples!


I also tried the Curry Chicken Salad and Turkey Cranberry with Herb Aioli

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Oh, and a taste of Abe’s Tomato Caprese too 🙂


My next small bite came a little while later, after we had digested some.


Our cousin Rachel is gluten-free and so was this chocolate cupcake from Whole Foods, though you really couldn’t tell.

The main attraction:


Strawberry Cheesecake…


…from The Cheesecake Factory! I’ve actually never tried it before, and I now understand why an entire chain is named after this stuff…


…maybe some of the best cheesecake I’ve ever had? The consistency isn’t as dense as most versions – almost as light and fluffy as the whipped cream!

One graduation celebration down – next up is Maya’s!!!

14 thoughts on “Graduation Days

  1. Jan Schifter

    cheesecake factory really has the best offering on the west coast. Decadent to the max!

  2. wyn

    That cheesecake looks yummy, and adorable–the amount of whipped cream and strawberries on it is disproportionate! I tried their red velvet cheesecake after my first time (also strawberry) and love it so much more!

  3. Erica

    mmmm what a spread! I would have stolen the whole strawberry salad bowl 🙂 And a caprese sandwich! Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday

  4. Walking E

    For extra decadence, try the Red Velvet Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory. “Sinful” isn’t a strong enough word – it’s just pure SIN, and SIN never tasted so good! 😉

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