Graduation Days

June 6, 2011

in dessert, drinks, party, salads, sandwich

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!!!

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

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

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The bubbles gently open the Hibiscus:

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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!!!

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Along with an array of their wonderful sandwiches

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…a Strawberry and Cheese salad…

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….Penne Pesto with Spinach and Cherry Tomato:

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

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….then started filling my plate!

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

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

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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 :)

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

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

The main attraction:

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Strawberry Cheesecake…

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

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…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!!!

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