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Trader Joe’s Pesto and Quinoa

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The first time I saw this stuff on TJ’s shelves, my mind would not compute.  Pesto in a jar I understand.  Quinoa in a jar I do not.  Together = HUH?!?
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Here’s what it looks like – Pesto and Quinoa.  Yup, pretty much.

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People had great suggestions on what to do with the stuff – on a  rainy night  when  our cupboards were almost bare, I wound up nuking it with Kale, Beets, and Veggie Chick’n Strips for a really quick, delicious dinner…

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…then, when Mark/Jen/Finn showed up a few hours later, we sandwiched them between little Fig and Thyme Cracker Toasts.  An unexpected hit.  I will definitely have more jars on hand for the future.

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Dockside at Playa Provisions

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Playa Provisions is like my favorite Barbie of all time – Day-to-Night.  A totally different experience once the sun sets.

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(My mentioning Barbie has nothing to do with the stunning blonde who was my date.)

DSCN6508 Kailey is a longtime blog friend (we both started our sites around the same time) and she now works for the PR company that reps Playa Provisions.  Dockside is their high-end restaurant open for happy hour, dinner, and weekend brunch.
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We started off with Salt Cod Clam Chowder, with braised bacon in a Sourdough Bread Bowl…

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…and Ceviche (Albacore, Shrimp, Avocado, Coconut, Jalapeño, Lime, Passion Fruit, Radish, Salmon Roe) with Chips.

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Next up…

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…perfect Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash…

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…with fried sage, maple brown butter and toasted pepitas…

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…Cheesy Stone Ground Grits, Vinegar Cooked Collard Greens, Crispy Onions, Runny Soft Cooked Egg…

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…and two salads – Grilled Baby Romaine with Marinated Cippolini Onions, Radishes, Breadcrumbs, Creamy Garlic Dressing…

DSCN6532 …plus a Seafood Louie with Bay Shrimp, Crab, Lobster, Quinoa, Avocado and Papaya.
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DSCN6546Once we wrapped up on Chefs Nick Roberts/Brooke Williamson’s genius, we ended with Kristin Feuer’s perfect chocolate chip cookies (<—click for the recipe)…
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…warm n gooey…

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…served with Bourbon Milk.

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A perfect place for a dinner date – especially a blind blogger one.

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