My first strawberries

In all of our gardening pursuits we’ve never grown a single strawberry. And that’s just wrong. A couple weeks ago we got a strawberry pot and a few plants and just figured we’d see what happened.

They’re looking really good so far. It’s been dry as a bone around here, but I’ve been trying to water the plants daily.

Can’t wait until they turn red! I noticed some tomatoes forming over there, too. And for some reason a blood-red iris plant just bloomed. All of our other irises are bright white/yellow, so this one really stands out.

Last weekend we finally put our smoker to use. Mike made a brisket that turned out really, really well.

I can’t believe I grew up 45 minutes from Kansas City and had to come all the way to California to have burnt ends. I am thinking next time I go home I want to do a tour de barbecue restaurants.

Barney’s burgers

There are many fancypants places where you can eat in the gourmet ghetto, but we have a thing for Barney’s. It’s simple — they make damn good burgers and fries.

Case in point:

We went there last night and I had this delicious bacon-y burger, which I could only manage half of. Mike had an equally huge California burger.

They have a nice patio, so we sat outside. We split steak fries. They’re so yummy!

One funny thing I always notice about bay area restaurants — they give you an impossibly small water glass. At Barney’s it’s like a shot glass. But at least they always give you extra water in some kind of chic looking vessel so you don’t have to be too parched.