From Slow Food to Sea Rocket, an Eating Extravaganza

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On September 17th, Slow Food USA challenged the nation to cook a meal for $5 or less per person to prove that real food is an equally affordable alternative to fast food. From Slow Food Urban San Diego‘s (SFUSD) event at the Little Italy’s farmers’ market to the Let There Be Bite goodie bag giveaway at Sea Rocket Bistro (tasting their $5 stew and much more), it was decidedly an eating extravaganza. Above: SFUSD offered various recipes with ingredients that could all be found just steps away at the market.

The sun had yet to peek out, but Little Italy’s farmers’ market was bustling with a soundtrack from two live bands.

Pepper-palooza! Organic peppers from Suzie’s Farm (stay tuned this fall for my video interviewing Quinn Wilson at Suzie’s organic fields near the Mexican border)

Woah! Good looking deep dish pizza in San Diego—anyone tried Berkeley Pizza yet?

Refreshments at SFUSD’s tents

Victor Nguyen, a SFUSD volunteer, presented his $5 meal: the “Italian fried rice with pancetta” looked tasty!

At Sea Rocket Bistro, info cards on how to win the LTBB goodie bag packed with partner vendor food products (to get you started in the kitchen on your next $5 meal), and $15 pitchers of local craft beer on special.

Chef Chad White serving up his $5 Picadillo-style stew: ground beef, black-eyed peas, okra, bell pepper, corn, tomato, hot spices, and more. Detailed recipe coming in next week’s post showcasing various $5 recipes—stay tuned!

After $1 Baja oysters, bay scallop ceviche with citrus and smoked squid salad were popular starters (all local seafood—the only kind they serve!).

The $5 stew was delicious! I will definitely be trying the recipe.

Local black cod over sautéed watercress, garlic, and shallot

The whole snapper special was a hard dish to pass up.

Snapper damage

Chatting at the pass—tasty albino beet and smoked grouper salad ready to go!

For non-seafood lovers, there’s a delicious grass-fed burger with bacon jam on the menu.

Leave room for bread pudding!

Chef Chad digging into his $5 stew before the lunch crowd shuffled in

We took a walk after lunch and ended up at the Linkery, where we ran into Quinn Wilson (and friend Katelyn) of Suzie’s Farm!

I can’t believe we still had room: a late dinner of grilled tenderloin, green beans, crushed fingerlings, and fruit salad.

Rounding it all out (or is that my waistline?), Sunday brunch at Blind Lady Ale House. Glad to report that all I craved for dinner was a plum.

Sep. 19 2011 |
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