Sunday, July 26, 2009

We REEK!!!

We just reek of garlic, along with the several thousand other people that were at the Gilroy Garlic Festival today. We are talking a serious case of garlic overload here.

Oh, my--this was a huge festival! The line of cars just to get in to the parking lot to take a shuttle bus to the festival grounds was at least a mile long. But the wait was SO worth it.

We had a great time, and sampled our fill of all things garlic, such as: garlic marinated mushrooms, garlic kettle korn, garlic sweet potato fries, chocolate covered garlic, etc. Everything garlic that you could possibly imagine, and then some! A garlic lover's dream!

We spent quite a while watching the Garlic Cookoff. MANY thousand recipes are sent in each year, and just eight finalists are chosen to do a live cook-off. It was interesting to watch, and believe it or not, the winner this year was a Garlic Butter Cookie! We bought the cookbook, and will be trying out some recipes on our friends and neighbors back in Spudville! (Kelley--are you paying attention??)

David and I were all garlicked out by early afternoon, so headed back into town, and spent some time at the local outlet mall, again with what seemed like several thousand other people!!

After all that, we were hot, tired and thirsty--decided it was definitely time for a cold beer! We drove into the town of Morgan Hill and found a nice local brew pub. I had the BEST beer--a black raspberry ale, very yummy! Then off to find a place for dinner. We found a great BBQ place "The Gold Dust" and had super good ribs and tri tip. Did you think we wanted GARLIC?? Not on your life!!! We are all garlicked out--at least for a day or two.

I'll leave you with a couple of pics of some garlic goodies:

Garlic Escargot--Very Yummy!! David ate some, too! We really ate snails !!!

I saved the best for last:

Actually, we were not too fond of it. I don't think it will be flavor of the month at Baskin Robbins any time soon. And I'm pretty sure Ben and Jerry's won't be interested, either!

Tomorrow: Monterrey, Phil's Fish Market and his world famous Cioppinno.

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