Figs Figs Figs Late summer in SoCal means the beginning of delicious fig season. While some of my friends are gutting it out on long Ironman training rides in the 107 degree heat, I’m instead riding short coastal and having time to clean my office. And the garage. And go to dentist. And get new tires. And….. troll Becky’s garden for figs (thanks Becky!). You can find figs earlier in the year, but they are never as sweet as you’ll find them in August and September. And let’s face it, un-to-barely ripe figs are just plain lousy. I made a quick vegan appetizer of sweet Mission Figs, Kite Hill Chive “Cream” Cheese and Shiitake “Bacon” (see below).
The Only Two Reasons
Choice Juicery Truffles Solana Beach’s Choice makes their own almond milk and repurposes the almond pulp into delicious, not-to-sweet truffles rolled in cocoa nibs, hemp seeds and coconut. Also don’t miss the cold pressed beet and chia juice.
Ooey-Gooey Cheese sampling at
Here’s what Jasper Hill has to say about Harbison.
“SENSORY NOTES – Harbison is a soft-ripened cheese with a rustic, bloomy rind. Young cheeses are wrapped in strips of spruce cambium, the tree’s inner bark layer, harvested from the woodlands of Jasper Hill. The spoonable texture begins to develop in our vaults, though the paste continues to soften on the way to market. Harbison is woodsy and sweet, balanced with lemon, mustard, and vegetal flavors.
PAIRING AND SERVICE – Harbison is a great excuse to gather a few friends and scoop into a decadent treat. When a bit younger, the bark can be peeled away for sliced portioning. If the bark has fused with a more loosened paste, then the best approach is to leave the bark intact and spoon out portions from the top. Pair with oaked white wine, or barrel-aged sour beer. Fruit mostarda and crusty bread make nice accompaniments.”
HU Chocolate Geoff just returned from The Big Apple where his hotel was
Primal Pit Paste I’ve been using a variety of crap deodorants for 35 years and as I’m starting to fine tune the smaller #findinghealth areas of my life (for the record, this is what female athletes 45 years plus spend their spare time doing–bettering the minutiae in hopes to slow down the aging and injuries and speed up the racing). Admittedly, my deordorant choice hasn’t always been the best. Just as I’m starting to stress about my pit slick choices; Julie turned me on to Primal Pit Paste; a blend of organic oils, butters, aluminum-free baking soda, arrowroot and essential oils and none of the bad stuff found in conventional deodorants (including aluminum). I tried it out during a series of hot summer days and absolutely love it.
Shiitake Mushrooms from Farm Fresh To You Best quality shiitake mushrooms and best price. I buy about a pound each week from FFTY and use them from everything from stirfries to Shiitake Bacon. Here’s the skinny on Shiitake Bacon: Thinly slice Shiitake caps. Toss with Olive Oil and Salt. Bake in 350 degree Oven for about 30-40 minutes. I usually open the oven door and let any steam escape about 15 minutes into the cooking process
Meanwhile, back in the training world, I was able to add in some biking this week. Have to say, after an almost 3 week hiatus, my 38 mile coast ride felt like a Great Western Loop climb.
Bikes 4 sessions (3 indoor) Who knows how many miles beyond 38?
Swim 17,300 5 sessions
Core 40 2 sessions. But with Alona so that counts as seven or eight–yes, her classes are THAT hard
Looking forward to adding in some pool running next week. And to some more Fun Foodie Finds