|Carciofi alla Giudia at Sora Margharita|
|Carciofi alla Romana at Armando al Pantheon|
On our first full day, we hopped into our rental and took a drive along the coast, one of our favorite things to do. A mere hour away from the city (in either direction, actually), and you're practically in another era (if you stay on the coast, that is; otherwise, you're in Silicon fucking Valley). On this day, we headed south - Pescadero was our destination, and this was our objective...
|California artichoke growing behind Duarte's|
In Pescadero, there's a 100+ year-old restaurant called Duarte's Tavern, and their specialty, Sig Eater's favorite, and the reason we took the drive, is cream of artichoke soup...
|Duarte's Tavern's Cream of Artichoke Soup|
|Big-ass California artichokes|
There, you're all done. Oh - you'll also need a nice dipping sauce for the leaves and the heart - here I'm serving them with a nice lemon and Spanish Pimentón aioli. Better known as Hellmann's mayo with lemon juice and smoked Spanish paprika all stirred together - it works.
|Steamed artichokes with dip|
Steamed Artichokes - A Recipe
As many artichokes as people. Then, read the post above.