The day started off today with a mad tear by the bride to make sure the full-page ad for the Messiah was in the entertainment section of the local paper. You can see her above brandishing it proudly. She’s holding the paper as she is because she doesn’t want anyone to see her bed head.
I started off the day with a chocolate protein shake made the way all the others have been. But this time I was about half way through the shake when MD starting yelling, “What are you doing? You’ve got to take a picture.” Oh, yeah. So, what you see is what’s left of the chocolate shake.
I busied myself with a load of projects this morning while MD went off to do a couple of radio interviews for the Messiah. I thought she was going to be gone for a couple of hours – she thought she had told me she was going to be gone for most of the day. Since MD is my life-support system where food is concerned, it didn’t occur to me that I would be without someone putting food before me all day. But I soldiered on awaiting her return. While soldiering I ate a handful of mixed nuts.
As the day wore on, I ate another handful of mixed nuts like the one above. And another. Three all together throughout the late morning and early afternoon. I ate nothing else. But I did take a swig of pickle juice, which I dearly love. I have my own dedicated jar of pickles so that I don’t slurp from a jar that someone else might grab a pickle from. Since I was alone, I took my own photo.
I almost didn’t put this photo in because I’m not including photos of water, coffee, tea and any other non-caloric beverages (there were none other than these three), and pickle juice probably qualifies as being non-caloric, but since it is a good thing on a low-carb diet, I decided to include it. Why is pickle juice a good thing? Because it has a lot of sodium. Sometimes on low-carb diets, people get a little sodium depleted. Why? Because insulin makes the kidneys retain sodium, which is why people who have hyperinsulinemia retain fluid. Excess sodium causes fluid retention. When starting a low-carb diet, most people spend a lot of time in the bathroom getting rid of that excess fluid as their insulin falls, and their kidneys release the sodium. So, since I’m on a low-carb diet virtually all the time, I like to add a little sodium from time to time because I know I constantly get rid of it. And it gives me a good excuse to drink the pickle juice. Other more squeamish types drink bouillon.
When MD finally got home, she was in a sweat to get changed and get back downtown. The chorus has a final rehearsal tonight for the big event tomorrow. And, unfortunately, the Santa Barbara Christmas parade is tonight, and it goes right by the Granada theater where she will be rehearsing. She was afraid she wouldn’t be able to find a place to park. So, I suggested that we leave early, beat the parade crowd and grab a bite downtown. Then she would be right by the Granada, and I could come pick her up after when all the parade traffic had died down.
We ate at a great little Southern-style restaurant right next door to the Granada called Tupelo Junction. We’ve eaten there for breakfast many, many times, but never for dinner. And they have the absolute best bloody marys in town, one of which I always have when we have breakfast there. I decided to throw caution to the wind and have a bloody mary before dinner, which I’ve never done before. But I’ve never been confronted with Tupelo Junction’s bloody mary at dinnertime either. Here is is.
Their bloody marys include a crab claw and pickled green beans, both of which – to my palate – are infinitely better than and olive and lemon or whatever they usually put in bloody marys. De-frigging-liceous!
Then, for good measure, I ordered the Bloody Mary Braised Baby Back Ribs from the dinner menu. As you can see, these come with baby corn. I had them switch the corn out for some sauteed Swiss chard from the Crispy Fried Free Range Chicken entre. Just about the time our dinner came, I noticed that there was smoked bacon collard greens available on another entre that I hadn’t noticed. Although I love Swiss chard, there’s no green that I love more than collard greens. And to think I could have had them cooked with smoked bacon. Ah, well, there’s always next time.
As you can see, this is one large pile of ribs. I ate every one with my bare hands. The Swiss chard came with kernels of corn sprinkled on it, which I picked off. The bloody mary sauce on the ribs wasn’t as sweet as it looks. It was more tangy. It probably had some sugar in it, but I didn’t care because I hadn’t had more than about 10 grams of carb all day – if that. And I did eat every single one of the little fried onion rings. But I ate only half of the home-made apple sauce. It was nothing to write home about. This home made business is a real pet peeve of mine. How can restaurants call their food home made?
After dinner, MD and I went right next door to the Granada. I intended to drop her off and head home. But instead I decided to stay and watch a little of the rehearsal. And take a couple of photos of the Granada. Here you can see it looking back from the stage. It is a magnificent place.
It is an old theater from the 1920s that just underwent a $60 million renovation. The acoustics are unbelievable. If you look at the left side of the photo, you can see the box I’ll be sitting in tomorrow night. Being married to the President has it’s perks.
And I shot this photo of MD and group singing there little hearts out. MD is right in the middle in the front row.
The soloists that Marilyn Horn selected for this performance all have voices that are out of this world. The performance will be taped to be rebroadcast on the local classical station. I’ll get a few cuts and put them up for whose who are interested.
Photo food diary Friday Dec 5, 2008