Sunday, October 21, 2007

Julian, CA: Apple Days

This weekend TEB and I took a Saturday drive out to Julian, CA because I wanted to go apple picking. Julian is a country town that is close enough for a day trip, yet far enough that you feel as though you are nowhere near San Diego’s ocean breezes and its flip-flop-wearing-beach-strutters in October. We only found a few tiny apples at a street vendor’s stand because last spring there was a late frost that killed most of the apple buds.

We had no time constraints so I enacted the “we can stop anywhere rule.” As a child I remember taking several long road trips, think Fairbanks, Alaska to Tulsa, Oklahoma, with my mother and sister during our summer breaks. This rule was something that we lived by on those 2 month long trips. If we saw something of interest then we got to stop. With the stop anywhere rule TEB and I discovered the Swedish Royal Bakery where we bought delicious knäckebröd (Swedish crisp bread). They also make Swedish princess cake and Norwegian wedding cake (see Axis of Eavil for recipe and pictures) and dozens of mini pastries. Poway is a little far for a weekly trip but well worth the drive for a special occasion. In all we came home with a plethora of local food goodies: Julian Pie Company's Dutch Apple Crumb Pie, raw honey, organic apples, a fairtale or blue pumpkin from Mountain Valley Ranch's pumpkin patch and fresh eggs.

photo credit: apples CNC 10.20.07

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