I couple of weeks ago I packed my bags full of pistachio cake, and my favorite offset spatula to head to the West Coast to talk about my book, and also eat strawberries in every state that I visited - naturally.
The first stop on my book tour was San Francisco! The folks at Omnivore Books hosted me for a Q+A, where we shared slices of pistachio cake with strawberries from my friends at Good Eggs (who delivered to my hotel room, thank you!). Many thanks to everyone who came!
I stayed at the adorable Buchanan in Japantown, where I spent a few lovely evenings sipping sake and lounging in a shibori-dyed kimono robe (I am regretting not buying one!) The convenience store across the street sold onigiri, and there was Daiso (basically a Japanese dollar store) a few steps away where I spent an evening convincing myself that I didn't need any animal shaped erasers or ice trays, ha!
I also ate my weight in pastries and had a perfect touristy moment at the Ferry Building, where I nearly lost my mind when I saw citrus, stone fruit, and berries all at the market in early May. I sat at a picnic table, ate some killer chilaquiles in the misty rain, and watched the ferries go in and out. Totally delightful. I also had my first experience at In-N-Out, met up with some Bay Area (and in town) friends, ate some of the best tacos of my life, and spent a day eating so many pastries that I really I thought I might never eat another one again.
San Francisco stops
On to Portland!
Pete met up with me towards the end of my time in SF, and after a day with some friends in Alameda we hopped a quick flight from SFO to PDX. I went to college in Portland, many years ago and it is always so crazy to visit and see how it has grown. (There was just an amazing episode of W. Kamau Bell's new show about how Portland is changing that is worth a watch.)
Cyril's generously, and graciously hosted us for happy hour, and I baked rhubarb and rye upside down cake, strawberry cream puffs, and a loosey-goosey rhubarb and strawberry galette to share - p.s. Come to my book events, I will feed you treats! Old friends, blogging pals, and family I hadn't seen in ages, along with some new friends showed up to hang and talk fruit desserts. It was so much fun!
We stayed at the Ace for a couple of nights, in a part of downtown that is nearly unrecognizable from ten years ago but there are still some holdouts from my college days. Namely, Powell's. I stopped by to sign all of the copies of my book they had in stock - a moment I never could have dreamed when I was spending weekends browsing the Feminist book section when I was in college.
We kept it pretty casual - stopped by some of our favorite spots that are still around, took a long walk through our old neighborhood, and snagged some roses from the overgrown bushes that were all magically blooming the week we were there. There were SO many houses for sale - are you trying to send me a message, Portland??
Then, we stayed with some friends and I picked radishes from the garden and tasted every green thing that was growing in their backyard to make a salad. We drove to the coast on a sunny, but windy day and walked on the beach until it was time to eat fish and chips. It was a perfect Pacific Northwest Spring jaunt - lots of gorgeous flowers, perfect strawberries, more coffee than I could drink, and more tasty food and cocktails than I can remember.
Thank you all for your support, see ya soon with some Seattle fun times and a killer VEGAN strawberry tart recipe!
Also, check the EVENTS page above- I have tour stops in Wisconsin, DC, and a couple more in NY scheduled this summer. I would love to see you and feed you treats!