Giorgio's Salt and Red Pepper Shakers
Giorgio's in San Jose is a California tradition with us.  We make it a point to walk down there with the family for dinner once during our visit.  We went on a Tuesday night, and it was very crowded and very noisy, and the food was wonderful.  I had risotto with baked salmon.  Risotto was another first for me.  I am not a picky eater, so how could I have missed risotto, salade Nicoise, and tiramisu  -  all firsts on this trip.

It is in the thirties here in northern Michigan today.  I am getting things ready for a new class to start tomorrow,  and we are going to be working with various ways of mixing color.  I HAD to have some colorful flowers, so I made a trip to the greenhouse  -  the first of the season  -  if you can call this a season.  It is way too early to buy annuals, but I bought some pansies and primrose  -  they'll do okay in the cold.

Getting ready for a new class gets me grounded after a vacation.  I have so much trouble with re-entry.  I always blame it on jet lag and use it to my advantage for awhile, but I think my time is up.


Marj said...

Welcome Home! Interesting "dishes" you tried! Haven't had Tiramisu myself. We were in Charleston, SC and we kept seeing Shrimp & Grits on the menus...I couldn't think of a worse combination--but decided to try it. Well, It's about my favorite thing to order 'down South.' Of course, I've always loved grits....go figure :-)

Janet Cockerill said...

Your use of the sketch book is exemplary- a very enjoyable blog

PBandJ said...

I enjoy the little tin your using to hold your watercolors. I will have to get me one of those :D

Catherine said...

Marj - Shrimp and grits! I just googled it and it appears to be very popular. Are you going to try fixing it at home?

Janet - Thank You!

PBandJ - it's fun to see how small, and still usable, a palette I can find.

Annie said...

I was excited to read about Giorgio's on your blog. It is one of our favorite places to eat. I live just a few minutes from the Willow Glen area in Los Gatos. I wanted to ask if you would ever consider doing a bookbinding/watercolor class when you are in San Jose.

Catherine said...

Annie - maybe we have been at Giorgio's at the same time! We are the family with painting stuff all over the table!

I'm not sure about a bookbinding class in the san jose area. My friend Cathy is the "technical adviser" for the bookbinding part of the class. But maybe we should take it "on the road" and do a California workshop.