April has drawn to a close and suddenly at foodink we’re all thinking about our to do list before the year gets away from us ! First on our list is our café re-vamp, opening up for Mother’s Day in our new space next door at 1107 South La Brea. We’re going to be introducing some great new menu items to make your lunch or dinner heat-at-home and party planning faster & easier, and will post the daily menu specials on our facebook page. Mostly, we’ll look forward to seeing our regulars & neighbours again, who have been popping in to say hello & check on progress! Stay tuned for our opening day specials & a sneak peak at the setup.
We got our vegetable box planted early this year & the Sweet 100 tomatoes are on track to take over already, as is the arugula. Squash blossoms are starting to appear so they will feature on menus shortly as appetizers, julienned into salads & as a tempura garnish on a good filet mignon. Two new items in the organic box this year are a Tuscan melon, and a hanging strawberry garden. The first of the berries was presented to me as a strawberry mimosa one Sunday morning after a long event week – and was quite delicious! Hoping that when our April weather settles down & warms up a bit that the natural sugars will come through a bit more so we can start to put our petit strawberry tartlets in the dessert case at the café.
This week also brought some gorgeous baby peas to the garden, which I turned into one of my favourite salad dishes ever, asparagus with peas, mint & shaved ricotta salata –recipe link coming! We think it makes a great brunch item for Mother’s Day, and something easy for the kids to do. However, if you’re not up for the cooking – let us do it for you! We’ve got a tasty menu you can pick up on Saturday to be ready for breakfast in bed on Sunday. We wish all the mothers in our foodink friends & family circle the loveliest of days. Thank you for all that you do!
Mangia! And happy May Gardening….