9/28/2013 – This One’s For Cody

When our kids were still living at home, we had a birthday ritual which consisted of them getting to name their birthday meal. Whatever they wanted, we’d make it for them on their birthdays. We never knew what Lucas would order: tuna casserole, chicken ala king, Saturday night sandwich, it could be almost anything. But we always knew what Cody would order: fried chicken and artichokes. I don’t even know where she first had an artichoke and I definitely don’t know what made them appeal to her. They hardly seem like kid food. But, fried chicken and artichokes it always was. I suspect she’d still order that today if we were in Oregon on her birthday.

Today we headed toward the coast from Stockton. We stuck to the back roads as planned. About mid-afternoon we decide to stop for lunch and look through our RV guide to find a good place to stop for the night. It just so happened that our stop was in Castroville, the Artichoke Heart of the World. The first restaurant we saw as we pulled off the highway was The Giant Artichoke. Obviously we had to stop.

Looking through their menu, the only thing we could possibly order was the Giant Artichoke Sampler.

Check it out: 1 steamed artichoke, 1 fire-roasted artichoke, 1 Castroville roll, 8 deep-fried artichoke hearts, steamed artichoke hearts, artichoke nachos, artichoke bread, artichoke-spinach dip, artichoke-jalapeño dip, and for dessert, an artichoke cupcake.

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Clockwise from upper left-hand corner: Castroville roll, flame-roasted artichoke, artichoke nachos, artichoke bread, roasted artichoke hearts, artichoke-spinach dip, artichoke jalapeño dip, deep-fried artichoke hearts, salsa. And, in the center: steamed artichoke. That’s the artichoke cupcake at the bottom of the photo.

Here’s from a different angle:

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It was all pretty good but we decided that our favorite thing was the deep-fried artichoke hearts and our least favorite was the fire-roasted artichoke.

So there you have it Cody. Eat your (artichoke) heart out!

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About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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3 Responses to 9/28/2013 – This One’s For Cody

  1. Joan/Raymond Yoder says:

    When we lived on the ranch as a kid, we had an artichoke plant outside theback door. Mom only fixed them by boiling then we would dip the leaves in mayonaise. It wasn’t always my favorite food, too much work for not much. Love, Mom

  2. Beverly says:

    Looks DELICIOUS! I have only developed a taste for artichokes in the past few years, but didn’t know you could do so much with them.

  3. cody says:

    That place sounds wonderful! You can blame for introducing me to artichokes and the yummy butter that comes with them. I’m glad to hear you celebrated in style =)

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