1. Molly and David and I piled into the Diaz Honda Element and went shopping at Whole Foods. It was (by our standards!) an extravaganza. Molly and I got excited thinking about future dinners at home as we loaded the cart: a spaghetti squash, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, and other good food and then we turned our attention to this evening's meal. More on that soon.
2. I admit it. My favorite Whole Foods offering is the coffee/beer bar where the taplist is low on quantity but very high on quality. Molly, David (!), and I had time to sit with some food at the horseshoe counter and I ordered a terrific flight of four 5 oz beers: Mad Fox's Kellerbier Kolsch (OMG!), Port City's Oktoberfest (ditto), Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale (moderately pumpkin-y, superb) and the brilliant dessert beer for today, Southern Tier's Pumpking Ale, as sweet and delicious as a pumpkin ale can be! I had a pack of potato chips and then, wow!, David couldn't eat his whole slice of Whole Foods cheese pizza, so I got to finish it. Very satisfying. By the way, the great guy running the coffee/beer counter gave David a glass of milk on the house -- and, BONUS, we had a great conversation about some beers and he recommended I look for Southern Tier's pumpkin stout called Warlock. My eyes will be peeled for it. (This came up because I told Molly that one of the beers I will miss living in VA/MD is Eugene's own Oakshire Big Black Jack, a most tasty imperial chocolate pumpkin porter, weighing in at 7.5% ABV, as warming as a pile of autumn leaves being burnt in the street.)
3. Is there anything Molly, the Deke, other members of our family (not here), and I enjoy more than a Ciabatta bread, fancy salami, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, brie, Irish cheddar, colby jack, and other cheese, crackers dinner? How about getting ready for this meal with a fine bottle of Goose Island's exquisite Sofie farmhouse ale, or, if you're the Deke and Molly, splitting a sweet bottle of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Ale? AND, at exactly the right moment, how about popping open a bottle of Pinot Noir? Could any evening meal be better? Well, for me, no! At least not tonight!