Sunday, November 17, 2013

NorCal Fall BBQ

November 16, 2013
NorCal Fall BBQ, Stockton, CA

A small group is getting together in Stockton, CA at my (VSP's) home for a late Autumn BBQ.

KC is the first to arrive.  He got here a few minutes early because when he stopped for his ride break and fuel stop he realized that he had left his wallet at home.  It is a good thing that he started with a full tank of gas in his "Meanie" since that bike does not have a very long cruising range.

The parking lot at Chez VSP
KC's Meanie, Jazzhound's Nomad and Cranky's Nomad

Well David J has to work a quick turnaround and will stop for a short visit on his way to work in Tracy as a State Correctional Officer (prison guard).

So anyway there are four of us here.
Cranky from San Jose and Jazzhound from Antioch

Notice the cashews, pistachios and MM peanut for snacks on the coffee table.
The whole crowd.  Cranky must have forgotten to shower since no one is near him.  :-)

Starting to eat - the salad is a simple romaine lettuce with dressing and fresh grated Parmesan cheese from my trip to the Wool Growers on Wednesday (stopped at the Hilmar Cheese Factory for the Parmesan).
Jazzhound brought the bottle of wine.

The BBQ top sirloin roast and JalapeƱo spiced baked beans.   Portuguese Cornbread - Broa de Milho from the Hilmar Bakery.  (Portugal is known for this simple yeasted cornbread, prepared with both wheat and corn flour and shaped into flat round loaves that are dusted with white flour. Broa is peasant bread, hearty and nourishing - great with soup or stew, and delicious toasted with butter.)
More eating
The whole group eating and drinking.
One leftie in the group

This is the left over BBQ top sirloin.

For dessert in keeping with the paper plates we have a paper cup of Hagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean Gelato.
Cranky modeling for the gelato

David J can only spend a few minutes BSing as he has to get to work.  He only had three hours sleep as California is short of help and he is working a quick turnaround.
David J in uniform

Cranky has left for home already as KC and Jazzhound are about to head home also.
KC and Jazzhound with his helmet on already

Well the end of a nice get together.