Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A tasty date - Garfrerick's Cafe Oxford Alabama
My dear husband rarely ever takes time off from the farm.... So I was delighted to say he shut the farm for a few hours and we crossed the border... to Alabama.
He selected Garfrerick's Cafe in Oxford Alabama across from the Quintard Mall. I was a bit concerned when I read what they were offering -Creole/Cajun/Southern , Californian ...... I thought Oh no another restaurant trying to do too much, across too many conflicting styles. Well, I was converted from the moment we were on the sidewalk in front of the cafe, I knew we were at the right Place. Personalized hand written sign specials at the door, clean and cheery and modern, smells of fresh herbs wafted as we entered a very light but not glary or cold, as some modern places are.
The Cafe uses local foods including that of Garfrerick's Organic farm and it serves as a distribution site for the Moore's farm CSA one day a week. Clearly a culinary establishment dedicated to using excellent food products and creativity in preparing them. I so wanted to sit at the seats around the kitchen where the cooking was visible to those seated there. Maybe next time. I had an awesome soup with roasted tomatoes, fig balsamic vinegar, apricots, garbanzo beans and much more.... radical mixture of food items, but I could smell and taste the freshness and care put into it. I loved the ying/yang aspect of fruit in a predominately vegetable Soup that was accompanied by gluten free bread. It was a culinary wonder.... I learned to incorporate fruits in my veggie soups. Jacque went for the Burger topped with blue cheese and he didn't even share it!
Thank you Lord for those wonderful eateries that give us local and nutritious food well prepared and with great skills and for a Spouse, who never abandons me and is there in sickness and health and takes time to share how much he loves me!