Summer Delights, First Stop - Gilroy

Summertime and food…. Yumm!

First stop on the summer food train is Gilroy, with a stop in San Jose of course. This year, as I have done for the past 15 years, I spent some time in San Jose and Gilroy for the Gilroy Garlic Festival. My visit always begins with a stop in San Jose to see Donna, all the girls and the rest of the family. This year the timing worked out, and my friend Lisette and her family where visiting as well. We made the trek to Taiwan Restaurant in downtown Willow Glen. We feasted on lots of wonderful things, but as always the Honey Walnut Shrimp was the star of the show! And this year, because there were six of us, we needed (and ate) two orders!! Along with pot stickers, broccoli beef, chow mien noodles and fried rice.

The next stop was in Gilroy at the Bevi Bed & Breakfast. Don’t try to look this one up online; it is an exclusive place that is literally by invitation only. The fare is always wonderful, but truth be told I go for the company and great conversation. They could serve day-old bread and water (which they would, of course, do with flair) and I would still stop by for the company. This year’s visit included cilantro garlic chicken soft tacos with all the fixings’ – fresh, flavorful, simple and delicious!

Finally, the Gilroy Garlic Festival for three days of garlic gluttony. This year the new feature item for the 35th Anniversary was Zesty Garlic Fried Calamari. The Fried Calamari was placed perfectly next to the Garlic Fries, a winning combination. (But, unfortunately, the food was good and went so fast there was never a photo opt!)

Gilroy was great, Napa is next. Stay tuned…

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