|Peanut Butter Overload Extravaganza. Love this name|
(I may have added the "Extravaganza")
I love Fests, in general. But a Jazz Fest? Double love. So when my sister Aulani told me about the Ocean Beach Jazz Fest in San Diego, I got a bit excited. Shutting down Newport for an all-day street closure featuring the top jazz bands in socal? In!
What we (and when I say we, I mean Aulani) didn't realize, is that not only was there amazing music, this fest featured gourmet food tents, too!
Me: Aww so there's no food?
Aulani: Nope, no food.
And then we turned the corner and saw 80,000 food tents.
|Tent after tent of arts, crafts, and oh, food...|
I, of course, noticed the Cookie Tent right away. But everyone wanted to listen to this band that was about to start, so fine, I went to The Harp, one of the many jazzy venues of the day. And I'm glad I did because I would have missed out on my new favorite jazz band, the Nathan James Trio. Love!
|The Nathan James Trio--not sure what I love more--|
their hats or the little washboard guitar!
But I was still thinking about cookies.
And I may have told everyone I was thinking about cookies.
So. We went to find the cookies. :)
|An awesome New Orleans-style jazz band|
sashaying down Newport
|Me infiltrating the Cravory Cookie tent|
The geniuses at The Cravory have actually created 950 customized cookies, all of which are available online and at little fairs. Allow me to highlight a few of my favorites...
|Red Velvet and Birthday Cake|
|Rosemary Balsamic. Because why not?|
|And here the crown jewel, (drum roll please...) |
Pancake & Bacon Cookies!
Consensus: they were very...interesting.
I quickly designated myself as the Cookie Keeper. This responsibility involved guarding the cookies and generously doling them throughout the day as we listened to amazing band after amazing band. All in all, an incredible day made even better by the discovery of some of the most special cookies on earth.
|Aulani fully enjoying her Peanut Butter Overload.|