Galindo House, Concord
By Emerian Rich
Most Concord residents never knew the Galindo house existed until a few years ago when the Concord Historical Society took charge of the estate and cleaned up the trees and greenery in front of it.
Located at 1721 Amador Avenue, Galindo House was built in 1856 for one of Concord’s founders, Don Francisco Galindo and his wife Maria Dolores Manuella Pacheco. The six-room farmhouse sat on the then seventeen-thousand acres of land granted to Galindo after the Mesoamerican War. The names Galindo and Pacheco will sound familiar to residents because many of our streets and buildings are named after the founding fathers. Don Salvio Pacheo’s Adobe at 1870 Abode Street—belonging to Maria’s father—is another notable building still standing from that time period, but Galindo House was the first wooden house built in town. …continue reading in the Winter issue for 2017.
by Michele Roger
New Zealand, known by the native Maori people as “The Land of the Long White Cloud” is a place of astounding beauty and strength, much like those who live there.
Famous for its booming dairy and lamb industry as well its legendary “All Blacks” rugby team, New Zealand is far more than the face it shows to the world. The place is still fearless, proud, and some of the friendliest souls you will ever meet. To share a pint of beer is to make a friend for life. Travelers like myself are forever changed for the better after spending time there.
Broken up into two islands, the south has been made famous by the Lord of the Rings movies. All that cinematography wasn’t a green screen. It’s that breathtaking and untouched. Since so much focus has been on the south, I’ve decided to write about the splendor the north island has to offer. For direct flights from the United States to New Zealand, you’ll… read more in the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Our Food Story
By Ashley Vrublevskiy
In my early twenties, I ventured into the world of organic foods and slowly started making healthier choices for myself. I read book after book, loving all the information.
When I became pregnant with Zander, my first son, I vowed to only feed him organic, nutrient dense foods that nourished his body. When he got old enough to start expanding his food options beyond the mashed variety, we realized he was not on board with my food revolution ideas. I became desperate to get him to try new foods. This was the beginning of our long road of food battles. “He won’t even eat cookies! COOKIES!”
I remember saying to a friend to emphasize the severity of my then three-year-old’s eating restrictions. He truly only ate a handful of foods: pretzel sticks, squeezable baby food packs, raisins, and a few fruits, namely raspberries. My only saving grace was he absolutely loved soup. I made the most vegetable filled soups I could think of to be sure he would be getting some key nutrients in his diet. He would gag and refuse anything else. He wouldn’t touch a cookie, pizza, or pasta like most kids his age. I thought he was just picky, and if I kept trying, he would eventually eat more variety.
Around this time…read more in the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Food in Literature
by Sumiko Saulson
“She continues to cook, using the process of preparing the meal to parse her thoughts. Each act of cooking is a meditation upon her life. By the end of the meal, she decides that her abusive husband has no real power over her.”
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
In Jane Eyre, food represents comfort. During childhood,Jane and her best friend Helen Burns live in an orphanage, where the kindness of adults is gauged by their generosity concerning food. Helen is sick with consumption.
Tea, bread, and butter are staples the kindly Miss Temple offers the girls. The orphanage restricts the amount of food they are allowed to have, so that the tiny pat of butter and bit of bread are barely enough for just one girl.
Miss Temple makes up for it by supplying the girls with generous slices of seedcake to supplement the toast and butter. Caraway seed cake was a popular British snack cake of the Victorian era.
2. Love by Toni Morrison
In Love, two childhood best friends, Heed and Christine, have their lives torn apart when Christine’s grandfather takes Heed as his bride, instigating a lifelong battle over inheritance. Christine’s mother is a talented cook. Christine loves food. Heed, a trophy wife, thinks about the service more than….continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
By Camellia Rains
I’ve noticed over the years that the Dia de los Muertos celebrations have changed in San Francisco. It’s still a joyful event for Latin Americans.
When I first started going years ago, it was much smaller, and it was—how can I put this?—less Anglozied than it is now. This traditional celebration is a solemn occasion, but it’s not filled with depression like we’re used to here in America. It’s still a joyful event for Latin Americans.
Years ago, a smaller amount of people came and met in the Mission District and begin a parade. They would walk to Garfield Park where altars had been set up in advance, and people walked in a procession to an altar dedicated to their deceased family member, friend, or whoever and placed flowers or food like sweet bread, etc… to honor their memory. You can still walk the parade route and go visit your family member or friend’s or even strangers’ altars. Or you may represent your departed loved one during the parade, carrying their picture and a candle without going to the altars. I did that when… continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH
Chorizo Tamale Pie
by Brian and Patricia Dake
Fall is a delightful time for entertaining. As sultry summer days give way to blustery afternoons and cooler evenings, we find ourselves heading indoors for cozy gatherings and comfort foods. This month’s recipe features an entree ideal for dressing up in autumn colors and for autumn holidays.
- Cut ends from onion and cut onion in half. Set aside 1/2. Peel off outside layers of dried onion skin and dice.
- Cut the top 1/4 inch off the pepper removing the stem. Cut peppers in half length-wise.
- Set aside 1/2 of each pepper for another use. Cut pepper halves again length-wise, cut out stems and remove the white ribs, membrane and all seeds.
- Dice peppers.
- Spray fry pan with cooking spray. …continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
By Emerian Rich
Rancho El Sobrante used to be the home of the Huichin, an Ohlone Tribe. Spanish missionaries took over the land around 1795, and after Mexico independence from Spain, it was deeded to Juan Jose and Victor Castro. El Sobrante is Spanish for “remaining land” and it’s fitting, given the three odd -shaped pieces of land it covers in-between Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo.
El Sobrante used to have the reputation of being wild but in recent years has become a more family oriented with many parks in the area. Kennedy Grove, for example, is a great place to have picnics or toss around a football. They also have hiking trails and excellent bird-watching opportunities. For water sports, San Pablo Reservoir offers fishing, boat rentals, kayaking, and canoeing. Water birds abound at the reservoir including white pelicans, geese, ducks, and shorebirds. Along the trails, you can see wild turkey, quail, and dove, as well as predators such as eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. You might even spy a deer or a bobcat.
The annual El Sobrante Stroll is an event…continue reading in the Fall issue for 2017.
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Entertain With Style
by Heather Roulo
Some casual gatherings don’t require more than paper plates and an invitation to grab a drink from the cooler. Other times, it’s an excuse to get out the fine china and dress the table to impress.
Jeanine Beckley, a house manager and professional caterer with thirty years of experience and a strong sense of humor reminds us, if you love it, use it—just remember you’ll still have to wash it all at the end.
Incorporate the style of your house into your entertaining. After all, some people prefer elegance. Your party should fit you. Jeanine knows a professional interior designer who always goes modern. “She’s not a little bit country, and she’s not rock and roll,” Jeanine recounts with a laugh. Her table reflects this with white-on-white flowers and candles.
Consider your event. Picnics bring to mind checkered tablecloths and simplicity. A barbeque might be similar, but with more napkins for saucy fingers. Dining al fresco is generally more casual, but be sure to….continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Working from Home
by AR Neal
When I tell people I work from home, I typically get a look of envy accompanied by, “I wish I could work from home.” or a look that suggests I’m some sort of deviant.
Depending on the audience, I respond with an explanation of the circumstances that led to my decision to give up the long commute, business casual attire, and board meetings.
Until the summer of 2013, I had a brick and mortar job. When the contract ended, I stayed home to give emotional support for the first time to my son, who has special needs. He was 18. The realization that I had been away from him for his entire life was sobering. Around the same time, my late husband’s health deteriorated further, and I became his caregiver. I started teaching online part-time. After my son moved out and my husband died, I realized I had no desire to go back to traffic jams and tight schedules.
I share this history for those who envy my situation as well as those who think… continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.