One thing my father taught me was a deep love of chocolate malts. He could get positively orgasmic over a good chocolate malt. I remember sitting on a stool in the little drug store near our house, having chocolate malts together (in those days, drug stores often had a place where you could get a sandwich or an ice cream treat).
It's hard to find a good malt these days. A long time ago, I discovered vanilla malts, which are even better (IMO) than chocolate, but places that offer malts often put so little actual malt powder in their drinks that they are essentially tasteless.
However, Fenton's, a creamery we knew in Oakland which we visited far less than I wanted (I had to force myself to stay away from the place!) opened an outlet at the old Nut Tree site (about 20 miles from Davis) and we have occasionally gone there for lunch. I have taken my mother there for ice cream and she loved it. I'm not sure she would now...too loud for her.
Char and I have chosen Fenton's as a location for meeting for lunch. It's a longer drive for her than it is for me (three times as far), but that is her preference for where we meet. Today was that day.
I got there early and ordered a vanilla malt to have while waiting.
Char finally arrived and ordered her own vanilla shake and we both ordered our standard meal, a crab salad sandwich, adding onion rings instead of potato chips.
It was a huge lunch and I was not hungry for dinner (I also brought half of the sandwich home for Walt).
We had a nice visit, and then said good bye. I decided to go home the "back way" through the town of Winters, where I knew I would find lots of trees in blossom. I did not, however, expect to run into this...
This guy was very patient while I got out my cell phone and took several shots...he even posed, buy opening his wings a bit.
I finally left and drove toward home, finding the orchards I expected to find.
This is such a beautiful time of year and I just love all those never ending blossoms. Such a shame it lasts such a short time.
I came home, took a nap, and woke up so full I realized that I was not going to want dinner. Thank goodness I made a meat loaf last night, so Walt is on his own for fixing his dinner. I'm going to watch for Lindsay Vonn and remember how good that malt tasted!