California produces some damn fine fruits and veggies. I thought we got good tomatoes in Seattle, I thought I grew delicious tomatoes in Seattle, but California has raised the bar. The good tomatoes in the East Bay are REALLY GOOD. Also, avocados have become a staple in my diet:
Halved and sprinkled with salt
Our very first meal made from a California farmers market was a cast iron pan full of ground beef, peppers, onions, and eggplant:
Beef-Pepper-Eggplant saute with a side of avocado
Pork & veggies in an Avocado-Pesto sauce
topped with tomatoes and served with roasted potatoes
For the record, avocado and basil are super delicious companions!