Small Packages

Good things come in small packages could be the motto for the meals at Curious Kumquat restaurant in Silver City. Good things in small packages may also be the motto for my week of vacation, of which a meal at the Curious Kumquat was one experience.

Two J’s in Silver City

My friend and shared-birthday mate Jane treated us to the tasting menu at the small restaurant our first night out, at the start of our trek to California. The menu bade us choose our entree; the chef then served six various delights in small “taste” portions, all freshly made with local ingredients and served as beautiful works of art. We had a pumpkin-based soup, and my main course was rabbit, with dessert a chocolate flan bottom with white chocolate whip on top. I can’t repeat all the appetizers and side dishes; I should have written them down. There was a grain-based pudding-textured treat, with both berries and glazed vegetables as garnish. The service was flawless, elegant and yet comfortable. An absolutely perfect first night of vacation.

Sentinel in the Sun

Sentinel in the Sun

Good things in small packages continued, as we drove the long hours and miles across Arizona and California to San Diego. Saguaro let themselves be photographed. A rest stop at Gila Bend included colorful critters made of painted pottery from Mexico. The wind farms on the CA-AZ border are, to my mind, beautiful. Tall white towers stand out against their dull brown mountain background, sentinels of a future, protectors of the clear blue sky in that area. Quite a contrast to the layer of yellowish smog to be seen once we crossed over the mountains and began the descent back down to sea level.

Passing By

Passing By

With only one day to sight see, we mostly walked – through the old Chinese area and a museum recording the history of Chinese settlement in San Diego. Around the harbor and downtown area, enjoying views of boats and waves and gulls. We did also ride – on a combination open bus that becomes a flat-bottomed boat, to view the harbor from the water. Sea lions and a variety of birds made the whole trip memorable.

Standing Proudly

Standing Proudly

Aah, a Good Stretch

Aah, a Good Stretch

Keeping Company

Keeping Company

 

The primary purpose of the trip was to attend MasterPath seminar… a wonderful thing in a not-so-little package, if one counts the number of participants (well over 1000) in the room. The Path being a singularly individual experience, however, a better perspective is of a room full of one thousand small packages, each one specially tailored to the person receiving it.

A Petite Beauty

A Petite Beauty

As we do with our unique meal in Silver City, the recipient of each MasterPath package will savor and remember it, and re-experience it afresh with each remembering.

Two to Enjoy

Two to Enjoy

No two alike, each a gift from the Divine. We are blessed.

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5 Responses to “Small Packages”

  1. Jane Foraker-Thompson Says:

    Hi Niki, enjoyed your recount of our evening at Curious Kumquat, as well as the rest of your trip. Thanks for calling when you returned to let me know you were home safely. Glad you enjoyed the Master Path, as usual. Do you get to know other participants? Blessings.
    Jane

  2. Vagabonde Says:

    My first visit here. That must have been quite a lovely trip. I like your photographs, but what I would have liked a lot is tasting that rabbit dish! My mother used to make rabbit very often, cooked with mushrooms and white wine, or potatoes and red wine. Rabbit was always sold at the local market (in France) but here, in Georgia, it is hard to find.

    • chelawriter Says:

      Sorry to have been so long delayed in replying to your post. Life caught up with me.
      I used to raise rabbits for sale and to assure I had enough for my own cooking pot. May get back to it when I finally go on retirement (not for a few years yet). In the meantime my husband is preparing our fences to contain a small herd of goats. His culture is more familiar with goat meat than rabbit in stew.
      It seems you and I have in common the fact of having lived for some part of our lives in France?

  3. Cheryl @ Artzzle Says:

    Your exploits are so fun to read about. It’s great for all of us who don’t travel often 🙂

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