November 1, 2010 started off as sweetly as it ended.
I got in my car around 8am, enormous coffee mug in hand, to find a the entire cache of Halloween candy collected by my nephews in a bag on the passenger seat. They had left the bag out for the 'Halloween Fairy', a health-conscious pixie who replaces their sugar with toys. A brilliant idea by my sister, but apparently she's less concerned about my willingness to eat Snickers for breakfast.
I worked through lunch that day in order to leave early and get home to San Francisco to watch Game 5 of the world series with friends. Lunch therefore consisted of two packs of skittles, a nestle crunch bar and a milky way.
By four o'clock, I was on my way home, my hands shaking slightly on the steering wheel. Sure, I was excited about the ball game, but that wasn't it. I was amped up on sugar and ravenously hungry. So I called the friend hosting our watching party and told her I'd pick up some take out for the group - otherwise I feared we'd be waiting hours for pizza to be delivered.
I stopped at SOL in San Rafael - a small Puerto Rican place with a handful of bar stools and a booming take out business. They do baked chicken thighs that I dream about, they are so good - garlic marinated with a spicy vinegar-based dressing, served with beans & rice and your choice of sweet fried plantains or 'tostones'; green plaintains smashed flat and fried with unholy quantities of garlic. The drive home was indeed sweet torture, the delicious smells were so overwhelming.
I made it home just in time for the first of Tim Lincecum's many perfect pitches of the evening, somehow with all the boxes still intact, and was soon engrossed in the game and up to my elbows in delicious sol food.
Some of you might remember my post back in April after the Giants' home opener, wishing them better luck at hitting than spelling this season (they certainly did that!) and proclaiming my love for the cha cha bowl at the park. The Giants, as well as my typical baseball & puerto rican food pairing, went to a whole new level by season's end.