Yesterday I cancelled my daughter’s swim lesson, set up a play date at her one of her BFF’s house, and headed to the Encinitas Farmers’ Market with one vendor in mind: Rollswisserie-Gourmet Rotisserie, aka The Chicken Guy.
Once I’ve rammed my car into a tiny space in this urban beach community (no easy feat in summer), I hustle straight to The Chicken Guy, for good reason. One time, the line at his food truck was so long I decided to pick up my chicken on my the way out of the market.
By the time I returned on that chilly fall night, he was sold out. We smiled and walked away contemplating other options, but what impressed me most was this: when my family and I saw The Chicken Guy that Saturday at the Vista Farmers’ Market, he gave us a fresh chicken for free, despite our insistence that we would gladly pay, which further cemented our love of The Chicken Guy.
So then I gladly carry my bounty around the market despite its weight. On this day, I’ve picked up two chickens and two orders of roasted rosemary potatoes: one for my family, and one for my daughter’s BFF’s family. To my order I add two pork ribs (my husband’s favorite treat), and whether The Chicken Guy remembers me as a return visitor or whether he’s flirting with me I can’t tell, but when we open the bags at home we discover not two but three giant ribs. My husband assures me it’s The Chicken Guy flirting with me. Either way, my husband’s the winner. Or maybe I am, since that means more chicken for me.
This, along with creamy butter lettuce and a bruised but discounted heirloom tomato, smothered in tangy yet mellow Dijon vinaigrette, make up dinner not just once but twice. Although tonight I have not dented heirloom tomatoes but fresh, plump tomatoes from the garden of my dear friend and fellow blogger Mary at California Greek Girl.
Served cold in the summer and warm in the winter, I consider The Chicken Guy’s rotisserie roasted rosemary chicken and potatoes one of my favorite comfort food meals. What’s yours?