Friday, March 5, 2010

Ralph and the Giant Tomato

(Absolutely nothing like James and the Giant Peach.)

DSC_0993_3390Since I planted a butt load of tomatoes, I needed to visit the giant tomato for a photo outing.  Ralph has a giant tomato.  Really.  He does.  Ralph is Italian.  Really.  He’s from Italy and he has a giant tomato.  Ralph also has a restaurant in Bakersfield called Frugatti’s.   He and his wonderful family have a great restaurant and catering service.  The giant tomato is the centerpiece to the entrance of his Italian eatery.DSC_0994_3391We went to have a wonderful meal; but I wanted to take some pictures of Ralph’s giant tomato before the sun went down and some more photos after the lights came on.  DSC_1010_3407 We always have a wonderful meal whenever we go to Frugatti’s.  Always.  The food is great and the place always seems to be buzzing with happy customers.  I prefer to eat at a place that has the clatter of dishes and chatter of people enjoying themselves.  The music is always great too – Rat Pack, Clooney, Prima, Damone, etc.  Friday and Saturday nights are extra special though.  Bob Iorio is at Frugatti’s.  Bob plays the accordion and Bob rocks!  Thankfully, I paced myself on this night.  I had room for triple chocolate cheesecake.  Mama Mia!  They make a Reese’s peanut butter cup cheesecake too.  Dieters beware.DSC_1017_3414Take a look at the menu.  There are tomatoes everywhere.  Tomatoes mark menu items that are Frugatti’s favorites.  Tomatoes are on the logo.  And there are most definitely tomatoes in the dishes to choose from. 

Maybe you’ll be inspired to visit Bakersfield before the heat arrives.  Even if you wait until the summer, Ralph keeps it nice and cool at Frugatti’s.DSC_1025_3422Thanks for keeping it cool, Ralph.  (Grazie per tenerlo fresco, Raffaele.  Per inciso, hai qualche foto di Bob?).


Here’s a gardening challenge for those that follow Maybelline’s Garden:  Ralph is planning on building an arbor to follow the arch of Frugatti’s doorway.  He would like some kind of vine to grow on the ironwork.  The area is shaded for most of the day; but, POW!  It really gets hit at sundown.  If you have a suggestion for a durable vine that would thrive in zone 9, forward your suggestions to me.  Thanks.DSC_0994_3391


Lisa Paul said...

How about: Clematis ligusticifolia or Western Virgin's Bower

(Numerous fragrant pure white flowers cover this fast-growing deciduous vine. Seed pods are also showy. Sun or shade. Good fence cover. Drought-tolerant once established.)

I'll double check with John the Baptist, who's family is Sicilian, and would love Ralph's place.


Bower was suggested by a nurseryman along with jasmine, trumpet vine, and honeysuckle. Please let me know if John the Baptist has any input. I need to do some research.

DJK said...

How many, exactly, is one butt load?