Chanterelle Mania: Starting the New Year Right

January 1, 2011

Big Sur Gold: New Year’s Day in the Throne Room of the Chanterelle Gods.

A very happy New Year to everyone, from all of us at Xasáuan Today. We wish you could all join us in feasting on these chanterelles tonight – although we imagine many of you have all the chanterelles you can handle as well.

If the first day has been any indication, the coming year should be a good one!

See you in the woods …

Rainy Day Foray

December 4, 2010

There’s nothing quite like the sight of chanterelles (Cantharellus californicus) pushing up through wet leaves. Read the rest of this entry »

Boletus Rising

November 27, 2010

The rain is falling, the ground is wet, and the mushrooms are pushing upward.

Coccora (Amanita calyptroderma). Highly esteemed by many, but closely resembles its deadly poisonous cousins – unless you really do know the difference, do yourself a favor and don’t try it. Read the rest of this entry »

Agaricus augustus Time

August 13, 2010

Delicious Agaricus augustus bursting from the fog-drenched ground Read the rest of this entry »

Pt. Lobos Wildflowers

May 2, 2010

Seaside Painted Cup (Castilleja latifolia) blooming on the South Shore. Read the rest of this entry »

Chanterelles & Cider

January 4, 2010

What better way to welcome the new year than to pick some chanterelles (Cantharellus californicus) … Read the rest of this entry »

Chanterelles in the Rain

December 26, 2009

Boletus edulis and the hearty cooking it inspires are just the thing for crisp fall evenings, but by the time we’ve finished our Yule feast we’re ready for something lighter and more delicately flavored. We’re ready, in other words, to eat some chanterelles. How good that the chanterelles oblige us by fruiting so heavily at just this time. Read the rest of this entry »

Gathering Boletes

November 6, 2009


King Bolete, Porcini, Cep, Steinpilz … no matter what language you speak, Boletus edulis is one of the world’s most prized mushrooms. Read the rest of this entry »

Half Moon Bay Ride

June 14, 2009

Let’s face it. Traveling by bicycle is a lot more fun than traveling by car. It’s safer. It’s healthier. And how else can you cover so much territory and see it in such rich detail?

This weekend, we rode our bikes north from the Monterey Peninsula through the Santa Cruz Mountains to Half Moon Bay, then home again down the coast. A drenching rain turned the roads of the Salinas and Pájaro Valleys to mud holes and soaked us to the skin. But the sun came out in the hills and the warm ride home was memorable. Here’s a little of what we saw:

Alpine Rd. Near the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Read the rest of this entry »

Pinnacles Wildflowers

April 5, 2009

The sun is out and the flowers are blooming at Pinnacles National Monument.

Here’s a little of what we saw today …


This is a field of Tufted Poppies (Eschscholzia caespitosa).

(For a closer look, click on a picture to bring up a higher resolution image, then use your browser to zoom in) Read the rest of this entry »